Thank you for supporting Aslam Choudry, Krupesh Hirani and Janice Long in Dudden Hill ward. We have always strived to represent local people and will continue our commitment to knocking on doors outside of election time and being easily accessible to our residents.
The ward has repaid us by giving us our best results ever in Dudden Hill ward. The Conservatives have passed the Lib Dems as the second party in the ward.
The local election period is not officially over. Sadly, one of our colleagues who was well known in the area Lesley Jones passed away the weekend before the elections so the Willesden ward election has been postponed until the end of June. She lived in Dudden Hill so it is a sad time for many of us living locally who knew her.
I’d like to invite you to attend our ‘One Brent’ event. The event will show Brent’s solidarity in response to the tragic murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich last week. It will be held this Friday, the 31st May at 6-8pm in Committee Rooms 1,2 & 3 at Brent Town Hall, HA9 9HD.
We will be joined by community leaders from all backgrounds, united in the belief that Brent’s diversity is our biggest source of strength. We will have a panel of community leaders and local MPs and the discussion will be chaired by Cllr Aslam Choudry.
In the financial year 2011/2012, Ward Councillors were given a £20,000 pot of money to spend on local projects.
Typically these project funds allocated are one off payments.
The next few blogposts will promote some of the projects that Cllr Aslam Choudry and I decided to spend money on.
We have had our initial meeting outlining our ideas for the 2012 / 2013 spend where we will have £40,000 to spend on local projects. Surprise surprise, Lib Dem Councillor David Clues who has been living in Brighton since 8th December 2012 did not attend and no notice of apologies were sent either.
I have an exciting new development for Dudden Hill residents in the new year. Coming to your inboxes will be a new newsletter from myself to keep you updated on what is happening in the local area and the work that your Councillors are doing.
To sign up, send me an email with the subject subscribe to firstname.lastname@example.org – Please also include your address to verify that you are a Dudden Hill resident. Updates will be sent approximately once a month.
A common criticism cited on the doorstep is “You only come around when you want our votes”.
In fact I still get it now. I remember speaking to a resident on Denzil Road during the Summer who was taken back when I told her “but I was only elected last year and there’s three years to go until the next Council elections!”
Your Councillors and the Dudden Hill Labour Party is working hard for you all year around and in the last year we’ve spent evenings and weekends knocking on doors on Ilex Road, Waterford Way, Burnley Road, Geary Road, Helena Road, Park Avenue North, Avondale Avenue, North Circular Road, Jeymer Avenue, Kenneth Crescent, Denzil Road, Lancaster Road, Aberdeen Road, Chantry Crescent, Chapel Close, Griffin Close, Gay Close, Clifford Way, Sherrick Green Road, Selbie Avenue, Severn Way in addition to attending meetings with the Cairnfield Residents’ Association, Neasden Neighbourhood Watch, Ashcombe Park Neighbourhood Watch, and Dudden Hill Ward Panel meetings.
I am opening up an exclusive offer for Dudden Hill residents to talk with their neighbours on their street. Anyone that wishes to take me up on this offer will be guaranteed a pre-arranged Saturday to spend knocking on doors with you on your road and asking residents if they have any problems or issues that they would like to raise. Email email@example.com to take up this offer!
Following the riots, we led with the local Police teams to speak to businesses in the Neasden Shopping Centre and Church Road to give them reassurance when they were feeling vulnerable.
Aslam and I provided reassurance to residents on Sonia Gardens after the tragic fire incident on Sonia Gardens and arranged for additional traffic management on behalf of the Crest Academy given the additional interest around the school during this period.
You may have heard, read or seen in the media, details of a tragic fire on Sonia Gardens.
I was allowed through into the affected area and have seen the burnt house from standing outside it.
Along with my co Councillor and Mayor of Brent, Aslam Choudry, we have been talking to residents on Sonia Gardens to reassure them after many have understandibly been shocked by what they have witnessed overnight.
Sonia Gardens is a quite residential road and people are shocked by what has happened. You may have heard from the media that six have sadly passed away and two are currently in hospital. The police and fire forensic teams are still working to try and understand how the fire was caused.
My thoughts are with all those affected by this incident.
Every May, Council groups hold an Annual General Meeting and therefore I will be attending our AGM tomorrow. Therefore my co-Councillor Aslam Choudry and myself will not be at our open Councillor Advice Surgery tomorrow which is usually held at the Gladstone Park Primary School. If you live in Dudden Hill and wish to contact me about any local issue, see how you can contact me here LINK
Many may know the work that we have been doing to lobby the NHS Brent board to resurrect a GP Surgery Practice in the Burnley Road area. We have some great news on the campaign which will open up the chances of a new practice coming in.
After lobbying from patient groups, local beneficiaries, the Brent Labour Group on the Council with myself, Deputy Mayor Aslam Choudry, Councillor Leslie Jones and Councillors Hunter and Sneddon, in August this year the executive management team of Brent PCT agreed a shortlist of options for the future of patients who are currently registered at the Willesden Centre for Health and Care.
Three options were outlined at the patient meeting on the 12th August. The three options were:
Transfer of the management of the Burnley Road practice via an open tender process
Transfer of the management of the Burnley Road practice to a restricted list of existing practices within Brent
To discontinue the Burnley Road practice and to transfer the patients to other GP practices in the area who have spare capacity.
After undertaking an in depth analysis of these options in September and October 2010 findings were reported to the Health Select Committee on the 14th October. The recommendation of option 1 was then put forwad to the NHS Brent Board meeting on the 25th November 2010 and this is the option that is being pursued.
An open tender will increase the chances of attracting a GP Practice into the area. Well done and thank you to all that have been involved in the campaign -I cannot thank you enough. This has stopped the dispersal of 3,000 patients to surgeries around Brent which quite frankly would have been chaotic.