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Road Safety / 20mph zones

Brent Council workers and contractors are racing to complete the final stages of traffic ‘calming’ on Salusbury Road by the end of March. Speed platforms and lighted 20mph speed signs are being installed.
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A major 20mph zone was introduced in 2013 between Salusbury and Chamberlayne roads. QPARA had pressed for this over the years and also for Salusbury Road itself to be included in the scheme.

A 20mph zone is now in place on Chamberlayne Road too. In addition QPARA joined other residents’ associations to press TfL and Brent to address the impact of traffic there including cars, lorries and buses. Discussions are underway about introducing less polluting buses, better phasing of traffic lights, stricter parking enforcement to avoid obstruction, and improvements to the bus terminus area.

Call for contributions to our newsletter

We are gathering material for the next QPARA newsletter which we plan to distribute to all households in the QPARA area in mid May. Please send any ideas or comments to the newsletter editor, Judy Lee at editorqpnews@gmail.com.

We would particularly welcome information on local events taking place between June and October (for the ‘Diary Dates’ section).

The deadline for copy is Sunday 12th April.

Our November 2014 Newsletter is available to view.

Queen’s Park Singers spring concert 

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QPARA objects to planning application for car boot sale

There has been a retrospective planning application for permission to hold a car boot sale on Saturdays in the Salusbury Road School playground. QPARA has registered an objection. There is still just time for individual objections as the decision will not be made until 20 March. There is a link our objection on our Planning page. Go to Action Groups, then Planning.

QPARA donates to Salusbury World

At the March meeting, members voted to use £1,000 of the Association’s funds to support local children.

Salusbury World Logo

The Salusbury World charity subsidises the residential trips that Salusbury Primary School organises each year for those families that cannot afford the cost. It also organises a winter party for refugee children, buying presents for all of those children who would not normally receive gifts at that time of year.

QPARA sets aside a sum of money at the AGM each year and invites charities or similar not-for-profit organisations, that have a clear connection to the area, to apply for one-off donations. These are decided on at the March meeting.

QPARA is on Facebook and Twitter

Find more local and QPARA news by following us on Twitter or liking our Facebook page:
https://twitter.com/Qparkres
https://www.facebook.com/queensparkresidents?fref=nf

Changes to recycling and waste collections in April

New small green food waste bins are being delivered now and the new arrangements start from 6th April:

  • Food waste has to go in the new little bin, wrapped in newspaper or paper bags, or in caddy liners. No plastic bags! This bin will be collected every week.
  • The blue recycling bin will also be collected every week.
  • The large green bin for garden waste will cost £40 a year: to sign up for the new service call 020 8937 5050 or go to www.brent.gov.uk/gardenwaste. Only garden waste can go into this bin from 6 April. No food. It will be collected every 2 weeks and once a month in winter. The collection schedule will be sent to you once you have signed up for the service.
  • The grey bin for landfill will be collected every 2 weeks and should contain only material that cannot be recycled – no food, as that attracts rats in landfill sites. E.g.plastic film and wrapping, plastic bags, crisp and other similar packets, bubble wrap, metallic gift wrap; plastics such as toys, plates, cutlery, Tupperware containers, plant pots, polystyrene packing material, coat hangers; all broken glass of any kind (window glass, drinking glases) and ceramics (plant pots, plates, etc.); wood; hoover bags and pet litter.

Here is Brent’s leaflet with more details

Tree planting marks QPARA’s 40th birthday

Despite the foul weather, we were in the park on 19th February planting the Wild Service tree to celebrate the Association’s four decades. We were joined by a photographer from the Kilburn Times. See link to article

Richard Gentry (Park Manager), Robert Budwig, Mark Cummins, Janis Denselow and Robin Sharp

Richard Gentry (Park Manager), Robert Budwig, Mark Cummins, Janis Denselow (QPARA Chair) and Robin Sharp

February meeting minutes

The minutes and agendas for QPARA monthly meetings are available to view online or download. Go to Monthly Meetings. The 12th February minutes include the full agenda for the March meeting (see below).

Queen’s Studios – meet the developers

“Your Shout”, the prospective developers of Queen’s Studios on Salusbury Road, will be attending our next meeting, on 12th March, to give a short presentation followed by a Q&A session. They will be bringing a small display which will be available to look at at from 7.30 before the formal meeting starts at 8.00pm.

Monthly meetings are on the second Thursday of the month at St. Anne’s Church, Salusbury Road …. teas, coffees and the odd glass of wine  served from about 7.40. Meetings start at 8.00.

Would you like a stall on Queen’s Park Day?

Trade and community stalls are always much in demand. We are already receiving enquiries for QPD 2015. You can apply  between 1st April and 17th May 2015, when the application form will be available on the Queen’s Park Day Stall Applications page which also has the answers to some FAQs.

QPARA objects to Queen’s Studios planning application

Our Planning Action Group monitors planning applications in our area and our experts object when these are out of line with QPARA policy, decided at our monthly meetings. Follow this link to see QPARA’s objection. If you agree that this development would be detrimental to the area, it is a good idea to object as an individual to matthew.harvey@brent.gov.uk quoting planning application reference: 14/4719 Queens Studios, NW6.

QPARA Winter Newsletter now available to download

Our November 2014 Newsletter is available to view online.