Thoughts are with Friends, Family and Colleagues of Cllr Alec Castle

Unfortunately, Brent Liberal Democrat Councillor for Dollis Hill Ward Alec Castle has passed away.

Condolences to friends, families and colleagues of Alec.

I first met Alec around three years ago, before I was a Brent Councillor. Alec used to chair the Willesden Area Consultative Forum (usually hosted at the College of North West London) before me.

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Willesden Area Forum

Tonight, I will be chairing the Willesden Area Forum meeting. It will be at the College of North West London on Dudden Hill Lane from 7PM onwards. On the agenda is Brent’s budget, the digital switchover and the Brent housing tenancy strategy.

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.

Dispelling Lib Dem myths on libraries

The Lib Dems have falsely accused the Brent Labour Party of wanting to get rid of libraries for a long time. The issue arose at the Willesden Area Forum, which I chair, when a resident showed a paper which suggests that the Council is going to close libraries.

Brent Council leader Ann John said that it was presented as an option to the then Labour administration who rejected the idea claiming that officers do often present reports that are rejected by decision makers and when this was presented to the Labour executive, Labour answered with an emphatic no. Cllr Lesley Jones has more on this here – LINK.

Stinks of typical local Lib Dem tactics to ‘pick an unpopular cut and champion it’ as reported here (LINK) as ‘we are not running the Council, it’s not our problem’.

Willesden Area Consultative Forum tonight!

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.