Monday, 21 April 2014

Road casualties rise due to turned off street lights

According to research carried out by the Times, road casualties in areas where street lights have been turned off have risen by 20% in four years. It found that 324 more people were killed or seriously injured in crashes at night on roads where street lights were unlit in 2011-12 than in 2009-10. Deaths rose by 39% to 25 and serious injuries rose by 27% to 225, analysis of 800,000 pieces of data collected by police showed. The Local Government Association said: "If councils were presented with evidence it 'turning off street lights' was causing a public safety risk they would act. However, this data fails to provide that evidence and it is completely misleading to suggest it tells us anything about the cause of accidents."

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Labour appoints Obama campaign chief

The Labour Party has appointed US election strategist David Axelrod as a strategic adviser on leader Ed Miliband's 2015 election campaign. Mr Axelrod was a key architect of Barack Obama's victory over John McCain in the 2008 presidential race. He will work alongside shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander, who is to run Labour's general election strategy. Labour will pay Mr Axelrod a six-figure sum and use his consulting firm AKPD in its bid to win power.

CCTV for parking fines “violation of Magna Carta”

andon Lewis, the High Street Minister, has said that councils are violating the principles of Magna Carta by using CCTV cameras to issue parking fines, as he urged motorists to appeal against tickets. Mr Lewis said that it is “natural justice” for drivers to appeal parking fines. “Councils that raise revenue through parking fines are engaging in a form of taxation without consent that runs contrary to the Magna Carta,” he said. At least 36 local authorities in England and Wales are using static CCTV cameras to monitor parking offences, while 58 are using cameras mounted on cars. Mr Lewis said councils were harming local businesses by pushing away shoppers, and using parking enforcement as a revenue stream. He added that his department is now reviewing the rules.

The Daily Telegraph,

Friday, 18 April 2014

“Too soon” to scrap census

MPs have advised the government that it is “too soon” to decide whether to scrap the national census and the 2021 survey should go ahead as planned. The Public Administration Select Committee said in a report that the days of the "traditional, paper-based" census were "numbered". But alternative options were not yet "sufficiently advanced to provide a proper replacement", it concluded. The government has indicated that the 2011 census could have been the last.

Parking scheme benefits homeowners- New Ways to make Money

Growing numbers of homeowners are renting out their driveway as a car park, it has been revealed. An estimated 500,000 people now earn fees totalling £200m after the Government forced councils to stop charging residents planning permission to let strangers park at their homes. The new rules allow homeowners to bypass red tape and offer up their drives for up to £2,400 a year without seeking planning permission.

Daily Express

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Activities for Children this Saturday -Chalkhill Community Centre

Easter Egg Hunt

There will be a Free Family Easter Egg Day at Chalkhill Community Centre on Saturday 12th April at 3pm, The will be many activities including an egg hunt, face painting and Chalkhill Community Action will be organised family sports games!Parents must accompany children at all times.

Please find the Community Centre on facebook and let us know how many of you will be attending, alternatively if you don’t have a facebook you can email Tamika at 
Sufra is organising a (free!) Dinner Party and Awards Ceremony to celebrate the work of Sufra NW London on Thursday 8 May 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Chalkhill Community Centre – and this invitation is exclusively for you – and yeh, anyone else who’d like to come.

The event will include:

Drinks Reception & Multicultural Buffet (come early, because dinner is first)
Key Note Speech by Leader of the Council, Muhammad Butt
Presentation on Sufra NW London
Awards Ceremony with Mayor of Brent
Stalls of Brent Voluntary Sector Organisations
Metropolitan has changed the company that does repairs for it in Chalkhill. The new maintenance company is called Keep Moat and they replace Mears. All the procedures for requesting repairs remain the same.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Barnhill - Residents Association Newsletter

Since the beginning of the New Year, there have, to the best of my knowledge, been three power cuts on the Barn Hill Estate, two in January and one on Sunday 9th March.  I have reported this to Brent Council, as our street lighting was not working for some hours on the last occasion.  This problem has not affected all properties consistently across the Hill;  some have suffered full power cuts , while others have experienced reduced voltage.  This is highly unusual and leads me to suspect that there may be an ongoing problem at the local sub-station.    I have today written to the CEO of UK Power Networks, who own and maintain the electricity cables in this area, alerting him to the problems and asking him to investigate the underlying cause and to remedy it.
John Woods       Chairman
BURGLARIES:  There theft have been a number of incidents recently involving the or attempted theft of cars.  In the last Newsletter, I reported that a house in Preston Road had been targeted.  It was broken into twice with the sole purpose of stealing the keys to the Mercedes parked outside.  On the second occasion the thief was successful in finding the keys and stealing the car.
In another incident, this time in Uxendon Hill, a youth drove a motorcycle into a driveway and attempted to break into a car.  The owner, who was at home, tried to apprehend the thief, who fled, abandoning the bike, which the police later established had itself been stolen.
Please take care to secure your vehicle at all times and do not leave your car keys where they are visible or vulnerable to theft.
NEW POLICE SERGEANT : Suzanne Hopper can be contacted on 020 8721 2966 or 07920 233755. Email address is
TRAFFIC CAMERA IN FORTY AVENUE / BRIDGE ROAD:   The new Traffic Enforcement company, Serco, who took the contract over from Apcoa in November 2013, appears to have cut down on parking wardens and CCTV camera cars, in favour of using  static cameras to enforce parking regulations. A large number of residents have contacted me to tell me of parking notices issued as a result of monitoring by the static cameras mounted above traffic signals at the above junction.  These cameras survey only a limited  area, outside of which there is often traffic chaos further along the road caused by parents dropping and collecting children at the Ark Academy. These cameras have been in place for years, for the purpose of monitoring the flow of traffic on Wembley Stadium Event Days, and residents feel that their change of use is just a money raising exercise by Brent Council and does not address the overall problem of illegal parking.
I have taken this matter up with Brent Council's Parking Department and I am not happy with their response.  I have therefore written to the Secretary of State for Local Government, Eric Pickles, to highlight the problem.
SCAMS:  Please beware if you are asked to call back any so-called business with a number prefixed by 0809, 0284 or 0876.  This is a scam and you may be charged £1,500 per minute.
OUR LOCAL COUNCILLOR:  Councillor Shafique Choudhary can be contacted on 07962 356570, email

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Muslim Trojan Horse plot “started 20 years ago”

Michael White, a former teacher at a Birmingham school alleged to be part of an "Islamic takeover plot", has said that concerns were first raised more than 20 years ago. Mr White, who was dismissed in 2003 from Park View School, said its board of governors was "taken over by a Muslim sect" in 1993. He said he told LEA but his claims were not investigated. Meanwhile, the Times reports that Ofsted is set to visit eight schools in Birmingham amid claims of attempts to infiltrate them by hard-line Muslims. Inspectors are investigating claims that boys and girls are segregated and extremist views are being presented at assemblies or in other settings. A spokesman for the Department for Education said: “The Secretary of State has commissioned Ofsted to inspect a number of schools in Birmingham in the light of the very serious concerns raised. It would be inappropriate to comment further until Ofsted submits their findings.”
BBC News    

Tower Hamlets fraud claims to be investigated

Inspectors have been appointed by the government to examine allegations of "governance failure, poor financial management and fraud" in Tower Hamlets. It comes after the BBC Panorama's investigation into the east London borough, which is run by directly elected mayor Lutfur Rahman. It alleged he diverted £3.6m of grants to Bangladeshi and Somali-run charities in return for political support. A file is also being passed to the Metropolitan Police for consideration. Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said he had "long been concerned about a worrying pattern of divisive community politics and alleged mismanagement of public money by the mayoral administration in Tower Hamlets". A Tower Hamlets Council spokesman said: "We welcome the opportunity to demonstrate that council processes have been run appropriately and to date we have seen no evidence to suggest otherwise.” The inspection, to be carried out by PwC, will look into the authority's payment of grants, the transfer of property, spending decisions in relation to publicity, and other contractual processes, from 25 October 2010 to the present day.

courtesy  of The Times, Page: 2