Low traffic Neighbourhood

The meeting on Monday 1 Feb is cancelled. Understand that there will be meetings with councillors and council officers later in February; details later.
The online consultation on Brent’s website is still open for feedback during the 6 month trial period.

Lidl Cricklewood

Lidl in Cricklewood closing for about 5 months from tomorrow 31 January 2021 to 5 August 2021 to be extended and refurbished; external works include electric vehicle charging points and cycle parking.  Details

Covid Testing.

A committee member is very concerned that people are not using the Covid test centre (at the Mosque) as much as they should. Good idea to go (to protect others) as long as one doesn’t feel that negative test is somehow carte blanche to avoid restrictions; Book test at https://www.brent.gov.uk/your-community/coronavirus/test-and-trace/

Help deliver the COVID-19 vaccine?

No previous healthcare experience is required as full training will be delivered via a combination of combination of remote e-learning and practical face-to-face sessions. Read more

Covid vaccination appointment scam

A member received an email headed “IMPORTANT – Book an appointment using the NHS e-Referral Service NHSVaccination  … Your NHS.CO.UK order #203-9320557-23482748 has been dispatched.” This is a scam; sent to email address and no indication of the member’s name,
The Police also add that COVID-19 vaccine will always be free in the UK and delivered by the NHS. Patients will be sent a letter by the NHS call/recall service informing them of their eligibility, and receive a call from Primary Care Networks, offering the choice of booking at a GP-led vaccination centre or using the national booking service. Remember that any contact regarding a real NHS COVID-19 vaccination booking will never:

  • Ask for payment or any bank details
  • Ask you to press a button on your keypad when on the phone
  • Ask you to send a text to confirm the booking

For more information and advice, please visit Action Fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/coronavirus-vaccine-scams-warning

Telephone scam.

An incident with the elderly neighbour of a member, She was tricked over the phone last week into giving out a lot of personal information. They pretended to be from the police, informing her that her bank cards had been compromised. This is not a new scam; but the difficulty we have is that the very people who need to be aware of these things aren’t on email. If you know of someone vulnerable to this let them know.

Contacting Police.

We have been responding to the local police on their email (recently about damage to bollards; groups of non-distancing people) but local Police are keen to point out that the SNT police are not a 24/7 service, and residents need to call 101 to report the problems. If an individual is present at the time of committing an offence then residents need to call 999 for a police vehicle to be dispatched to the location immediately.

Dementia support Helpline

Cricklewood Charity, Ashford Place has launched a new dementia support helpline offering advice and support for anyone concerned about the condition.  If you need information and/or signposting to other services do contact Gabby, Dementia Gateway Assessor, gabby.horecka@ashfordplace.org.uk or call 07904 202 517 anytime

NCIL relaunch survey.

The NCIL (National Community Infrastructure Levy) relaunch is now anticipated to be late February. Brent would like grass roots comments on the impacts of anticipated developments in each neighbourhood. They have included a  brief summary of anticipated development in each area. Information and feedback via link

Census 2021

The census is coming. By taking part, you can help to inform decisions on services that shape your community in Brent, such as schools, doctors’ surgeries and bike lanes. Your information is protected by law, so government officials dealing with payments or services you receive cannot see it. Census Day is Sunday 21 March. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post, but there are other options to support you completing it such as a paper questionnaire or guidance in different languages and accessibility formats. For help or information, you can visit www.census.gov.uk
or contact Harshil Shah – harshil.shah26@field.census.gov.uk (Census Engagement Manager, South East Brent)

Windrush Community Fund

Organisations could receive up to £25k from the fund to raise awareness of the support and compensation available to people affected by the Windrush scandal.

The closing date for phase 1 applications is 12 February 2021. Phase 2 will open for applications on 1 April 2021 and will close on 30 June 2021. Applications are welcomed from organisations representing all communities and nationalities, as well as organisations who have links with communities overseas. More information can be found at http://bit.ly/2Wl6ih6.

MapRA Membership

Can now again pay by Paypal via the website (https://mapra.org.uk/).  I’m also trying to identify someone who paid membership direct to bank; all I have is the reference – Thomas AM Cur. If it was you please let me know.

Current local Planning applications

(For details search Brent Planning. New items in red)

  • App: 20/4102, 147 Cricklewood Broadway. Comments by 19 February

First and second floor rear extension and roof alterations to facilitate 5 bedroom ancillary accommodation to Public House; cycle and waste storage to first floor rear and frosted windows to front elevation.

  • App: 21/0118, 14 Keyes Road. Comments by 19 February

Proposed demolition of existing rear conservatory and erection of a single storey rear extension


Virus Support information. Book free covid test. https://www.brent.gov.uk/covidtesting
Guide to tradesmen and services.Under devt; if you need information from thse, ask me.
Ashford Place https://www.ashfordplace.org.uk/;
Cricklewood Library http://www.cricklewoodlibrary.org.uk/
Latest from Brent Council: Safe and effective vaccine will save lives. Spread facts not fear
Culture in Brent:

Gerry Weston:  https://www.mapra.org.uk/