CAPS – Combatting Air Pollution on Salusbury – a key QPARA initiative for 2016

3000CAPS – Combatting Air Pollution on Salusbury – is a new project for QPARA. With help from various environmental groups and the council – and  hopefully with the involvement of local schools whose children’s health is daily put at risk – we hope to start by monitoring the levels of diesel pollution on Salusbury Road.

The CAPS team will be reporting back at our monthly meetings and we will post news of our progress on the front page of our website. You can read a background paper on the Environment Action Group page of our website.

Please contact us, if you can help and or want to become involved.

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Read QPARA’s response to Brent’s Parking Consultation

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QPARA responded to Brent’s recent consultation on on-street parking and charges following a discussion between members at our May meeting. You can  read the letter we sent to Brent here: Parking consultation QPARA response May 2016

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Fab box balls – greening up Kilburn library with proceeds from QPOG&S ticket sales

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Remember to keep 19th June clear for this year’s Open Gardens and Studios.

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Join the annual QPARA bird-walk in Queen’s Park on Saturday 21st May

Please join us for a stroll through Queen’s Park and Paddington Cemetery. Meet at the park café at 9.30am. The walk will take about 90 minutes, but people can join or leave at any time. We will be looking out especially for Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers and Swifts. Bring binoculars if you have them, but if not, just bring yourself!

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker

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Queen’s Park residents unhappy at rundown of Kilburn police station and the reduction in size of the Safer Neighbourhood Team

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Following a discussion on policing at the April monthly meeting, QPARA Chair, Janis Denselow, has written to complain that the absence of a police presence in the area makes it difficult to work together for a safer London.

Police complaint  24 Apr 16

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Tickets on sale for Much Ado About Nothing in Queen’s Park on 2nd July

SITS logo-864x318Back in March QPARA made donations of £1,000 each to seven organisations supporting the local community. See this item for more information. One of the organisations is Shakespeare in the Squares, a not-for-profit touring theatre company that will stage a Shakespeare play in London garden squares for one night in each venue every Summer.

The 2016 production is Much Ado About Nothing. 

The production will be a creative, ambitious, site-responsive project that places this remarkable play at the heart of the communities to which it travels, in the great tradition of Shakespearean touring companies. The play will be set at the end of the First World War and the action transferred to the venues where it is performed. The sense of community within the play will be echoed by a night of music, celebration and food.
The performance in Quuen’s Park will start at 7pm on Saturday 2nd July. Tickets are available now.
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Positive response from Brent to our complaint about Planning in Queen’s Park

Brent Council has responded promptly to QPARA Chair, Janis Denselow’s 16th April letter: QPARA says planning service is suffering in Queen’s Park due to the loss of key personnel from Brent Planning Department.

Apologising for any drop in service, Lorraine Langham, Interim Strategic Director Regeneration and Environment has asked us to bear with the Council as they put the right team in place. Ms Langham explained the steps being taken to bring the planning team back to full strength. QPARA will be taking up her offer of an early meeting with the newly appointed interim Head of Planning, Transport and Licensing, Mike Kiely, after he takes up his role full-time on 16th May.

Read the reply in full here: Brent Response to QPARA re Planning Concerns.

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Have your say about parking in CPZs. Register by 2pm tomorrow, Friday 22nd April, to join Brent focus group. First come, first served.

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We have been asked to widely circulate this invitation:

From: “Olatunde, Bola”<Bola.Olatunde@brent.gov.uk>
Date: 21 Apr 2016 12:44
Subject: Parking consultation – invitation to join a focus group

Dear Panel Member

Brent Parking Services recently launched an online consultation about proposed changes to parking charges and the management of on-street parking in Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) across the borough.

As part of the consultation, we would like to invite you to an independently facilitated engagement event to discuss our proposal in one of the three focus group sessions listed below. We expect each session to run for approximately 90 minutes, and will be limited to 20 participants.

Monday, 25 April 2016, 11:30am to 1:00pm at Patidar House, 22 London Road, Wembley HA9 7EX

Thursday, 28 April 2016,  6:30pm to 8pm at St Gabriel’s Hall, Chichele Road (corner of Anson Road), London NW2 3AQ – please note: this is not the church

Tuesday, 03 May 2016, 4:30pm to 6pm at Bridge Park Leisure Centre, London NW10 0RG

Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis, so we would be very grateful if would you confirm attendance and your preferred date by emailing bola.olatunde@brent.gov.uk no later than 2pm tomorrow – Friday, 22 April.

To thank you for your time, we are offering attendees £15 worth of ‘Love 2 Shop’ vouchers that can be redeemed in a number of restaurants and shops.

If you have any questions about the parking consultation, email anthony.vartanian@brent.gov.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for your continued support.

Best regards

Bola

Bola Olatunde

Partnerships and Engagement Officer, Chief Executive’s Department

Tel: 020 8937 1073   Mobile: 07867 186 845

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Please complete to Brent’s questionnaire on parking in CPZs

Brent Council is consulting residents, schools, and businesses about proposals to change how they manage on-street parking in Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) across the borough.

The Association will be responding following our May monthly meeting. Meanwhile please complete the questionnaire, so that Brent’s policy is informed by as wider cross section of views as possible.

The questionnaire is now live until 10th May 2016.

Questionnaire on parking and charges in Brent Controlled Parking Zones

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QPARA says planning service is suffering in Queen’s Park due to the loss of key personnel from Brent Planning Department

QPARA members are worried that the departure from the council of the Head of Planning in Brent and the Area Planning Manager has resulted in a poorer planning service for the Queen’s Park area.

Following a discussion at our April monthly meeting, Janis Denselow, QPARA’s Chair, has written to Brent Council’s Chief Executive about our concerns:

Letter to Brent Chief Executive about planning services

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