Potential stall holders are getting excited about Queen’s Park Day 2018

Plans for our much loved Queen’s Park Day are progressing well. This mid-September family fun day will take place this year on Sunday 16th. As usual there will arena events, competitions, music, food and stalls. And also as usual, we are receiving enquiries every day from individuals, businesses and community groups who would like to have a stall. The good news is that applications for stalls will be open from 1st April until 19th May. You will be able to download an application form from the QPARA website along with guidance on how to apply. We would be really grateful if you would hold back your enquiries about stalls until after 1st April, as we can’t accept any applications before then.

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This year’s “Open Gardens & Studios” will be on Sunday June 17th 2018 between 1-6pm

This wonderful biennial event will take place in the area surrounding the park, with some 15 private gardens open to the public as well as some 14 local artists/ceramicists showing their work. Entry is by ticket only which can be purchased in advance or on the day.

This event is in its 16th year and is a wonderful way to be part of the local community, be inspired with ideas for your very own terrace or garden, and see some of the inspiring and brilliant local Art talent.

We are looking for new gardens to include in our event, so if you have recently moved to the area, or have never taken part and would like to be part of this unique event, please do get in touch with us by 21st march 2018 by writing to rbudwig@aol.com

If you are a local artist and would like to take part, please email us by the 21st march 2018 to jb@johnblandy.co.uk

Please put the 17th in your diaries and we look forward to seeing you then. Happy spring

The Open Gardens & Studios team 15.02.18

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Queen’s Park station ticket office – use it or lose it

Several Overground ticket offices have closed recently following installation of smarter ticket machines. Queen’s Park ticket office is still on the danger list. New machines have just been installed and their use will be monitored for 3 months. If this falls below a certain threshold, the axe will fall. So keep buying your local and long distance rail tickets there if you want to keep the ticket office open. Weekdays are your best bet, as the it sometimes closes at weekends.

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Would you like to help QPARA?

If you would like to become more involved our work to make the Queen’s Park area an even better place than it already is, we would love to see you at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

  • Meet your neighbours and mingle over a drink and some food before the meeting starts.  
  • Put yourself forward to help out in any way that you can, by volunteering practical help, joining action groups, or helping to running our events or meetings.

You can join the Association at the AGM, but you are also welcome to come as a guest.

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday.

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Autumn edition of Queen’s Park News out now

Our volunteers have been distributing the November 2017 edition of Queen’s Park News to all households in the QPARA area and to all Associate members of the Association. You can download this and previous editions from the Newsletter section of our website.

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Corrib Rest update

The owners of the Corrib Rest have given Brent Council notice that they intend to lease out the ground floor as a pub and community space. 
As QPARA is the organisation that nominated the Corrib to be listed as an Asset of Community Value, Brent has to notify us directly. This is in case any local community interest group wishes to be treated as a potential bidder. If they express an interest within 6 weeks, it would trigger a moratorium of 6 months during which the owner cannot grant the lease. This is explained more fully in the following extract from Brent’s letter to QPARA:
  1. The notice from the owner was received on the 16th October 2017.
  2. The initial moratorium period, in which community interest groups can request in writing to the Council that they be treated as a potential bidder in relation to the land runs from 16th October 2017 and ends at 11.59pm on 26th November 2017 ( 6 weeks beginning with the date on which the Council received the notice from the owner). Any such notification within the 6 week period from community interest groups received by the Council will be forwarded to the owner of the land.
  3. The full moratorium period of 6 months will be triggered if a request from one or more community interest groups is received within the 6 week period as stated in no.2. The six month full moratorium period ends at 11.59 pm on 15th April 2018 (6 months beginning with the date on which the Council received the notice from the owner).
  4. If this full moratorium is triggered the owner cannot dispose of the land in that six month period, other than to a community interest group. If no community interest groups request to the Council that they be treated as potential bidder in the 6 week interim moratorium period, no full moratorium period applies and the owner is able to dispose of the land after the 6 week interim period to whomever they wish.
  5. The protected period in which the owner can dispose of the land ends at 11.59pm on 14th April 2019 (18 months beginning with the date on which the Council received the notice from the 
     wner – 16 October 2017). If disposal does not take place in this protected period the owner must give further notice under s95(2).
  6. From 14th April 2019 the owner of the land at Corrib Rest Pub at 76 – 82 Salusbury Road, London NW6 6PA is able to dispose of the land without any restrictions.
QPARA understands that the owners have instructed agents to market the pub space by granting a new lease and inviting rental offers in excess of £150,000 a year. A QPARA member in Hopefield Avenue has already been approached for information about the community space by a Brighton chain of pubs.
More details of the process are given on Brent’s website: https://www.brent.gov.uk/media/16409089/s-95-notice-of-disposal-corrib-rest-pub.pdf
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Park café reopens

Great that the new temporary tenants (Hoxton Beach) reopened the park café today after a quick clean up and repaint. Drinks, homemade food for adults and children, bread, cakes etc.

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Moped crime – drop in 5pm to 7pm, Thu Oct 26th at Swiss Cottage Community Centre, 19 Winchester Rd NW3 3NR. Police from Brent & Camden will be there

At Thursday’s QPARA Monthly Meeting, we were very concerned to hear that a woman in her early 60’s was attacked while out walking her dog in Queen’s Park on Saturday night, 7th October. The attack took place at 10.30pm on the corner of Peploe and Kempe Roads. The attacker was on a moped. He circled the woman, rode onto the pavement, pushed her to the ground and stole her phone. In the same report, we heard of similar daylight attacks on younger women who have been attacked while out with their children.

Please be vigilant. Our thoughts are with all the victims of these vicious crimes.

Our local MP, Tulip Siddiq, is holding a drop-in meeting specifically about moped related attacks, from 5pm to 7pm on on Thursday October 26th at the Swiss Cottage Community Centre, 19 Winchester Rd NW3 3NR, from 5-7pm. Police from Brent & Camden will be there.

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Concert of Duke Ellington songs on 22 October

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Moped related crime

From the office of Tulip Siddiq

Dear >,

A number of residents have taken the time to contact me with their concerns about moped-related crime in our constituency and across London over the past months.

This type of crime has risen seven-fold across the capital in only two years and I know many people are understandably worried.

I would like to invite you to a drop-in session I’m holding later this month. Representatives from the Camden Metropolitan Police and Brent Metropolitan Police will be in attendance.

This is an opportunity for local residents to drop-by and discuss the concerns that they have and for the police to update people on the work that they’re doing.

Date: Thursday 26th October
Time: 5 – 7 pm
Venue: Swiss Cottage Community Centre, 19 Winchester Rd, London NW3 3NR

You are welcome to drop-in anytime during these two hours. I hope to see you there.

Please let me know if you can come by emailing me at tulip@tulipsiddiq.com.

Best wishes,

Tulip Siddiq MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Hampstead and Kilburn


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