Friday, March 24, 2017

Help Brent Council Spend CIL in your Neighbourhood

Brent Council needs your help to decide priorities in spending CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy)

What is CIL, you ask?  When developers receive planning permission for some larger, new developments, they're required to make a payment to the council. This helps fund local infrastructure improvements. This payment is called Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Of this, between 15-25% of the funds has to be allocated by the Council as Neighbourhood CIL.

You can find out much more by clicking on the link below:

To streamline the running of Neighbourhood CIL in the borough, Brent has been divided into five local areas: Harlesden, Kilburn, Kingsbury and Kenton, Wembley and Willesden. These are large enough to generate funds that can deliver relatively big projects if this is what the community decides the funds should be spent on. The areas are, however, also  small enough to encourage communities to feel they are likely to benefit from the projects that are delivered. Ultimately, the decision on what to spend the funds on still rests with the council, but we will provide clear feedback on how we have come to any decisions.

What sort of things can be funded? They will need to be a benefit to the community, the projects could be delivered by voluntary organisations. On the basis of feedback received from this consultation, the council will decide how to prioritise spending on particular Neighbourhood CIL funded projects. Projects could be delivered by the council if they relate to council assets, e.g. a park. The council could also deliver projects that are good ideas, but where no other body came forward to deliver them.

So have you any ideas - get those thinking caps on; the consultation is due to close soon and Kingsbury needs more money for community projects. Alternatively you can talk to use about ideas.

Fryent Councillors, Shama Tatler, Ruth Moher and George Crane

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kingsbury Road - Public Realm Improvement consultation

The council is proposing to introduce a Public Realm Improvements Scheme in Kingsbury Town Centre between Kingsbury roundabout and Valley Drive. The proposed scheme will include: A new 20 mph Zone, footway renewal, new Cycle lane, new parking and loading arrangements, new crossing facilities and new street furniture including trees, seats, benches and Cycle stands.

The consultation is open until 7th April and to view the scheme you need to log on to the Brent Council web site or use this link:

The scheme if approved will probably take about 12 months to complete and will be programmed in two phases - Phase 1 South Side (odd numbers) followed by phase 2 North side (even numbers).

The scheme is a  version of the previous application which was unsuccesful for funding last year. The Council have allocatted a smaller sum of money to take forward some of the previous public realm plans.

The views of residents and business in the area is really important, if you want to comment please use the link above.

Fryent Councillors

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