The potential sale of the old Willesden Police Station has been known about since a property assets review in 2008. The argument for closure has always been that the building is not fit for the purpose of modern policing and together with budget cuts, this was likely argument against it staying open. It has now been sold to a developer well known in the area. The interior of the building is currently being gutted and will probably be converted to flats once planning permission is sought. Residents of Huddlestone Road, next to the Police Station were naturally alarmed when contractor and big lorries were trying to access the site through the car park, risking damage to the footways and neighbouring walls. In addition, the contractors were working outside of the standard hours for construction. Building Control officers were quick to visit and to put an enforcement order on the work, with conditions including specifying hours of work and safe construction practice welcomed by residents.
Solo motorcycles can park for free in CPZ bays and in Brent car parks. But motorcycles cannot park on yellow lines or on the footway. Residents have complained about pizza delivery bikers parking on the pavement and causing problems for pedestrians. I spoke to the manageress and was promised the practice would stop. Visiting a bit later, there were still 3 bikes on the pavement even though there was a loading parking area just in front of the shop. Bikers thought the request to move was amusing. I've alerted the parking service to the practice and hopefully, with a few penalty notices, bikers will be more thoughtful of pedestrians in future.