Joint advice surgery with Councillors and Local Police Team

This weekends monthly Councillor Advice surgery (Saturday 5th August) will be a joint surgery with the Dudden Hill Police Team. If you have any local crime or Council related issues, we will be at the Pavilion Cafe at Gladstone Park from 11am to 12.30pm. Appointments are not required.

map of surgery location

Dudden Hill now has three Labour Councillors

Labour has gained a Labour Councillor in Dudden Hill making it a ward now represented by three Labour Councillors.

Cllr Janice Long now represents Dudden Hill ward alongside myself and Cllr Aslam Choudry.Action Team 250513 03

In what was a comprehensive victory, Labour Council candidate votes in Dudden Hill allotted to more than all the other parties put together.

In total across Brent, Labour now has 56 Councillors, Conservative 6 Councillors and Lib Dems 1. The Conservatives have replaced the Liberal Democrats as the main opposition party in Brent.

The Lib Dems were 16 votes away from a total wipeout in Brent.

Full results for Brent can be found through links here LINK

Lib Dems show nothing but contempt for Dudden Hill residents over David Clues saga

The Lib Dem Councillor who has been living in Brighton since 2011 has finally resigned.

The Lib Dems have yet to apologise to the people of Brent and have an arrangement where his allowance has gone to the Brent Liberal Democrats, funding things like their party political leaflets while his attendance to Council meetings has been woeful and engagement with residents and local police zilch LINK

The Lib Dems have shown nothing but contempt for the residents of Dudden Hill – The local Brent Lib Dem Nick Clegg sorry moment has yet to come.

 

I was wrong to praise David Cameron on alcohol – he has failed the public health agenda

Binge Drinking
(Photo credit: Mark Turner)

In February last year, I wrote a blog piece on this website praising the prime Minister for raising the issue of binge drinking and at the time, it was looking like David Cameron would take some strong action on the issue – LINK.

The problems with street drinking, and especially in this current amazing weather, are persisting in Neasden. I feel a minimum pricing policy would deter people from drinking so much. We have a dispersal zone in place which should be helping tackle the impact of street drinking and it is illegal anyway. However, there is a lack of police presence and patrolling in the area because of successive years of police cuts – LINK.

In addition to the failure to introduce plain package cigarettes, it looks like the Tory Liberals will also not be introducing minimum pricing for alcohol. In addition, research published in the British Medical Journey yesterday showed that the number of deaths among women born in the 1970s has “disproportionately increased” since the mid-2000s – LINK.

The Government needs to act on the alcohol health warnings that are screaming out at everyone.

Snowy Postcard to Cllr David Clues

While Dudden Hill is covered in snow, I thought I would take this opportunity to remind Liberal Democrat Councillor for the ward about the area he ‘represents’.

grange in snow postcard

 

Above is a picture of the beautiful Grange with St Catherine’s Church in the background covered in snow. David Clues has been living in Brighton since 8th December 2011, over a year now – LINK

Last night, the Liberal Democrat Councillor yet again failed to turn up to the Full Council meeting. However, I understand the difficulties in travelling to Brent from Brighton in this difficult weather. I suppose the Liberal Democrats aren’t the only fluffy substance around that cause the country to grind to a halt.

MISSING: Brent Liberal Democrats!

The Brent Liberal Democrats are all over the place…. literally!

It’s reported in the Willesden and Brent Times that Liberal Democrat Councillor for Willesden Green Ward Gavin Sneddon has moved out of Brent.

Personally, I do not see an issue with his move so much, as he has to be fair, been attending meetings, area forums etc in Brent. He is reported to be living in Barnet, which isn’t actually far away from Brent.

On the other hand, we have Lib Dem Cllr David Clues. He has been living in Brighton since 8th December 2011. He has not been responding to emails, has no surgery in the ward, does not attend ward meetings such as Ward Panel with the local Police team, does not attend ward priority setting meetings, Ward working meetings where we have been fleshing out ideas as to what we want in Dudden Hill.

The question of attendance to Council meetings of Brent Liberal Democrat Councillors has also attracted widespread criticism in the past. Indeed recently, they’ve even developed a liberal approach to meetings and gone AWOL in the middle of meetings.

Another Brent Liberal Democrat Councillor is also rumoured to have moved out of Brent. If proven true, it will mean that nearly 20% of the Brent Liberal Democrat Group do not live in Brent.

Ward Working Money into Schools

Ward working funds were utilised to get professional football coaches to deliver sessions at Gladstone Park Primary School.

We’ve always invested ward working money for the two schools located in Dudden Hill Ward.

For Northview Primary School, Dudden Hill Labour Councillors funded half-term activities which involved educational and sporting outings for parents and children.

Dudden Hill Ward Working spending 2011/2012

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.

Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team down to three

Police numbers in Dudden Hill are simply too low. My ward currently has only one Sergeant, one PC and one PCSO as part of the dedicated Ward Safer Neighbourhood Team at the moment.

Last night, I was on a joint collaborative ward walkabout with Welsh Harp Ward to investigate cross-ward issues in the Neasden area. Residents are also welcome to join me this Sunday with the Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team for a walkabout in the Neasden Shopping Centre area at 9.30am. The issues that we are trying to solve simply need more resources.

There are currently three different area with differing problems that we are trying to deal with at the moment. In Neasden, we have the street drinking and anti-social behaviour, in the Dollis Hill part of the Ward, I was informed last night that burglary has spiked up again and the Church Road area has one of the largest crime rates in Brent at the sub-ward level.

Given the lack of resources being afforded to our local police, I will ensure that ward working money is given to crime initiatives as I have done in previous years. The doubling of Ward Working funding will go a long way to help me, my remaining co-Councillor and the Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team address specific crime and anti-social behavioural issues in Dudden Hill.

Cairnfield Avenue bend

The Harrow Observer has published a story about an issue in Dudden Hill ward where I am supporting a call from residents to stop cars from parking on a small section of Cairnfield Avenue in the Neasden part of my ward.

The section is on a very sharp bend. When cars or vans park here, visibility is low for drivers and often, because the spaces in between driveways is too small for a standard sized car, residents often find themselves blocked off from leaving their own home in their car.

I have led a site visit from Transport Officers at Brent Council at the location so that they can see what the issue is in person and I have instructed them to go back to the drawing board in working up a scheme for this small section of the road.