Message from a local resident. 'We were broken into last night on Furness Rd, they broke the sash window open and went straight into the bedroom for jewellery etc. Police said there were others in the area last night. I recommend checking security is tightened up wherever needed. We're doing that now but it's too late for us. Please pass on.'
Following a campaign from one of our members (and you can probably guess who she is) the long footpath from the Harrow Road to Willesden Jcn Station has not only got litter bins (or see-through bags) but Network Rail has started to clear the green triangle of at least a decade's rubbish. They are about half way along (starting from the station) and hopefully will soon do the smaller and gradually narrower section towards Harrow Road. Network Rail can only do this work when the adjacent tracks ('the up and down City lines') are closed to rail traffic so they took a lot of persuading. If you are pleased with this clean-up, do send Network Rail a message via their website at www.networkrail.co.uk - community.
Everyone in Kensal Green knows of the great campaigning and outreach work the Friends of Kensal Rise Library (FKRL) have done in the community. Now its our turn to support them. Last year local library campaigner Margaret Bailey was honoured as a community champion, and more recently Radio Four presenter and Labour Life Peer, Melvyn Bragg hosted a fundraising event for the library cause. This Sunday is the next big event on the calendar with an “Actor’s Night” at The Paradise pub and restaurant. Names including Tamsin Greig, Paterson Joseph, Ben Miles, Samantha Spiro, Emily Raymond and Tim Lott will perform readings, take questions and host a raffle for FKRL. Tickets are £8 (plus voluntary £2 library donation) on the door and advance tickets can be bought from the C & D Wine shop on College Road opposite the library building. Doors open at The Paradise (by way of Kensal Green) 19 Kilburn Lane, W10 4AE. Full details here
The town hall has binned the controversial proposals which would have seen the price surge from £1.45 per day to £4.50. The cost of an annual visitors permit would have also been increased from £110 to £165, a rise of 50pc.The increases would have generated an extra £795,000 a year for the council.
Cllr Eleanor Southwood, the lead environment councillor at Brent Council, had justified the increases saying it would deter commuters from hogging much-needed spaces.
However members of Queens Park Residents Association (QPRA) had strongly opposed the plans.Robin Sharp, from QPRA, told the Times: “We welcome this rethink. Visitor parking represents only a small part of the problem in this area and should not be singled out for a disproportionate increase. We pointed out that this parking charge won’t solve the problem of congestion as there was a whole range of issues making it hard for residents with annual passes to park near their own houses. They include permits issued to schools and to businesses, for builders’ skips as well as parking congestion and abuses around parents collecting children from the five schools in Salusbury Road.”
Cllr Southwood told the Times she had “listened carefully to lots of people on this topic over recent months”. She added: “There’s nothing at all unusual with us delaying final decisions in order to take a fresh look at the bigger picture. I look forward to hearing from a wide range of people and organisations over the coming months.”
Source - Brent and Kilburn Times.
The minutes of our last Odessa Palermo residents meeting can be found here plus an incident log sheet here provided by the Safer Neighbourhood Team to record anti social behaviour resulting from the activities of the Jetset club and the Shisha bar or similar on the High Street.
Here is an update on some of the issues raised at our meeting:
Visitor parking - this is not, after all, for consultation yet but is to be reviewed together with the arrangement and boundaries of the CPZ zones. It is expected to be out for consultation in March and we will let you know when we hear more on this.
Illegal parking on double yellow lines on the High Street - Cllr Claudia has already started looking into the possibility of getting the council plus the parking company to do a blitz on illegal parking after midnight to see if it has any effect on the Jetset and Shisha bar activities.
Rubbish on the railway embankment beside the path to Willesden Junction station - we have been told that this will be cleared before 31 March. But there is no harm in more people ringing 03457114141 to complain. It is very easy and it adds pressure to get this done.
Remember SNT meeting this Tuesday 4 February at 7pm at the Salvation Army.
Just to let you know that there was an attempt break in on Odessa Rd the other day. A neighbour interrupted the burglars and called the police. The police came very quickly but unfortunately they had run away. The police even got an helicopter searching but didn't get them. We need to be particularly vigilant as perhaps we might be going through a bad patch regarding criminal activity. I think high hedges are not very safe as it gives them a place to hide.
There is a Safer Neighbourhoods Team meeting with the community next Tuesday 9 February. It is at 7pm at the Salvation Army meetings room on 32 Manor Park Road near the Picture House pub. The meeting will only last about an hour.
There has also been a warning about a scam going around in a nearby area. It happened in Dollis Hill. It involves somebody knocking at your door to say that next door has been flooded and they need access to the water supply. They are targeting elderly people living alone, so if you know any please warn them.
Londoners can now have their say on plans to create a brand new part of the capital at Old Oak and Park Royal.
Old Oak is set to become home to a world-class High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station by 2026. It will be one of the largest new stations built in the UK, handling 250,000 passengers a day. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson believes this could act as a springboard to deliver 25,500 new homes and up to 65,000 jobs at both Old Oak and the adjoining Park Royal industrial estate.
Last year, the Mayor launched the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) to drive forward the regeneration of the area.
The OPDC has now issued for consultation its Local Plan which sets out the Mayor’s vision for the area and the guidelines for how the site will develop over time. The Plan includes details of how the area will be transformed, details of distinctive parts of the regeneration site and planning policies for future development.
This consultation runs until March 31 and is the first opportunity for the public to help shape the future of Old Oak and Park Royal. There are a range of ways in which to find out about the Plan and provide comments – at face-to-face workshops, online and by email and post.
Sir Edward Lister, Deputy May
or for Planning and Chairman of OPDC said: “This is the first opportunity that West London residents and businesses have to contribute to the look and feel of the future Old Oak and Park Royal. With so much change planned it is vital that we receive the views of the local community so we can create an unrivalled new part of London.”
Victoria Hills, OPDC Chief Executive Officer said: “This consultation offers the perfect opportunity for local communities and Londoners to get involved and help shape their neighbourhood and city, the place they live and work in. By sharing their views at such an early stage in this 30 plus years project they really can help to shape the transformation of this part of west London.”
Amanda Souter, OPDC Board Member and Community Champion, and local resident said: “This is one of the biggest property developments in the UK in our lifetime. Plans for 25,500 news homes and 65,000 new jobs created right on our doorstep. Our world around us is changing and OPDC’s Local Plan will present a combination of exciting opportunities for residents and also some impacts that we may want to change. It is important we get involved and help shape our own future.”
OPDC will analyse all comments received and use them to inform the next version of the Local Plan which will be consulted on in autumn 2016. It is expected that it will be fully adopted in 2017.
A short film about the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation can be viewed here http://bit.ly/23N6D9I
For more details go to https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/plans-to-transform-old-oak-and-park-royal .
Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation is consulting on a planning application that it received from Genesis Housing Association and QPR Holdings Ltd for Oaklands, Old Oak Common Lane, NW10 6DU. You can submit your comments to the OPDC until 23rd February. For more details on the proposal and how to respond please see the attached letter.
Link to OPDC Planning Register: http://planningregister.opdc.london.gov.uk/swift/apas/run/wchvarylogin.display
You will need to go to "Planning" then "Search for a Planning Application" and add the reference number: 15/0091/FULOPDC
There is a QPR Genesis Housing Public Exhibition. On Tuesday and Wednesday 9 and 10 February.