At a Council meeting last November the Coalition parties made much of the Mayor of London’s Outer London Regeneration Fund so it comes as some surprise to see that both of Brent Council’s bids have been denied. Brent’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr George Crane has expressed his disbelief that the Mayor has chosen to ignore the needs of Outer London’s most diverse borough.
Brent put in a bid for 1.65 million to continue the successful work started in Willesden High Road in an earlier bid agreed last year. The bid would have helped transform Willesden Green High Road by renting some empty shop units on a long-term basis. These would be used by emerging businesses to help employment and skills of local people. The other part of the bid was to improve the area around the Willesden Green Library centre and make it a focal point to showcase local creative talent. (For more info on Willesden project see http://willesdenwindows.com )
The second bid was for 1.8 million for Ealing Road between Wembley Central and Alperton. The programme was designed to promote Ealing Road to deliver physical, economic social and cultural benefits to Ealing Road, Wembley and Brent.
Ealing Road is already attracting high visitor numbers from around London and beyond with its unique style of Indian shopping experience.
Cllr Crane said
”All our neighbouring Boroughs have received money and it is difficult to understand why Brent has been singled out to have both projects rejected..
I will be asking Navin Shah, Brent’s London Assembly Member to raise this with Mayor Johnson and ask him to reconsider both Brent’s bids.”
Brent Diwali celebrations begin today with Rangoli and Lantern making. For more details see LINK.
Main celebrations will be on Saturday 30th October 2010
2pm – 6pm
Shri Sanatan Hindu Mandir on Ealing Road Diwali dance programme. Watch traditional Indian dance groups perform on the steps of the stunning new temple that opened this year.
Rangoli competition. Enter bring your creation to the rangoli marquee by 12 noon on the day to be in the running.
Take the opportunity to see the breathtaking Shri Sanatan Hindu temple inside.
7pm – 8pm
Along Ealing Road to Barham Park will be the biggest Brent Diwali Parade spectacle outside of India. Bringing the colourful story of Diwali to life, local community groups have been working in partnership with Emergency Exit Arts and Mahogany to create spectacular floats. Each element of the Diwali epic will be animated through the unique use of light and colour to celebrate the powerful messages of Diwali.
Barham Park – Fireworks and laser show. The skies of Barham Park will explode with fireworks and lasers in a thrilling show to end the evening.
Last month I blogged on an increase in incidents of gold chain snatching LINK.
The Willesden and Brent Times are reporting that two people have been sentenced for robbery in a police crackdown on thieves who snatch valuable jewellery from people walking by.
Brent police launched a massive undercover operation in August to find and arrest thieves who were grabbing gold chains from the necks of innocent victims.
The operation was launched in response to an unprecedented crime wave of jewellery muggings with some 90 reported in 12 weeks. Church Road market in Dudden Hill Ward, and Ealing Road market in Wembley, were flagged up as particular hotspots although as my article says, incidents were not restricted to these two areas.
In the first case, a 14-year-old youth from Harlesden, was sentenced to a six month parenting order and a supervision referral order for 12 months at Brent Youth Court for attempted robbery. The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, followed a woman, 47, as she walked home in Neasden.
As she turned into Denzil Road, the youth stopped her and asked for the time. He then grabbed her by the neck and left shoulder and threw her to the floor before trying to pull a gold chain from her neck. Passers by heard her scream and ran over to help.
Fortunately, officers were nearby and stopped the 14-year-old from running off. He was arrested for robbery. He later pleaded guilty at court.
Detective Sergeant, Mark Fletcher, from the Priority Crime Unit, said: “This suspect was arrested as a result of public spirited citizens and police coming to the assistance of a lone female who was being subjected to a cowardly attack.
“Brent police are dedicated to pro-actively patrolling the streets, looking for suspects concerned in robbery offences. We will continue this positive action in order to identify, arrest and convict robbery offenders.”