Road works in Willesden High Road

Residents will know of the flood and sewer works being conducted by Thames Water on the Sainsbury site. Upgrading is now moving to the High Road itself and this will create problems and diversions for around a month.  A nuisance for now, but good if all the problems of the past are rectified.

Ellis Close at the junction with High Road, Willesden
Proposed Temporary Traffic Management Order for a road closure in Ellis Close at the junction with High Road, Willesden for foul and surface water sewer mains connection. (Flood alleviation) Closure date: 05/05/2014 to 29/11/2014.

High Road, Willesden at the junction with Richmond Avenue
Proposed Temporary Traffic Management Order for a road closure in High Road, Willesden at the junction with Richmond Avenue for foul and surface water sewer mains connection. (Flood alleviation) Closure date: 23/07/2014 to 22/08/2014.


Current casework

A summary of some ongoing issues I am working on:

Churchmead Rd
Possible planning enforcement, excess of rubbish in frontages.
Chapter Rd
Possible theft of bollards and metal road signs seen by resident.
Balmoral Rd: 
Huge tree blocking light in quite a few back gardens. 
High Rd:
Motor bikes illegal parking on pavement outside Domino Pizza.
Villiers Rd/junction with DHL:
Car shop on corner selling and repairing on the road. 
The Oaks:
Parking issues.
Some issues outstanding from pre election period.

Annual condition survey

Councillors now involved in the annual task of identifying pavements and carriage ways needing the independent condition inspection.  I have nominated Churchill, Cooper and Harlesden Roads (Chambers to Hawthorn) for carriage way inspection and Meyrick and Villiers/Chaplin junction for paving. For the 6th year running have put forward the tarmac side of Bertie Road for attention.  Whether or not they are improved will depend on the inspection result and of course funding!

Roundwood Park SkatePark

Some years ago I suggested the south of Brent needed a skatepark like the very popular one at St Raphael's. I am delighted that one is now being planned. Brent Sports and Parks Service are consulting on designs so they get feedback on the layout and design. It is expected that a planning application will be submitted based on user requirements later in the summer. The new skatepark will be located just north of allotments and about 80m from the nearest houses at the back of Roundwood Youth Centre. Funding for the project is from Sport England and local planning gain (Section 106). The park will be made of concrete which is quieter surface. Raised point that site likely to attract graffiti so organisers considering some 'professional' art work.  Likely start November/December if weather OK.  Any comments and queries n be sent to Neil Martin, Leisure Client & Projects Officer, Sports and Parks Service, Environment and Neighbourhood Services,  Brent Council.  Tel: 020 8937 3717.  Mobile: 07852 505297


Fatal accident in Willesden

Very sad to hear of the branch of a tree falling to kill a woman and to badly injure a man. My thoughts are with their families. Branch fell from a tree in the grounds of The Oaks, Harlesden Road. No concerns about tree safety has been reported to me as ward councillor even when there were heavy winds as in recent years. Have asked if there had been reports to BHP officers.


Pavement relaying

Have noticed that the footpath paving in front of the old Crown pub and next to the bus garage is being relaid.  I have submitted this as a site for relaying for some time, so am pleased to see it being done.  Next step is for Thames Water to repair the water seeping from the roadway in front of the bus garage gates.  Has been like that for ages!


Councils to have wide-ranging powers in private rented housing?

The Local Government Chronicle reports on a parliamentary inquiry which has said that councils should gain wide-ranging powers in the private rented housing sector. These would include powers to improve the sector’s standards, easier imposition of licensing schemes, fixed penalty fines for breaches of housing conditions and recovery of housing benefit from offending landlords. The committee’s report called for councils to be able to recover housing benefit paid to any landlord convicted of letting property below legal standards, using the cash raised to finance their enforcement work.  This is what Brent's proposal to register private landlords aims to achieve.

Post boxes

Has anyone noticed that red post boxes have been newly painted? Now light and bright with no graffiti. Maybe being paid for by the excessive profit made from the sale of Royal Mail?


Cultural Centre: building progress

These pictures show the 
progress on the library side 


Growth in betting and money lending shops

Many councils are alarmed at the proliferation of betting shops and payday lenders in high streets, particularly in the poorer districts. In Brent statistics show that the borough has at least twice as many bookmakers as the London average, based on population.  With current planning policies there is little a council can do to limit the number of betting and money shops, nor can it stop some categories of retail, such as cafes, pubs and restaurants from changing to these types of businesses without planning permission. Hackney Borough Council, together with 62 other local authorities, has submitted a proposal for the government to create a separate planning use class for betting shops so that councils have new powers to address the problem. It is to be hoped that the growth in betting opportunities on line, such as casino and bingo sites can also be monitored. The recent budget could be said to encourage more to bet on at bingo with cuts in their tax liability.