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 Council Executive 2012 / 2013

Following the Brent Council Annual General Meeting of 2012 tonight, the emerging Cabinet will be as follows:

Mayor of Brent – Cllr Michael Adeyeye

Deputy Mayor of Brent – Cllr Bobby Thomas

Leader of Brent Council – Cllr Muhammed Butt

Deputy Leader of Brent Council – Cllr Ruth Moher

Lead Member for Adults and Health – Cllr Krupesh Hirani

Lead Member for Children and Families – Cllr Mary Arnold

Lead Member for Crime Prevention and Public Safety – Cllr Lincoln Beswick

Lead Member for Customers and Citizens – Cllr Lesley Jones

Lead Member for Environment and Neighbourhoods – Cllr James Powney

Lead Member for Highways and Transportation – Cllr Jim Moher

Lead Member for Housing – Cllr Janice Long

Lead Member for Regeneration and Major Projects – Cllr George Crane

2011 Site Stats

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

For the last two years, I have been blogging a neat summary of statistics in fives for my website, so I thought I’d do the same for 2011. Here goes…

Top Referrers:

  1. Google
  2. Facebook
  3. Councillor James Powney
  4. Twitter
  5. WordPress

Top Blogposts:

  1. Free Fireworks display – Saturday 5th November at 6pm to 10pm in Barham Park
  2. Aslam Choudry is the new Mayor of Brent
  3. Labour win in Wembley Central by-election! Krupa Sheth becomes Brent’s youngest ever Councillor
  4. Parking restrictions today around the Wembley Stadium Event Day area and Ellie May Southwood: Brent Labour’s candidate for Kenton by-election had the same amount of page views.
  5. Tragic incident on Sonia Gardens

Top Search Terms:

  1. Brent Diwali 2011
  2. Krupesh Hirani
  3. Sonia Gardens Fire
  4. Krupa Sheth
  5. Mayor of Brent

Top Clicks:

  1. FlickR
  2. Cllr Muhammed Butt and Cllr Navin Shah AM had the same number of clicks.
  3. Dawn Butler and Cllr Shafique Choudhary had the same number of clicks.
  4. Cllr James Denselow 
  5. Cllr James Powney


International Recycle Symbol

The new recycling scheme introduced by Brent Council’s Labour administration is exceeding all expectations, with a whopping 50% increase in recycling within the first days of the new waste collection system.

Brent Labour ambitiously promised to bring in plans to more than double the borough’s recycling rate from 28% to 60% in their manifesto leading to the overwhelming Labour victory at the May 2010 Council elections.

Early figures show that blue bin recycling is up from 41 tonnes per day in October last year, to 61 tonnes this year. The figures are bound to improve even further when flats join the new scheme later this year. Hopefully as initial glitches are also ironed out and more people get used to the new system, this will have an even more positive impact on recycling rates in Brent.

Brent Labour has prioritised recycling for environmental reasons, and to save money and protect other council services. Sending recyclable materials to landfill causes huge environmental damage, contaminating land and contributing to greenhouse emissions.

As well as the environmental damage, Tory Liberal landfill taxes mean the Council will save millions of pounds by increasing recycling.

Cllr James Powney, Lead Member for Environment and Neighbourhoods, said:

“I’d like to thank residents for so enthusiastically embracing the new recycling scheme, and making it such a success so early on.

Labour is the only party in Brent committed to increasing recycling, and I’m very proud that we’ve gone ahead with this improved system which will make us one of the greenest borough’s in the country.”

Brent Labour promoting equality with action

My colleague Cllr James Powney points out on his blog that Brent Council now boasts a cabinet with 50% of its members being female. Furthermore, since Brent Labour took control of the Local Authority, we have also seen a higher percentage of women and ethnic minorities as directors.

60% of Brent’s population are ethnic minorities and 60% of the Brent Labour group are also ethnic minorities showing that Brent Labour is truly open to all communities and proud to represent all corners of society.

Learn to be a good sport with Brent’s coaching programme

With London 2012 fast approaching, the council’s getting into the sporting spirit by offering people the chance to train as sports coaches or officials, or learn to develop a sports club, through a special programme of accredited coaching courses.

Kicking off in January 2011 at sports centres around the borough, the coaching programme offers a wide range of courses — from first aid and safeguarding children to positive behaviour management and equity and fairness — and also cover coaching an array of sports, including gymnastics, boxing and street soccer.

As well as hands-on coaching, the programme provides opportunities to learn more about the financial side of sports, with a course that covers all aspects of funding a sports or physical activity organisation.

Brent sports development officer, Jeni Page, says:

“Everyone knows how good sport and exercise is for peoples’ physical and mental health, but coaching or supporting a sports club can be just as rewarding and exciting. With the Olympics just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to get involved in sports and I hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to enrol on one of the great courses and workshops on offer.”

Cllr. James Powney, Lead member for Environment, Planning and Culture, says:

“This is the third year Brent has run this coaching programme and it’s been very successful. We’re committed to investing in local sports clubs and community groups by training and developing more sports coaches, officials and volunteers because we know our sports clubs can only be as good as the people who make them work.”

Brent’s coaching programme runs from January to March 2011. Course fees range from £10 to £100 and concessionary rates or additional contributions are available in some cases (subject to conditions).

To find out more about the coaching programme, or to book a place on a course, contact Jeni Page on 020 8937 3716.

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.

EXCLUSIVE: Brent Lib Dems sign to Call In Executive decisions and fail to turn up to Council meeting

Last night, on the agenda at the Forward Plan Select Committee were call ins of Executive decisions on the land use at Coniston Gardens, Waste Strategy and CPZ vehicle emission based pricing adjustment.

Kudos to Councillors Beck and Ashraf who did attend the meeting to convey their concerns to the committee and demonstrated their reasons for signing the call in by actively engaging and asking questions. The same cannot be said about the other Councillors Hayley Matthews, Simon Green, Ann Hunter who signed for the Call In as mentioned by my colleague Cllr James Powney here – LINK.

Councillors signing for call ins and then not turning up are causing embarrassment to proceedings on the committee and the system in general. At the previous Forward Plan meeting, items were on the agenda as called in and then embarrassingly skipped or skimmed over as there was confusion as to what the reason for the call in was.

Surely Councillors that sign to call in a decision should turn up to the meeting they asked for the item to be discussed at, if they are remotely interested in receiving a response.

Parliament select committee Finland

Are the Brent Lib Dems interested in the detail of policies and providing scrutiny to make policy better or are they just opposing decisions for opposition’s sake?

Let me give you one example of a recent occurrence which has led me ask this question. The 11th August meeting included a call in on the ‘Criteria for Transport Services’ and a reason cited was ‘to review the findings of the Equality Impact Assessment’ (LINK – see item 5b), which at the time had not been completed. To call in decision based on concerns regarding a document which does not exist is beyond me.