No. Item


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 


  • Strategic Marketing & project initiatives
  • Cultural events programme for each town Centre
  • Look and feel and physical character building
  • Attracting new businesses and workspace
  • Training for businesses
  • Effective business partnerships


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 tony.martin@brent.gov.uk           


5.    Soap Box:


You Said




Mr. Meadows.  Why does the 18 bus no longer go to  Northwick Park Hospital  

Cllr Mitchell Murray will raise the matter at the Transport Committee  she is sits on


Celia Stone. There are rumours about possible closure of the police station.


These are not confirmed and there is no further information at this point.

There is a list of 23 underground stations to be upgraded , but Alperton is not in the list for a possible lift   

A representative from TFL is to be invited to the next Brent Connects meeting to discuss this and the 18 bus route.

Update: The TfL Brent representative will attend the next forum meeting due to be held in 2019.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.