Councillors as part of their remit are appointed to bodies as board members or serve on committees.
Within the Council, I will be chairing the Willesden Area Consultation Forum. I will blog separately on the forum and what it involves. I have also been appointed as Vice Chair on the Forward Plan Select Committee and I will also serve on the Welsh Harp Joint Consultative Committee.
I have been appointed onto the boards of the following:
- Brent Learning Disabilities Partnership
- Fortunegate Community Housing
Willesden Area Consultative Forum
The meeting scheduled for tonight (13 January) has been cancelled due to the snow.
Following a summer break, Brent Council now has upcoming Area Consultation Forums (ACFs) in areas around Brent.
There are five Area Consultative Forums to give local people a say about the issues which matter to them. At each meeting, residents, businesses and community representatives are able to raise questions about services provided by the council and other agencies in Brent. Chaired by a Councillor, each area forum meeting is open to the public and is held during a weekday evening in an accessible venue.
At each meeting, there is also a ‘Soapbox slot‘ for residents to express their views and concerns about issues that affects them directly or indirectly. You may attend any forum meeting of your choice.
More information on the five forums
Take a look at each area forum page for more information including: venue, minutes from previous meetings plus dates & times of future meetings.
- Harlesden Area Consultative Forum – Covers Harlesden, Kensal Green and Stonebridge wards.
- Kilburn and Kensal Area Consultative Forum – Covers Brondesbury Park, Kilburn, Mapesbury and Queens Park wards.
- Kingsbury and Kenton Area Consultative Forum – Covers Barnhill, Fryent, Kenton and Queensbury wards.
- Wembley Area Consultative Forum – Covers Alperton, Northwick Park, Preston, Sudbury, Tokyngton and Wembley Central wards.
- Willesden Area Consultative Forum – Covers Dollis Hill, Dudden Hill, Welsh Harp, Willesden Green wards.
source: Brent Council
Whilst there is still room for improvement when it comes to actual public input for implementation, the forum still provides a useful avenue in which to collect information and know about what is happening in your area.
I recently attended the Willesden Area Consultation Forum held at the College of North West London where one of the presentations of the evening came from the Safer Neighbourhood Team. It was a very informative presentation with bags of information.
A new crime mapping system has been launched by the Metropolitan Police in which it is possible to look at crime levels broken down at the Borough, Ward and Subward levels. The data used to compile the mapping system is updated monthly and has been an effective practical tool for the Police, as it has allowed them to identify crime hotspot areas more efficiently so that they can concentrate their efforts accordingly.
Contact details for all Safer Neighbourhood Team representatives are also publicly available through the following website:
LINK (Brent Safer Neighbourhood Teams)