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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
A local resident has raised the issue of vans that seem to be coming on to this road and acting suspiciously. They have been alleged to be keeping an eye on resident’s properties and there have been issues of items being taken from people’s cars. If you see any suspicious activity, do not hesitate to call 999. In the meantime, I have requested for the local police team to increase their patrol activity on this road.