Cllr Shafique Choudhary

Cllr Shafique Choudhary
Cllr Shafique Choudhary

Friday, 2 November 2012

Answers from the Mayor to Navin Shah’s questions– October 2012














A & E Service at the Northwick Park Hospital
Question No: 3281 / 2012
Navin Shah
Do you agree that the Accidents and Emergency Department at Northwick Park Hospital is bursting at the seams already and will not be able to cope with the extra pressure on it from the closure of A& E at the Central Middlesex Hospital?
Written response from the Mayor*
As you know, I do not have a delivery role for NHS services in the capital or for reconfiguration decisions.
 I understand from NHS London that in this particular case additional funding has been made available from the Department of Health to enable the Trust to build a new A&E department and urgent care centre at Northwick Park Hospital to respond to growing patient numbers.

Accessibility issues for Brent Residents
Question No: 3282 / 2012
Navin Shah
Do you agree that Northwick Park A & E is not a viable option for those residents in Brent in the areas like Harlesden and Park Royal due to poor public transport links?
Written response from the Mayor*
NHS North West London is running an extensive consultation on proposals to change healthcare services in their area, including not only hospitals but also more local services such as community and primary care. I understand that accessibility for patients was one of the criteria in developing the options that were proposed in the consultation. An equality impact assessment was completed in June 2012 which looked specifically at travel times to see if it would have any detrimental effects on access to services. As is standard practice, NHS North West London will be discussing the transport issues arising from their proposals with Transport for London and local authorities.

London Suburban Rail Service
Question No: 3292 / 2012
Navin Shah
We’ve been pressing to improve train frequencies at Sudbury & Harrow and other Stations (Chiltern Railways) in Brent. Now that the new Secretary of State for Transport has agreed to set up a new mechanism to give the Mayor of London a say in service levels for London suburban rail services would you be prepared to make our longstanding concerns about the poor frequency of trains one of your priorities for discussion with Ministers under this new system?
Written response from the Mayor*
I expect the joint TfL-DfT working group’s main focus to be TfL’s proposals for devolution of parts of the South Eastern and Greater Anglia networks.

As you know, I remain committed to seeking improvements to Chiltern services in London, and have been actively pressing for such improvements through existing rail industry processes and a recent exchange of letters with the Managing Director of Chiltern Railways.

London’s Libraries
Question No: 3294 / 2012
Navin Shah
Please give an update any progress you’ve made in safeguarding closure of Libraries in London or ways of supporting local groups fighting to save local libraries and seeking alternative means of maintaining Library provision.
Written response from the Mayor*
I continue to champion the importance of public libraries and the role they play in local communities. I recently opened a new library in Hillingdon and I am pleased that a number of new libraries have opened in London over the last year.

I do understand the concerns of local groups where closures are being proposed and my officers continue to liaise with London Councils and Arts Council England, the strategic body for libraries to ensure that we maintain a high quality library service. However, responsibility for provision and funding of library services remains with local authorities.

In addition, my Team London Love Libraries project continues to support London's Libraries with over 2000 volunteers helping with a variety of new activities including reading and IT support across 13 London boroughs.
Willesden Green Library Centre
Question No: 3295 / 2012
Navin Shah
Are you, in principle, supportive of maintaining the old locally listed Library building on the site?
Written response from the Mayor*
I continue to champion the importance of public libraries and the role they play in local communities. I am pleased that a number of new libraries have opened in London over the last year and I will continue to work with local boroughs and Arts Council England to maintain a high quality library service. But responsibility for provision and funding of library services remains with local authorities.

The question of retaining the old library building on the Willesden Green site is one for the local authority, but I understand Brent Council has undergone an extensive consultation process and is now planning to retain the Old Library building within the new Willesden Green Library Centre development, which is being planned to improve the library service in the Borough.

Change to bus route 224
Question No: 3296 / 2012
Navin Shah
The residents of St Raphael’s Estate in Brent have been deeply concerned about bus service to their estate. Can you please brief me about the planned change to route 224? How soon will the change be implemented?
Written response from the Mayor*
Following a review and discussions with Brent Council and local residents, TfL is proposing to divert route 224 in order to give a higher level of service between Brent Park and the estate.  TfL aims to introduce the diversion before the end of 2012 but an exact date has yet to be agreed.


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