Willesden Mini Mela – Saturday 15th July – 12PM – 4PM

Willesden mini mela

This weekend will see the first ever Willesden Mini Mela at the Library at Willesden Green. The day will be filled with activities throughout. The event is in partnership with Brent Council, Lottery, Arts Council England, Willesden Temple and the British Museum who have loaned a 800 year idol of Ganesha at the Exhibition space.

Career Fair – Wednesday 9th November 10am to 1pm – Pakistan Community Centre

hiredThere will be a free Career Fair open to all at the Pakistan Community Centre, Marley Walk, London NW2 4PU (behind Willesden Green tube station. For more information, email careers@capitalpeople.co

There will be an opportunity to meet employers, access live vacancies and instant advice and guidance.

Sadiq delivers Night Tube for Dudden Hill residents

Sadiq Khan has delivered on the Night Tube for Dudden Hill residents. The ward is well served by the Jubilee Line with residents using Willesden Green, Dollis Hill and Neasden Stations.

Starting from tonight, Tube services will now run on Friday and Saturday nights on the full length of the Jubilee line from Stanmore to Stratford.

TfL has confirmed that all the stations will remain staffed throughout the night and that services will run approximately every 10 minutes.

This is in addition to the pledge already delivered on the Hopper fare for buses. For more information on this, visit the TfL advice site here LINK

Labour calls on Sarah Teather and the Brent Liberal Democrats to Drop The Bill

The Brent Labour Party was joined by Shadow Minister for Public Health Diane Abbott MP on Thursday 23rd February in a campaign to Save The NHS. Hundreds signed the Labour petition to save the NHS in Willesden Green. Doctors, nurses and patients all around the country have called for the Government’s flagship Health and Social Care Bill to be dropped.

The Bill would allow provision for 49% of public facilities to be used by the private sector and would allow services to be delivered by “any willing provider”. This means that hospitals will be able use around half their hospital beds and theatre time for private patients and could lead to waiting lists going up as NHS beds are being used by private patients.

Instead of wasting billions on this damaging reorganisation, Labour would save this money and protect the jobs of 6,000 nurses. Diane Abbott come to Brent to personally hand in a letter to Government Minister Sarah Teather MP and called on her to use her influence to do the right thing for patients in this country and Drop the Bill.

There is overwhelming anger and opposition in Brent to the Tory Liberal Government’s top down reorganisation of the NHS. This is exactly what David Cameron said he wouldn’t do before he became Prime Minister. People don’t want a health service that puts profit before patients. They want to know that in their time of need, the NHS will be there for them.

 

A week in the life of Cllr Hirani

Being a Councillor takes a lot of commitment. Here is what I did last week to give you a flavour.

Monday

I spent Sunday evening going through the Council’s budget for 2012/2013 Budget. On Monday evening, the Labour Group were meeting at Brent Town Hall to discuss the Budget so I wanted to be ready with questions and raise any issues arising.

I do also work and have a full time job working for a national disability charity and with the changes that are happening in this sector it is a demanding role. Before I start work I go to the Swaminarayan Temple in Stanmore where my father is a trustee. My Labour Group meeting was at 7.30pm so I worked from 9am to 7pm. I managed to squeeze in a lunch time gym session as I do like to keep fit and the building I work in has a gym. After work, it was straight to the Town Hall and the meeting finished around 10pm.

Tuesday

Another day at work in the office. Squeezed in another gym session. I had no Council meetings in the evening so I took the opportunity to sit down in front of my computer and work until the late hours of the evening on casework. Most of the casework I pick up is from the doorstep. A constituent who lives nearby also came over to my house because she was flying out to India and wanted assistance in buying travel insurance. I was happy to help and hope her trip goes well!

Wednesday

I worked in the office until late afternoon. I had already worked more hours than I was required to by my employer so I took the opportunity to leave the office and meet with Council transport officers in the Neasden area of my ward. I wanted to point out a location where I believe there should be double yellow lines as the sharp bend coupled with cars parking in the spot makes visibility very poor and it is an accident waiting to happen.

In the evening, I went to the American Embassy. I was invited by the Ambassador to an event celebrating the 15 year anniversary of Operation Black Vote. I participated in the organisation’s Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme and shadowed David Lammy MP. He was also at the reception so it was great to have the chance to catch up and have a chat. I also met and spoke to Rushanara Ali MP, Diane Abbott MP (who I was to come to Brent the next day), Lee Jasper, Garth Crooks and Paul Elliott.  I had to rush back from the embassy to get back to Brent. My mates had booked a 930pm pitch at Alperton goals so I finished the evening with a night of 5-a-side football.

Thursday

I worked from home. As I had a work related meeting in central London to get to. I broke away for an hour as part of my break before my meeting to join Brent Labour’s campaign in the Willesden Green area to Save the NHS. We were joined by Diane Abbott MP who is the Shadow Public Health Minister, who handed in a letter calling on Sarah Teather to use her influence to Drop the Bill.

Friday

Again another day in the office. There are usually no Council meeting or Party meetings on Friday evenings so I got the opportunity to have a night out. That Tinseltown milkshake was well earned!

Saturday

After a work free Friday evening, the battery was charged for a weekend of campaign activity. I had time for breakfast with the family in the morning. I went on the doorstep in my Ward and knocked on doors from around 1pm as I do every Saturday. This week we went to the Willesden part of my ward and knocked on doors on Riffell Road and the Marley Walk estate. I had a member of the Party who lives in my ward and extra help is always welcome!

After I finished, I went to Dollis Hill Ward where there is a Council by-election to help with the campaign there. Parvez Ahmed is Labour’s candidate there and he will make a great colleague on the Council.

Sunday

I actioned the casework I collected on the doorstep on Saturday. I drew up an action plan and mapped out roads that I have not been out to since I was elected. I worked out that in 12 weeks time, the whole of Dudden Hill will have been canvassed since I was elected and some roads at least twice!

I then spent the afternoon, a good three hours, out with Parvez in Dollis Hill Ward knocking on doors. Afterwards, I paid home visits to two residents in the Neasden part of my ward regarding some casework. Sunday evening was again spent playing football at Alperton Goals. My mates were short one player for a 5-a-side game so I stepped in!

And so it was ready for another week. Bring on Monday!

 

More Jubilee line misery this weekend

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More incompetence from the Mayor of London yet again, failing to deliver for Dudden Hill residents who continue to be deprived of a weekend tube service. This is addition to the troubles that commuters faced this morning when the line was part suspended.

I recall a conversation I had on the doorstep with one of my residents who lives on Aberdeen Road who said that she had factored into her life that she doesn’t have a weekend tube service.

We were told that we would have no more weekend closures on the Jubilee Line. With the line not operating between Willesden Green and Stanmore this weekend, this promise has failed to materialise. Boris Johnson has lost his grip on the issue and it’s time that we had a Mayor that truly cares about our transport system.

That is why it is important that Ken Livingstone is elected as the Mayor of London on May 3rd as he is an individual that studies the detail, and takes a hands on approach to the Mayoral office rather than being one that poses for press and photo opportunities.

Guest Blogpost: Cllr George Crane on the regeneration of Willesden High Road

It was disappointing to see local MP Sarah Teather  “saddened” at the Council’s plans to regenerate Willesden High Road. The new Library and Cultural Centre will be a major Civic building in the southern part of Brent and a major boost to the regeneration of the area for business, shops and residents.

English: Post Office, Willesden High Rd

Both Willesden Bookshop and BIAS will be assisted by the Council to find alternative accommodation in the High Road, in one of the many empty shops. The Council has also approved a detailed interim delivery strategy for the Library, Museum and Archive during the rebuilding period.  The Customer contact point will be temporarily re located to the Job Centre in Harlesden a short bus ride away. Adequate study space is being planned at a number of locations in the vicinity. Local Liberal democrat Councillors are very supportive of the plans and see the potential long term benefits for the area.

What is of more interest is the deafening silence from Sarah Teather  at the devastating news that London Mayor Boris Johnson has rejected Brent’s bid for 1.6 million pounds to continue the regeneration work in Willesden. Last year the Council implemented a very successful project “New Windows on Willesden”. The rejected Brent bid was for this project to continue during 2012. I hope the Brent Central MP will join me and Navin Shah Brent London Assembly member in asking Boris Johnson to reconsider Brent’s bid.

Cllr George Crane is a Brent Labour Party Councillor for Fryent Ward. He is the Lead Member at Brent Council for Regeneration. Fryent Ward Councillors blog on http://fryent-councillors-brent.blogspot.com/

A New International Market for Willesden

World Flavours Market is a new international market that will be starting outside Willesden Green Library on Saturday 2 July 2011 from 10am to 5pm.

World Flavours Market will be offering many beautiful open-air stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, arts and craft from across the world – Thailand, Africa, Brazil etc.  Also on offer are: mouth watering hot food, drinks, beautifully crafted trendy, high-end fashion and accessories sold at affordable prices.  The experience is a heady-mix of smell, feel and sound of true international flavour.

The colourful market brings to the fore the rich cultural mix of Willesden Brent and London.

It will add to, and strengthen what Willesden already has on offer as a town centre and at the same token animate the under-utilised public space outside the Library.

The market is part of this summer’s The Greenhouse@Willesden temporary animation programme for the Centre.

The market will trade Saturday fortnightly and dates for the following 3 months are:

2, 16, 30 July; 13, 27 August; 10, 24 September.

Osita Udenson, founder and organiser of World Flavours Market said:

“World Flavours Market is a direct response to residents demand for a market in Willesden.  We have sought to be different in our offer as our strategy is to encourage enterprise and help provide incubator spaces to business start ups. We aim to add to the regeneration efforts in Willesden town centre.

“The market really is a delightful market selling some gorgeous products. It brings with it vitality, vibrancy and a cosmopolitan flair to the town centre. I’m sure World Flavours Market will be hugely popular.”

Time for the excuses to stop – Boris Johnson needs to get a grip on the Jubilee Line

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New figures published by TfL (Transport for London) have shown a further decline in tube services under Boris Johnson with overall delays up by 16% across the underground network.

Dudden Hill residents mainly commute using Jubilee Line underground stations as this formerly well run service is the only tube line permanently stopping at Willesden Green, Dollis Hill and Neasden underground station.

The latest TfL figures show in the last year, from March 2010 to March 2011, show delays on the Jubilee Line Jubilee line are up 120%!!!!!

The figures come from TfL’s own website: LINK (click on the delays tab).

As tube delays have increased in the past year, Boris Johnson has made excuse after excuse. In February this year he blamed Transport for London (the organisation he chairs), in March he tried to blame it on strikes and then in April he even tried to shift the blame on to the statistics rather than accept responsibility.

Boris must be held accountable to the misery he has caused to tube passengers.

Green Fair

I attended the Green Fair by the Willesden Green library on Saturday. It was great to see so many residents passionate and interested to learn more about what they can do to make the world a better place for future generations.

My visit was good fun as well. Many had a go at the smoothie maker powered by riding a bicycle – but besides the fun it was interesting to take into mind that natural energy can be used in a productive way.

In addition, the smoothie was delicious!