Dispersal Zone in Neasden

After intense pressure from the Dudden Hill Labour team, Brent Police and Brent Council are introducing a Dispersal Zone in Neasden. This is after a number of complaints received from residents and local businesses regarding the persistent anti-social / nuisance behaviour being caused by groups of males whom are gathering in and around Neasden Parade (Shopping Centre) and its surrounding roads.

zone map
Affected zone

A number of reports have been received from residents and local businesses which have highlighted the following issues / problems:

•           Groups of males causing ASB during the day.

•           Drug dealing and using.

•           Loitering in entrances to local shops / businesses & residential properties.

•           Littering.

•           Intimidation / harassment of local business.

•           Using threatening language /verbal abuse.

•           Fighting / Threats / Acts of violence.

The dispersal order will be enforced from 12:00hrs on 7th May 2014 and will be in operation until 6th November 2014. This will be for six (6) months. It will cover the roads / streets that are within the red boundary as highlighted in the map. Which are as follows : Neasden Lane bordering the A406 on the West side running between A4088 on the South and Chartley Ave on the North including both sides of Chartley Ave. Stopping at Neasden Circle roundabout on the East side including the roundabout. Along Tanfield Ave on the South East side, including both sides of Tanfield Ave. This also includes Birse Crescent and Cairnfield Ave, all other roads, streets, open areas, communal spaces and car parks within the mapped area outlined in red.

Groups of individuals causing Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) or acting in a manner that is causing or is likely cause alarm, harassment or distress can now be dispersed by Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). Individuals that have been instructed to leave the area will not be allowed to return to the area for a period of 24hrs. If they return and continue to cause problems, they can / will be arrested.

Anyone found guilty of contravening a direction under a dispersal order can face up to three (3) months imprisonment or a fine of up to £2,500.

The Dudden Hill SNT will regularly police the dispersal zone throughout the period of the dispersal notice.

Maps of the dispersal zone will be displayed throughout the designated zone during the allocated time period, this is  to encourage victims and witnesses to report Anti-Social Behaviour as and when it may occur.

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Household Rubbish dumping in Neasden

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.

Neasden street drinking

Street drinking is a huge issue in the Neasden area. The amount of cans left behind by drinkers and the anti-social behaviour that residents and businesses suffer from drunk people is horrific.

At the last Dudden Hill Ward Panel meeting, I supported the resident’s and businesses’ plea to have it as a priority issue for the Safer Neighbourhood Team to tackle.

Today I will be going around Neasden with the Neasden Action Group to further investigate the issue and talk to residents about what they can practically do when they see someone drinking openly around their area.

Anyone is more than welcome to join us. We will be starting off where Cairnfield Avenue meets with Chartley Avenue at 1PM.

Cairnfield Avenue Area- Public Consultation on proposed 20 mph zone

A consultation document should have by now gone out to all residents in The Circle, Chartley Avenue, Avondale Avenue, Ashcombe Park and Cairnfield Avenue on a proposed 20 mile per hour zone.

My View

With the proposal presented as it is at the moment, I will be voting no. I think having these roads operating in a 20 mph zone would be a good thing, but I am unhappy with the sheer amount of speed bumps that are proposed to be implemented (SEE PLAN HERE). It should be a 20 mile per hour zone that is better enforced without bumps because the roads are too narrow for cars to be travelling and speeds any higher.

Cairnfield Avenue does already have bumps on a section of the road after a sharp bend. I think this is sufficient. I think residents will eventually be unhappy with the sound of cars bumping up and down as they drive past.

The consultation would have also gone out to residents living in Dollis Hill Ward. I think they have other issues and residents there may have differing views because there are additional safety concerns due to there being two schools with large pupil numbers in and around the roads that surround the area where this scheme is proposed.

Residents have until 4th April 2011 to respond to the consultation. For more details see here (LINK)

Another Day Another Mattress

This time it’s Ashcombe Park in Neasden. These problems are being experienced all across Brent and have been since the Lib Dems introduced a £25 to take bulky items from residents. Labour have pledged to scrap this charge should we regain control of the Council in May 2010.

There was also a mini fridge left by a tree on this road recently.

The state of out alleyways are also horrific. See what I found in the alleyway between Chartley Avenue and Ashcombe Park below.

Where are our Lib Dem Councillors to deal with these issues?