Boundary changes to Brent

The Coalition Government is proposing to cut the number of Parliamentary constituencies from 650 to 600. In London, it is proposed to cut the number of Parliamentary Constituencies by 5, from 73 to 68. Brent is going to be affected by these boundary changes.

At the moment, the London Borough of Brent lies in three Parliamentary constituency boundaries: Brent Central, Brent North and Hampstead and Kilburn. Boundary changes will see wards in the London Borough of Brent in five different Parliamentary constituencies; Harrow, Stanmore, Wembley and Perivale, Willesden and Hampstead and Kilburn.

Changes:

  • At the moment, Brondesbury Park Ward lies in Hampstead and Kilburn Parliamentary constituency. It is proposed that this Ward comes over to Brent Central. Kilburn Ward and Queens Park Ward are to remain in Hampstead and Kilburn.
  • College Park and Old Oak Ward, which is in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is to come over to Brent Central Parliamentary constituency.
  • Tokyngton Ward is to move over from Brent Central to the Brent North Parliamentary seat.
  • Brent Central is to be renamed Willesden.
  • Perivale Ward is to move from the Ealing North Parliamentary seat to Brent North
  • Brent North is to be renamed Wembley and Perivale.
  • Fryent Ward and Queensbury Ward are to move over to what is now known as Harrow East in a new Parliamentary constituency that will be named Stanmore.
  • Kenton Ward in Brent is to move from Brent North to what is now Harrow West in a Parliamentary Constituency called Harrow.

Below are web links to the new proposed constituencies:

It is worth noting that the Government are consulting on these proposals for a 12-week period, from 13 September 2011 to 5 December 2011 so these are not finalised proposals. You can contribute your comments here: LINK

The Commission will be holding public hearings across all the English regions. There will be one hosted at Brent Town Hall on Thursday 20th October from 11am to 8pm and Friday 21st October from 9am to 5pm. For more details and to register, click here: LINK

Councillor Jim Moher’s Letter to the Observer

Councillor Jim Moher’s letter sent to the Observer – RE: New Civic Centre

Jim is a Brent Councillor representing the Labour Party in the Fryent ward.

I’m glad the Observer is giving some coverage to the Council’s proposal for a New Civic
Centre, though it is a pity the controversy should have arisen between the politicians at the

Kingsbury & Kenton Area Forum. These forums are for residents to have their say and Cllr

Mistry should not be using her position to engage in such party politics.


Whatever the rights and wrongs of her row with Mr Ali of the Green Party, he surely

has a point that the Council should be consulting residents about such a major proposal,

estimated to cost £80m. Why doesn’t she use her influence to persuade Cllr Blackman

to consult? It is significant that it is the Civic Centre programme director, not her Leader,
who is responsible for all corporate finances, who has entered the fray to assure us that
it will cost less. That is something we could assess better if there were proper consultation.

When the new Civic Centre was proposed some years ago, it seemed that the case

seemed strong to replace the many Council offices around the borough with one ‘all singing
and dancing’ community and civic centre, especially as the Council got the offer of a prime

site in the new Wembley arena and we were assured that it would be ‘cost-neutral’.


But a lot has changed since those balmy days of sound finances and generous
government grants. Now we are facing the prospect of at least £53m in service ‘efficiencies’

over the next four years. Can we afford such a grandiose Civic Centre at this time? That is a

question we must now all be asking ourselves and so a proper consultation seems timely.


Yours sincerely,


Cllr Jim Moher

(Fryent ward), Labour.