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.


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 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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QPARA newsletter out now

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Our volunteers have started to distribute the May 2016 edition of Queen’s Park News to all households in the QPARA area. You can download this and previous editions from the Newsletter section of our website.

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Race and Mental Health: Are black communities getting a fair deal? BPV and Mind public meeting, 19 April.

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Corrib Rest plans rejected by Brent Planning Committee this evening (6th April)

Brent Planning Committee Councillors have turned down the developer’s plans for The Corrib Rest Pub. They accepted Brent Officers’ recommendation to reject the plans. QPARA spoke to object to the plans. We have consistently argued that any plan should provide for a well-managed pub with adequate community space and protection for local residents.

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QPARA vehemently objects to new Corrib Rest plans in time for Brent Planning Committee meeting tomorrow (Wednesday 06 April)

Corrib Rest

Brent Planning Officers think along the same lines as we do – that these plans should be rejected. But we hear the planning committee councillors are “mindful to accept”. Our own councillors and our MP are all concerned that these new plans do not afford adequate community space nor protect the Hopefield Avenue residents.

Our position is that the developer has not fully embraced the community nature of the pub and the community/function rooms and the subsequent plans do not promote a viable community pub, provide adequate and sustainable community space or protect the Hopefield Ave residents. Here is our letter: QPARA Supplementary Letter 04 April 2016.

The Planning Committee meeting starts at 7.00pm is open to the public (details here) for anyone who is able to attend.

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A date for your diary: Sunday 19th June – Queen’s Park Open Gardens and Studios

Open Gardens collage 2Wander round the neighbourhood, meet friends and view the gardens and artwork. Then rest your feet and listen to live music from local players and singers in the lovely tea garden. More details here: Open Gardens and Studios 2016

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Would you like a stall at Queen’s Park Day this year? Applications are now open. #QPD16

k2kfruitharvistersQueen’s Park Day is on Sunday 18th September this year. Applications for stalls are open until 17th May. We will not be allocating any stalls until after the closing date.

More information and forms are here:

2016 Stall Applications
2016 Regulations

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