Brent yet again a target for disproportionate cuts – this time it’s our fire service

I find it terrible that two fire stations in Brent are under threat of closure – LINK

Last year a family in my ward were victims of a devastating blaze which rocked the community – LINK

One year later, we are hearing that fire stations are under threat in Brent. I believe that this will have a negative impact on response times for fire emergencies.

We are petitioning on the doorstep to campaign to maintain our fire emergency services.

An inquest is underway on the tragic Sonia Gardens fire.

Ward Working funds Fire Service project in Dudden Hill

Last year, a devastating incident occurred in Dudden Hill with the Sonia Gardens Fire.

Following the concerns that many residents were having, we finded the fire service with £2,053 to run a project specifically in Dudden Hill, distributing fire alarms and providing information.

2011 Site Stats

Happy New Year! Hope you’ve had a fab New Years’ Eve celebration.

For the last two years, I have been blogging a neat summary of statistics in fives for my website, so I thought I’d do the same for 2011. Here goes…

Top Referrers:

  1. Google
  2. Facebook
  3. Councillor James Powney
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Top Blogposts:

  1. Free Fireworks display – Saturday 5th November at 6pm to 10pm in Barham Park
  2. Aslam Choudry is the new Mayor of Brent
  3. Labour win in Wembley Central by-election! Krupa Sheth becomes Brent’s youngest ever Councillor
  4. Parking restrictions today around the Wembley Stadium Event Day area and Ellie May Southwood: Brent Labour’s candidate for Kenton by-election had the same amount of page views.
  5. Tragic incident on Sonia Gardens

Top Search Terms:

  1. Brent Diwali 2011
  2. Krupesh Hirani
  3. Sonia Gardens Fire
  4. Krupa Sheth
  5. Mayor of Brent

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  2. Cllr Muhammed Butt and Cllr Navin Shah AM had the same number of clicks.
  3. Dawn Butler and Cllr Shafique Choudhary had the same number of clicks.
  4. Cllr James Denselow 
  5. Cllr James Powney

Working hard for you all year round

A common criticism cited on the doorstep is “You only come around when you want our votes”.

In fact I still get it now. I remember speaking to a resident on Denzil Road during the Summer who was taken back when I told her “but I was only elected last year and there’s three years to go until the next Council elections!”

Your Councillors and the Dudden Hill Labour Party is working hard for you all year around and in the last year we’ve spent evenings and weekends knocking on doors on Ilex Road, Waterford Way, Burnley Road, Geary Road, Helena Road, Park Avenue North, Avondale Avenue, North Circular Road, Jeymer Avenue, Kenneth Crescent, Denzil Road, Lancaster Road, Aberdeen Road, Chantry Crescent, Chapel Close, Griffin Close, Gay Close, Clifford Way, Sherrick Green Road, Selbie Avenue, Severn Way in addition to attending meetings with the Cairnfield Residents’ Association, Neasden Neighbourhood Watch, Ashcombe Park Neighbourhood Watch, and Dudden Hill Ward Panel meetings.

I am opening up an exclusive offer for Dudden Hill residents to talk with their neighbours on their street. Anyone that wishes to take me up on this offer will be guaranteed a pre-arranged Saturday to spend knocking on doors with you on your road and asking residents if they have any problems or issues that they would like to raise. Email cllr.krupesh.hirani@brent.gov.uk to take up this offer!

Following the riots, we led with the local Police teams to speak to businesses in the Neasden Shopping Centre and Church Road to give them reassurance when they were feeling vulnerable.

Aslam and I provided reassurance to residents on Sonia Gardens after the tragic fire incident on Sonia Gardens and arranged for additional traffic management on behalf of the Crest Academy given the additional interest around the school during this period.

Willesden Area Forum 7PM tonight at the College of North West London

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.

Likely cause of Sonia Gardens fire revealed

Following the tragic incident in my ward on Saturday, the Fire Brigade has issued a statement saying that fire investigators believe that a chest freezer may have caused the fire.

Local people are still in shock over what has happened. Scenes at the Crest Academy were very emotional when I went over to meet with staff and the Principal to assist on matters from the Council’s side of things.

The London Fire Brigade has issued advice about fire safety on their website here: LINK

Thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.

Tragic incident on Sonia Gardens

You may have heard, read or seen in the media, details of a tragic fire on Sonia Gardens.

I was allowed through into the affected area and have seen the burnt house from standing outside it.

Along with my co Councillor and Mayor of Brent, Aslam Choudry, we have been talking to residents on Sonia Gardens to reassure them after many have understandibly been shocked by what they have witnessed overnight.

Sonia Gardens is a quite residential road and people are shocked by what has happened. You may have heard from the media that six have sadly passed away and two are currently in hospital. The police and fire forensic teams are still working to try and understand how the fire was caused.

My thoughts are with all those affected by this incident.