Brent will be the London Borough of Culture in 2020

Brent will be the London Borough of Culture in 2020. The prestigious award will see Brent receive £1.35 million to stage an ambitious year long programme of cultural events and activities, which will put culture at the heart of the borough’s future. Brent fought off stiff competition from the 21 other London boroughs to win the title, which was awarded by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
Waltham Forest will become the first London Borough of Culture in 2019 with Brent following in 2020 as the Euro 2020 football finals take place at Wembley Stadium. Brent’s bid was structured around seven key projects, showcasing the borough’s spirit of diversity, youthfulness and internationalism.
These include a collaboration with Vice and Brent’s young people to develop their skills across film, radio and writing, a huge street party taking place along a pedestrianised A5, and an open air ‘Museum of all Brent Life’. During the year, Brent will also host a reggae music festival, and a Brent anthem will be composed to be performed at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020. The council has pledged a further £300,000 to set up an independent Cultural Trust, to oversee the borough’s cultural programme.
A wide range of London’s leading cultural institutions will work with the winning boroughs – including the Barbican, the Museum of London, the Roundhouse, Film London and the National Trust and many more. For more information about London Borough of Culture 2020 and to get involved, please visit 

Brent stands united with Paris


After the attacks in Paris last weekend, Brent, London and the rest of the world turned their eyes towards Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night. The England v France friendly match was arguably the most friendly match anyone watching had ever experienced, as the Wembley Crowd showed their solidarity with our French neighbours, and the stadium and the Brent Civic Centre was lit up in blue, white and red, and with the French motto of Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite.

Pilot on Wembley Event Day parking enforcement agreed

Last night, Brent Labour Councillors voted to pilot a change in the way that Wembley Event Day Parking is enforced. The change moves away from the system implemented by the Liberal Democrats where there is a blanket 8am to midnight parking restriction around the Wembley Stadium Event Day zone when there are events at the national landmark stadium.

From 1st May 2014, up until the end of October 2014, we will pilot only sending enforcement officers out 3 hours before the Wembley Stadium event and up to 3 hours after an event.

It is difficult to justify having such a blanket tough enforcement regime from 8am if an event is at 8pm. Likewise, if a Saturday afternoon match finishes at 6pm, it makes no sense to continue enforcing parking restrictions up to midnight.

The change gives a better offer to residents and means that residents living around the stadium are still protected from the negative parking effects of events that attract around 90,000 spectators.

Wembley Stadium Event Day parking restrictions in Brent today

Stuart Pearce, manager of Manchester City F.C.

Brent boy Stuart Pearce who once worked as an electrician for Brent Council will manage England today at the Wembley National Stadium as England take on Holland in an International Football Friendly.

Parking restrictions apply around the Wembley Stadium Event Day Zone from 8am to Midnight. For more information visit here LINK.


Free Fireworks display – Saturday 5th November at 6pm to 10pm in Barham Park

Following Lib Dem and Tory cuts to Brent Council, there will not be a Diwali parade along Ealing Road like there was last year. However, there will be a free fireworks display at Barham Park to celebrate fireworks night and Diwali on Saturday 5th November from 6pm to 10pm. The Funfair at the park will start at 6pm with fireworks at 8.30 pm with lasers. The event is scheduled to close at 10pm.

Visitors are advised not to drive to the event as it is on a Wembley Stadium Event day and therefore parking is restricted in the area and if you park without a permit, your car may be towed.

You can use the following bus routes to get to the event: 18,92, 182, 204, 245. The actual address for the Park is, Barham Park, Sudbury HA0 2HB.

If the event cannot go ahead on 5th November because of bad weather,  it will be postponed to Sunday 6 November 2011.

It’s been a sad few days for London

We hoped that Brent would not fall victim to some of the scenes that we have seen on the news in other parts of London. But it is unfortunate that a few minority have been inspired by scenes in other parts of London, rather than appalled by what is happening and are carrying out criminal activity in Brent.

Brent residents had been offered tickets at a heavily discounted rate for the England vs Holland football friendly international game. The Football Association has now confirmed that the match has been called off.

Event day restrictions apply on 30th May 2011

Wembley Event day parking restrictions are in operation on 30th May 2011 for the Championship play-off final where Reading are playing Swansea City for a place in the Barclays Premier League.