Residents using Willesden Library Centre have expressed concern about what they see as a decline in our "flagship centre". For several years I had the pleasure as lead councillor of seeing the library grow in the services and resources it provided, when, for example, both the museum and archives were relocated. Now residents regret that the cinema and cafe have gone, that the reception desk is often unstaffed, that there is a drinks vending machine in the reading area and that the outside area is left littered and untidy. In the first few days of the snow, there was no gritting to protect visitors from the icy and dangerous conditions in the car park. A Neighbourhood Working proposal was to fund the training in security of reception staff so they could legally play a more supportive security role. This was declined by management. The current Lib Dem/ Conservative administration do not appear to have plans or proposals for reversing what we see as this downward trend.
Sick of seeing an explosion of estate agent boards down your road? Did you know they can be controlled by planning regulations? `For Sale' or `To Let' boards are limited to only one board on each road frontage and they must be on the building or land to which they relate. It is unlawful for more than one estate agent to erect a sign on any property even if is has more than one road frontage. Even more important is that for sale and to let notices must be removed 14 days after the sale or letting. I am pleased to report that Brent planning service take their regulatory role seriously and do pursue offending estate agents. Have just heard that the council has recorded 27 convictions this financial year in relation to illegal estate agents’ signage in the Willesden area and others are being investigated. Let me know if you have any concerns in your road.