News: Brent Connects Kilburn and Kensal Meeting

BRAT member Kamilla Williamson attended this meeting last Thursday (15 June), and has kindly provided the following summary. Anyone can get involved, and the next meeting is on 21 September at Queens Park Community School.
Policing update 
– Borough wide increase in violent crimes with weapons, gang activity and theft from motor vehicles.
– Kilburn Police Station will be open for the next 4-5 years, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. At other times, please use Notting Hill or Wembley stations to report crime in person; call 101 for non-urgent reports; 999 for life threatening emergencies only; contact SNT via email.
– Paddington Police Station has closed down and was sold for housing development.
Officers from Paddington are sharing Kilburn PS facilities.
– MetPolice is restructuring and Cluster working seems to be very effective.
– Territorial Support Group is in Brent helping in specific issues/incidents and to execute warrants.
Vision for Brent – address by Councillor Butt and Councillor McLennan
– huge population changes up to 2020. Rising numbers of people aged 5-17 years old and 70+ years old.
– changes in housing: building more affordable homes; allocation of homes to key workers; prioritising social care; providing more second school places; review of Brent Housing Partnership – with view to bring their properties in-house or for another housing  association to manage; improving services in general with drastically slashed budget.
Soapbox
✳️ Queens Park School is looking for people to invest into a community energy scheme to install solar panels.
✳️ Why did Brent allow ThamesWater to dig up Chemberlayne Road three times in one year? Why there isn’t a joined up thinking in planning such works? Why are there working teams reduced and work fewer times instead of increasing workforce/working hours to end as quickly as possible. Because of reductions works will extend till September (instead of ending in May).
ThamesWater will be invited to next meeting (in September) to answer these questions.
Making Scrutiny Count in Brent
2 scrutiny committees, 8 members, 6 meetings per year open to public. Community perspective is needed. Local Residents must put forward issues that need to be reviewed/look at in Brent.
Things like: the recent Parking proposal and late consultation; Brent Housing Partnership; quality of road works; efficiency of departments etc…
BrentCouncil Scrutiny challenges cabinet decisions, external contractors, topics, recommends solutions. What do YOU want scrutinised? The link above provides contact details and calendar.
Councillor Ketan Sheth can be contacted directly to receive suggested topics for scrutiny.
Housing Benefit 
Residents who receive HB must constantly update their circumstances with HB department, if there were any changes, to avoid under/over/stopped payments. Changes as number of hours worked, cut or increase in earnings, make up of household etc.
Please educate your friends/neighbours -> that’s the message from Brent.
It’s Time To Talk: Hate Crime 
Event in Brent Civic Centre on 21 July 16.

 

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