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

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Neasden benefits from Public Space Protection Order

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is now live in Neasden. The Government’s street drinking laws were time limited and have now expired so the Council has implemented it’s own PSPO in partnership with the Police to clamp down on street drinking.

The purpose of the PSPO is to help tackle and address the issues of street drinking which is taking place within the Neasden Shopping Centre area.

The area outlined in blue is covered by the PSPO.

Neasden PSPO

Police advice on burglary for Dudden Hill residents

Below is a message from the Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team following some intelligence based on burglaries that have happened in the ward.

Please be aware that two suspects are visiting the NW10 area in a Black Audi A3. The first one presents a ‘British Gas ID’ on a blue lanyard to gain entrance into the property and a second suspect follows when the occupant is distracted. We strongly advise that you do not let anybody into your property until you have confirmed their identify. The best policy is take their ID, ask them to remain outside, shut the door and phone their company to confirm their ID. If there is any doubt or their identify can’t be confirmed then call the Police and don’t open the door. If you have a door chain please use it before opening the door in the first place.

Sadiq delivers Night Tube for Dudden Hill residents

Sadiq Khan has delivered on the Night Tube for Dudden Hill residents. The ward is well served by the Jubilee Line with residents using Willesden Green, Dollis Hill and Neasden Stations.

Starting from tonight, Tube services will now run on Friday and Saturday nights on the full length of the Jubilee line from Stanmore to Stratford.

TfL has confirmed that all the stations will remain staffed throughout the night and that services will run approximately every 10 minutes.

This is in addition to the pledge already delivered on the Hopper fare for buses. For more information on this, visit the TfL advice site here LINK

Christmas in Neasden – Saturday 12th December 3pm to 5pm

Join us on Saturday 12 December for a Christmas celebration at the Neasden Shopping Centre

There will be:

  • a candlelit procession
  • carol singing
  • complimentary refreshments by local participating businesses
  • traditional foods

This event is being supported by Daniels Estate Agents and has been organised by St Catherine’s Church, the regeneration team at Brent Council and Dudden Hill Labour Councillors.

Calling on Dudden Hill residents to get involved with landlord licensing focus groups

The council is specifically looking for Dudden Hill residents to take part in a focus group on landlord licensing proposals. I have earlier blogged on this issue before LINK

We are looking for 12 -20 people to take part a face-to face focus group for Dudden Hill ward.

There is currently some information and the online consultation on the Council’s website too – LINK

If you would like to participate, contact Bola Olatunde on bola.olatunde@brent.gov.uk

Dispersal Zone in Neasden

After intense pressure from the Dudden Hill Labour team, Brent Police and Brent Council are introducing a Dispersal Zone in Neasden. This is after a number of complaints received from residents and local businesses regarding the persistent anti-social / nuisance behaviour being caused by groups of males whom are gathering in and around Neasden Parade (Shopping Centre) and its surrounding roads.

zone map
Affected zone

A number of reports have been received from residents and local businesses which have highlighted the following issues / problems:

•           Groups of males causing ASB during the day.

•           Drug dealing and using.

•           Loitering in entrances to local shops / businesses & residential properties.

•           Littering.

•           Intimidation / harassment of local business.

•           Using threatening language /verbal abuse.

•           Fighting / Threats / Acts of violence.

The dispersal order will be enforced from 12:00hrs on 7th May 2014 and will be in operation until 6th November 2014. This will be for six (6) months. It will cover the roads / streets that are within the red boundary as highlighted in the map. Which are as follows : Neasden Lane bordering the A406 on the West side running between A4088 on the South and Chartley Ave on the North including both sides of Chartley Ave. Stopping at Neasden Circle roundabout on the East side including the roundabout. Along Tanfield Ave on the South East side, including both sides of Tanfield Ave. This also includes Birse Crescent and Cairnfield Ave, all other roads, streets, open areas, communal spaces and car parks within the mapped area outlined in red.

Groups of individuals causing Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) or acting in a manner that is causing or is likely cause alarm, harassment or distress can now be dispersed by Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). Individuals that have been instructed to leave the area will not be allowed to return to the area for a period of 24hrs. If they return and continue to cause problems, they can / will be arrested.

Anyone found guilty of contravening a direction under a dispersal order can face up to three (3) months imprisonment or a fine of up to £2,500.

The Dudden Hill SNT will regularly police the dispersal zone throughout the period of the dispersal notice.

Maps of the dispersal zone will be displayed throughout the designated zone during the allocated time period, this is  to encourage victims and witnesses to report Anti-Social Behaviour as and when it may occur.

Dudden Hill to be considered to pilot selected license landlord scheme

Plans for selective licensing for properties in Brent have been revised to consider the inclusion of Dudden Hill Ward and Mapesbury Ward. Original plans suggested Wembley Central, Harlesden and Willesden Green for piloting.

As part of Tuesday night’s decision, additional licensing will be rolled out across the entire borough.

Currently, all local authorities are obliged to run a licensing scheme covering Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) that have three or more storeys and are occupied by five or more people. A scheme has been in operation in Brent since 2006.

We will roll out additional licensing in the whole Borough from 1st January 2015. This will cover HMOs not covered by mandatory licensing; defined as properties containing 3 or more separate households in a property of no more than 2 floors.

The third type of license is selective licensing and that will focus on improving the management of privately rented properties accommodating single households as well as HMOs. This is for consultation in the five wards mentioned above.

There is now more private rented housing in Brent than Council Social Housing. It is a highly unregulated market which is causing problems of anti-social behaviour in Brent. Especially in relation to fly-tipping, street drinking and poor upkeep of properties. It really leads to eyesores to many quiet residential roads.

The scheme was attacked by Lib Dem Councillors on the night who showed themselves to be on the wrong side of the argument on this issue. They have failed to grasp the issues in Brent revolving around the private rented sector.

Many of the flytipping issues and waste from overflowing bins can be attributed to private rented properties and rogue landlords. The Brent Labour Group is the only party hat is addressing the root cause of the problem. Meanwhile, the Lib Dems have gained a notorious reputation of blaming Labour cuts to streetcare for fly tipping from individuals (quite ironic after their party are cutting Council funding around the country by 50% in some cases).

They then go on to blame the Council as if it is the Council that is physically putting the rubbish out on the streets. With this sort of attitude, they will always lack the ideas, creativity and energy needed to make fundamental long term changes that we need.

It is a massive innovative step in the right direction to drive up standards for all residents and tackle issues of anti-social behaviour.

Another huge casework win is still a hit on the doorstep today

Our team is out regardless of whether there is an election or not and when we visited residents in October 2010, we were able to show residents the real difference that Labour Councillors are making in the area.

What the Bermans Way / Leeland Way intersection used to look like
What the Bermans Way / Leeland Way intersection used to look like

On Leeland Way and Bermans Way, there was a huge dump that had been left there for years. It was an awful eyesore. We managed to get it boarded up and secured as soon as we were elected.

Residents were shocked to see Councillors actually delivering as they were used to the lack of any contact from Lib Dem Councillors in the ward before 2010.

Site boarded up

Major campaign victory in 2010 still resonates on the doorstep today

In 2010, one of our first major campaign victories was the traffic measures we introduced on Tanfield Avenue. Residents were victim to buses and large vehicles hitting their cars.

Liberal Democrat Councillors knew about this and took zero action. They only come around at election time in Dudden Hill.

We called on TfL and Brent Council to look at the option of allowing cars to park on the road and part on the pavement before we were actually elected.  

We were successful in our argument and won funding to pay for pavements with lower kerbs to allow this to happen.

You always remember your first major campaign victory and this was still remembered by residents living on the road when we visit them.