Disorder in London

Willesden residents are naturally concerned about the current wave of rioting and disorder in London. In comparison to dreadful events in other parts of London, incidents in Brent have been comparatively minor, although we can all condemn the injuries caused by a car driving at police officers. Below is a message from the Chief Inspector of the Brent Safer Neighbourhood Team, Taff Thomas. Taff aims to reassure us that the police, the council and other agencies are working together to maintain order: 

"You will all be acutely aware of the recent dreadful events across London, I want to let you know that Brent police and partner agencies are working extremely hard to keep you safe. If you have any concerns or issues arising or just want to chat, please be so kind as to talk to your local safer neighbour hoods team.  Many thanks for the many good wishes we have received from a large number of you, I know our officers appreciate these sentiments."

Any information can be passed to police anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Outer London funding - for Willesden

Willesden is to benefit from the allocation of £500,000 from the Mayor of London's Outer London fund. He has allocated nearly £10m from the Fund to boost the attractiveness and competitiveness of local high streets across London. This is a three-year £50m initiative to improve economic activity and encourage employment in parts of London that will benefit less directly from Crossrail and the 2012 Games. A second round of funding (£40m) is open for boroughs to bid for until 14 October and Brent officers are preparing a second bid. The Willesden funding is expected to:

- physically transform Willesden Green High Road to make it a more attractive place
- improve the employment and skills levels of local people and increase levels of self employment
- create a place to showcase and foster local creative talent and promote cultural vibrancy
- continue the programme by delivery through local organisations and replicate in other relevant localities.