NEW TREES IN ODESSA ROAD - TO REPLACE ONE THAT DIED AND ONE THAT WAS VANDALISED: THANKS TO BRENT COUNCIL!
With support and advice from Odessa Palermo Neighbourhood Watch and Kensal Green Streets, planters have started to appear at the station, organised by Energy Gardens. We'll keep you informed of developments.
Dog Mess fine in Furness Pocket park
Some of you might have noticed that last month KGS together with our 3 Councillors organised a publicity/education event in Furness Pocket Park by placing a few Dog Poo signs in the Park. The local newspaper also ran an article on this issue with a photo of our action. We are working with Brent Council on this and as a result extra patrols have been done around the park. We are pleased that this seems to be making some impact with the first person caught and fined at the park last week for not picking up after their dog. Hopefully the word will get around.
Controlled Parking Zones CPZ
For a while a number of residents have asked for Brent Council to look at the hours of our HW parking zones. A number of people feel it should not include Saturdays or the number of hours reduced or a change in the area so that we can differentiate areas around Park Parade and Rucklidge Avenue from other areas. Some people also think that the present situation is the best to ensure that residents can park their own car. We have been told by Brent that changes to CPZ zones can be done 'on demand' ie through local consultation for that particular area. There is an online questionnaire to fill in on the Brent Council website.
Have any of you heard that the shop near the Picture House in Manor Park Road called Manor Park trading and a building behind it are going to be turned into a massive 51 flat, 87 bed new development? This has been going through without people knowing about it. As a result of my protest the time for comments has been extended. Take a look at the link which describes the development. There are 61 documents altogether. The remarks so far are remarkably free of comments such as "I have enough trouble getting an appointment with my doctor without 87 new people arriving in the neighbourhood." But just as important is that this plan allows car parking. Can you imagine cars turning in and out of Manor Park Road so close to that dangerous junction where people have already died because it's a tricky junction?
There has been a conspicuous lack of consultation. We councillors are statutory consultees for local planning, as are housing associations, but this has been going on without our knowledge. Scarcely surprising given it is more than twice the size of the old social club development.
Pease help us try to bring some democracy and common sense to this situation.
A Happy New Year to you all! Two pieces of news - one is that we hear that the replacement trees have been ordered and should appear early in 2017. Secondly, the Disotto's site will shortly be the subject of a further planning application. Local residents and one of our Councillors attended a meeting in December. Apparently there have been attempts to redevelop this site in Furness Road next to the pocket park for about twenty years!
Some drawings are attached but briefly there are two options currently under consideration. One is to extend the Ice Cream Shop building at the back at the same height and turn it into three units, and build a similar sized 'house' to the other side of the electricity sub station. All the 'factory units' at the back would be demolished and a low rise apartment building would be constructed. There would be gardens in the centre and the boundary with the park would be marked by a feature fence / hedge. The overall number of bed spaces would go up from three to eleven, in eight flats. None of this would affect the convenience store or its flats.
An alternative, which would include an arch in the new 'house' to allow parking (rather than gardens) in the centre of the development is also being considered but appears to conflict with Brent's policy which is not to allow parking (or new residents' parking rights) in such developments.
A further meeting is being arranged for January.