Queen’s Park News spring edition out now

 

Our volunteers have started to distribute the spring 2017 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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Woeful response on Brent’s air quality consultation – have your say now!

As of 20 March only 63 out of 350,000 people in Brent have responded to Brent’s consultation for its revised Air Quality Action Plan – apparently this is considered good!! We don’t think it is half good enough.
 
Air pollution, mostly from diesel emissions, is killing an estimated 9,400 people in London annually while 800 schools are on seriously polluted traffic routes. This really is a matter of life and death.
 

QPARA’s Air Pollution Sub-Group (now working with other local action groups) is asking everyone to complete the questionnaire for Brent’s revised Air Quality Action Plan asap. The current closing date is 30 March (though we have urged an extension).  

 
The link is here:  Consultation on Brent Air Quality Action Plan.  To make sense of the questionnaire you need to read the supporting document first (not the summary) but it is mercifully short.
 
Thank you
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QPARA response to the Corrib Rest planning application

After much deliberation and consultation, we have submitted our response to the planning application for the Corrib Rest. We believe that the Corrib plans will be considered by the Planning Committee at the meeting on 19 April (7pm start). 

You can read our response here.

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QPARA monthly meeting

The March meeting will be taking place on Thursday 9th March at 8pm at St Anne’s church, Salusbury Road, NW6. Doors open 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available.

Agenda

  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes and matters arising from February meeting
  3. Police report
  4. Applications for charitable donations from QPARA (Mike Cantor)
  5. Councillors’ update
  6. Action Group Reports
    1. Air Quality
    2. Planning
    3. Park
    4. Queen’s Park Day
  1. Notices
  2. Any Other Business
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QPARA and The Corrib – where we are now

Residents may be aware that QPARA’s position on the redevelopment of the Corrib Rest on Salusbury Road has become a matter of concern, including on social media. 

As the new chair of QPARA I think it will be helpful to provide the following brief account of developments and negotiations since The Corrib changed hands two years ago.

The latest position will be reported to our next monthly meeting on 9th February. All will be welcome to express concerns or ask questions.

Virginia Brand

QPARA – Chair

Since pub operators Greencoats sold the Corrib Rest to property developer Ashcross in early 2015 QPARA has been at the forefront of efforts to ensure that a viable pub and community room continue on the premises and that neighbouring residents are protected from any noise and nuisance arising.
 
In particular we applied to Brent for the pub to be given ACV (Asset of Community Value) status. We were successful in spite of having to take on Ashcross’ high-powered lawyers. Without this it is highly likely that Ashcross would have applied for planning permission to turn the whole building into flats.
 
We opposed the original planning application made in late 2015 mainly on the grounds that the proposed community room was too small, though there were other problems too. Nevertheless at their first hearing in February 2016  the Planning Committee were minded to approve. Due to poor communications from Brent  QPARA were not present on this occasion. We made a big fuss, enlisted councillor support, spent a considerable amount of our funds on top legal advice and went in force to the second hearing in April when the Committee turned down the application decisively.
 
In June/July Iceni, agents for Ashcross, approached us declaring a wish to co-operate and listen to our concerns before re-formulating a fresh application. Since then we have had a number of meetings with them as well as extensive correspondence. We have considered substantially revised physical plans and draft documentation in detail, spending many hours on this process. 
 
The Corrib Sub-Group made recommendations to the December 2016 and January 2017 QPARA monthly meetings and these were adopted after careful debate and by a substantial majority. They are based on documents we have seen as sent to Brent’s planners. They are currently being validated and until they are published QPARA does not plan to formalise its comments – not least in case anything changes. In principle we are intending to welcome changes in the community provision and protection for local residents that have been made in response to our representations but we are not supporting or opposing the development as a whole. As of 26 January there remains one substantial point of disagreement between QPARA and Ashcross. More details are available to members in the December and January monthly meeting minutes.
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Nextdoor

Nextdoor is a social networking service for neighbourhoods. It was launched in the United States in October 2011 and allows users to connect with people who live in their own and nearby neighbourhoods.

The QPARA area is covered by the Queen’s Park North neighbourhood. A number of members have joined and recommended it at the December monthly meeting. Members often suggest that QPARA should operate a noticeboard for members, but Nextdoor is easy to join and maybe it fulfils that need. Give it a go by registering at nextdoor.co.uk.

 

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How QPARA can help fund your local good cause

From time to time QPARA has surplus funds (from events such as Queen’s Park Day) and we like to return this to the community by giving money to local good causes. So, if you are involved with a charity or a not-for-profit organisation with close links to the Queen’s Park area, you may be able to get a QPARA grant of up to £1,000 to help your work.

Recently, we’ve helped local schools to build a school garden, pay for literacy classes and pay for some Astroturf. We’ve contributed to the cost of a recording made by a junior choir and helped fund this summer’s sparkling production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
in the park. See our previous post for more information.

If you want to apply, get your application in by 9th February 2017 at the latest. You can get more information and an application form by emailing mikecantor18@yahoo.co.uk
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Queen’s Park update

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Christmas tree collection point

Brent Local Authority has agreed to use Queen’s Park as a collection point for Christmas trees. Drop off  trees at the park staff yard on Kingswood Avenue from 9th – 15th January 2017. Other options for disposal include the Reuse and Recycle Centre in Abbey Road or by using the garden waste service offered by Brent.

Tennis court booking

Tennis courts can be booked via playtenniscityoflondon.com.

The courts must be paid for throughout the year.  The LTA have met with the City of London in regard to part funding the redevelopment of the tennis courts.  The Park Manager is preparing a tennis development plan, which will support the application for funding from the LTA.  A Great British Tennis Weekend event is planned in May 2017, dates will be confirmed.

Park Café Consulation

The City of London are currently carrying out consultation to make sure the café meets with the needs of users, residents and stakeholders. To help in any future tender process, they need to gather as much information as possible about how people use the café, what people are looking for in a café in Queen’s Park and how the catering offer could be improved through the tender process. An online survey is be available until 27 January 2017. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3257541/Queen-s-Park-Cafe-Consultation 

Sandpit play area

A consultation event in September gave feedback on the proposed improvements in this area. Users would like more natural play equipment, to encourage use of the underused grass area within the sand pit towards the park entrance ‘Harvist Rd’ and a water/sand play feature.  Access to the toilet was also considered.  Further consultation with a small stakeholder group will help shape a final design with costings and the appointment of a contractor to complete the works. The Queen’s Park Joint Consultative Group will meet in mid-January to discuss the plans further.

Toilet refurbishment

On the 9th January 2017 improvement works will take place at the toilets outside the café. The disabled toilet furniture will be replaced and doors to the toilets replaced.  The walls will be painted and the flooring and wall tiles replaced.

Other projects

A number of projects to be delivered within the current financial year include updating and replacing signage at the park entrances, replacement and new benches, tree and hedge works and minor improvement in the Children’s Farm.

Online survey for feedback on the Park

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/OSsnapshot201617.

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Hear about latest proposed NHS change at Kilburn PPG meeting

The NHS is about to have another big change.

The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for NW London will alter NHS and social services in the community whilst closing hospitals.

Brent Council is working with Brent Clinical Commissioning Group on the Plans.

Hear the latest development s from Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Chair of Brent Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board

On Wednesday February 8th 7.30-9pm,

At St Anne’s Community Centre, 125 Salusbury Rd, Kilburn NW6 6RG.

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Come to the QPARA meeting tonight for an update on plans for the Corrib Rest building

See previous post for meeting details. 

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