Autumn 2014 Newsletter

NOTICE OF AGM

On behalf of Brondesbury Resident and Tenants (BRAT), I am inviting you to BRAT’s forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held at 6pm on Sunday 16th November in the James Baldwin Room at the Tricycle Theatre.

BRAT campaigns on behalf of residents of the streets bounded by Dyne Road, Kilburn High Road and Willesden Lane, and its committee meets six times a year. Founded in 1970, BRAT provides a platform to build a stronger community, promote good planning and conservation, protect and enhance neighbourhood amenities and create a better local environment.

The AGM is held to elect the committee, and both the AGM and committee meetings provide a forum to discuss local issues and hear from council officers, elected officials and others. Speakers in the past year have included councilors and representatives from the Police, local schools and other institutions.

At Sunday’s AGM, as part of BRAT’s on-going initiative to hear from the main parliamentary candidates individually, we will be addressed by Tulip Siddiq, the Labour Party’s candidate for the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency. Local ward councillors, Rita Connelly and John Duffy, are also scheduled to attend. The topics outlined below give an idea of the types of issues on BRAT’s agenda. Refreshments will be provided.

Membership of BRAT costs just £4 a year and new members are always welcome. You can find out more on BRAT at its new website – http://www.bratnw6.org

David Evans, Chair

Cleaner, Safer Streets

BRAT works on behalf of its residents and tenants to promote effective litter and waste management, road maintenance and a cleaner, safer street environment. Local ward councillor John Duffy regularly attends and addresses BRAT meetings. John has worked in waste management for both the Mayor of London and Westminster City Council and this experience has been put to good use in implementing significant local improvements to waste management in BRAT’s area.

Central to this are the new time-banded refuse collections for the southern part of Willesden Lane which are to be actively enforced on a bi-monthly basis. There has also been a major clean-up of Waterloo Passage. A number of fast food outlets have been warned about the way they dispose of their waste and have taken steps to improve the situation, including building internal refuse storage areas.

John is also a key figure in the Willesden Lane Improvement campaign, overseeing recent road resurfacing from Dyne Road to Kilburn High Road by Brent Council, and future tree planting, traffic calming and road safety schemes. Local consultation has found that 86% of respondents support the plans to improve the highway proposals, which are awaiting final approval prior to implementation. The Council has also started a feasibility review for the empty and deteriorating landmark Kilburn State cinema (Willesden Lane entrance) to look at possible uses. John will address this issue at the AGM.

Anna Smith

AGM: 6pm, Sunday 16th November, James Baldwin Room, Tricycle Theatre

Willesden Lane Improvement

BRAT has for lobbied for the regeneration of the southern part of Willesden Lane for the last two years. It has developed a Willesden Lane Improvement Plan and details of this plan can be found on its website. The primary goal is to improve the stretch of road between the railway bridge and the High Road. Areas of focus include waste management, road safety and the public realm.

Significant progress has been made under the leadership of the project consultant, Anna Dennemann. A Steering Group has been set up with stakeholder representatives from BRAT, BEST (the residents association for the eleven streets south of Willesden Lane), Brent Council, Christ Church School and local businesses. Together the group brainstormed a vision for an ideal Willesden Lane, components of which were proposed to Brent Council for implementation.

In terms of the public highway improvements, this lobbying has resulted in securing funding from Transport for London worth up to £150,000 which will be put towards road safety improvements and other highway enhancements – including tree planting – with work due to begin before March 2015.

Other changes which are starting to bear fruit include the introduction of time banded waste collections (discussed above), the removal of redundant estate agents’ signage, and several buildings are now undergoing privately funded refurbishment works.

BRAT is keen to keep this positive momentum going and is looking to solicit funding for the next phase of the project, which will see the Steering Group’s vision brought to life through design concepts. Please join us at the AGM for more details.

Franceska Brown

Kilburn Neighbourhood Planning Forum

BRAT members have played an active part in establishing a cross-borough Neighbourhood Planning Forum for the Kilburn area, to promote regeneration and the interests of residents in future planning schemes.

This follows the successful establishment of other such groups, both in Brent and in Camden. The defined boundary for the neighbourhood area encompasses both Brent and Camden’s Kilburn wards, east and west of the High Road, plus areas at the northern and southern ends of the High Road, to encompass Kilburn and Kilburn Park Tube stations. The group’s main aim will be to improve the historic and much loved – but neglected – High Road.

An interim steering group has been established and has received funding for consultation costs and the help of an adviser, and events to meet and get feedback from as many local people as possible as part of developing a new local statutory development plan for the area are planned. To get involved, and for further information, go to http://www.kilburnforum.org.

David Evans

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