All are welcome to attend the Willesden Area Consultative Forum which takes place on Tonight at the College of North West London, Denzil Road, NW10. Start time is 7pm prompt.
The meeting will be chaired by me. The main items on the agenda at this meeting are:
1 Willesden High Road improvements
2 Introduction of the new waste collection service
3 New structure of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams
4 Education standards in Brent
5 Community Infrastructure Levy – the levy allows local authorities to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in the local area.
I have also invited representatives from the fire brigade who will be available to talk to people during the break about fire safety. I felt this was important due to the tragic incident that happened in my ward last month in Sonia Gardens in Neasden, which is in my Ward.
There will also be a representative from the Willesden Sports Centre to talk to during the break.
I look forward to seeing you tonight.
Safer Neighbourhood Teams provide an essential role in following up and reassuring victims of crime at what could be a traumatic time for people. Unfortunately, they are not always well resourced, especially under this Tory Mayor of London. Through Ward Working, I have provided £1,224 worth of funding to the Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team to purchase crime prevention and reassurance equipment so that they have the tools to carry out doing the splendid job they do effectively.
In all our Council indicators, crime is the most important issue to people in Brent and it is right that the Council works with the Police to make Brent a safer place for all.
Tonight I will be chairing the Willesden Area Forum at the College of North West London (Willesden Campus). Join us from 7.30pm tonight where we will be discussing Brent’s Household Waste Strategy, proposals for changes to an emissions based Parking Charges and the Crest Girls Academy.
The Willesden Area Forum covers Dollis Hill, Dudden Hill, Welsh Harp, Willesden Green and during the break, you will have the opportunity to speak to your ward councillors, the Safer Neighbourhood Team, speakers and council officers.
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.