Saturday, 18 February 2017

Pigeon and Gulls in Barnhill

Cllr Sarah Marquis,Cllr Pavy and myself are complaining about ever increasing population of Pigeon and Gulls in Chalkhill especially around ASDA. We are not only one, there are lot others
A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the amount spent by local authorities on ridding streets of pigeons and gulls has more than doubled in the past three years. The two-thirds of councils in England that provided information spent £452,000 on the problem in 2013-2014, and £830,000 in 2015-2016. Methods used by councils include spikes to discourage landing, hawks, and even marksmen to shoot the birds

£10 car charge for worst polluters

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed plans to press ahead with a £10 “T-charge” for older, more polluting cars wishing to enter central London from October. Around 10m vehicles are expected to be affected by the levy, which will be imposed alongside the congestion charge Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm. He said the move is necessary to protect people’s health, particularly children who are at increased risk of reduced lung function in adulthood if they live in highly polluted areas

Friday, 17 February 2017

Wembley Stadium planning application

Please find attached here a letter in relation to the application by Tottenham Hotspur to use Wembley for their home fixtures next season.
The consultation involves approximately 41,000 properties, any comments / queries from Elected Members can be directed to Chris Heather, Principal Planning Officer – North Area Team,
The consultation period is beginning now and letters for residents are to be delivered this week.

During this period, until the application is heard, Members are advised not to accept any gifts or hospitality, such as tickets, for an events from the Stadium.

Courtesy of Brent Council

Have your say on priorities for local improvement

People who live or work in Brent are being asked to have their say on how £3 million – money collected from developers under the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) - could be spent in their area.  Please see flyer attached here.

On 13 February 2017, Brent Council’s Cabinet approved a process to manage the allocation of these funds, and following consultation, spending priorities for each local area (or CIL Neighbourhood)  will be set for the next three years.

The Consultation will be open from 15 February 2017 to 30 March 2017.
Members are being asked to encourage their constituents to take part in the consultation.

You can access the consultation via the following link:
A Member development session covering CIL is also planned for 25 April 2017.

For further information please contact Nkechi Okeke-Aru, Principal Development Funds officer on:

020 8937 1824 -
courtesy of Brent Council

Special Meeting of Full Council 24 April 2017

The November Cabinet made the decision to consult on whether to bring BHP back in house. Information on the consultation can be viewed at This Council meeting will discuss the outputs from that consultation in order to that Cabinet can make a decision on 24 April.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Tree Plantation in Barnhill

Barnhill Residents Association members and Chair Mr John Wood
Barnhill Resident Association and local councillor met Council Officers for planting 60 to 80 various type of trees in Barnhill. Barnhill Resident's chair Mr John Wood and myself have been pressing upon this nearly two years.
Roads Resurfacing
I am happy to say resurfacing of Alverstone  Road has now been completed.  I have already requested putting  Wykeham Hill and Wentworth  Hill into next year programme. Will continue pressing council.

Pocket Park at Chalkhill

Chalkhill Park Maintenance is very poor and uncleanliness cannot be described . Wrote to the Park Department. After inspection of the site I have been informed that Annual scheduled maintenance will be carried out during the month of February including removal of natural die back, thinning of root stock and replanting and replacing of dead or deceased plants. Sadly I have been informed that Spring, summer, Autumn and Winter annual Bedding plants such as Wallflowers Pansy's, Pollyanna's Germanium's Marigolds etc are no longer planted in Brent Parks and have been replaced with  Herbaceous Perennials.

Rubbish Bins

The Avenue-Rubbish Bin lying around on  footpaths and on grass verges have again been reported. Veolia will send officers to educate local residents yet again. Will come back on this.

Cllr Shafique Choudhary

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Greater funding for mental health needed

The Parliament Street think-tank has called for greater investment in mental health services after figures emerged showing police in England and Northern Ireland handled almost 240,000 incidents involving people with mental health issues during 2016. A Government spokesperson said: "We're investing £30m in providing more alternative places of safety, have more than halved the number of people detained under a mental health section in a police cell in the last year and are entirely banning the use of police stations for this purpose for under 18s."
BBC News

Labour backs council house initiative

Labour shadow housing minister John Healey has urged the Government to remove the cap on borrowing by councils in order to allow them to raise money against their existing housing stock to pay for new social housing. He estimated that the proposal could pave the way for 60,000 new council homes over five years, lowering rents and cutting housing benefit bills.
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