Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Funding needed to address potted roads

According to an annual report by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA), 17% of local and rural roads are in drastic need of maintenance for potholes or risk full resurfacing or closure in the next five years. The survey based on responses from 63% of councils in England and Wales reported that local authorities would require £12bn in funding to clear a maintenance backlog. The number of potholes filled by councils in England last year fell by 19%, with London recording the biggest decline of 43%. Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “The government needs to confront the funding shortfall head on and help to fund repairs and resurfacing work quicker.”

Monday, 13 March 2017

Council set to invest in CCTV and tackle street drinking to make Brent safer

10 March 2017

PLANS to make Brent safer are set to get the go-ahead next week, as Brent Council's Cabinet are asked back improvements to CCTV in the borough and a new proposal to curb street drinking.
The council's Cabinet will on Monday evening (March 13) be asked to back a report recommending the spending of around £2m on an overhaul of CCTV in the borough, which notes increasing operational costs of maintaining a 20-year-old system described in the report as "archaic" and requiring "an upgrade."
Instead, it is suggested that the council switch to a wireless CCTV system, which would allow for a more cost-efficient and flexible CCTV network, and enable the easy relocation of cameras to crime hotspot areas as required, without the need to hard-wire a camera in.
The proposed move to upgrade the borough's CCTV network comes as Brent was this week (March, 9) recognised by the Home Office's Surveillance Camera Commissioner for its work on CCTV, becoming one of only a handful of boroughs in London to be audited and certificated for following the twelve guiding principles, set out in the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice.
Brent's Cabinet will also on Monday evening consider a proposal to better combat street drinking.
Even though the whole of the borough of Brent has been a controlled drinking zone since 2007, anti-social behaviour linked to prohibited street is still an issue in areas including Harlesden, Kilburn, Ealing Road, Neasden, Wembley Park and Sudbury.
In response, it is proposed that the Council introduces Public Spaces Protection Orders in these areas for six months to tackle the issue - a breach of which will be a criminal offence and carry a fine of up to £1,000.
Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:
"Our proposals to improve our CCTV and tackle alcohol-related anti-social behaviour follow the recent work we have we been doing in getting more police on our streets, in tackling crime linked to rogue shisha outlets and underlines our commitment in making Brent safer.
"The investment in CCTV would not only replace a dated twentieth century system, but will mean we'll get a state-of-the-art, more flexible and cost-efficient system that ensures we can maintain a network that helps to keep residents safe.
"We are also considering measures to introduce Public Spaces Protection Orders for street drinking, demonstrating that while we will always help those vulnerable people battling addiction, we will always take a zero tolerance approach towards anti-social behaviour."

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Ban driving near schools

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan believes cars should be banned from roads near schools to reduce air pollution, calling on boroughs to follow the examples set by Camden and the City of London. He commented: “Forty or fifty years ago we thought smoking was bad and yet our forebears took no action. We know air quality is a killer, it makes you sick and no action has been taken. It's a health emergency.”

Saturday, 4 March 2017

World War II- Bomb

 A 500Ib World War II bomb, which was discovered in Brondesbury Park yesterday (March 2), has been safely removed by bomb disposal experts, the army has confirmed. The huge device was removed safely this evening (March 3) and hundreds of affected residents are returning to their homes within the 300 metre exclusion zone.
War is evil and I dislike them but for the same of own country there is no alternative but to stand up!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

The best tree species for Barnhill

These are shown on plans below , we are going to have Purple Plum for historical context, a new Oak for Midholm Green and other varieties of Cherry as illustrated, wild Prunus avuim for wildlife benefits and some cultivated pink flowered types.We are also going to have  Birch on the hill and Turkish Hazel for yellow autumn colour.
Please see the location below.( I sorry for the quality of plan I will try to re-do it soon)