Neasden Shopping Centre represents years of Lib Dem neglect

I spent the morning out with the Police, local residents and Council officers walking around the Neasden Shopping Centre. What we found was problems and clear signs of neglect with issues that have been left unresolved for years.

The lack of attention paid to the area by Lib Dem Councillors has led to it being left without due care and attention. It’s a sad state of affairs as I remember growing up in the area and having fond memories spending a lot of my childhood time at the local shopping centre.

I will continue to work with my local police team, residents, shopkeepers, fellow Councillors and Council officers to improve the area.

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Residents ecstatic at change on Bermans Way and Leeland Way

During the election campaign, I sent the following letter out to residents of Bermans Way and Leeland Way – (Letter to residents of Bermans Way and Leeland Way).

It was regarding this eyesore that had residents angry for years. My predecessors did nothing about it. It was ignored by the people who should by the duty of their role care about issues like this that residents are rightly furious about. I would hate to live with a dump like that on my road.

The Lib Dem introduction of a £25 for bulky item collection had made it easier to dump and unfortunately for residents on Bermans Way and Leeland Way, they had become victims of Lib Dem policy.

A week into my tenure as a Councillor and skips were around to deal with the dump. This is what it looks like now after the clear up.

The scrapping of the £25 bulky items charge will mean that scenes like this will become a thing of the past.

Dudden Hill Lib Dems fail us on safety

In December 2009, Councillor James Powney blogged on inactivity of a Dudden Hill Liberal Democrat Councillor:

One of the curiosities of Brent’s Planning Committees is the presence of Cllr Pawan Gupta, the Liberal Democrat councillor for Dudden Hill. He has taken to standing at the back of the room during each meeting, but never comments on an application. Last time this seemed especially strange, since there was a controversial application in his ward (at Dudden Hill Parade). He remained in the meeting from 7pm to 11pm (when it ended) without commenting. In fact the only time that I can recall him saying anything in any form of Council meeting was when he announced that he never spoke to his local police team.

Councillor James Powney

In light of the criminal activity in Dudden Hill where there were 3 stabbings in the area yesterday, it is an absolute disgrace that our Lib Dem Councillors have not been working with our local police teams to tackle issues of crime.

Dudden Hill Labour makes Lib Dem Council improve your street: Ashcombe Park

Following more Lib Dem neglect, the street paving at a section of Ashcombe Park was horrific as the picture below shows:

Ashcombe Park kerb damage

After Labour action, this has now been fixed:

Where are our Lib Dem Councillors to deal with these local issues? Is there more to the Dudden Hill Lib Dems than just leaflet delivering?

Horrendous state of kerbs on Ashcombe Park and also Lovat Close

More Lib Dem neglect on Ashcombe Park and also Lovat Close in the Neasden part of the ward that I have had to report to the Council due to the current crop of Lib Dem Councillors not seeming to bothered about Dudden Hill.

Ashcombe Park kerb damage
Lovat Close damaged kerb

Brent Labour’s Budget Proposals

On Monday 1st March Brent Council met to determine its budget for 2010-11. Labour opposed the package of cuts and redundancies proposed by the Lib Dem/Tory administration. Labour also re-affirmed its promise to scrap the £25 charge for bulky refuse collection, which has led to an epidemic of dumping across the Borough Other proposals included:

FREE PARKING TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL SHOPPING FOR LOCAL PEOPLE

Labour will be proposing free parking for the first hour in council car parks (all of which are close to local shopping centres) in order to discourage local people from driving to ‘out of town’ shopping centres like Brent Cross, where parking is free, to encourage people to shop locally. This would have the effect of reducing carbon emissions and also have the effect of boosting local businesses with local people using local shops.

Labour’s Transport Spokesperson, Cllr Lena Ahmed, said:

“We believe that parking restrictions and charges in local shopping centres are bad for business and we want to encourage local shopping for local people so that local people use local shops. The cost in lost revenue is a mere £96,840, which is a small price to pay for a significant boost to the local economy during the world economic downturn”.

Labour is also calling for residents’ parking charges to be linked to carbon emissions with higher charges for vehicles which cause the most pollution.

These measures will form part of a ‘Green Charter’, which Labour will present to the electorate as part of its manifesto.

AN END TO THE LIB DEMS’ CARE CHARGE RIP-OFF

Having promised free personal care for the elderly before the last election, The Brent Lib Dems have increase some home care charges by nearly 300%. Labour voted against these increases and is pledged to review the charges. However, the government has now introduced the Personal Care at Home Bill, which will eliminate many of these charges.

Labour’s Spokesperson for Adults, Health & social Care, Cllr Ruth Moher, said:

“Those who receive home care are amongst the most vulnerable people in our borough and we will protect them”.

NO TO HOUSING ON PUBLIC OPEN SPACE

Labour’s budget proposals contain a specific pledge to reverse the Lib Dems’ plans for housing development in Barham Park and to protect all public open space from rapacious developers. In December, the Lib Dem controlled Executive agreed the sale of 776-778 Harrow Road, Wembley, which is in Barham Park, for housing development and Labour fears that a tower block may be built there.

Labour’s Environment and Planning Spokesperson, Cllr James Powney, said:

“The Lib Dems sneaked this report through the Executive just before Christmas and entitled it ‘Disposal of 776-778 Harrow Road’ in the hope that nobody would notice that the site is in fact IN Barham Park. The report allows for housing development on the site. Labour is opposed to any housing being built on public open space and we will fight this proposal all the way”.

Labour’s budget proposals also sought to reverse the sale of the scout hut at Oliver Goldsmith School.

ACTION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

With Brent South Labour MP, Dawn Butler, being Minister for Young People, it is no surprise that Labour’s budget proposals seek to improve services for teenagers and young people. The party proposes a multi use games area in every suitable open space and regrets the Lib Dems’ decision to remove years 2 & 3 funding from the budget for improvements to Kingsbury’s Roe Green Park. Labour is also committed to restoring the cut in funding for the ‘Positive Activities for Young People’ programme, which is a Youth Service project working with young people at risk of social exclusion engaging them in constructive activity programmes in order to assist their progress into education or employment.

Labour’s spokesperson for Children and Families, Cllr Mary Arnold, said:

“It’s a false economy to cut youth spending because with nothing better to do, young people can sometimes drift into trouble, become a nuisance to everybody else and miss out on educational and employment opportunities, which will affect their life chances. Given the opportunity for positive activities, young people generally develop their talents and skills and they will thrive”.

SUPPORT FOR ADVICE AGENCIES

Labour will maintain the £22,000 one off increase in funding for advice agencies and seek to develop innovative ways to link advice, debt management and job seeking support services.

Kilburn ward Councillor Mary Arnold, who has campaigned against the closure of Brent In2 Work and cuts to advice services, said:

“Brent is slowly emerging from the world wide recession but the recovery is fragile and will be put at risk if the Tories or Liberals are in power. It is therefore important to retain the extra funding for advice agencies and to link advice, debt management and job seeking support services.

REPAIR POT HOLES BEFORE PAYING CONSULTANTS

Labour Councillors will slash spending on consultants by £1.5 million and use the money saved to repair pot holes and broken pavements. The Council’s own budget report shows that the cost of claims for injuries sustained on broken pavements has risen by over 30%. The Lib Dem and Tory council is also proposing to cut spending on street cleaning.

Labour’s Environment Spokesperson, Cllr James Powney, said:

“There are more pot holes in Brent’s roads than there are in the Yorkshire Dales and they are a danger to motorists in general and especially to cyclists. Meanwhile, broken pavements are an ever present danger to disabled residents and others with impaired mobility. Instead of wasting money on consultants who tell us nothing new we should repair our roads and pavements”.

Labour will also be seeking to reduce the grossly excessive spending of £16 million a year on temporary and agency staff.

Labour’s Deputy Leader and Finance Spokesperson, Cllr Muhammed Butt, said:

“How can the Lib Dems and Tories justify employing nearly 600 temporary and agency staff at a cost in excess of £16 million a year when we are sacking 250 permanent staff?”

Result for Denzil Road, Selbie Avenue and Severn Way

Following the problems I uncovered on Denzil Road (LINK), Selbie Avenue and Severn Way (LINK), I wrote to the Transportation team explaining the situation as below:

I have recently been talking to residents from Denzil Road, Severn Way and Selbie Avenue.

These roads are in dire need of resurfacing. Nearly all the slabs on the pavements are cracked. Even more disturbingly, outside xx Severn Way and on various points adjacent to the College of NorthWest London on Selbie Avenue, there are dangerously damaged kerbs in urgent need of repairing.

I have since received the following response:

Dear Mr Hirani

I refer to your recent e-mail regarding the condition of the footway and carriageway at the locations stated below. These locations have been inspected and areas of defective footway and carriageway which meet the councils criteria for repair were identified and marked with white spray paint. These repair works will consist of large areas of footway upgrade in Denzil Road whilst patching works will be undertaken in Severn Way and Selbie Avenue.  An order for the repair of these defects will be issued to our contractors for completion within 21 days.

Thank you for bringing these matters to our attention. If we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

Maintenance Engineer

Highway Engineering

The same questions and issues arise.. Labour have acted and made the Lib Dem Council improve these roads. Where were your elected Lib Dem Councillors to report this issue?

Stay tuned for more blogging on results achieved on Dewsbury Road.

Cracked Kerbs on Severn Way and Selbie Avenue

Following on from the problems I reported when out talking to residents of Denzil Road (LINK), I witnessed further neglect and broken curbs on Selbie Avenue and Severn Way. I wrote to the Council to repair the roads and will be blogging the response I receive.

Damaged Kerb on Selbie Avenue
Selbie Avenue Damaged Curb
Damaged Kerb on Selbie Road
Damaged Curb on Severn Way
Severn Way Kerb

Where are our Lib Dem Councillors to deal with these issues for residents?

No resources to keep Dudden Hill clean

On 15th November I blogged on the following regarding Dewsbury Road – LINK

I continue to see rubbish dumped on the corner of this particular road regularly. See photo evidence below:

15th November
15th November
15th November
5th December 2009
5th December

11th December

As you can see the level of neglect is atrocious. Residents vented their anger on the issue and I wrote to the Council’s StreetCare team looking for clarification on the issue:

Dear Sir / Madam,

I have received complaints from residents in Dewsbury Road, Dollis Hill that their street is not being looked after properly in comparison to adjacent roads. Residents were having to sweep the pavements of leaves falling from trees planted on the pavement.

Last Sunday, on the corner of the road itself by the road sign was a dreadful heap of tree waste by which it would be impossible to get a pushchair, wheelchair or pavement vehicle past (see attached photograph).

Can this issue be looked into?

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best Regards,

Krupesh Hirani

Dudden Hill Ward
Labour Party Action Team


krupesh@bclabour.org.uk

Below is the response I received:

Dear Krupesh,

With regards to your email, please be advised  that on my inspections the Fly tip was observed and  issued  on 19th /11/09 : Contender number 1014686.  Upon request for removal further items had been  added to the fly tip.  It would appear that at that particular location as well as various locations in the Dudden Hill Ward, items are being dumped on the public footway.

With regards to the street cleansing, there has been several  issues  raised relating to the cleansing standard  of the area. The fact that we also have leafing issues is  further affecting cleansing standards. Please rest assured I am trying to arrange additional cleansing services for the area as the roads are very long and I don’t believe that there  is adequate resources to ensure for effecting maintenance throughout Dewsbury Road and the surrounding roads.

Thanking you for  your time in this matter.

Kind Regards,

StreetCare Ward Officer (Dollis Hill and Dudden Hill)

Another example of Lib Dem hypocrisy with them admitting there are inadequate resources to keep our streets clean and yet the Council spends £2.3 million on communications and over a million pounds on external consultants to tell them how to save money!

Dumping in the Church End Area

More wreckless dumping on the streets in Dudden Hill. This time on Cobbold Road and Franklyn Road.

Cobbold Road
Franklyn Road

The Brent Labour Group has pledged to remove the £25 bulky items charge introduced by the Lib Dems if we regain control of the Council next year.

Where are our Lib Dem Councillors to deal with these issues?