Brent has the grit to deal with winter

The Public Realm team has been checking the forecast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, since the start of the Winter Service on 1 November.

Over 326 grit bins are on street and filled with salt; gritters have been serviced and the service is ready for the onset of Winter.

Our weather forecaster advises that temperatures may fall below freezing over the weekend and Public Realm is watching carefully.

Gritters are on standby in readiness for any sudden change in the weather and we have 1,500 tonnes of salt in stock.

The link below details grit bin locations; the priority network we treat; and government advice on residents gritting pavements in the “Snow Code”.

http://www.brent.gov.uk/services-for-residents/transport-and-streets/road-maintenance-signs-and-markings/gritting/

Ken Livingstone sweeps the Labour nomination for the 2012 London Mayoral elections

The City Hall campaign will in effect begin now.

Former Brent East MP, Ken has overwhelmingly won the nomination to be Labour’s Mayoral candidate for the 2012 London elections, securing over double the tally of Oona King’s vote.

A few weeks ago I blogged on why I’m supporting Ken (LINK). Ken will be an excellent candidate to challenge the Tories over cuts to our police service, which will lead to less police on our streets in London, and cuts to Transport including less staffing at night at tube stations, making evening journeys unsafe for commuters.

Ken has already pledged that transport fares under his leadership will be lower than fares under Boris, and will be paid for by the Western extension of the London Congestion Charge.

Commiserations to Oona King who must be credited for fighting an exhausting campaign. Husting after husting, constant press and media attention, events, canvassing members… it can’t be easy. London Labour has benefited from her putting herself forward in the contest as it has allowed us to debate key issues. in addition, Ken has said that he will be taking Oona’s good policies and progressing them forward in his plans for London.

I’m glad that the contest is over as now the Party can unite behind our winning candidate, regardless of who we supported during the campaign, and fight for the Labour cause, standing up to the regressive, unfair and discriminatory measures being imposed on us by the Tories and Lib Dems.

Yes We Ken!

I’ve just voted for Ken Livingstone to be the Labour Party candidate for the 2012 London Mayoral election and here is why

Ken was my MP for over half of my lifetime, so to many, it may not be surprising that someone from Brent is backing Ken to be Mayor of London. But looking beyond that, I want a candidate who is not afraid to challenge the consensus and someone who can build a platform for Labour to be back in power at the next general election.

Ken has proved time and time again and shown true leadership in the decisions he’s made that he has shown good judgement. Some decisions he has made has made a practical difference to people’s lives.

One example of when Ken has shown innovation to tackle the problems we have is on Housing; and in particular, wheelchair accessible housing.

There is a national shortage of around 300,000 wheelchair accessible properties in the UK. In many cases, not having the right housing could mean that a wheelchair user has to bathe in the kitchen sink or even use their living room as a bedroom, because they can’t get into their own room.

In London, thanks to Ken, it is now a requirement for ten per cent of homes to be identified as wheelchair accessible at the planning application stage and described in the Design and Access Statement submitted with the planning application. The requirements go well beyond the National Lifetime Homes standard and shifts the focus on building homes for wheelchair users that are liveable, and not just visitable properties that tick minimum requirement boxes.

It’s all set out here: Mayor of London Best Practice Guide on Wheelchair Accessible Housing (2004)

Ken’s 10% target has set a blueprint that leads the way on this issue, and although it will not solve all the problems we face on this issue nationally, Ken’s actions ensures that London at least give our contribution.

On Transport, Ken was right to introduce the Congestion Charge in London to ease traffic through the city, encourage greater use of public transport and reduce vehicle emissions. The Boris alternative to removing the Western extension to the Zone has been unprecedented rise in Tube fares LINK.

Whether it is housing, transport, planning, employment, fairness, IRAQ!!! in most cases, Ken gets it spot on. That’s why I’m backing Ken to be the Labour Party candidate for the 2012 London Mayoral election.

Wembley Stadium Event Day parking restrictions on Friday 3rd September 2010 (tomorrow)

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The Wembley Protective Parking Scheme will be enforced on Friday 3rd September as Englad play Bulgaria as part of the Euro 2012 Qualifications at the Wembley National Stadium.

Enforcement will be between 08.00am and Midnight on the main roads in the area and between 10am and Midnight in the residential areas.

Please ensure that permits are displayed in vehicles.

Please use the following link to obtain the up to date Wembley Event Calendar from the stadium we site.

http://www.wembleystadium.com/events/DownloadEventCalendar/eventcalendar

(source: Brent Council)

Navin Shah AM slams worst Dial-A-Ride statistics in London

Navin Shah AM, The London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow today slammed new statistics revealing Brent and Harrow had the worst refusal rates for Dial-A-Ride journeys in London.

source: BBC

The statistics, released at the July Mayor’s Question Time, show the refusal rate – the percentage of journey requests turned down due to lack of capacity – in both boroughs are considerably above average. While the Londonwide average refusal rate is 7.5%, 13.8% of requests in Harrow, and 12.9% of requests in Brent were turned down.

Navin Shah said: “These statistics confirm the anecdotal evidence I hear regularly. While TfL tell us Dial-A-Ride is getting better, constituents continue experiencing problems booking a ride. I’ve written to TfL to ask for urgent targeted improvements in North West London and I’ll certainly be following this up when the Assembly next questions the Mayor.”

“Dial A Ride in North West London needs to be improved urgently. I would urge any dissatisfied customers to contact me at City Hall with their experiences and I will raise them with Transport for London.”

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.