Monday, 26 August 2013

Supermarket's plan for all day opening at the Civic Centre

A LARGE supermarket chain could move into Brent Civic Centre - with the ability to sell alcohol all day. Morrisons has lodged an application for a premises licence with Brent Council to sell alcohol from 6am to midnight every day, including Sunday, from within a proposed convenience format shop at the new public building in Engineers Way in Wembley.
However, there is concern that making alcohol so readily available in Brent Council's building is "unethical". The space at the back of the ground floor will be rented out by Quintain, the landowners, as part of the original agreement with Brent Council for the building since as developer it paid the construction costs.
A spokeswoman for Quintain said that no decision had yet been made on who would rent the space. She said: "The space will most likely be divided in to four or five retail units and we hope to agree tenancies by the end of the summer." The area is 1,200 square metres and there is a possibility a mezzanine could be constructed, taking the total area to 1,562 square metres. The library in the Civic Centre in the £100million building is 1,755 square metres. Laura Stubbs from the supermarket chain said: "We're in the early stages of discussion about bringing a Morrisons' M Local to Wembley. "We look forward to sharing our plans with the community should things progress."
Members of the public have until September 3 to object to Morrisons' premises licence application.
Courtesy of the "Harrow Observer"

Monday, 5 August 2013

New School, The Village, in Grove Park, Kingsbury

Head teacher Kay Johnson has said pupils and staff are 'over the moon' at the long-awaited completion of their new school, the Village, in Grove Park, Kingsbury. Two thirds of the 235 pupils have moved into the school, which has been rebuilt as a centre of excellence for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in a £29 million project led by Brent Council. The purpose-built facilities will provide the best possible care and education for pupils aged two to 19 with complex learning difficulties and disabilities, as well as activities and work-related learning for the local community. Ms Johnson said: "We're still unpacking but the pupils who moved in before the end of term absolutely love it. Everyone who steps inside is speechless at what has been achieved. Facilities include:

 • a large performing arts centre with music, art and drama facilities
 • a sports and assembly hall
 • a MUGA multi-use games area and woodland walk
 • therapy, sensory and calm rooms
• a hydrotherapy pool
• a cafe which pupils will help to run
 • training and family workers' rooms.

 Outdoor space has been maximised by using a major part of the flat roof for a sports and play area with a running track, play equipment and shaded areas on a rubber crumb deck.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Law changes proposed to stop high earners living in council homes

The Government is to announce new rules aimed at stopping the country’s richest people living in state-subsidised homes. Ministers are to change the law so people with an income of more than £60,000 a year will either have to leave council or housing association homes or else pay the full market rent. The move follows government research which found that up to 21,000 tenants living in council flats and houses earned more than £60,000 a year. Of those, as many as 5,000 earned more than £100,000 a year. Proposed changes to the law would allow tenants’ incomes to be assessed every year and let councils charge market rents to high earners. Under current rules, tenants’ incomes are not examined after they move in and they can stay in properties for life. “For far too long high-income tenants have been able to occupy homes designed to help our most vulnerable while continuing to pay rents subsidised by the taxpayer,” comments Mark Prisk, the Housing Minister. The Sunday Times, Page: 13

Friday, 2 August 2013

Doreen Lawrence- I will speak for poor

Her Majesty the Queen has conferred upon Ms Doreen Lawrence OBE, Peerages of the United Kingdom for life. Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking about the appointment of Doreen Lawrence said:
“Over the past 20 years, Doreen Lawrence has had a profound impact on Britain and I am delighted that she will become a Labour member of the House of Lords. “Since the horrific racist murder of her son, Doreen has shown incredible strength and courage as she sought, and continues to seek, justice for Stephen. “She has changed attitudes to policing and racism in this country and I have no doubt that her strength and determination will be a huge asset to the House of Lords in the coming years"