Action Notes from Meeting
Wednesday 27 June 2018 at 7pm
The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden NW10 2SF
Total attendance = 34
Welcome and introductions
The meeting was chaired by Cllr Liz Dixon.
Councillors present: Cllr Amer Agha
Apologies: Cllr Arshad Mahmood
1. Neasden Town Centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)
Amar Karia gave a presentation about Neasden Town Centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). Brent Council has received many complaints from the public regarding Neasden Town Centre because this has become a collection point for people seeking manual workers. Amar Karia and his team are currently investigating the problems and developing a strategy on how to resolve these problems.
In 14 weeks enforcement teams will be out in the Neasden area. Amara Karia states that people are being bused in to wait for work. Intelligence so far indicates the majority of the workers are people who have come from Romania.
Cllr. McLennan states that Brent Council have been liaising with the Romanian Consulate and £440,000 has been awarded through the Migration Fund to work with the Eastern European community. An online consultation on enforcement will be taking place between now and December 2018.
2. Transport for London (TFL)
Nisha Durgacharan presented a short piece to the BC Willesden meeting announcing that there are a number of changes to bus routes proposed in North West London. These bus changes are going out to consultation. The 224 bus route is to be cut. The 440 bus route is to be extended. A public consultation will start next week and last for 6 weeks.
The following points were raised by the public:
Q: By Dudden Hill Lane a bus shelter has been replaced but there is no longer a countdown board as there was previously? This is by Dollis Hill train station and by Gladstone Park – Will these countdown boards be replaced?
A: Nisha responded that if a bus shelter originally had a countdown facility then this will be replaced. If that particular bus stop never had a bus stop then the countdown board would have to be requested. How many people use the bus stop will also be considered.
Q: Where should the 302 bus route terminate? Is it Willesden bus garage or elsewhere as there seems no consistency as to where these buses terminate.
A: Nisha will look into this.
Q: Regarding the use of toilets at the local train stations. Can signs be put up to say the toilets are available for use?
A: Nisha will take this up with the station managers.
3. Town Centre Managers
Annekatrin Dennemann gave a presentation on Brent Council’s plans for Willesden Green, 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: ... view the full minutes text for item 1.