Category: Monthly meeting

  • QPARA Zooms ahead

    Queen’s Park Councillors, Ellie Southwood and Neil Nerva, the Vicar of St Anne’s, Mother Christine Cargill, and Queen’s Park Manager, Richard Gentry, joined QPARA members on 11th June for our first monthly meeting since lockdown and first Zoom meeting. Discussions were particularly wide ranging and informative with updates on such diverse subjects as:

    • the impact of Covid-19 across Brent and the action being taken by the council;  
    • community support coordinated by QPARA for residents vulnerable to Covid-19 in the Queen’s Park area;  
    • the Keslake Road project to address anti-social behaviour at the Chamberlayne Road end of the street;
    • the ‘virtual’ Queen’s Park Open Gardens and Studios event that was taking place on Instagram;
    • Ark Franklin school’s application to build an art studio next to Harvist Road;
    • the use of the park during lockdown and plans for the coming weeks;
    • opposition to replacing paving slabs with asphalt around the area;
    • support for local business and the suggestion of a car-free day possibly in September;
    • the need watering new street trees in the summer months, plans to cut down mature trees and efforts to get new trees planted; and
    • the latest news on the Corrib Rest site on Salusbury Road.

     It was great to have more than 50 people online, especially those who don’t usually make it to monthly meetings. Members commented how smoothly the meeting ran with great contributions from a wide range of people.

    Full minutes are being finalised and will be emailed to all members next week with an invitation to July’s meeting which will take place at 8pm on Thursday 9th. 

  • 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

  • Once again QPARA agrees £1,000 donations to groups supporting the local community

    At our March monthly meeting, we agreed donations of £1,000 to each of the following groups with a connection to the Queen’s Park area:

    Brent Action for Refugees to fund tea/social evenings for Syrian refugees in Brent

    Brent Centre for Young People to give Adolescent Exploratory Therapy to two young people who live in the Queen’s Park area

    Laurence’s Larder to help help provide food, clothing, washing and drying facilities to refugee asylum seekers in Brent

    Our Global School to cover the cost of transporting volunteer school students from Salusbury School and Queen’s Park Community School to a township school in Kayamandi, South Africa

    The Promise Foundation to help fund a monthly Skills Club, based in the Queen’s Park Community School to help tackle educational disadvantage in Brent

    Salusbury World to help with the funding of a Winter Party for refugee children and to help fund excursions for refugee women and children

    Shakespeare in the Squares to help with the costs of a production of Romeo and Juliet in Queen’s Park on 24th June.

    QPARA is a not for profit organisation. If, at the end of each financial year there are surplus funds, we invite applications for donations for these from local charities, groups and not for profit organisations in line with our aims to support the local community. The maximum amount for a single donation is £1,000.

  • 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.


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

    See previous post for meeting details.