Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Christmas message Cllr Hirani

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Free weekend parking in Council operated car parks in the lead up to Christmas

Shoppers in Brent will be able to park for free on the weekends leading up to Christmas in 11 car parks across Brent, the council has confirmed.

Starting this ‘Small Business Saturday,’ December 5, car parks on Elm Road, Kingsbury Road, Lonsdale Avenue, Neasden Town Centre, St Johns Road, Preston Road, Salusbury Road, and Wendover Road will be open to motorists to park for free on the weekends of the 12-13 and 19-20 December.

Car parks at Barham Park, Northwick Park and Disraeli Road are also included in the scheme, which is intended to make it easier for residents to support local businesses and shop locally in the build up to Christmas.

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for parking, said:

“Small businesses are the life blood of the local economy, providing jobs and services and adding to the unique diversity of Brent, so we are keen to support our local businesses in whatever way we can.

“I hope that providing free parking across eleven sites in the borough at one of the busiest times of the year for businesses will help those who do shop locally to stay loyal, and for those who tend to drive out of the borough to shop, to encourage them to see what local high streets in the borough have to offer.”

Signs will be put up in participating car parks this week promoting the scheme and pay and display machines in those car parks will be covered on the Friday evening before each weekend, to prevent shoppers from accidentally paying for their parking.

Christmas volunteering at Sufra food bank

If you’re free over the Christmas holidays, why not come and give Sufra a hand for a few hours on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 December as Sufra prepares for the New Year.

Help is needed:
Restocking Shelves
Full Inventory of Stock Room
Deep-Clean of the Sufra Building

There’ll be lots of pizza to go around! Sign up here.

Free parking arrangements for the festive period

Christmas Day – Controlled Parking Zones will not be enforced, although please take care not to park on yellow lines during their operational hours or block residential driveways.

Boxing Day – Controlled Parking Zones will be enforced in zones E, T, W, KG, KM, KR only.

New Years Day – Bank Holiday restrictions apply

Car parks

To support shoppers and local retailers, free parking will be made available in some of the Brent Council run car parks on the weekends before Christmas.

The weekends when parking will be free are:

  • Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December
  • Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December
  • Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 December
  • Thursday 25 and Friday 26 December

Participating car parks:

  • Barham Park
  • Elm Road
  • Kingsbury Road
  • Lonsdale Avenue
  • Neasden
  • Preston Road
  • Salusbury Road
  • St Johns Road
  • Wendover Road

Parking Customer Services

The call centre is not open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, or New Years Day.

Only a handful of Controlled Parking Zones are operational on bank holidays, and none operate on Christmas Day.

Please access our parking services online for permits and visitor parking. You can also book visitor parking by SMS.

2012 site stats

Happy New Year! Hope you’ve had a fab New Years’ Eve celebration and a great Christmas.

For the last three years, I have been blogging a neat summary of statistics in fives for my website, so I thought I’d do the same for 2012. Here goes…

Top Referrers:

  1. Google
  2. Twitter
  3. Facebook
  4. Councillor James Powney
  5. Left Foot Forward and Bing (Same amount of referrals)

Top Blogposts:

  1. EXCLUSIVE: Lib Dem Hypocrisy Reaches New Low in Brent
  2. Wishing you a Happy Diwali and a prosperous Hindu New Year
  3. Barnet ‘Graph of Doom’
  4. Brent Eid Festival Sunday 9th September at the Capital City Academy
  5. Diamond Jubilee Celebrations at the Willesden Swaminarayan Temple

Top Search Terms:

  1. krupesh hirani
  2. happy diwali and prosperous new year
  3. willesden temple
  4. barnet graph of doom and gladstone park festival 2012 (same amount of searches)
  5. cllr krupesh hirani

Top Clicks:

  1. FlickR
  2. Twitter
  3. Brent Council
  4. Cllr Shafique Choudhary had the same number of clicks.
  5. Cllr Muhammed Butt

Brent’s got Christmas all wrapped up

With not long to go until ‘The Big Day’, Brent’s Christmas festivities are in full swing.  All across the borough there are events, fairs, activities, concerts and gatherings that are guaranteed to get everyone in the festive mood.

Full details of what’s on are available at www.brent.gov.uk/whatson or by telephoning 020 8937 1106.  But here’s a taste of some of the highlights:

La Noche Latina, Mexican Christmas celebrations

Enjoy delicious Mexican food, listen to the sounds of Argentinean singer Corina Piatti and learn about the traditions of the Pinata at this Latin-American themed celebration.

Thursday 16 December, 6 to 10pm, The Gallery at Willesden Green Library

Mr Wonderful Christmas Ball

Whirl around the dance floor with ballroom and Latin American dance moves and get festive enjoying a sparkling dance cabaret.

Monday 20 December, 7.30 to 11.30pm, Paul Daisley Hall, Brent Town Hall

Club Ceroc Wembley Christmas Party

Be merry and learn modern jive and salsa-partner dancing in this social and friendly party.

Tuesday 21 December, 8 to 11pm, Paul Daisley Hall, Brent Town Hall

Create your own Christmas Tree decorations

Sunday 11 to Wednesday 22 December (various times and libraries, details can be found at www.brent.gov.uk/whatson )

Carol singing

Sunday 12 to Saturday 25 December (various time and locations around the borough, details can be found at www.brent.gov.uk/whatson )

Lead Member for Environment, Planning and Culture, Cllr. James Powney says;

“The variety and amount of Christmas events happening across Brent this year is truly amazing.  I think there’s something for everyone and I hope people get out there and enjoy as many as possible over the festive period.”

Aside from the celebrations, it is business as usual for many of the council’s services including Meals on Wheels, emergency planning and the emergency social work team, although Brent’s waste and recycling schedule will alter slightly over the festive period.

Check the December issue of The Brent Magazine or visit www.brent.gov.uk/winter for more details of council services over the Christmas and New Year period.

Shhhhh….. Don’t mention the cuts

What has been the single most prominent theme on the public agenda in the last few months?

No, I’m not offering any prizes for guessing. The answer is plain and simply the cuts.

Our MP for Brent Central has nothing to say on the matter on her website – LINK

Instead it’s Christmas cards, Trident, Diabetes and the Jubilee Line. Have the Fib Dems in Brent got something to hide? Maybe that something is the fact that Sarah Teather is a Government Minister.