21 July 12
Ramadan 2012 parking arrangements
this year, as an experiment, Brent council is reducing the area to which the special parking arrangements apply and reducing the number of days when they apply.
The only roads on which Residents’ Parking will be extended this time are Winchester Avenue, Chevening Road (north side) to the junction with Milman Road, the whole of Carlisle Road, Dunmore road, Radnor Road, Brooksville Avenue, Kingswood Avenue (east side) down to Brooksville Ave, Salusbury Road (west side) down to Brooksville Avenue. It’s the area shown outlined in turquoise on this map
As well as the changes to the area, there are changes to the dates. The extra parking restrictions will only apply from 8.30am to 10pm from Monday 6th to Saturday 11th August, and from Saturday 18th to Monday 20th August.
To report vehicles contravening the parking restrictions, please cll the mosque hot-line 07782 205 305 or e-mail email@example.com.
Here is the procedure that the Al Khoei Foundation team wants to follow if there are problems.
The “wardens” referred to here are the Mosque’s own stewards. APCOA (i.e the Council’s team) will of course also have wardens on duty.
So, if there are problems please contact the Mosque so they can see immediately how you are inconvenienced and can have the opportunity to put it right. QPARA member, Jamie Hope, who has been negotiating with the Mosque team hopes that this is genuinely the best way forward, and urges us to use this procedure.
> Once an inquiry is received, the system to deal with parking contraventions as part of the Khoei Ramadhan programmes is as follows:
> 1) Record the nature, location and resolution required regarding parking annoyance
> 2) Refer any issues related to parking to “wardens” (stewards) who will carry out an inspection to address the matter in an efficient manner.
> 3) Contact those residents who have experienced a parking problem to update them on their call and seek feedback on the degree of resolution.
If this does not resolve the problem then call the Parking Enforcement Team on 020 8937 4995 any day between 8am and 10pm.
13 Mar 12
QPARA has now prepared a Report on Traffic, Transport and Parking to summarise our views. It covers traffic and road safety, the CPZ and public transport serving our area. Read the QPARA Transport Report March 2012
PARKING The whole of our area is covered by Controlled Parking Zones and as you will have noticed the cost of residents’ permits recently increased dramatically except for cars with low emissions (some of which are free) From April 1st, 2011 new emissions based charges for Parking Permits in the CPZ come into force. For more info
There have also been increases in Pay & Display parking charges.
Brent plan to close the Parking Shops
You probably use the parking shop at 84 Walm Lane as a handy place to get visitors’ scratch cards and maybe to renew your permit or get a new one. Brent are now proposing to close the two remaining parking shops (reduced from 5 or 6) in order to save money. The idea is that we will do everything on-line or by post although how this will work for a new permit where documents including proof of car ownership and proof of address have to be shown is not yet clear. Apparently there will be a “more modern and efficient service”.
Read more and give your views in a consultation until 11th March. Paper copies can be picked up at the parking shop and in Kilburn Library.
Hs2 has now been approved to the dismay of groups up and down the country. We don’t have any countryside to be spoiled, but Brent council are now in an unseemly race to get planning permission for the land just south of Queen’s Park Station for a housing development before the government seeks to compulsorily purchase it for an emergency escape shaft from the Hs2 tunnel below. Hs2 is a lengthy project, with a projected completion date of 2024-26
For more info please go to: http://www.hs2.org.uk/.
Read an article in the Kilburn Times following the approval of Hs2
Tim Jackson, Head of Brent Transportation Services Unit, gave a presentation at our February 2011 meeting. He welcomes suggestions and comments from QPARA members.
The Queen’s Park Area will be covered by a Council review and consultation in the financial years 2012/13 and any changes resulting from this will be implemented in 2014. This may include the introduction of a 20 mph zone and traffic calming measures in streets surrounding the park.
Tim accepted that there is a problem across Brent with school runs. The council is trying to address this by encouraging schools to draw up Travel Plans. Meanwhile they are trying to enforce traffic and parking controls by schools by giving on the spot tickets and using cctv and smart cars to deter illegal and dangerous parking and driving.
We liaise regularly with Brent Transportation Services Unit and try to keep an eye on road safety and traffic management in the Queen’s Park area. We also liaise regularly with the local Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team (SNT)
We campaign for:
* better local consultation
* better speed management and road safety in the area
* better enforcement of traffic rules & regulations by wardens within the CPZs (Controlled Parking Zones), particularly during peak periods of activity (e.g. School runs, the larger festivals at the Al Khoei Islamic Centre on Chevening Road, etc.)
Another area of recent activity has been the monitoring of noise and vibration on the North London overground.
We try to keep members up to date on Council consultations e.g. changes to parking permit charges, introduction of Car Club bays etc.
QPARA Transport Group: