QPARA helps see off immediate rise in visitor parking charges


Before Christmas the Brent Council Cabinet approved plans to increase visitor parking charges in resident parking zones (CPZs) by 200%. The intention was to make the necessary traffic orders in the New Year.

QPARA got hold of the Cabinet paper and asked for discussions with Cllr Ellie Southwood, who is the lead for the Environment as well as a Queen’s Park ward councilor. These took place at QPARA’s December meeting and were based on a full presentation of the Council’s case.

The main justification was to catch up with what other Boroughs were charging and to deal with an alleged abuse of some residents selling permits to commuters.

QPARA members pointed out that an increase of 200% across the board was not a reasonable response to an alleged but unproven problem in two or three areas. They were concerned about a whole range of issues making it hard for residents with annual permits to park near their own houses. These included permits issued to schools for teachers and to businesses, builders’ skips, unused car club bays, as well as parking congestion and abuses around parents collecting children from the five Salusbury Road schools.

Without waiting for the statutory consultation on the traffic orders QPARA sent in its objections to Cllr Southwood on 24 January calling for a wider review of parking in the borough before considering such huge increases in visitor parking.

Shortly after this Cllr Southwood wrote to Labour councillors withdrawing the proposals, saying “I have come to the view that the visitor parking charges proposal needs to be set in the context of a wider review of our parking offer.”

Responding Robin Sharp, QPARA Transport and Streetscape Group spokesperson, said “We welcome this rethink. Visitor parking represents only a small part of the problem in this area and should not be singled out for a disproportionate increase.”

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Visit the Forgiveness Project at the London Inter Faith Centre (8 – 18 Feb)

All people are capable of being perpetrators or victims – and sometimes both”

Father Michael Lapsley, Zimbabwe – injured by a letter bomb

Exploring Forg­­iveness: An Exhibition of Stories and Programme of Events

8 – 18 February 2016

During ten days in February the London Inter Faith Centre will be hosting the acclaimed exhibition of the Forgiveness Project, a thought provoking collection of arresting images and personal narratives exploring forgiveness in the face of atrocity.   Drawing together voices from South Africa, Rwanda, USA, Middle East and UK, the exhibition examines forgiveness as a very human healing process, a path out of victimhood and, ultimately, a journey of hope.  The exhibition and programme of events are open to people of all faiths and none.  Entrance to the exhibition is free.   You can see the type of stories included in the exhibition here:  http://theforgivenessproject.com/stories/

The exhibition is most suitable for young people aged 14yrs and older and groups can book specific, private viewing times where there will also be someone on hand to answer questions.  Group leaders and facilitators are welcome to contact me beforehand to discuss their group’s visit.

The full programme, including an event with Forgiveness Project Founder Marina Cantacuzino, and two speakers who have shared their story with the Project, can be seen here:  http://londoninterfaith.org.uk/study/exploring-forgiveness-an-exhibition-of-stories-and-programme-of-events-8th-18th-february-2016/

London Inter Faith Centre                                                                                                                                                         St Anne’s and St Andrew’s Churches
125 Salusbury Road
London NW6 6RG

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No stall applications for Queen’s Park Day 2016 until April, please!

Requests are already coming in for info about booking stalls for Queen’s Park Day 2016 in September. It is really fantastic that QPD is so popular, but applications will not be open until April. Forms will be will be available here to download from the beginning of April. The closing date will be mid May. Thanks for being patient.

Tug of War (1)

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QPARA invites local non-profit organisations to apply for donations

If you help run or are involved in a charity or a not-for-profit organisation which operates within the QPARA area, your organisation could apply for a donation of up to £1000 from QPARA to help fund the services you provide.

Examples of organisations we have donated to in previous years include Salusbury World, which works with refugee and asylum seeking children and families, and the My Move Toddler Drop-In at St Anne’s and St Andrew’s Church.

Please submit a written application by 11 February. You will need to have a QPARA member as a sponsor. QPARA members will decide on the allocation of funds at our meeting on 10 March.

Email mikecantor18@yahoo.co.uk for further information or download an application form.

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Water main renewal will lead to six months’ traffic disruption to Chamberlayne Road


Here are the details from Brent Council’s website. Use this link to find updates on Road works, closures and diversions.
18/1/16 – 12/2/16 – Chamberlayne Road will be closed between the junction of Kilburn Lane and Banister Road, large scale diversions including HGVs will be in place and buses will be rerouted to suitable routes.
15/2/16 – 11/3/16 – Banister Road will be closed at the junction of Chamberlayne Road, large scale diversions including HGV’s will be in place and Buses will be rerouted to suitable routes. Traffic on Chamberlayne Road will be controlled using two way temporary signals.
22/2/15 – 27/3/16 – Hardinge Road, Leighton Gardens and Okehampton Road will be closed at the junction of  Chamberlayne Road to allow traffic to be controlled using two way temporary signals.
28/3/16 – 15/4/16 – Mortimer Road and Harvist Road will be closed at the junction of Chamberlayne Road to allow traffic to be controlled using two way temporary signals.
15/4/16 – mid July – Works will progress north towards Okehampton Road, traffic will be controlled using two way temporary signals, the maximum length of the site will be 75m, side roads will be closed where required
Thanks to Ric Smith for pointing out that QPARA members and Harvist Road residents should be made aware that during the closure of Banister Road (mid Feb to mid march) 3 bus routes will be diverted to run along Harvist Road. #6 #187 #316.Diversions detailed here https://www.brent.gov.uk/services-for-residents/transport-and-streets/road-works-closures-and-diversions/

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QPARA objects to closure of Queen’s Park station ticket office. Consultation closes 27 January.


Salusbury Rd, Brent, Greater London, NW6 6, UK

Ticket offices at eight out of the nine Overground stations in Brent are being earmarked for closure. Please have your say by responding to the consultation. The deadline is 27 January.

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Songs from Latin America at St Anne’s, Salusbury Rd. 4pm Sunday 31st January


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Winter lighting up event in the Park on Saturday 12th

The winter lighting up event in the Park is on Saturday 12th December from 2pm. The celebration will be accompanied with a brass band, rides and stalls.

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Music for Advent from Queen’s Park Singers at 6.30pm on Sunday 6th December at St Anne’s Salusbury Road

Hodie 2

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Queen’s Park Day 2015 gallery (#QPD15)

There was a vote of thanks at October’s monthly meeting to the Queen’s Park Day organising team for all of their hard work delivering another hugely popular event, attended this year by over 13,000 people. Queen’s Park Day provided a fantastic opportunity for the local community to get together and for voluntary organisations to get their message over. Many of the stall-holders sent lovely messages of support and thanks after the event. Queen’s Park Day could not take place without the dedication of the park staff – huge thanks to them too. Next year’s QPD will be on 18th September.

See our Gallery for a selection of photos from QPD 2015. Thanks to everyone for tweeting photos and comments using the hashtag #qpd15.

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