Following a successful first Neasden Festival last year, this weekend we have our second Neasden Festival this Saturday. It will be a street party with lots of family activities and entertainment for all to enjoy.
Visit the dedicated website for the event for further details LINK
You can also follow the Neasden Festival Twitter page LINK
A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is now live in Neasden. The Government’s street drinking laws were time limited and have now expired so the Council has implemented it’s own PSPO in partnership with the Police to clamp down on street drinking.
The purpose of the PSPO is to help tackle and address the issues of street drinking which is taking place within the Neasden Shopping Centre area.
We have been busy working with the Church and Daniel’s Estate Agent to put together this community festival event. We have stage performances lined up for the day and stalls so feel free to come along and celebrate with us.
The Brent and Kilburn Times website is warning Asian residents to be wary of jewellery thieves LINK
The individuals are known to be patrolling around in a car and approaching Asians.
One of my constituents was lured at the Neasden Shopping Centre by being asked directions to the temple as a conversation starter. Thankfully she was having none of it and went away!
I have raised the issue with the Police Safer Neighbourhood Team who are on the lookout for these criminals. It is important that all incidents are reported to 999 in an emergency and 101 in non emergency situations.
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.
The Post Office at Neasden Shopping Centre is to undergo works that will see it change to one of the Post Office’s new main style branches.
It will create a newer look Post Office and will have longer opening hours on Saturdays. The new look Post Office will open on Monday 17th February at 1pm. It will need to close for refurbishment on Thursday 6th February at 5.30pm. While it is closed, people can visit branches on Church Road and within Tesco at Brent Park.
Upgrading the Post Office in Neasden is something that we have long been calling for. I’m glad that this investment is finally forthcoming.