Alperton Housing Zone - Parks Improvements
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To request Strategic Community Infrastructure
Levy (SCIL) and Public Health funding to deliver improvements to
One Tree Hill and Mount Pleasant Open Spaces.
Cabinet NOTED the following comments made by Councillor Georgiou who had requested to speak at the meeting on the report. In addressing Cabinet, Councillor Georgiou (as one of the local councillors representing Alperton Ward) began by welcoming the proposed additional infrastructure investment in Alperton, stating that the funding was crucial to ensure that regeneration benefitted both new and existing residents. Although recognising the positive impact that the investment could have on the parks identified, Councillor Georgiou highlighted that 40% of residents currently believed the spaces to be in a poor or very poor state and that the parks and surrounding areas experienced heightened anti-social behaviour and fly tipping.
In outlining previous attempts to improve green spaces in the area it was felt that not all of these efforts had managed to fully achieve the desired objectives. As a result, Councillor Georgiou felt it would be important to ensure that the funding committed was designed to secure long lasting, transformative and meaningful improvements with local residents, schools and community groups such as the Wembley Central and Alperton Residents Association (WCARA) and Friends of Mount Pleasant Space all fully engaged in the decision-making process regarding use of the investment secured.
Furthermore, in highlighting previous issues concerning parks and open spaces, Councillor Georgiou suggested that the 10% budget allocation for ongoing maintenance be increased to ensure it was sufficient to cover necessary costs and ensure the long term benefit of the investment. In addition, Councillor Georgiou requested further investment in enforcement measures in the borough’s green spaces to keep the areas safe and clean. In concluding, Councillor Georgiou welcomed the investment in Alperton and expressed optimism in working with both officers and councillors to ensure that the investment resulted in significant and lasting improvements at One Tree Hill and Mount Pleasant Open Spaces.
In response, Councillor Butt (Leader of the Council) thanked Councillor Georgiou for his comments and welcomed the support expressed for the proposed additional investment, which he felt demonstrated the positive benefits arising from delivery of the Council’s regeneration programme for residents across the borough despite the financial difficulties being experienced.
Having noted the comments received, Cabinet RESOLVED:
(1) To approve £525,466 of Strategic Community Infrastructure Levy funding and £100,000 of Public Health funding to design, plan and deliver improvements to One Tree Hill and Mount Pleasant Open Spaces.
(2) To approve the engagement plan for the proposed improvement works outlined in Appendix 5 of the report.
Wards Affected: Alperton; Wembley Central;
Contact: Jonathan Kay, Head of Regeneration, Communities and Regeneration Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 8937 2348.
Report author: Jonathan Kay
Publication date: 11/09/2023
Date of decision: 11/09/2023
Decided at meeting: 11/09/2023 - Cabinet
Effective from: 19/09/2023
- 09. Alperton Housing Zone Park Improvements PDF 255 KB
- 09a. Appendix 1 - Alperton Parks & Open Spaces Map PDF 88 KB
- 09b. Appendix 2 – Consultation Outcome PDF 683 KB
- 09c. Appendix 3 - One Tree Hill & Mount Pleasant existing playground PDF 555 KB
- 09d. Appendix 4 - One Tree Hill & Mount Pleasant costs breakdown PDF 190 KB
- 09e. Appendix 5- Enagagement Plan PDF 367 KB
- 09f. Appendix 6 – Equality Analysis AHZ Parks Improvements PDF 321 KB