Friday, 6 July 2018

7. Love Chalkhill Festival 2018

All Members and their families and friends are invited to come and join us for the Annual “Love Chalkhill Festival 2018” on Saturday 14 July 2018, from 2pm to 7pm at Chalkhill Park, Chalkhill Road, Wembley. This festival was originally started by local councillors and is still going strong. The Chalkhill festival is a now well established and popular event in the Wembley area. Those who attended last year will certify its diversification and variety of food, dance, fun and music.
This event is not only talked about in the area but also brings the community together, it is well attended by all communities in Wembley and beyond. Last year attendance was nearly 2,000. This year's themes are music and food and much much more.
There will be lot of activities for every body to enjoy and take part in.
Please do come with your family and friends.
For more information see the attached flyer.

(Cllr Shafique Choudhary, Member for Barnhill Ward)

Your Voice - Brent Housing Magazine

5. Read the latest ‘Your Voice’ Magazine
(Hakeem Osinaike, Operational Director, Housing)

The summer edition of ‘Your Voice’ is out now! This is the quarterly magazine for tenants and leaseholders. It will be hitting residents’ mats from week commencing 16 July and is also available on the website.
6. Launch of New Structure in Housing Service(Hakeem Osinaike, Operational Director, Housing)
We are very excited to launch a new structure for the Housing Service this week, which has been shaped by residents’ feedback on how they feel the service should work.

We have planned a series of activities to launch the restructure internally, and have informed tenants and leaseholders of what will change for them and how they can contact us.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Water Supply - During Current Hot Weather

I am reproducing letter I received from local water supply company Thames Water.
I am writing to update you on the work we are undertaking to ensure our customers continue to receive a reliable water supply, at a time when our region is experiencing a prolonged period of hot weather.
Although we do not expect to impose water use restrictions this year, we always encourage our customers to be water smart at home and at work, whatever the weather.
As with any prolonged dry period, we see a sharp rise in demand for water. To manage this, we are pumping an extra 450 million litres of water around our network and have drafted in extra staff to build upon the record 1,000 leaks a week that we are fixing.
We do not currently expect to see demand for water outstrip supply, but rest assured that we do have contingencies in place. This includes identifying vulnerable customers and being ready to contact them should the need arise, keeping in regular contact with Emergency Planning teams across our region and ensuring we are ready to distribute bottled water, if necessary.
From next Monday we will be enhancing our online offering too, which will include more tips on how customers can be ‘water smart’ - including a ten litre challenge, which encourages customers to save ten litres a day. We are also promoting some simple changes everyone can make to help:
  • Turning the tap off while brushing your teeth
  • Taking a four minute shower
  • Reusing the paddling pool to water the garden rather than pouring it away
  • Water your garden at night, when it has most benefit, with a watering can
  • Let your lawn go brown – it will recover
  • Wash your car after the heatwave
This work builds upon our current tips available across our Twitter and Facebook accounts and the work we have been doing this week, with our water efficiency teams talking directly to customers via local radio stations across our region.
If you could use your communication channels with residents, the business community and local faith groups to us help share our water efficiency messaging, including how residents can get hold of free water saving devices, it would help us to reduce the level of demand at a time when it is at its peak.
Through all our proactive work we expect to be able to keep all customers in supply. However should this not be the case, our contingency plans are there for us to make our customers lives easier.
As always, if your constituents have any issues our customer team can be contacted on 0800 316 9800.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Grendon Gardens- Planned Pavment Reconstruction

I am informed that reconstruction work of  pavement for Grendon Gardens, will start soon and residents will receive a letter in this regards next week.  This work has not yet been programmed by our contractor, but residents will be notified again in advance of our planned start.

Council intends to deliver the attached notification letter to residents ahead of programming, to provide interested residents with as much time as possible to complete The Council’s vehicle crossing application process. Successful applications made in time for our planned works will benefit from a reduced rate. A further notification letter will be sent to residents prior to the contractors arrival on site.

Please find attached a copy of the information letter that will be delivered to residents next week. A map of the distribution area is below for your information highlighted in blue.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact council on 020 8937 5600.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Election Result - Barnhill

LabourMichael Pavey2,41121.86
LabourShafique Choudhary2,40821.83
LabourSarah-Louise Marquis2,40321.79
ConservativeGhanshyam Boricha9508.61
ConservativeValerie Trott9478.59
ConservativeSmita Mehta9468.58
Liberal DemocratEkaterina Knight2902.63
Liberal DemocratGeorge Morrow2772.51
Liberal DemocratVivienne Williamson2712.46
IndependentElcena Jeffers1261.14
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Electric Vehicle expansion in Brent

Brent’s electric vehicle fleet is rapidly expanding with a doubling of total plug-in electric vehicle registrations between 2016 and 2017. In order to enable more of Brent’s residents and businesses to switch to a cleaner form of travel, new charging infrastructure is being planned.
For residents without access to off-street parking, lamp column charge points can be installed to enable them to charge an electric vehicle overnight and close to home. The Council has received 50 requests from residents so far for this facility and is working to introduce charge points to serve these residents later in 2018. At present, the majority of the requests are in Kilburn, Queen’s Park and Kensal Green wards though there is also strong demand in Harlesden, Stonebridge and Mapesbury.
Should residents or businesses in Barnhill without off-street parking request on-street charge points, please  email to and Brent council will  liaise directly with you.. Council is working on new webpages which will soon provide residents with information on the range of charging options available to them.
Work is also continuing on the delivery of rapid charge points which are capable of charging an electric vehicle to 80% capacity in 30 minutes. Five rapid charge points are due to be installed by the end of September 2018 with a second phase of installations occurring in early 2019.     
courtesy of Brent Council  

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Standard of Grass Cutting in the Barnhill Area HA9


In response to one of my query, I am informed  as of July 2017 LBB changed the specification on grass cutting, previously all grass with the exception of Sports Pitches were maintained to a height no greater than 40mm, On grass verges this specification changed from 40mm to 300mm resulting is far less grass cuts across the growing season. These variations clearly seem to have been  brought in without Residents consultation. Would there be any saving I doubt it. the main beneficiary of this will be contractor because his work load has been reduced to half.The grass areas, as a result, which  previously used to have cutting  within 3 to 4 weeks, now will be cut within  8 to 9 weeks. The residents have made it clear to me this long period in between cutting  is  un-acceptable and they are angry .
 Two days ago grass was cut in the Barnhill Area, just see below the level/standard to which  it was cut.



 freshly cut grass