Dispersal Zone implemented around the Neasden Shopping Centre area

Over the last year and a half, our under-resourced Police have been working hard to with the local Council to tackle anti-social behaviour issues that take place at the Neasden Shopping Centre.

Misbehaviour of schoolchildren, street drinking and the more recent appearance of gangs in the area culminated in Labour Councillors, the police and residents coming together deciding to escalate the response to the situation.

Police will have powers to split groups up in the area identified in the linked map – Neasden dispersal zone

Enforcement will run until the 1st of September 2013.

English: College of North West London
College of North West London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This to me also highlights the importance of Ward Panel meetings because the decision has been made in collaboration with local residents, the Police and the Council. The next Ward Panel meeting is on Wednesday 6th March 2013 and takes place at the College of North West London (Willesden Campus) at 7pm.

It surprises me that given the importance of this meeting, that in my time as Dudden Hill Councillor, ‘local’ Liberal Democrat Councillor David Clues has NEVER attended a Ward Panel meeting. In fact, I believe he has NEVER met a single member of the local police team.

It is a local scandal that he did not resign his seat in May 2012 so that a by-election could be held at the same time as the Mayoral vote to minimise taxpayer election costs after he moved to Brighton in December 2011.

Willesden Area Forum

Tonight, I will be chairing the Willesden Area Forum meeting. It will be at the College of North West London on Dudden Hill Lane from 7PM onwards. On the agenda is Brent’s budget, the digital switchover and the Brent housing tenancy strategy.

Willesden Area Forum 7PM tonight at the College of North West London

All are welcome to attend the Willesden Area Consultative Forum which takes place on Tonight at the College of North West London, Denzil Road, NW10. Start time is 7pm prompt.

The meeting will be chaired by me. The main items on the agenda at this meeting are:

1       Willesden High Road improvements

2       Introduction of the new waste collection service

3       New structure of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams

4       Education standards in Brent

5       Community Infrastructure Levy – the levy allows local authorities to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in the local area.

I have also invited representatives from the fire brigade who will be available to talk to people during the break about fire safety. I felt this was important due to the tragic incident that happened in my ward last month in Sonia Gardens in Neasden, which is in my Ward.

There will also be a representative from the Willesden Sports Centre to talk to during the break.

I look forward to seeing you tonight.

Interesting conversation with a Dudden Hill resident yesterday afternoon

Thought I’d share on my blog my conversation exchange with a Dudden Hill resident recently. Yesterday, following my advice surgery at the College of North West London, I was out on the doorstep, talking to local residents asking if there was anything that I could do for them as their local Councillor or if there were any issues that they would like to raise to me or bring to my attention.

To which a Burnley Road resident said to me… “I tell you what you can do for me. Get rid of those two b******* Cameron and Clegg”.

Youth Forum tonight at the College of North West London

The Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team will be holding a youth forum tonight 16th August 2011 at 1700 in the College of North West London.  The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the recent disorder in London and to listen to the thoughts of young people.  If you know anyone aged 14 – 22 years who would like to attend please pass on this link to them.

Apologies for the late notice.

Councillor Advice surgery update for 21st May 2011

Logo for the College of North West London

On Saturday 21st May, the College of North West London will be hosting an enrolment day. If you would like to see more information about this, please visit their website here – LINK.

I usually run a Councillor advice surgery on the thrid Saturday of every month at the Dudden Hill campus of the College. However, the building will be unavailable for this purpose on Saturday 21st May and therefore my surgery will not be running at the college this Saturday.

If anyone wishes to see me for advice, I will make myself available at the Church End Market from 11am to 1pm so please come and find me if you have any issues to raise with me.

Willesden Area Consultative Forum tonight!

Tonight I will be chairing the Willesden Area Forum at the College of North West London (Willesden Campus). Join us from 7.30pm tonight where we will be discussing Brent’s Household Waste Strategy, proposals for changes to an emissions based Parking Charges and the Crest Girls Academy.

The Willesden Area Forum covers Dollis Hill, Dudden Hill, Welsh Harp, Willesden Green and during the break, you will have the opportunity to speak to your ward councillors, the Safer Neighbourhood Team, speakers and council officers.

Surgery Dates Confirmed

My Surgery dates have been confirmed and have already gotten underway. I share these surgery dates with my co-Dudden Hill Councillor and Deputy Mayor Aslam Choudry and at least one of us will be available during these surgery hours at the specified times, dates and locations:

  • 1st Saturday of each month, 10:30am to 12:30pm at Gladstone Primary School, Sherrick Green Road, NW10 1LB
  • 2nd Saturday of each month, 10:30am to 12:30pm at Neasden Library Plus, 277 Neasden Lane, NW10 1QJ
  • 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30am to 12:30pm at College of North West London, Willesden Centre, Dudden Hill Lane, NW10 2XD.

College of North West London Celebrates 75th Birthday

Source: Brent Brain
Source: Brent BRAIN

The College of North West London celebrated its 75th birthday at the Dudden Hill Lane campus this October when staff cut a giant iced birthday cake in the shape of 75.

The College opened its doors to students on 12 October 1934 as Willesden Technical College, and apart from a short period of closure, it soldiered on throughout the Second World War – only once disrupted by tragedy in November 1940, when seven bombs fell on the site one Sunday, killing 11 members of the public in the College air raid shelters and injuring 19 people.

In September 1991 the Tech merged with Kilburn Polytechnic to become the College of North West London. More buildings were added to the Willesden site – the latest being the £13 million state-of-the-art technology block known as the Telford Building, which opened in April 2009.

From a few hundred students and 28 staff in 1934, the College now has over 13,000 students and more than 900 staff across three sites – Willesden, Kilburn and Wembley Park.

Special guests at the cake ceremony included Kenneth Lewis, aged 85, who was a plumbing student at the College from 1938-40 and became an RAF pilot during the war. He trained as a surveyor and rose to be managing director and chairman of the renowned Haymills construction company before retiring, but continued flying as a hobby until he was 80.

The College found Kenneth on the Friends Reunited website, where nearly 900 people are registered as former students of Willesden Technical College or Willesden College – but sadly there is nobody from the earliest year of 1934-35.

The College anniversary web page containing interesting facts and information, will be updated on a regular basis. The web page will run all through the anniversary year from the end of October until October 2010, and the public will be able to send in their comments and memories. Visit www.cnwl.ac.uk.

Source: Brent BRAIN (Brent’s Community Network)

London Crime Mapping System

I recently attended the Willesden Area Consultation Forum held at the College of North West London where one of the presentations of the evening came from the Safer Neighbourhood Team. It was a very informative presentation with bags of information.

A new crime mapping system has been launched by the Metropolitan Police in which it is possible to look at crime levels broken down at the Borough, Ward and Subward levels. The data used to compile the  mapping system is updated monthly and has been an effective practical tool for the Police, as it has allowed them to identify crime hotspot areas more efficiently so that they can concentrate their efforts accordingly.

Contact details for all Safer Neighbourhood Team representatives are also publicly available through the following website:

LINK (Brent Safer Neighbourhood Teams)