QPARA and The Corrib – where we are now

Residents may be aware that QPARA’s position on the redevelopment of the Corrib Rest on Salusbury Road has become a matter of concern, including on social media. 

As the new chair of QPARA I think it will be helpful to provide the following brief account of developments and negotiations since The Corrib changed hands two years ago.

The latest position will be reported to our next monthly meeting on 9th February. All will be welcome to express concerns or ask questions.

Virginia Brand

QPARA – Chair

Since pub operators Greencoats sold the Corrib Rest to property developer Ashcross in early 2015 QPARA has been at the forefront of efforts to ensure that a viable pub and community room continue on the premises and that neighbouring residents are protected from any noise and nuisance arising.
In particular we applied to Brent for the pub to be given ACV (Asset of Community Value) status. We were successful in spite of having to take on Ashcross’ high-powered lawyers. Without this it is highly likely that Ashcross would have applied for planning permission to turn the whole building into flats.
We opposed the original planning application made in late 2015 mainly on the grounds that the proposed community room was too small, though there were other problems too. Nevertheless at their first hearing in February 2016  the Planning Committee were minded to approve. Due to poor communications from Brent  QPARA were not present on this occasion. We made a big fuss, enlisted councillor support, spent a considerable amount of our funds on top legal advice and went in force to the second hearing in April when the Committee turned down the application decisively.
In June/July Iceni, agents for Ashcross, approached us declaring a wish to co-operate and listen to our concerns before re-formulating a fresh application. Since then we have had a number of meetings with them as well as extensive correspondence. We have considered substantially revised physical plans and draft documentation in detail, spending many hours on this process. 
The Corrib Sub-Group made recommendations to the December 2016 and January 2017 QPARA monthly meetings and these were adopted after careful debate and by a substantial majority. They are based on documents we have seen as sent to Brent’s planners. They are currently being validated and until they are published QPARA does not plan to formalise its comments – not least in case anything changes. In principle we are intending to welcome changes in the community provision and protection for local residents that have been made in response to our representations but we are not supporting or opposing the development as a whole. As of 26 January there remains one substantial point of disagreement between QPARA and Ashcross. More details are available to members in the December and January monthly meeting minutes.
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Nextdoor is a social networking service for neighbourhoods. It was launched in the United States in October 2011 and allows users to connect with people who live in their own and nearby neighbourhoods.

The QPARA area is covered by the Queen’s Park North neighbourhood. A number of members have joined and recommended it at the December monthly meeting. Members often suggest that QPARA should operate a noticeboard for members, but Nextdoor is easy to join and maybe it fulfils that need. Give it a go by registering at nextdoor.co.uk.


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How QPARA can help fund your local good cause

From time to time QPARA has surplus funds (from events such as Queen’s Park Day) and we like to return this to the community by giving money to local good causes. So, if you are involved with a charity or a not-for-profit organisation with close links to the Queen’s Park area, you may be able to get a QPARA grant of up to £1,000 to help your work.

Recently, we’ve helped local schools to build a school garden, pay for literacy classes and pay for some Astroturf. We’ve contributed to the cost of a recording made by a junior choir and helped fund this summer’s sparkling production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
in the park. See our previous post for more information.

If you want to apply, get your application in by 9th February 2017 at the latest. You can get more information and an application form by emailing mikecantor18@yahoo.co.uk
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Queen’s Park update



Christmas tree collection point

Brent Local Authority has agreed to use Queen’s Park as a collection point for Christmas trees. Drop off  trees at the park staff yard on Kingswood Avenue from 9th – 15th January 2017. Other options for disposal include the Reuse and Recycle Centre in Abbey Road or by using the garden waste service offered by Brent.

Tennis court booking

Tennis courts can be booked via playtenniscityoflondon.com.

The courts must be paid for throughout the year.  The LTA have met with the City of London in regard to part funding the redevelopment of the tennis courts.  The Park Manager is preparing a tennis development plan, which will support the application for funding from the LTA.  A Great British Tennis Weekend event is planned in May 2017, dates will be confirmed.

Park Café Consulation

The City of London are currently carrying out consultation to make sure the café meets with the needs of users, residents and stakeholders. To help in any future tender process, they need to gather as much information as possible about how people use the café, what people are looking for in a café in Queen’s Park and how the catering offer could be improved through the tender process. An online survey is be available until 27 January 2017. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3257541/Queen-s-Park-Cafe-Consultation 

Sandpit play area

A consultation event in September gave feedback on the proposed improvements in this area. Users would like more natural play equipment, to encourage use of the underused grass area within the sand pit towards the park entrance ‘Harvist Rd’ and a water/sand play feature.  Access to the toilet was also considered.  Further consultation with a small stakeholder group will help shape a final design with costings and the appointment of a contractor to complete the works. The Queen’s Park Joint Consultative Group will meet in mid-January to discuss the plans further.

Toilet refurbishment

On the 9th January 2017 improvement works will take place at the toilets outside the café. The disabled toilet furniture will be replaced and doors to the toilets replaced.  The walls will be painted and the flooring and wall tiles replaced.

Other projects

A number of projects to be delivered within the current financial year include updating and replacing signage at the park entrances, replacement and new benches, tree and hedge works and minor improvement in the Children’s Farm.

Online survey for feedback on the Park


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Hear about latest proposed NHS change at Kilburn PPG meeting

The NHS is about to have another big change.

The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for NW London will alter NHS and social services in the community whilst closing hospitals.

Brent Council is working with Brent Clinical Commissioning Group on the Plans.

Hear the latest development s from Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Chair of Brent Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board

On Wednesday February 8th 7.30-9pm,

At St Anne’s Community Centre, 125 Salusbury Rd, Kilburn NW6 6RG.

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Come to the QPARA meeting tonight for an update on plans for the Corrib Rest building

See previous post for meeting details. 

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QPARA monthly meeting on Thurs 8th Dec – Christmas Special


Please come along to our December monthly meeting this Thursday, 8th December 2016.

Refreshments from 7.30pm refreshments, meeting begins at 8.00pm.

St Anne’s and St Andrew’s Church, Salusbury Road.

There will be a Joint Discussion with Kensal Rise Residents’ Association (KRRA) on Chamberlayne/Keslake Road issues (see October minutes for full list of focus areas). Rik Smith from KRRA will be joining us.

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Smooth transfer of power as QPARA Chair steps down after three successful years

Janis Denselow delivered her final Chair’s report to warm applause and congratulations from a packed QPARA Annual General Meeting on Thursday and welcomed her successor Virginia Brand who will take the Chair at the next meeting on 8 December.

She Tweeted: Thank you ALL for the fab flowers. It’s been a great 3 years as QPARA Chair. Still big challenges ahead! We are def up for them!

Although stepping down as Chair, Janis will continue to be an active QPARA member and will be supporting Virginia as she takes on her new role.
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Forthcoming events announced at QPARA AGM


8 – 20 November

Festival of Non-Violence

The London Inter Faith Centre, 125 Salusbury Road, London NW6 6RG

17 November

Public debate on Fair Trade 

7-9pm at St Martin’s Church, Kensal Rise, Mortimer Road, NW10 5SN.

1 December

Brent Patient Voice: Public meeting on planned NHS ‘transformation’ for how GPs operate

The Learie Constantine Centre, 40-47 Dudden Hill Lane, NW10 2ET. Refreshments from 6.45. Meeting starts at 7.30.

10 December

Make your own Christmas Wreath or Table Centrepiece

10am – 1pm, St Anne’s and St Andrew’s, 125 Salusbury Road, London, NW6 6RG

All materials provided but you will be asked to buy what you have made, to take home. Wreath starting price £10 (concessions available). Please book your place on this course by emailing motherchristinenw6@gmail.com or phoning 020 7372 6864 by 5 Dec.

10 December

Christmas gathering in Queen’s Park

2pm to 6pm. Come along,  hear the band play and see the Christmas tree lights turned on.

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QPARA AGM Thursday, 10th November, 7.30 for 8.00, St Anne’s and St Andrew’s, Salusbury Road,

It’s AGM time again – but don’t be put off by the title, QPARA AGMs are celebrations. An opportunity to meet your neighbours and share a drink and delicious home-made food. During the year, QPARA spends a lot of time on weighty local issues that affect us all – air pollution, planning, parking and local NHS services, to name just a few.

But this night is a time to welcome new and current members to celebrate our achievements and reflect on how much we add to our vibrant community. Please join us at St Anne’s and St Andrew’s in Salusbury Road. If you are not yet a member, you can join on the night.

Oh yes, and we do have to go through the business of electing a new Chair. After three amazing years, it is my turn to stand down and open this position up to a new face. So please do join us at 7.30pm on Thursday.

St Anne’s and St Andrew’s Church, Salusbury Road, 7.30pm refreshments, 8pm meeting begins.

Janis Denselow

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