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.
Thursday 16th June, Gladstone Park Tree Walk, Gladstone Park Wildlife Group, 6.30pm
Lawrence Usherwood, Brent’s Principal Tree Officer will give a fascinating walk around Gladstone Park to discover some of the huge variety of trees there. He is a mine of information on when they were first introduced into Britain, the uses of their timber, their rarity and benefits to wildlife.
To join the walk email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Prisoner of War Memorial by Fred Kormis in Gladstone Park has has been listed as Grade II by Historic England. The piece explores the themes of freedom, captivity, showing five male figures in different stages of emotion and turmoil.
The sculpture can be found close to the Dollis Hill Lane entrance closest to the car park.
Following the issues that have been reported by residents about rough sleeping at Gladstone Park, a lot of work is underway between the Council, Ashford Place and the Police. In September, a number of people were found sleeping in tents in Gladstone Park during the night-time inspections. All were given the Park byelaws translated into Romanian. A Romanian police officer was also available to assist with enquiries. The group were offered housing assistance by Ashford Place, but declined this offer before being escorted out of the park. All tents were taken and removed by Veolia and associated rubbish and debris cleared.
After this, the Police visited Gladstone Park and found no tents or structures present. There is evidence that they may have moved on to Fryent Country Park and Welsh Harp though where two encampments, rough sleepers and tents were removed.
The current plan is to organise similar operations in October for consecutive nights if necessary.
A joined-up operation between Brent Council, the Police, Veolia and Ashford Place, the homeless charity in Cricklewood, will see the first night operation taking place at Gladstone Park from tonight. The aim of the operation is to decrease anti-social behaviour and remove any tents and structures that may be up in the park. There has been a reported increase of people sleeping in the park using tents and other bedding and this contravenes park bye-laws.
The majority of those sleeping in the parks have come from Romania to seek work in the UK and send money home. We understand they are trying to avoid accommodation costs by sleeping in the park. Whilst sympathetic to these individuals, Brent Council’s primary concern is the safety of its residents.
Signs are already up at the park in both English and in Romanian.
Brent Council has been made aware that many of these people are also seeking employment at the informal labour market in Chichele Road, Cricklewood. The Metropolitan Police have implemented a dispersal zone to deal with this problem, and any employers hiring staff this way will be questioned by the Police. We would also discourage residents from hiring them for casual labour, as we believe this is exacerbating the problem in the parks. If you are not sure of someone’s status, ask for an NI number when hiring them, so you can be sure they have a residential address and paying taxes in the UK.
Brent Council is also working with the HMRC and UKBA to establish the immigration status of these sleepers.
Victim Support in partnership with Brent Council are holding a crime prevention stall at the park to address concerns from residents about safety at the park. The stall will be located near Anson Road.
Police will also be available to talk about crime issues.
You can talk to us and your local crime and community organisations about crime prevention and personal safety at Gladstone Park. Victim Support can also offer you support if you have been affected by crime.
Even if you have no concerns, come and pick up your free personal alarms and security items from our stall.
Unfortunately Cafe VIve Iterum (opposite Dollis Hill Tube Station), where Dudden Hill Labour Councillors held regular advice surgery, has now closed down.
Our new surgery location is:
Gladstone Park Pavilion Cafe
(Off Kendal Road)
My surgery is held on the 1st Saturday of each month, 11.00am to 12:30pm
I share my surgery with my co Councillor Aslam Choudry. At least one of us will be present at our surgery. No appointment is required but please ensure that you are a Dudden Hill resident and remember to bring photocopies of your relevant documents.
The new outdoor gym at Gladstone Park has been built and is already proving to be an instant success. Here is a picture taken on Saturday morning with the machines being heavily used by local people.
It got me thinking that over the last four years, we have successfully pushed for greater use of the park for local people and slowly but surely, we are improving the offer of our local park. Below are just ten ways in which having Labour Councillors at the heart of decision making have helped improve facilities and increase activity at Gladstone Park.
- New Multi Use Games Areas
- Pavillion Café now open on weekends
- Karmarama restaurant to open
- Solution to Dollis Hill House
- Supporting Gladstone Park Run
- Park Walks for all
- New Outdoor gym equipment
- Ensuring Gladstonbury sustainability and success
- New Tennis court surfacing
- New landscaping
Come along and enjoy Eid in Brent open to all communities whether Muslim or not. The poster below has further details.