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.
At the Council AGM on Wednesday, the Brent Council Leadership team was confirmed.
The cabinet has been cut down by 20% to just 8 now. With the Council faced with number reductions at Director and staff level, it was only right that this was reviewed too.
The full cabinet
Leader of the Council – Cllr Muhammed Butt
Deputy Leader – Cllr Michael Pavey
Adults, Health and Wellbeing – Cllr Krupesh Hirani
Children and Young People – Cllr Ruth Moher
Employment and Skills – Cllr Roxanne Mashari
Environment – Cllr Keith Perrin
Regeneration and Housing – Cllr Margaret McLennan
Stronger Communities – Cllr James Denselow
Cllr Kana Neeharathan will be the Mayor of Brent and Cllr Lesley Jones will serve as Deputy Mayor. Chair of Scrutiny is Cllr Aslam Choudry and Cllr Sarah Marquis will now Chair the Planning Committee.
The Tories probably stole the show on the night as it emerged that they would split into two political parties – the Brondesbury Park Conservative Group and the Conservative Party.
It seems bizarre as it was only a couple of weeks ago that residents in Brondesbury Park voted in three Conservative Councillors.
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.
Battling Labour Councillors, led by Cllr Lesley Jones member for Willesden Green ward have been fighting to keep a local GP practice and avoid patients being dispersed. Lesley has been working with my co-Dudden Hill fellow Labour councillor Aslam Choudry and myself and a cross party alliance with Liberal Democrat councillors has been formed on this particular issue.
The surgery, originally in Burnley Road near Dollis Hill tube station closed without warning in 2001. Patients were transferred to a Pound Lane practice with the promise of a return to a surgery in the Burnley Road area. The practice was eventually relocated again to the Willesden Centre for Health and Care, but the inferred intention has always been to find more local premises. Having settled into the facilities at the Willesden Centre, patients now find their surgery is at risk yet again, in spite of PCT assurances over the years to resolve concerns.
This is a community rather than a party political issue, so the Councillors for Willesden Green and Dudden Hill Wards have sent a letter of objection to the PCT Director. We supported a meeting last week with PCT staff and patients. This was a good meeting where patients could express their concerns and could feel they were listened to. As a result, a further look at options for the Burnley Practice and further meetings are expected.
Cllr Lesley Jones said:
“It is really important for councillors to take up issues like this and I am grateful to Labour councillors, Aslam Choudry and Krupesh Hirani (Dudden Hill) and Lib Dem councillors for Willesden and Dudden Hill. for their involvement. This could be a good example of a council working with residents and health services to resolve problems in an area where there are fewer GP’s per 100,000 population than other areas of the borough.”