Category: Environment

  • QPARA news: What is happening on Brent’s plans for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) for the Queen’s Park Area and Kilburn Area?

    First of all a personal thanks from me to all of the almost 60 people who took the trouble to provide our Streetscape team with your feedback on the plans. You expressed a wide range of views sometimes cogently and often with passion! 

    A lot has been going on since then and our Chair and the Streetscape team have provided the following update in advance of the next QPARA monthly zoom meeting on Thursday 8th October. Members will get their invitation in the next day or so. Anyone wishing to join QPARA and have your say, can do so here: qpark.org.uk/join-us.

    QPARA supports efforts to reduce pollution stemming from through traffic and congestion in its area and around (i.e. on so-called through roads which are also heavily residential). The Association has long campaigned for action on these issues but does not regard Brent’s current Low Traffic Neighbourhood approach as the answer.

    On Tuesday 22 September Cllr Shama Tatler, Highways lead for Brent Council, and Tony Kennedy, Head of Highways, held an online meeting with some 15 representatives of local residents’ associations and other groups. She showed maps of the two Traffic Order schemes being proposed for Queen’s Park and Kilburn.

    These were the same as those circulated unofficially, except that all road closures and ‘no turns’ etc in the Queens Park proposal were  shown in green with a legend stating that they are ‘Potential Future Closure if Needs Be’ or ‘Potential Future Banned Turn if Needs Be. The one exception was Tiverton Road at the bridge into Queen’s Park, still shown as a red ‘Proposed Street Closure’. She emphasized that she was keen to have dialogue with QPARA and other residents’ groups from hereon.

    The Kilburn TO map still had all changes in red – the same as seen already. – Cllr Tatler explained that this would now proceed, subject to full clearance from the relevant emergency services and letters to all residents. Tony Kennedy said actual implementation of both schemes would be at least two weeks away.

    Of the many questions and comments which followed several centred on asking what traffic and air quality data had been available for scheme design and could it be shared. Tony Kennedy said there was little data available but that some monitoring strips had been installed in the last few days.

    While waiting for the promised official note of this meeting QPARA has been busy collecting its own data on vehicle movements during the morning rush hour and assessing the likely impact of the revised scheme. Fundamentally QPARA seeks proper consultation, supported by data, and is ready to give positive consideration to any scheme which improves air quality and reduces congestion both inside the planned LTN area and on the roads which surround it such as Salusbury and Chamberlayne.

  • Brent are supplying a community skip this Saturday, September 26th for the residents of Queen’s Park Ward to dispose of bulky waste. It will be situated at the junction of Kingswood Avenue and Harvist Road from 10am to 12 noon

    You can dispose of up to 5 items free, but you must bring some identification to prove you live in the area (your driving licence or council tax bill.) There will also be a caged lorry to take furniture or electricals away that have life left in them /are working. These will then be able to be reused by others in need who need furniture for their home. Please see the flyer for more details and come early, as once the skip is full no more waste can be put in the skip.

  • Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) briefing from TfL at January’s QPARA meeting – presentation material and Q&As

    Click here to open the TfL presentation

    Victoria Secretan from Clean Air for Brent moderated a discussion on ULEZ, following a presentation to be given by Simon Roberts Principal City Planner at Transport for London. Nisha Durgacharan, Community Partnership Specialist at TfL was also present. Representatives from nearby residents’ associations (KRRA, KTRA, BRAT and APRATA) and CAfB had been invited to join the QPARA meeting for the presentation and discussion.

    Many thanks to Simon and Nisha for giving up their evening and to Victoria and all involved in organising the session.

    Click here for TfL’s responses to the questions asked

  • 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. 

  • More trees for Queen’s Park streets this Autumn

    Street trees are an important local amenity, providing clean air, shade, a home for wildlife. Well-maintained trees make our streets attractive, helping to enhance community pride and to reduce anti-social behaviour, but they don’t last for ever and there are currently some streets in the Queen’s Park area with large gaps where trees have been removed. QPARA members have voted to donate £4,000 to Brent Council to replace many of them, close to their original locations. We have also been granted £4,000 for the project from the neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This will enable us to fund a total of 32 street trees around our conservation area and Brent Council’s contractors will start planting them in October.

    In addition to the QPARA donation and CIL money, some residents are clubbing together to pay for trees on their streets. Each tree has a one-off cost of £250; if you would like to discuss having a tree planted in your road at the same time as the QPARA street trees project is being delivered, please email hussain@khan.cc, the QPARA street tree lead.