Friday, August 24, 2018

Shooting near Kingsbury Tube Station

The incident on Monday evening  (20th Aug) in Kingsbury where 3 people were stabbed outside the Underground station is quite shocking. We have had growing concern about rising serious crime in the Kingsbury area which residents and business have been telling us about. Your Councillors have been raising this issue for the last few months with both Brent’s Community safety team and it’s partners the Met Police.  
We have had a briefing from Council officers and have requested additional resources both from the Council and the Police. In response the Police Commander for NW London Simon Rose has told us “A substantial additional level of Police officers from the Violent Crimes Unit have been drafted in to the Kingsbury area. Stop and Search powers have been granted to provide highly visible additional policing and generate intelligence. This violence on our streets is unacceptable and will be stopped. The persons responsible for this incident will be hunted down and arrested.”  

Brent is continuing to spend  £2.3M pounds on a new CCTV control room and new state of the art high definition cameras to help tackle crime and disorder. Brent Council has been helping the Police with information from CCTV following the incident. The Kingsbury High Road camera has not been updated yet and we will be asking that this is done immediately. 

Sadly the previous Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the Government have cut the Police budget and manpower is now the lowest for 20 years. The new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has committed to spending an extra £138M but we need the Government to act and invest.

The Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward with information if you have any information can call Trident officers using 101 and quote CAD 7953 aug20 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.


Fryent Councillors.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

BAKERLOO LINE CLOSURE In August.

TFL have informed us that due to planned Network Rail track works, they need to close the entire Bakerloo line on the weekend of 18 and 19 August. London Overground services will also be closed between Queen’s Park and Watford Junction.

To ensure they can safely move the correct engineering trains, they also intend to suspend the Jubilee Night Tube services from 1.30am to 4.30am on Saturday 18 August and from 3.50am to 5.50am on Sunday 19 August.

There will be customer communications on the TfL network from 13 August, however, as this is likely to affect some Fryent residents, we wanted to inform you now.

A fully accessible bus replacement services will operate between Harrow and Wealdstone and Queen’s Park. A separate replacement bus service will operate between Paddington and Willesden Junction – this will also call at North Acton to allow for connections with the Central Line.


Willesden Junction’s Overground services between Stratford and Richmond are not affected and these connect to West Hampstead to the north and Shepherd’s Bush to the south.

Unfortunately, these works clash with a Tottenham Hotspur FC (THFC) fixture at Wembley Stadium. Due to a delay in the construction of Tottenham’s new ground, this match will need to played at Wembley on 18t August.

The alternative travel arrangements detailed above will be available for spectators along with Chiltern railways services from Marylebone to Wembley Stadium, which tend to be less busy outside peak times. The closure will be advertised on THFC’s website and the club will be contacting supporters directly with this information. 

TFL have apologised  for the inconvenience this will cause to Fryent residents in our area. 


Fryent Councillors

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Labour Councillors Elected Again

Following our election in early May we would like to thank everyone who voted for us and re electing us for a further 4 years. We are grateful for your support and the confidence you have shown in us to represent you on Brent Council.

We would also like to pay tribute to Ruth Moher who retired from the Council in May. She was a highly respected Councillor who worked hard to represent Fryent residents. She had previously been Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children and families and more recently served on the Planning committee. I am sure you will join with us in our thanks to Ruth and hope she enjoys spending more time with her grandchildren.

We would like to welcome and introduce our new Councillor Vincent Lo, many of you would have met Vincent on the doorstep during the the election campaign. Vincent is a former Labour Parliamentary Candidate who halved Boris Johnson's majority in 2017. He is the Chair of Brent North Constituency Labour Party (CLP) and passionate about creating a fairer society with opportunities for the many. A Londoner born and bred, he is a researcher in public policy and believes in an economy that works for all, universal education and investment in our public services. He practices Mixed Martial Arts and enjoys reading in his spare time.

During the months before and during  the election we estimated we met about 3300 residents. We are sorry if we missed you but want you to know we are available at our monthly surgery in Kingsbury Library on their 3rd Saturday of each month. You can also contact us via e mail details below.



You can also follow us on this blog and our various twitter accounts.



George, Shama and Vincent

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Christmas Tree Recycling

Fryent residents - you can recycle your Christmas Tree really easily this year. Brent has two drop off points near you.
They are available from Monday 1st January until Sunday 21st January.

1 Roe Green Park, Kingsbury High Road entrance.

2 Silver Jubilee park, Bottom of Townsend Lane.

If you subscribe to Garden Waste collection you can cut your tree up and put in the Green Bin or cut up and compost in your garden.

Please, Please, Please  do not dump your unwanted tree on the street. It costs a lot of money to clear up fly tips wether they are trees or furniture or an old mattress.

Thanks for loving where you live.

Fryent Councillors

https://www.brent.gov.uk/christmastree

Friday, December 29, 2017

Highways Planned Maintenance 2018 - 2019



Every year the Council plan Brent’s highways maintenance programme for 2018/19. As we walk around Fryent ward comments on the state of our roads and pavements is one of the highest issues highlighted by residents. We are therefore seeking your suggestions on which roads or pavements should be considered for possible inclusion in next year’s programme.

Your suggestions will help contribute to the preparation of a list of streets, where there is a compelling case for either the roads and/or pavements to be renewed. This list is primarily based on condition data obtained through independent surveys that consider the structural as well as visual state. This also means that resident views will also be considered.

In 2016 the Council took a decision to use asphalt as the default material for resurfacing pavements, with flexibility in conservation areas. Concrete block paving will continue to be used for driveways and street corners. Some pavements in Fryent have received this treatment and we have found residents are generally in favour of this approach. The Council is also adopting a new innovative way of dealing with pot holes.

With miles and miles of pavements and roads it is not be possible to include all nominated streets. We would need over 100 million pounds to tackle all the required maintenance. However, the Council will keep a record for consideration as part of our short sections and patching programmes, which are designed to tackle smaller areas (not whole streets) to be reviewed later in 2018.

We need responses no later than Friday 19th January to send to the Council for inclusion in the surveys. You can comment on this post or send a separate e mail with photos.


Fryent Councillors, George Crane, Ruth Moher and Shama Tatler, 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Local schools to suffer from Government funding cuts.

Guest blog from Paul - a Fryent resident and teacher.


In the budget Philip Hammond failed schools. 

His budget offers no relief and no certainty for headteachers struggling to plug the gap in school budgets. 
As headteachers pour over their budgets and are forced to make difficult decisions, the Chancellor is ducking his responsibility to our nation's schools. 
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Here's a summary on the latest on School Cuts


In our local schools every single school has been cut. The figures are these: 
Oliver Goldsmiths -£315 per year per child
Fryent -£159 per child per year
Robert Southwell -£365 per child per year
Kingsbury Green -£423 per child per year
Roe Green -£617 per child per year (!)
Kingsbury High School - £537 per child per year.



You can find out more at www.schoolcuts.org.uk. If you are interested in working with other parents to reverse these cuts contact http://www.fairfundingforallschools.org/

We welcome guest blogs from Fryent residents and these are published on the understanding that we may or may not agree with the contents. 
Please contact us if you wish to respond to the debate or publish a new blog item.

Fryent Councillors.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

LED's TO LIGHT UP FRYENT

Work is expected to start in late November 2017 to replace street lights in Fryent. New energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lanterns will replace the artificial sodium lamps.
The new LED street lights will provide a more natural light, often described as daylight light, rather than the existing orange lamps. The new lights will save money as they use less electricity and will reduce carbon emissions. Residents should note that only the lamp head will be replaced not the whole column.
A webpage with more information is available at www.brent.gov.uk/streetlights.

Fryent Cllr
George Crane