Brent CONNECTS - Kilburn
Tuesday 19 June 2018 7.00 pm
Action Notes from Meeting
Tuesday 19 June 2018 at 7pm
The Granville Centre Granville Road, Kilburn, NW6 5AR
Total attendance = 18 people
1. Welcome and introductions
The meeting was chaired by Cllr Tariq Dar.
Councillors present: Cllr. Faduma Hassan, Cllr. Rita Conneely, Cllr. Abdirazak Abdi, Cllr. Kieron Gill, Cllr. Erica Gbajumo
Apologies: Cllr Colacicco and Cllr. Southwood.
2. Action Notes and Matters Arising; Action notes of previous meeting were agreed and there were no matters arising
3. Meet the Councillors. All the councillors present introduced themselves to the meeting.
4. Town Centre Manager - Richard Hay
Richard Hay is the Town Centre Manager for Kilburn. As the other side of Kilburn High Road crosses the borough boundary into Camden, the council works in partnership with Camden Council High streets are currently facing challenging times with 17% of sales now completed online. There has been a decline in pubs, banks and post offices etc, and a rise in the number of barbers, nail bars and cafes.
Brent town centre managers are aiming to deliver the REACH framework:
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.
The vision is as follows:
• A welcoming and well connected town centre with a strong creative buzz that reflects its rich cultural and musical heritage.
• A purple flag town centre providing a thriving night time economy and a destination for those seeking high quality independent music, theatre and comedy.
• A clearly defined gateway at Kilburn station to welcome people to the area.
• A wide shopping offer that offers a broad mix of high street chains, bars, clubs and restaurants with small independent traders offering cultural arts, crafts and goods reflective of the diverse communities living there.
• A regular programme of artistic and cultural events (music and artistic performance) utilising public spaces.
• A thriving, independent market.
The key objectives to put Kilburn on the map for 2018-19 are:
· An improved Kilburn Gateway
· Developing the night time economy
· A busking programme
· Public realm improvements and street art
· Setting up a business association
· Boost sales of artisan crafts and goods
· 2020 Borough of Culture as a driver for change
Q: Who do Town Centre Managers consult with?
A: We consult with a wide range of community groups and businesses and discussions are ongoing.
Q: What is being done about street homelessness?
A: The council is working in partnership with St Mungo’s and the Police to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Q: Some of the local housing is in really poor condition
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