Annual Report – Barnhill Ward
31 December 2016
After going through more than 10,000 emails both directions, I feel it is important to let Labour Party members know in brief what have been achieved and fought for on their behalf in the Barnhill Ward during the year 2016.
Perhaps it will not wise to mention individuals names who have expressed sincerely their gratitude and admiration the positive work being carried out which has changed Barn hill ward beyond recognition. This is being achieved because of hard working, unrelenting efforts and continuous push by councilor to bring the issue in the forefront in council.
Last year variety of cases and issues brought to the attention of the council such as in housing issue /repairs, housing provision for young and old, housing benefits issues, school admissions, flying tipping, rubbish collection and removal, raising issues about roads and foot paths , grass not being cut, safety, Planning . Seeking help for environment issues in the area and working with police regarding Anti Social behavior, issues with local ASDA store, planning applications so on and on. So please read this report it is for your read and digest.
Aim and Achievements,
My aim remains representing Barnhill Ward community and draw attention to the variety of issues to the Brent council and those who are involved in decision making process. Also get involved in decision making process and contribute for the good governance/ wellbeing of the area. Take part in activities and encouraged local community participation. Most importantly respond as quickly as possible to issues/enquiries and represent Brent/ Barn Hill Residents moderately, without prejudice and decisively whoever and wherever.
Chalk hill Park
Turned waste and derelict land, used to be used rubbish dumping into a park now called Chalk hill Park at Chalk hill Road. This is most visible achievement in the area. No doubt, this little beautiful park especially exercise section, has perhaps become the most popular and visited area Barnhill Ward since its opening to the public on 4 May 2013. The opening ceremony was participated and attended by many hundreds local residents. Because of non existence annual fanfare Events and importantly venue, this Park is now being used as venue for Chalk Hill Park original opening ceremony legacy under “LOVE CHALK HILL” an Event now has become annual events for Chalk hill, a wildly popular event being held on 16 May 2016 with massive success. This community day has support from Chalk hill Trust Fund as well. How nice it will be if this Event is adopted by Chalk hill Trust Fund for annual staging.
Brent "BMX" Track –First and only
Another first and only new Park was created in the Brent with left over money from Chalk hill Park is Brent firsthand only BMX bicycle track which opened 2013also behind St.Davis Close along with football kick about ground, which is being used cycles enthusiastic.
New Road Signs/Lighting
Numbers of old conventional roads signs have now been replaced either with new electronics or conventional signs. LED street lightings are being introduced from next year.
Help/encourage local employers especially ASDA, to give preference when employing to local residents and youths. Brent is London Living Wages Borough which 9.40 per hrs. All local employers are asked to employ local residents. Brent has also help and encourages training courses to help improve job skills.
New Traffic management arrangement initiated with the help of the council, TFL, local Barnhill Residents association throughout the ward especially traffic on Bridge Road/Forty Avenue/Paddock. The choices by the Transport Department were 2 and represented to the local community for their views which was rejected and new Transport Department is now rethinking their options regarding traffic on Bridge Road/Forty Avenue/Forty Lane and Barnhill. Any new proposal will be reported to you.
Police Presence and Level.
Level of police presence was reduced dramatically during last few years but 2016 was worst, resulting crime of the ward started to climb up and up. Continuous pressure excreted upon authorities by the local councilors, especially Barnhill councilors and as a result police presence hopefully will go up soon. The total number of police officers will go back to 5. Definitely this will improve law and order situation in the ward positive way and towards the correct direction.
Tackling anti social behavior is key priority for Chalk Hall due to diversity of environment. In Barnhill ward with help of CCTV, police and other means, crime reductions have become our first priority this year. There were unfortunate homicides cases. Police is active in the area so we are. I have attended some meeting s organized by Prevent. Police is fully aware of Gangs and we have discussed this SNT Safer Neighborhood meeting. My aim is to steer away youth from crime and help police curbing Anti Social Behavior
Authorities in the council are fully well aware of up-to-date situation about state of affairs of all roads, footpaths and verges, in the ward. The councilors are also very keen to provide such information to the transport authorities. A named road list and footpaths need repair or resurfacing regularly being prepared annually by each councilor and send to Transport Department who then set the priority of repair Brent wise. Last year Brendon Gardens, Crossways and Barn rise were resurfaced on my initiative this year name of Alverstone road, Wentworth road and Wykeham Hill name has been forwarded besides others.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
You may have read in the press that Wembley Stadium has agreed that Tottenham Hotspur football Club may use Wembley Stadium while Tottenham’s own ground is being re-developed. In 2016-17 (August 2016 to May 2017) Tottenham will play their Champion League games at Wembley and these will be classified as Events Day. I do not have to remind that originally Wembley Stadium planning allows 37 Event days each year. There are currently 26 Events day arranged for the stadium for this year. So this leave three Games fall within this year allotted figures. Next season 2017-19 Tottenham are holding all their home games at the Wembley which could total up to 28 depending Tottenham progress in the competitions. Obviously this will increase Events Days during 2017-18. I have attended few meetings with Wembley Stadium, Council Officers and Tottenham management team. The residents views and possible difficulties were conveyed to both council as well as Wembley Stadium Authority regarding Parking, ASB, Rubbish and traffic arrangements.
It is pleasure to say that Local Resident Associations are now using councillors for speedy resolution of their members’ issues with council. This is so big turned around which was not considered easy task few years ago due to multi nature of the residence ship. I am glad councilors efforts have now started giving positive results.
For example Group representing residents of Chalk hill House,, are having problem with ASDA, regarding noise, seagulls, late or off hours work, human shouting, flood lights, I am glad to say councilors pursued this with such a vigor hopefully result will be good.
Problems emerged from TFL, embankment work at the jubilee line has now resolved after number of meetings with TFL and residents as well as council.
Rough sleepers, a huge problems and issues at Fryent Park have an early come under control. Police and others Agencies use their resources to get rid of this problem. Veolia picked up day after day, time and time again weekly/daily loads of rubbish and households goods after dismantling huts and sheds which used to spring up every day on various locations in the Park. Dog poisoning was handled so swiftly surprises all of us. Lewd pictures display in the Fryent Park
Cases regarding Flying tipping, encroachments, Planning applications, non-observation of conservation areas rules and regulations, dispute between two neighbors, School admission, multiple occupation houses, repairing cars in front gardens or roads without permission, all dealt with ultimate efficiency and quickness.
Suggestons are made on request of local residents to introduce yellow lines on dangerous location to avoid parking and possible accidents.
Keep carry on Full liaison with local associations, schools and other organizations.
Keep in touch with Chalk hill Residents Associations, local residents, watershed residents forum, constantly in touched with BHRA resident association on matters concern to them and such as:
Traffic / School / School Admission/Parking at ark academy/Traffic at Neasden /Run to the beat/Burglaries/Waste/Rats and environmental issues. /Green bins collection
Cllr.Shafique a Choudhary