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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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’ve had a few residents contact me living around Dollis Hill tube station and in the Neasden area who have told me about their recent experiences being a victim of gold chain snatching.
I am urging residents who are victim of this crime to first of all make sure the any incident or even attempted incident is reported. This will give the police the intelligence they need to make sure they are patrolling the right areas at the right time.
In the past, such an approach has led to success in actually catching the culprits LINK . However, Police for now rely on greater information and intelligence as there is less of them in the Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team.
I have raised the matter with the local Ward sergeant and I have visibly already seen Police around patrolling at times that people told me these incidents happened in one of the locations at least.