Queen’s Park Book Festival returns to the park on 29th & 30th June 2019

See qpbookfest.com for more memories of last year’s hugely successful return of the festival to the park after a pause of six years. The festival is affiliated to Queen’s Park Area Residents’ Association.

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Queen’s Park Safer Neighbourhood Team warns residents about theft of catalytic converters

Catalytic converters turn toxic gases into less harmful emissions

Dear Ward Member,

Protect your vehicle from catalytic converter thieves 
We are working to apprehend them. You can help us by following this advice to protect your vehicle. 
Consider installing a Thatcham approved alarm to your vehicle. Ones that activate if your vehicle is lifted or tilted are particularly effective.

Use a catalytic converter protection device or marking system. 
Fit protective coverings on catalytic converters, these can make it much more difficult for thieves. 
Have your catalytic converter etched or forensically marked and put stickers in the windscreen to say this has been done.

Where possible park a vehicle against a kerb, with the catalytic converter being closest to the kerb. 
Once an unmarked converter has been removed from a vehicle it’s quite difficult to match it to that vehicle as there aren’t any distinguishing marks.

Catalytic converters control and convert exhaust emissions from your vehicle into less toxic substances. If yours is stolen, you will know because your vehicle’s engine will sound different.

If you suspect your catalytic converter has been stolen, report it to us immediately by calling 101. 
Thieves simply cut the catalytic converter from the exhaust pipe of a parked car and sell them on to scrap metal dealers.

Look out for people working under cars, if in doubt, call Police on 999 straight away, keeping yourself safe and give as much description as possible including any vehicle registration of vehicles they may be using. 

Explain to the operator you have reason to believe someone may be trying to take a catalytic convertor. 

Regards,

Queens Park SNT

Apparently Toyota Prius’ and Honda Jazz’s are the cars that are targeted. This video from Twitter shows them at work on a Toyota Prius.

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Read QPARA’s comments on the Brent Local Plan

Thanks for the suggestions you made after the December QPARA meeting and our previous post. Richard Johnson has now sent our comments to Brent. You can read them here.

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Drop off your Christmas tree in Queen’s Park for recycling

Take it by 13th January to the fenced off area by the woodland walk (Chevening Road/ Kingswood Avenue gate) and stack it there with the others. Please do not leave your tree by the yard gate, as you may well have done in previous years, or at any of the other park gates.

Please tell your friends and neighbours.

The tree will be collected by Brent Council week beginning 14 January and turned into mulch.

Alternatively, if you have a green garden waste bin, you can chop your tree up and put it in there. Do not leave it whole beside the bin.

And whatever you do, please do not just dump it in the street!

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Queen’s Park

Shakespeare will be performed in the Quiet Garden in Queen’s Park for the fourth year running next year. The play will be A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the date is Saturday June 22 2019.  More details will be available at the Shakespeare in the Squares website nearer the time, but for now, it’s a date for next year’s diary.
 
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QPARA is commenting on the Brent Local Plan

Comments on the Brent Local Plan are due on 3rd January. Richard Johnson, QPARA’s Planning lead, has been wading through it and noting its impact on our Area. He updated the December monthly meeting and asked for members to read the plan and email him their comments. He will be prepare QPARA’s response – we will put on the website for members to see. 

The Council prepared the plan following consultation between February and March this year, building on the policy options set out previously. A “Preferred Options” document divides the borough into seven distinct “Places” to create specific guidance for improving each area. It also explains the preferred policy options relating to housing, employment and transport.

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The Ultra Low Emission Zone is coming to central London in 2019 and Queen’s Park in 2021

QPARA will be hosting a speaker from Transport for London at our monthly meeting on 10th January at 8pm, at St Anne’s on Salusbury Road to explain how the Ultra Low Emission Zone will work. 

Take a look at the TfL website to check the areas covered and whether your car will be affected. More information in the Clean Air for Brent (CAfB) ULEZ blog. CAfB is affiliated to QPARA. 

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Security advice from our police liaison lead

BRITISH GAS UNIFORMS HAVE BEEN STOLEN

If you are visited at your home address by someone reporting to be from British Gas without an appointment, please call British Gas to check on 0333 202 9802.

Do NOT let them in, keep your door securely shut, if in doubt call 999

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QPARA’s response to Brent Council’s Transport Plan (LIP3)

We thought you might like to read it.

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Collectors needed for the Queen’s Park Carollers who will be singing in the streets around the park on 13th and 18th Dec

Listen out for the Queen’s Park carol singers on the streets to the East of the park on Thursday 13th December and to the West on Thursday 18th December.

QPARA members and their offspring are invited to knock on doors, so that residents can enjoy hearing the carols and at the same time collect money for our two local food banks and soup kitchens – Laurence’s Larder, Christchurch Avenue NW6 and SUFRA, Stonebridge NW10. No donation is too small.

Volunteer collectors should meet at Summerfield/Kingswood junction at 7.30pm on Thursday 13th December or outside 7 Kempe Road at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th December.

Please let Liz Till know if you can spare an hour or two lizmtill@btinternet.com

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