Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Hiring Skip can cost £300-£500

Skip hire companies in London fear closure as the cost to tip inert waste soars beyond affordability.
Employers say the new landfill tax rate means they are being forced to pay more to tip waste than they can be expected to charge customers to shift it.
Last Friday Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced waste transfer stations will now be charged £64 a tonne for inert material, such as dust and stones, rather than the previous lower rate of £2.50.
A Skip business owner in Barnet for more than six years has expressed fears for imminent closure of his business as a  result of this increase.
He said: “It’s going to finish a lot of us. We can’t hire out skips because we don’t know how much we’re going to be charged. I am hiring out 70-80 skips  to customers for £170 a piece but I could now be forced to charge £300-500 to tip each one.”

Navin Shah's Questions to Mayor

Elderly Care
Navin Shah
Following the revelations from the recent Panorama undercover report regarding elderly care homes, I have been contacted by a constituent calling for a regional response to this malpractice. Will you consider establishing a secondary, regional inspection of the facilities and staff at care homes?
Written response from the Mayor
Like everyone else I was appalled at the revelations in the programme. Unfortunately it is not within my remit to be able to establish a regional inspection regime. However, I would encourage anyone, who is aware of abusive behaviour towards people or of poor facilities, in care homes, to report these to the relevant bodies. 
Public Toilets at Olympic Venues
Navin Shah
I have been contacted by constituents living around Wembley Stadium who are concerned that there is not currently, and will not be, an adequate provision of public toilets for the number of visitors to the stadium. On match days at the moment, visitors to the stadium use residents’ gardens because of the lack of facilities. Will you ensure this issue is addressed?
Lack of toilets outside Wembley Stadium
Written response from the Mayor
Brent Council recognises the need for toilets in the Wembley area. The planning agreement for the stadium saw the Council receive funding to provide four public toilets in the Wembley and Tokyngton wards. Three have been installed and Brent’s planners are now finalising arrangements for the fourth. That will be part of the redevelopment of Empire Way and will be ready by the end of this year. Importantly, it will serve the area that concerns residents most. That will be the long-term solution.
Until that facility is built, the Council will provide temporary units near to the Empire Way site on event days and during the Olympic period.  ......
The Stadium itself has some public facing toilets and many more inside. They have also installed temporary units in their car park for larger football matches.
Custody Suites
Navin Shah
How will the closing of Harrow’s police custody suites benefit the borough’s police if they are continually travelling to and from Brent?
Written response from the Mayor
The larger, modernised custody facilities in Brent offer significant advantages over the available facilities in Harrow. These have been designed with modern policing in mind and will enable detainees to be processed more quickly with the co-location of bespoke investigative teams who will deal with the detainee on behalf of the arresting officer. This will release front line officers back onto the street at a pace that will more than compensate for the additional travelling time and will be of particular benefit to Harrow officers as they do not currently have a separate prisoner handling team.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Trees for your area

Anyone can request trees for their road which are planted in the winter.  All you have to do is email Gary Rimmer advising the location where you would like a tree and your request will go on the list, maybe not for this year.

Brent provides these trees free of charge.  However, you can purchase a tree at a cost of £250 which will include supply, installation and maintenance.

Contact:  Gary Rimmer, Assistant Arboricultural Officer, Safer Streets 020 8937 5285 - email:  Gary.Rimmer@brent.gov.uk

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Galliford Try submit planning proposals for Willesden Green Library

Demolition of the existing Willesden Green library centre and old library building and the erection of a new Cultural Centre, including cafe and retail space, along with 92 residential flats (40 one, 48 two and 4 three bed units) to the rear of the site, with associated car parking. https://forms.brent.gov.uk/servlet/ep.ext?extId=101150&reference=107898&st=PL

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Chalkhill Park- Starting 14 May 2012 - Completion Mid Nov 2012

I am pleased to say that after a competitive open-tendering process, Blakedown Landscapes have been appointed as principal contractors for the construction of Chalkhill new community park. They are a well-established national landscape contractors with a good track record currently are undertaking a multi-million pound park restoration and upgrading project in the London Borough of Lewisham.

Works are planned to start on the new Chalkhill Park site on Monday 14th May 2012.  Blakedown Landscapes are confident that the park will be completed within the contract timeframe by mid November.I have been told that the scheme will not now include a water feature as the scheme was unaffordable with the water feature included. 

Towards the end of the construction period  Brent Council would like to involve the local community and schools in a planting session and an opening event will be organised.I will ensure that more details of theses events are provided nearer the time to all.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Barnhill by-election / Brent & Harrow GLA seat

Michael John Charles Pavey - Labour - 2326 votes - 56%
Kanta Ratna Pindoria - Conservative Party - 1180 votes - 29%
Martin Francis - Green Party - 457 votes - 11%
Venilal Vaghela - Independent - 156 votes - 4%
Navin Shah - Labour - 70,400
Charlotte Henry - Lib Dem  - 15,690
Shahrar Ali - Green - 10,546
Sachin Rajput - Conservative - 40,604
Michael Mcgough - Ukip - 7830
To win both the by-election and the GLA seat by such a huge margin is a testament to our two fantastic candidates, and the huge amount of work put in by Brent Labour Party in 2012. 

Since November we've managed to speak to over 20,000 local residents and have delivered just short of 400,000 pieces of election literature. This is a phenomenal achievement and i want to say a huge thank you to everyone that played a part in the campaign - it really wouldn't have been possible without so many of you being involved.

From start to finish we had over 200 volunteers from up and down the borough, with plenty of new faces! The scale of the campaign really does bode well taking us forward towards the council elections in 2014 and the general election in 2015.