Brent issues call for sites

Are there any sites in your local area which are vacant, rundown or underused? Through redevelopment could they make a more positive contribution to your area?

To assist the development of local plans, the Council is carrying out a ‘call for sites’ exercise to identify sites within Brent that may have potential for development. The ‘call for sites’ is an early opportunity for individuals and organisations to suggest sites within the borough for development. This could be development for uses such as:

  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Retail
  • Leisure/Sport/Recreation/Open Space
  • Community uses including education/potential schools
  • Art/cultural uses
  • Mixed use development
  • Strategic Infrastructure

You can submit sites online.

The deadline for submitting sites is 6th April 2017.

Consultation on how you’d like money to be spent in your local area

When developers receive planning permission for some larger, new developments, they’re required to make a payment to the council. This helps fund local infrastructure improvements. This payment is called Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Of this, between 15-25% of the funds has to be allocated by the Council as Neighbourhood CIL.

On the basis of feedback received from this consultation, the council will decide how to prioritise spending on particular Neighbourhood CIL funded projects. Too feed in, click on this LINK

International Day for Disabled People – 1st December 2016

Brent is celebrating the International Day for Disabled People on 1st December 2016. Marked across the globe, this day has been celebrated by the United Nations since 1992.
The day aims to increase understanding of the barriers facing people with disabilities and promote participation and inclusion. The event will incorporate a Job Fair and a Health and Well-being Zone  The theme for 2016 is “Achieving the Goals for the future we want”

The event on  1st  December 2016   will be held at the Brent Civic Centre from 10am to 3pm and is an opportunity to engage with residents, carers and colleagues.

Please contact
equality@brent.gov.uk if you wish to register early for this event.

Brent parents can benefit from free childcare

Did you know that some 2 year olds and all 3 and 4 years olds in Brent can access 15 hours of free childcare?

Also known as ‘free early years education’ or the ’15 free hours scheme’, this government grant entitles all 3 and 4 year olds to 15 hours of free early education each week for 38 weeks of the year (equivalent to school term time).

The entitlement starts from the beginning of the school term immediately following the child’s 3rd birthday and continues until the end of the school term, before they are eligible to start primary school. For example, if a child turns 3 in February, their entitlement would start from the beginning of the summer term in April.

You can use this funding at most private day nurseries, pre-schools, children’s centres or with some childminders – make sure that they offer funded places before you enrol.

Eligible 2 year olds can also access 15 hours of free childcare education and the eligibility criteria can be found at www.brent.gov.uk/41526.

For more information on free early education for 3 & 4 year olds and to see if your 2 year old is eligible, contact us on 020 8937 2462 and neg2@brent.gvo.uk. Also see www.brent.gov.uk/neg.

Public meeting on Health and Social Care services in Brent

You are invited to a public meeting and workshop to discuss plans for the health and care system. The five year plan is a collaboration between Brent CCG, Brent council and NHS providers in the borough.

The event will take place on Monday 26 September from 6.30pm at Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ

Last year the government outlined a new approach to help ensure that health and care services were built around the needs of local populations. To do this, every health and care system in England was asked to produce a multi-year plan.

We want to turn that process around and engage with people to see what they want locally in Brent.

To develop and deliver plans locally, 44 ‘footprint’ areas throughout the country were established by NHS England. Brent sits within the North West London (NWL) footprint which is being coordinated by the NWL group of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). The plans are being developed in partnership with the eight Local Authorities and NHS providers in the area.

Residents’ opinions’ are absolutely key to the successful development and delivery of Brent’s plan, especially in delivering the long-term outcomes we want to achieve for our patients and the wider public. The development of future services that will better enable this vision to become a reality will rely on strong and consistent patient and public engagement throughout the process.

In order to hear your views, I encourage all to come along to the event on Monday 26 September.

Have your say on changes to Parliamentary boundaries

A twelve week consultation has been launched by the Boundary Commission for England for residents to have their say on proposed parliamentary boundary changes.

The proposals see a reduction in the number of constituencies in London. The reduction will see the 73 MPs who serve in London reduced to 68. The plans are part of reforms which would see a loss of 50 constituencies across the country and therefore a reduction of 50 MPs serving in the House of Commons.

Four of the proposed constituencies include parts of Brent:

  • Kenton – the Brent wards of Barnhill, Fryent, Kenton and Queensbury plus five Harrow wards
  • Queen’s Park and Regent’s Park – the Brent wards of Kilburn and Queen’s Park plus nine wards in the City of Westminster
  • Wembley and Harrow on the Hill – the Brent wards of Alperton, Northwick Park, Preston, Sudbury, Tokyngton and Wembley Central plus three Harrow wards
  • Willesden – the Brent wards of Brondesbury Park, Dollis Hill, Dudden Hill, Harlesden, Kensal Green, Mapesbury, Stonebridge, Welsh Harp and Willesden Green plus one Hammersmith and Fulham ward

The proposals do not affect council wards or councillors. The proposals do not make much sense at all and will just make MP and Council interactions even more complicated. The mish mash of wards split between different Council seats and MP constituencies are mind boggling!

If you would like more information or to respond to the consultation, please visit www.bce2018.org.uk.

It’s Time to Talk About Hate Crime, Thursday 21 July

Hate crime is the initial focus of a new series of public meetings which aim to tackle difficult issues in our community.

Taking place on 21 July, the hate crime event is part of the Council’s wider ‘It’s Time to Talk’ campaign which aims to empower residents and community leaders to talk about difficult issues and work together with the authorities to tackle them. Important challenges such as hate crime, child sexual exploitation, extremism, gang culture, domestic abuse and harmful practices are all expected to be discussed at separate events throughout the year.

The event on 21 July has a number of high-profile speakers attending, including Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy – Centre for Hate Studies, Stephen Brooks MBE – Coordinator of the Disabled Hate Crime Network and special guest keynote speaker – creative pioneer Samuell Benta. Topics such as what exactly a hate crime is, how big the problem is in Brent and the role of social media in the context of hate crime, will be discussed.

Please do come along. To book a free ticket, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/its-time-to-talk-hate-crime-tickets-25991098074.

Doing more for people living with Dementia – A whole community approach in Brent

Cllr Krupesh Hirani with Dianne CampbellIn Brent, we are working with the Community to make our area a Dementia Friendly Borough. We were recently featured on London Live where I gave an interview on the issue. Dementia is not just about providing core services but for me it is about a whole community approach on the issue to make sure that everyone is aware of the issue and is mindful of Dementia when they are going about their everyday lives; be it going shopping in a supermarket or queuing to be served at a bank cashier.

This video here explains more has a real life experience from Dianne Campbell who was diagnosed with Dementia at the age of 44.

http://www.londonlive.co.uk/embed/news/2016-04-14/call-to-make-brent-a-dementia-friendly-community

Community Action on Dementia (CAD-Brent), a local charity, is working in partnership with Brent Council, Brent CCG and a number of other organisations to improve the support for people living with memory loss.