Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Forgotten Industry in Kingsbury

Wembley History Society are holding a talk about the forgotten aircraft and motor industries in Kingsbury at its next meeting on Friday 2nd December at the English Martyr`s Church Hall, Blackbird Hill, Wembley. (Opposite the petrol station) Starts at 7pm

The talk is being presented by Jim Moher (former Fryent Councillor 2002 - 2014)

The project which was supported from "ward working" funds will be used for local history projects in schools. 
Kingsbury was a cradle of the early aircraft industry employing many thousands of workers before, during and after the world wars. Some housing estates in the Kingsbury area were built by aircraft manufacturing companies to house its workers. The modern civil airline industry developed from the area together with Vanden Plas the motor manufacturer. You can learn much more about the area and its history. 

Jim has found some fascinating local history and his talk will be illustrated with old photos. Visitors interested in local history are very welcome at their meetings - please try and come along.

Fryent Councillors

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

London Mayor holds "Question Time" in Brent

Dear Fryent Residents,

Thursday 03 November 2016

Time:7:00pm to 9:00pm

Venue: Brent Civic Centre, Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ, United Kingdom

Tickets: Free

People’s Question Time will be taking place in Brent Civic Centre on the above date and time. Navin Shah your Brent Assembly Member  will be chairing the meeting.

Please come and also encourage your friend/family  to attend. The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and the London Assembly will talk about what is happening in London and it will be a great opportunity for residents to find out what the plans and priorities are for the city.

I have listed below the web link for residents to register for a free ticket:

Cllr George Crane
Fryent Councillor

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Consultation on Council Tax Increase

Brent Council's Cabinet will meet on Monday 24 October to consider a report that proposes increasing Council tax by nearly 4%. The report outlines the challenges still facing local Councils which includes a proposal to protect local services. The cost to householders at the proposed level would work out at 0.85 pence per week on a Band D property.

The report sets out how councils are still in an era of austerity and are facing further cuts in Government funding despite growing demand for local services from an increasing and ageing population. The paper also includes some savings proposals although these are relatively small compared to recent council budgets.

Last year was the first year council tax had risen in Brent for six years after successive freezes despite Government funding being slashed by £117million since 2010.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said:

"Imagine your household bills went up every year, but your salary kept being cut. You would have to make some tough choices and find new ways to make your money go further.

"That's what this council has been doing in finding new, more efficient ways to maintain and improve the services that we all need, but it has also meant making some very difficult decisions.

"We know how important our local services are to the people of Brent which is why, rather than cutting back on those vital services, the option of raising income through a small council tax increase to protect these services is being considered.

"The choice we face in Brent is this: will we pay a bit extra each month to keep our services available to those who need them, or will we let the Government's cuts to our budget further limit the services we can provide?

"As a Cabinet, we will discuss the draft proposals set out in the report at our next meeting and, if approved, will then put them to residents to have their say in a detailed budget consultation."

The budget consultation is set to run from November to December with a series of public meetings arranged for January. A final decision on the budget will be taken by Full Council in February 2017.

Protecting local services is the top priority for your local Councillors and we would welcome your views.

Fryent Councillors Shama Tatler, Ruth Moher and George Crane

You can read the Cabinet papers here :

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Richard Tatler

It is with very great sadness that we have learned that Richard Tatler, the husband of Fryent Councillor Shama Tatler passed away earlier this week.
He had fought a courageous battle with Cancer for over 8 years. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side.
Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Shama, Family and Friends.

George Crane and Ruth Moher
Colleague Fryent Councillors.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Carriageway resurfacing and Pavement replacement in Fryent.

Good news for Fryent residents if you live in the following streets in Fryent - the Council has recently announced plans to resurface some roads and pavements. This is part of a large annual maintenance programme throughout the Borough costing over 5 million pounds.

Lewgars Avenue and Wakemans Hill Avenue  have been selected for road surface renewal and and Elthorne Way and Townsend Lane for pavement replacement.

The work on Wakemans Hill Ave will start soon and hopefully be completed within a week. The work on Lewgars Ave will commence on 29th July and should take about 2 days, all the schemes are subject to suitable weather conditions.

Work on pavement improvements will commence on 25 th July and residents will receive letters telling them when the contractors will start in their road. Parking restrictions, if applicable, will be suspended. Some pavements slabs are being replaced with Tarmac which is both cheaper and more resilient. Residents can also apply for extensions to vehicle crossovers.

Residents in affected roads will also be advised that vehicles left on roads will be removed and relocated by the contractor if it impedes the work.

The work is being undertaken by the Council contractor Conway Aecom.

Fryent Councillors

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Teachers do not want to strike - BUT!

Why are teachers striking?

Teachers who are members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) went on strike on Tuesday 5th July 2016 in long running dispute with the government over working conditions.

As a teacher, I’d like to take the opportunity to present why many teachers are choosing to take industrial action.

This is isn’t about pay – actually as teachers, we do get a good a salary and for most teachers, the profession is not a career but a vocation. We love working with and inspiring children and young people. However, Government initiatives have already started to change the environment we work in to the detriment for the children we teach. In addition, current proposals will compound problems already in the system.
Class sizes – the last few years have seen class sizes regularly go over 30 per class. When I started teaching the average was 25. Educational standards are bound to fall and children who need support will be neglected. Its hard for teachers to get to know each individual child in a large class, behaviour can be difficult to manage and anxiety for teachers increase, especially as performance related pay is determined with how a class performs. Marking and planning for large classes is difficult too.
Teacher recruitment and retention – so many teachers are leaving the profession and universities are finding it difficult to fill spaces on their teacher training courses. Morale is low, workload is unmanageable, with added pressures of budget cuts (where teachers are told the school cannot afford enough exercise books) and constant, unnecessary testing of students; the teaching environment is becoming unbearable. Is this what we really want for our children in schools? The Government doesn’t want to listen or trust teachers.
Workload – Each teacher takes their responsibility for each child they teach extremely seriously. I know most teachers come in to school at around 7.30am, do not leave until 6.00pm (some stay until caretakers ask them to leave) and then continue work at home often until late. Many experienced teachers also have families and as such often sacrifice family life. This is not sustainable and certainly was not the case when I started teaching 10 years ago. There has also been a big increase in bureaucracy – such as data entry for each child. More and more the increase in workload has meant that teachers cannot offer the extra-curricula clubs that help enrich our children.
Exam focused curriculum – the current focus on exams and results means that we are cutting creativity out of the children we teach. English and Maths are dominating the timetable because league tables are based on that data. It means schools inevitably focus resources on those two areas at the detriment of other subject areas particularly the arts. Children are all different, not robots and as such the education system should reflect that diversity. Secondly, the introduction of testing at KS1 and KS2 (7 and 11year old) is causing stress and anxiety for children and teachers alike. This can’t be right. The Government do not seem to trust teachers (as we do continually assess our students in a variety of ways) and say these tests are to drive up standards. This pressure on children is not healthy and numbers of children needing mental health support has risen. Furthermore, this sort of testing does nothing for the children who have special educational needs.
Budget cuts – schools, like other areas of public service are facing huge financial cuts. I know of schools and departments struggling to adequately resource schools even with exercise books.
Academisation and free schools – there are so many issues around this: no local elected accountability, unqualified teachers, run-for-profit, academy chains removing students from exams so not to impact data, to name but a few. (This is a massive issue in education and probably needs another article on this)

The Government are refusing to address the big problems of budget cuts, teacher shortages and class sizes. They dismiss teacher concerns and push an ideological agenda of academisation (which holds no local accountability as well as a host of other issues) and pushing for testing system that ignores advances in pedagogy  expects our individual and unique children to all be the same.

I hope, by writing this, you can see why teachers have chosen to strike and hope that you as residents, parents and former students support teachers. I am sure there are other additional reasons why teachers have chosen to strike. It’s not an easy decision, but I wholeheartedly believe each striking teacher is fighting for the future of education and children they teach.

As for me, I had to take the difficult decision to leave the profession a couple of months ago as the pressures of the workload, meant that I could not meet the needs of my family. Nevertheless, now as parent and former teacher, I stand with my former colleagues.

Cllr Shama Tatler

Friday, June 24, 2016


A guest blog by Rubena Jafrey, Head of Community Engagement, The Institute.

The Institute based at Masons House, Valley Drive, Kingsbury NW9 9NG is holding a fund raising Affordable Art Sale. The purpose is to raise funds to support its work as a community education charity.

The Affordable Art Sale preview day is on Thursday 30th June from 6pm to 8.00pm - you can browse and buy!  If you need more time to make up your mind or can`t make Thursday the second exhibition will be on Saturday 2nd July from 10.00am until 6.00 pm.

The Institute is a registered charity and depends on fees, donations and fund raising events to carry on its work in Fryent and Kingsbury. Our building is a short walk from Kingsbury Jubilee line Station and buses pass the door.

The public are welcome and please be generous.