Friday, 7 August 2015

Brent Heritage Assets

If you would like to nominate a building or structure to be added to Brent local list of buildings and structures of architectural or historic interest, please take a part in the consultation and approach Brent Council for registration.
Brent's heritage assets include a wide range of architectural styles from Victorian Italianate, Gothic Revival, suburban 'Arts and Crafts', ‘Tudorbethan’, ‘Old World’, Modern and Brutalist.
It has historic formal public parks, gardens and cemeteries as well as planned ‘garden village’ estates but its archaeological discoveries from early prehistory are scarce.
The British Rail lines and the Metropolitan Railway enabled suburban 'Metroland' development. This was boosted by the British Empire Exhibition in Wembley Park in 1924/25. Many historic buildings within Brent reflect the styles of these times, but it also has examples of mandir architecture as well as ‘moorish’ and ‘Indo-Islamic’.
Heritage assets make a substantial contribution to Brent's local character and distinctiveness. They are a unique and irreplaceable resource which justifies protection, conservation and enhancement.
Brent’s statutory listed buildings, conservation areas and registered parks and gardens are all designated heritage assets. Locally listed buildings, areas of distinctive residential character, sites of archaeological importance and archaeological priority areas are non-designated heritage assets.
Brent’s heritage is valued as evidence of the past culture, providing a sense of belonging.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Kids Company raises questions over charity funding

Children's charity Kids Company has been forced to close after it failed to secure sufficient funds, despite the latest £3m government grant. The charity is said to have failed to persuade philanthropists to match government funding after being accused of financial mismanagement while also being under threat of a police investigation into crimes on its premises. The closure has left the government scrambling to secure support for the children the charity helped. Editorials in the Guardian and the Independent both say the story poses the question of how accountability works when the state subcontracts essential social services to charities which it funds with public money but does not control.
The Guardian, The Independent

Conservatives to ban union fee payments through payroll

The Government is to amend the new Trade Union Bill to ban union membership fees being collected directly by any public sector employer through their payroll department. Union members will have to set up direct debits or write cheques to continue their membership. Unions fear this could cost them millions. A trial of the scheme in some Whitehall departments led to the PCS union selling its building at Clapham Junction to plug a shortfall in fees. Jonathan Isaby, the chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, welcomed the government proposal, saying: "It is simply not the business of public sector employers to be processing the union dues of their staff, and it is shocking how many bodies have been providing this service at absolutely no cost to the unions.”    The Times,