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Kensal Green Ward Achievements

1. There have been a number of planning issues on my watch, including, the redevelopment of the old Willesden Social Club, the new block at the corner of College Road and Doyle Gardens and changes to the Green Man.  All of these I have supported. I have opposed the repeated attempts to develop the old service station site on High Street Harlesden, at the back of Rucklidge Avenue.  I have also commented on various other applications, including opposing the siting of a waste plant just to the south of us, in Ealing.

2.  I have regularly monitored street scene issues, including dumped rubbish, tripping hazards, street
 trees, broken pavements, potholes, derelict street lights and so on.  Each of these is small in itself, but collectively they add up.

3.  I have sought to improve rail access.  The most successful of these improvements is Station Approach, although I have also pushed for Kensal Green (particularly around the poor use of green space), and am working on (for example) Hythe Road Public Footpath.  On another transport issue, I successfully petitioned for new traffic lights at the junction of Wrottesley Road and Harrow Road.

4. With co-councillors, I have supported numerous youth initiatives. These include an entirely new £5 million youth centre at Roundwood, a drama project in Harlesden, football at Newman Catholic College, basketball at the Hazel Road MUGA, and a extensive project at the LEAP Centre in Hazel Road.

5. On parks, we have supported the improvement of Tubbs Road Pocket Park and enhancements to Furness Road Pocket Park.

6.  There have been a number of casework issues.  The details of these have to remain confidential for obvious reasons.  However, the one that gladdened my heart the most was of a terminally ill man threatened with eviction.  An intervention, led by my co-councillor Bobby, led to a reassessment and a change in the terms of tenancy so no eviction took place.

7.  On crime and anti social behaviour, there have been numerous issues.  We have sponsored neighbourhood watch initiatives in Palermo Road, Odessa Road, the area around Park Parade and Tubbs Road.

8.  Environmentally, we have pushed for the Harlesden Town Centre redevelopment to take proper account of rubbish collection. I think this is a crucial part of solving the fly tipping problems.  We have also supported small ad hoc solutions, such as the improved fencing at the back of Furness Pocket Park and clean up days.  More recently we have supported tree planting in two particularly denuded parts of Kensal Green.

9.  On air quality, I have supported emissions based parking permits and a new air quality management zone, as well as ad hoc objections to local nuisances like the Powerday site and the proposed waste plant south of Willesden Junction.

10.  I have supported the whole Harlesden Town Centre scheme, including Station Road and other ancillary schemes.  Some time ago, I also championed two petitions for traffic lights at the junction of Harrow road NW10 and Wrottesley Road.  The traffic lights were intended to benefit all users, but particularly those crossing to Kenmont Primary school.  This is since accomplished.


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