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

http://mailchi.mp/tulipsiddiq/tulip-siddiq-mp-april-enewsletter-2458565

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Unexpected temporary closure of Queen’s Park Café

This note appeared on the door of the café last weekend announcing that it was closing that  “for a variety of reasons”. 

The City of London have apologised for any inconvenience. They are “seeking a short term solution” to so they can reopen the café as soon as possible. Their website will be updated with news of progress. 

Meanwhile a tender process to find a permanent tenant for the café is about to start. If you want to express an interest in running the Queen’s Park Café, you can register on the City of London tender portal.

This Brent and Kilburn Times article gives some more background.

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Clean Air for Brent Meeting: 7-9pm, 11 Oct 97, Willesden Green Library

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Zone KQ – Special Parking Arrangements during the Month of Muharram 2017

Apologies for the short notice about this but there has been a change of personnel at the council and postcards with this info do not appear to have been sent out. 
 
If you have visitors this evening or throughout this coming weekend, please make sure they park in the free pay and display bays or if they must park in residents’ bays that you give them permits. PLEASE CHECK ALL SIGNS ON STREETS LISTED BELOW

As in previous years the Council will be extending the parking and waiting restrictions to 10pm from 28th Sept to 2nd October 2017 in:

Winchester Avenue, Dunmore Road, Carlisle Road, Radnor Road, Brooksville Avenue, North side of Chevening Road (between Tiverton Road and Salusbury Road), South side of Chevening Road (between Kingswood Avenue and Salusbury Road), East side of Kingswood Avenue (between Chevening Road and Brooksville Avenue) and West side of Salusbury Road (between Chevening Road and Brooksville Avenue).

Please note visitors to the area during this period could park free after 6.30pm in the Pay & Display bays around the perimeter of the park.

If you observe any problems with parking, noise or litter during this period you can contact Parking Enforcement on 020 8937 4995 between 8am and 10pm every day or Transportation Service, Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0FJ. transportation@brent.gov.uk  www.brent.gov.uk. Al Khoei Islamic Centre can be contacted on 020 7372 4049 / Email – a.jaffar@alkhoei.org

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