Thursday, 23 September 2010

Self-Help After-School Homework Club Set Up by Parents For Their Children in Barnhill

This homework club was started by concerned parents recently, and local councillors were invited to visit the establishment, and see how it is managed.

Cllr. Judith Beck and I visited the club yesterday, and it was an amazing experience. It is run by parents from their own financial resources. This club helps with mainstream educational subjects, for children between 4 years to 15 years-old, with the help of well-qualified teachers and highly educated individuals.

The homework club, in the way it is managed, offers a unique service, for children who otherwise would be watching TV, or doing something outside their homes. The way these children are involved and helped by parents and teachers shows that young talent and creativity can be developed, in a safe and supervised atmosphere. In addition, social skills and self-esteem are nurtured, with the club's emphasis on maths, sciences, and language.

Wembley Parking Restrictions on Boxing Day

Wembley Stadium Protective Parking Scheme Restrictions will apply throughout the Wembley Stadium Event Day Zone from 8am until midnight on main routes, and 10am until midnight in residential areas within the 1.5 mile radius of Wembley Stadium on 26 December 2010.

Anyone who is parked illegally within the event day zone will be issued with a parking ticket and may have their vehicle towed away. Be careful if you are in the area.

Residents, their visitors and businesses within this zone that have special event day permits will be able to park in these roads and are advised to display their permits on 26 December 2010.

Temporary Swimming Pool Opened on 13 September 2010

A Swimming Pool, and Swimming Lessons, with the Financial Help of Brent Council (Barnhill Ward
Swimming is a sport that Brent's young people would like to do more often, according to a survey. Brent has only two public swimming pools in the borough. Chalkhill and its surroundings does not have a nearby pool.

Vacant land next to Chalkhill Primary School was considered suitable for a temporary swimming pool, and at the end of July, go-ahead was given. Construction of the pool has begun, and it is expected that in early September it will be open for everybody to use.

The Chair of Governors of the Chalkhill school approached Councillor Shafique Choudhary, and asked for help towards meeting some of the school's costs for the pool. Because of the low take-up of swimming amongst local residents, based on the distance from such facilities, and concerns amongst ethnic minorities and religious groups, other councillors were then approached. After consultation with Brent Neighbourhood Working Team, councillors are convinced with aims and usefulness of the project and give wholeheartedly support and appreciate the efforts of all those involved.

The objects of the swimming pool project are these:

  • Swimming lessons for all
  • Single sex swimming sessions
  • Mother and Toddler/nursery swimming sessions
  • Lessons for 13-19 year old.
The temporary pool will be used by Chalkhill Primary, as well as other local primary schools. In the evening and on Saturdays, the pool will be available for the community to learn to swim for a small fee (£12 for a six-week course for children, £15 for a six-week course for adults).

The activities in the area where the swimming pool is being set up will be moved to Poplar Grove Youth Centre, subject to some conditions.

As we approach the Olympics in London in 2012, we have obtained some extra sporting facilities in Barnhill ward!


Chalkhill Primary School

Barnhill Road, Wembley, Middx, HA9 9YP
Telephone: 020 8904 4508
Fax: 020 8904 1227
Head teacher: Ms Rose Ashton
Ward: Barnhill-Brent

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Joint Chief Executive

Islington and Camden councils have announced proposals to share a single chief executive as a first step towards closer partnership working at the management level between the two boroughs. If the proposals are agreed, Camden chief executive Moira Gibb would take over as chief executive of both boroughs following current Islington chief executive John Foster’s retirement in May 2011. Detailed proposals are due to be considered by both councils’ executive and cabinet before the end of the year.

Where is local democracy heading?

Sunday, 5 September 2010

New Building Control Scheme of Charges

A new Brent Building Regulations Charging Scheme will be introduced soon.

Please watch this space for further information