Monday, 31 May 2010
Sunday, 30 May 2010
But in the meantime I would be interested in hearing from anyone interested in having a Big Lunch in Kensal Green.
Saturday, 29 May 2010
Friday, 28 May 2010
Here is a picture of some weeds I took in Furness Road a little while ago. They are due to be sprayed but apparently have to reach a minimum height for the spray to be effective. Originally, the Liberal Democrats didn't want any weedkiller to be sprayed. Instead, they expected a team of five people to physically dig out the weeds. Since the Borough has about 1,000km of pavement, this would be beyond the most Stakenhovite team.
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
You can get an idea of the range of backgrounds from the names of the awardees, which are: Alia Coleman, Ami Udeshi, Hajrudin Sistek, Bhavinbhai Patel, Nedim Mujcinovic, Jasvinder Sawhney, Jennie Doble, Meena Patel, Minakshi Patel, Ramesh Devani, Samia El-Ali, Sharon Bennett, Alfred "Teacher Freddie" Totesaut, Sylvia Wiseman, Zamira Ruspi, Urmila Parbhu, Rajnikant Somabhai Patel, Dr. Peter Moore, Josie Warshaw, Ezra Cohen, Fatima Khalil, Christina Connolly and Cassandra Cheng.
The organisations on represented by the Awardees on Monday were (in no oparticular order) St Michael’s Youth Project, Alperton Community School, Brent Victim Support, Brent Irish Advisory Service, Brent CAB, Brent Parent Partnership, Afghan Association Paiwand, St Johns Ambulance, St Lukes Hospice, Brent Youth Parliament, School Stationery Shop, Friends of River Brent, Brent Heart of Gold Support Group, Claremont High School, Brent Multi-Faith Forum, Preston Manor High School, Stonebridge Amateur Boxing Club, Brent Carers Centre, Lyon Park Infant School, Mother Teresa Albanian Union, Federation of Patidar Associations, Brent Indian Association, Harlesden Environmental Action Residents and Traders (HEART), Neasden Gateway Club, North West London Jewish Day School, Brent Fairtrade Network, Brent Indian Community Centre, Kingsbury High School, Bosnia and Herzegovina Community Advice Centre, Brent Eleven Street Residents Association and Cycletastic.
Quite a celebration of diversity in one of Europe's most varied muncipal authorities.
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Monday, 24 May 2010
Sunday, 23 May 2010
Saturday, 22 May 2010
Friday, 21 May 2010
I would like to see more than just occasional clean ups. We also need to do something about the terrible state of Station Approach (a private road owned by Network Rail). There is also the missed opportunity of the Hythe Road public footpath, and the unappealing nature of the Harrow Road footpath. The Harlesden Town Team were also keen to improve the approach up Station Road, which is a fairly dreary introduction to a vibrant Town Centre. We could also make progress on less difficult problems like the signage of the station.
My hope is that the changed majority on Brent Council will finally give some real impetus to this process.
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Brent Council has a detailed set of information on each planning application in an easily searchable database. You can find out about the Network Housing application here, although this database is not as well known as it should be since the Planning Department's consultation letters don't flag the online facility. Now that we have a new administration, perhaps we can change that.
Anyway, I certainly welcome a development on this site, which has been vacant for ages. I did at one stage hope that they could do a land swap with Roundwood Youth Club, which lies just behind. That would give the Youth Club a much more prominent street frontage, whcih might make it better used. During the election, I found people even on the immediately surrounding streets like Drayton Road, Sellons Avenue, Radcliffe Avenue and so on who were not clear on where it was. However, I now doubt whether that will be possible.
The number of flats, 38, sounds fairly high, especially as some of them are three bedroom, but perhaps the details of the application will make it turn out okay.
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Monday, 17 May 2010
At The Hub at All Souls: And at Harlesden Library Plus:
Women’s Poetry Group Poetry and Empowerment
Every 3rd Wednesday at 7 pm. Every 1st Friday at 4 pm.
21st April 2nd July
19th May 6th August
16th June 3rd September
21st July 1st October
18th August 5th November
15th September 3rd December
Some workshops have guest speakers and artists, look out for ads in the library. Plus summer festival participation at Pocket Park in Tubbs Road in August and winter bazaar and performance on the 15. December group
workshops facilitated by award-winning poet Ursula Troche
plus guest workshops tbc
for more information contact Ursula:
on 07896 366 485
Why is that? I can think of two possible explanations. One is that the Liberal Democrats do not have an image as a party in the same way as the Labour Party does. People who voted for Barry or Glenda saw them as being on the same team as the Council candidates, so the Council candidates got some of the reflected glory or the MPs. Sarah Teather image has always been more about promoting Sarah Teather as a person.
Alternatively, it might be a deliberate choice by Sarah Teather. Whereas Barry and Glenda appeared alongside their party colleagues, reference to the Liberal Democrat councillors in Teather's literature was extremely muted. Probably she didn't want to be tarnished by their record in control of the Council. The end result was probabl;y that they ended up working hard to get votes for her, whilst she avoided supporting them beyond the minimum.
No woman hath greater love than this: that she should lay down her friends for her life.
Sunday, 16 May 2010
I am struck at how scattered our result was as Labour candidates, with Claudia 448 votes ahead of Bobby. I can't think of any reason for this except our place in the alphabet. The Liberal Democrats had a different pattern with Deborah Sutherland, last in the alphabet but the only one to actually live in the ward, topping their ticket 154 votes ahead of their bottom candidate Robin Pagnamenta.
However, the Tories had the strangest results. Nana Green was top with 760 votes, 244 votes ahead of Peter Osuhon, their bottom candidate. Nana's gap with Peter is equivalent to a third of her total vote. It may be that, like Deborah, she lives in the ward. again, it may be that she comes first alphabetically. I even think that her surname may have confused some voters into voting for her because they thought she was the Green candidate.
It is even odder as I have seen a Tory leaflet that mentioned Peter Osuhon, but made no reference to anyone else. Strange for the Tory party to sanction a leaflet without mentioning the other two, especially as the Tory Agent was Nana's mother! Perhaps the more the voters hear about you, the less they are likely to vote for you.
Again, there may have been something odd going on with Bertha Joseph. She is reported to still be a member of the Conservative Party despite standing against three Conservative candidates. If a Labour Party member stands against a Labour candidate, they aren't quite put in a hollow square to have all their buttons snipped off, but they do get expelled for five years. Perhaps there is some deep rift within the Conservative Party in Brent. Or perhaps not. I don't know, and I don't much care.
Saturday, 15 May 2010
He first moved to Camden shortly before the 2005 election, and since then has dedicated himself to getting a political position. As Glenda's election Agent, I had a hand in keeping him in third place in the 2005 result, and he had more disappointment when he lost the Council seat of Hampstead Town. Now after years of dedicated grind, he finds himself once again in third place.
Like some of the Brent Liberal Democrat Council candidates, he must be wondering if Sarah Teather had pulled in less resource from his campaign into hers, would he have been elected? We shall never know, but the CNJ photograph showed his feelings well enough.
Friday, 14 May 2010
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Oddly, the Harlesden Town Centre Team is still based over in Craven Park Road at the old Police Station.
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
The Labour Party has long taken that view. More recently, the Tories have been catching up thanks to couragous advocacy by among others John Major. The Lib Dems do not have a single non-white MP out of 57, and here in Brent they have only four non white councillors out of seventeen. Surely a progressive party would be looking long and hard at itself as to what is wrong, rather than just denying a problem?
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
There is quite a contrast with the other groups. The Tories, who have been reduced to six, have no female members at all. The Liberal Democrats have only four ethnic minority members, and only three women out of a group of seventeen.
Monday, 10 May 2010
Sunday, 9 May 2010
Saturday, 8 May 2010
The full Brent Council election results are on the Brent Council website.
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Monday, 3 May 2010
Sunday, 2 May 2010
A useful corrective to the criticisms of Gordon Brown's economic record.
Saturday, 1 May 2010
Repeal the £25 charge for bulky refuse collection.
Keep Council Tax levels at or below the London average and introduce a discount for those over 75 who are eligible
Introduce free parking for the first hour in council car parks to encourage local shopping for local people.
Rebuild our secondary schools and ensure that school facilities are fully available to the wider community, especially young people
Crack down on crime and anti social behavior
Introduce a Green Charter in consultation with local residents and other stakeholders
As well as:
Introducing 20 mph speed restrictions in areas where residents' want them.
Introducing fairer care charges for elderly and disabled people.
Making Brent a Fairtrade borough.
Provide a multi use games area in every suitable open space.
Provide a safer environment for our young people.
Work with other local authorities and central government to change legislation to allow the Council to restrict the growth of betting shops in town centres and fast food outlets near schools