The number of councillors needs to be reduced from 63 to 57, all ward boundaries in Brent will have to be redrawn so.Brent Council have created two proposals, both of which will destroy and subsume Kensal Green into two new Brondesbury Park and Queen's Park megawards (see https://bit.ly/2Q18gi4 and https://bit.ly/2PZZqky).
Our plans to save Kensal Green
Our Councillors have proposed the following:
·Kensal Green is a distinct community and should be respected in the same way as other communities such as Harlesden, Willesden Green and Wembley Park ("For there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen, before we go to Paradise by way of Kensal Green")
·Integrating Kensal Green into two new Brondesbury Park and Queen's Park megawards is far too unwieldy, as the new wards are too big and too varied in nature
· If the number of councillors need to be decreased, it is better to remove one councillor each from Kensal Green, Brondesbury Park and Queen's Park, rather than arbitrarily destroying Kensal Green ward whilst expanding Brondesbury Park and Queen's Park wards.
The senior officers then developed a new Kensal Green Ward idea: https://bit.ly/2JlLcYS.
As you can see, it retains the majority of the existing Kensal Green ward (though there is loss of a few southern streets to Harlesden ward), but at the expense of a loss of councillor each from Kensal, Brondesbury Park and Queen's Park wards.
What you can do to save Kensal Green
1. If you agree with our plans to save our ward, please submit a comment to the LGBCE via either https://bit.ly/2RhrwYN or firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday 5 November.
2. In your submission include the attached 'Kensal Green ward.pdf', as well as all or some of the three bullet points above.
3. Please try to use your own words if possible, as well as state what interests you have in the local community (how long you have lived here, which local group you belong to etc.)