The last month or so has been particularly rewarding as a local Councillor serving the Neasden area. Every door on Cairnfield Avenue, Birse Crescent, Chartley Avenue, Eastleigh Close, and Tanfield Avenue has been knocked on. I have received intelligence from my fellow neighbours about two households in particular that are responsible for putting their household rubbish out on the roads instead of taking the time to properly sort out their rubbish in the bins provided to them.
What disappoints me most is that these people live in the area and are making it a dirtier environment for everyone. In the case of one culprit, it is reported that they are encouraging their children to dump by handing them the rubbish and getting them to dump it. This is unacceptable.
I have instructed for these households to be monitored closely.
It seems as though these two alley-gating schemes will be the last for the forseeable future as good Council staff who worked in this area are no longer working for Brent Council. The two schemes funded were behind the Subway fast food store and behind the Santander Bank (was tempted to write Abbey National!) by Birse Crescent.
Both of these had been requested by the local residents living in flats above these shops and by local businesses but had limited success. One scheme had gone as far as forming a committee to manage the upkeep of the gates, only to be denied at the final hurdle.
Street drinking has gotten worse in behind these alleyways. This can be really intimidating,especially for people who live in the flats above these shops.
I regularly walk the alleyways with the Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team who recommended that gates in these alleyways would be ideal. They had witnessed dumped rubbish, and even human excrement. One member had tripped on a greasy liquid and seen a rat of enormous size. Something had to be done.
I was pleased that I was able to take advantage of the final alleygating schemes for Dudden Hill ward and it was a real struggle to achieve this. I was able to successfully argue that proceedings had gone so far that it would be barmy to refuse installation of these gates now.
The gates have already been installed and the anti-social behaviour that occured in these alley areas are no more.