STREET CLEANING Chris Whyte gave an update on street cleaning, fly tipping and dumped waste - this is a punishable crime (fine or prison). It is cleared on a daily basis and reported via sweepers. The problem is worse on weekends. 11 enforcement officers sift through for evidence. As a result there are 200 - 300 investigations / actions per month. It ranges from builders rubbish to low-level waste such as bags. REACH are very active. In Harlesden/Kensal Green there has been a rolling programme for the last few weeks with tipped rubbish being checked. Because of this enforcement actions are up from 130 to 250. Brent council removes 100 -130 tons each month. Any tipped rubbish can be reported via Brent Council's website or by calling: 020 8937 5050.
→ Action: Attach phone number to trees.
The council has a bulky waste service taking away 5 items 3 times per year for free. Call 020 8937 5050. Building waste needs to be taken to Brent recycling centre in Abbey Road. Tel: 020 965 5497: there is a charge for fixtures and fittings. There is no provision for waste bins for flats above shops: their rubbish is collected as part of street cleaning.
→ Chris asked for people to let him know about any areas they think are dumping problems.
→ It was suggested to investigate as part of Kensal Green Streets (KGS) if residents near corner of Victor Road are amenable to a recycling facility there, as rubbish on that part of the Harrow Road is a big problem.
Carol and Fernanda talked about KGS having organised some clean-ups. They were very successful. 2 skips were filled. Some people brought things that others found useful.
→ Palermo-Odessa road clean-up is on 12th October from 9am - 12.
LUNCH Sunday 30 June is the Big Green Lunch from 1pm - 5pm at Furness School.
Wardworking funded this from last year's money, including the clean-ups and a sculpture. This year there will be four residents' organisations involved. Mayor Bobby will be opening it. Bring food. Soft drinks free.
WARDWORKING Carol Allen talked about Wardworking which is intended to bring communities together. For this ward there is £30,000 available for projects this year but it has to be spent by October. There will be an evaluation process asking for the extent of participation, were the targets reached, any press items etc.
→ Carol to send.
Councillors decide on priorities. This year for this ward these are: supporting residents facing economic hardship; environmental issues; culture. Any proposals that are handed in will be reviewed between now and September. Last year £7000 was spent on the pocket park building a wall, planting shrubs and bulbs. There were suggestions about more regular use of the pocket park space with art or cultural activities, stalls etc. Apparently an events licence is needed for this, which can take up to two months.
→ There was the question as to whether we have public liability insurance?
→ Carol Allen will send Carol a copy of the form.
WHAT’S HAPPENING Carol Allen reported what else is going on in Harlesden:
· Station Approach improvements are on the way, on time and station frontage will also be improved.
· Saturday 6 July Love Harlesden - Tavistock Hall, 2pm - 6pm.
· Harlesden town centre project going all right so far.
· Harlesden Town Team social event (2 or 9 August) at Dracula restaurant, £20 for starter, main & glass of wine.
· Cake bake event to raise funds for John Keeble school, 28 June.
· Brent Connects meeting at Unity Centre, Church Road, 16 July.
· HS2 consultation closes 11 July.
POLICE ETC Fernanda read out a report from the Safer Neighbourhood team.
Local policing model will go live in September.
→ Please pass on any issues re security.
The path from Willesden Junction to the Harrow Road was mentioned. Some people do not feel they can use it at night, as they do not feel safe. Carol Allen mentioned 'beds in sheds' - to let the council know of any substandard housing or overcrowding by ruthless landlords.
HEALTH Claudia told people about Brent HealthWatch. It replaced Brent LINk but is different. It is a consortium of five voluntary organisations in Brent. HealthWatch wants to hear people's concerns, opinions about health and social care issues in Brent. People are encouraged to become members or volunteer and have their voice heard. There is a public meeting on 15 July at the Village School in Kingsbury. More information on the HealthWatch website.
PARKING Changes in Visitors' parking were mentioned. People are concerned that their scratch cards will not be credited or they will not get back their money. It was felt that the whole thing can be quite cumbersome for people who do not have access to the internet. Apparently one can buy an annual visitor's permit but it is restricted and costly for just the odd visitor or contractor. The possibility of clubbing together and sharing one was mentioned. There were objections to having to give out visitors' details as it feels like being spied on. There is a feedback form on the website and people are encouraged to use this.
NEXT MEETING The next meeting is on Tuesday 8 October, 8pm - 9pm, St. Marks.