Brent CONNECTS - Wembley
Tuesday 3 July 2018 7.00 pm
Action Notes from Meeting
Wednesday, 03 July 2018
Patidar House, 22 London Road,
Wembley HA9 7EX
Total attendance = 34
1. Welcome and Introductions
The meeting was chaired by Cllr Mitchell Murray
Councillors present: Cllr Ihtesham Afzahl, Cllr Daniel Kennelly, Cllr Anita Thakkar, Cllr Ketan Sheth, Cllr Bhagwanji Chohan, and Cllr Trupti Sangani
Apologies: Cllr Muhammed Butt
2. Action Notes 16.04 agreed. No matters arising
3. Town Centre Manager Rubina Charalambous
Rubina Charalambous gave a presentation on Brent Council’s plans for Wembley specifically the town centre.
Town centres are changing. There are less banks, post offices, clothing shops etc. The new Town Centre Managers have adopted the REACH framework (below) to address the issues in Brent’s town centres.
Retail: High quality retail offer with a wide variety of goods and services offered.
Economic growth: Maximise opportunities for commercial use (i.e. workspace), jobs and enterprise. This helps boosts footfall by the local workforce.
Accessible and attractive: Easily accessible and welcoming locations (both physically and online).
Community: Places that culturally bond the community. Where people can come to enjoy leisure, entertainment and cultural facilities.
Housing: Liveable places that providing attractive residential properties: meeting our housing needs and bringing new footfall into our town centres.
Rubina presented the objectives for the Wembley and Ealing Road area
The targets for September 2018 are:
• Ealing Road Library project aimed at attracting new businesses to the workspace launched
• Festive lights installed to mark the cultural calendar
• Calendar of events coordinated and delivered
• Mural(s) installed
• S215 improvements
• Paan stencils installed
• Pilot project to root out plastic bags
Comment: A wider range of shops in Wembley would be improve the High road and shopping experience.
4. Neighbourhood Manager
Shirley Holmes introduced herself as the Neighbourhood Manager, deputising for Tony Martin who is the Neighbourhood Manager for the Wembley Central, Toykington Alperton and Preston wards. Their role is to deal with street and environmental issues, by liaising with other council departments, working closely with residents and acting as a trouble shooter. Tony may be contacted by email at
5. Soap Box: