Following yesterday's post on Town Centres, I though it was worth looking at Harlesden Town Centre in particular.
The most striking thing about the Council's latest document is that it does not seem to build on the Council's previous work effectively. I suspect that this is linked to the turnover in Council staff being so enormous that no one linked to the extensive community discussions in 2010 is still around, so whoever wrote the new document just isn't really aware of what has gone on before. This is a pity as it probably involves rewriting stuff that has been written before. For example, there is no reference in the new document to the Harlesden Town Charter and its objectives.
Once again the absence of Harlesden Library and BACES from the plans are rather glaring, and the apparent unawareness of local people's long standing committment (and often real success) to improving Harlesden/Kensal Green's green spaces is striking. The various problems caused in a busy town centre by licensing, planning, noise nuisance, shisha bars, fast food outlets and so on don't really appear. Even the traffic issues aren't really discussed.
I also get a sense that, although the Old Oak Common area is mentioned, there is no real mechanism to think about influencing it, or indeed influencing the area around Willesden Junction.