MapRA email 18 Sept

Sexual Assaults

Police are appealing for any information about three recent sexual assaults near Dollis Hill station over the last 3 weeks. Saturday / Sunday after 10pm

All women were followed from the station. Members of the public intervened on the second and third assault, and the suspect fled the scene.

Each victim described the man who assaulted them as mixed race with facial stubble, of slim build and wearing black clothing. Detectives say the man was waiting at or near the station to seek out women to follow. Police urge anyone who saw anything suspicious on those evenings to contact them and anyone who has CCTV or doorbell recordings to check them.

Anyone with information should call 101 and give the reference 8659/11SEP. Information can also be provided anonymously on Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

The press release is at link

Women's Night Safety Training for Businesses

Free virtual training for night time economy staff to help identify and support vulnerable female customers. Businesses which have been trained will receive free promotion and recognition through Brent Council. See the attached flyer for more information and registration details. Please note: this training is for staff working in night time businesses and is not personal safety training for individuals. Information at link

Another scam

One of our members was rung by someone purporting to be from John Lewis saying that they had stopped two large fraudulent purchases on her account; and needed her card number to stop it and issue another. They packed the phone call with lots of authentic sounding information.  She refused to give the number, rang John Lewis who confirmed this was a scam, and when the guy rang the next day she said she knew he was a scammer and he rang off immediately.

How to spend £2 mil?

Brent has decided to let others decide how to spend the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) funding. The funding decisions are being handed to Brent residents, organisations and groups who work with and for them, and they are calling this You Decide.  Each of Five Brent areas will receive £400,000 each of the £2m total and residents will decide how it is spent, through Participatory Budgeting. We are in the Kilburn area.
They are inviting residents to join forces with local groups and organisations to decide what they think their area needs. Organisations can submit a bid to You Decide for a share of the £400,000 for that Brent Connects area. Residents will then have the chance to vote on what they want at Decision Day events. Applications will be presented and voted on in each Brent Connects area.
Everyone is invited to attend the community-based information evenings, as a resident and/or representative of an organisation. Please register at this Eventbrite link. For our area meetings are Tuesday 28 September and Tuesday 12 October. However, if you can’t attend our area meeting, please sign up for a different one.  You can find more information at



Three local  gardens opening to raise money for charity under the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 19th September 1pm – 5pm. Details at

Oliver Sacks: Made in Mapesbury first event is on Tuesday 21 September 2021 at 6.30pm (others on 23 September and 27 September at 8pm). The link for free registration is: - more details / update on Monday.

Mapesbury Ward Panel meeting is next Wednesday 22 September where we hear from local police and can raise any issues. If you have something you want raised please contact the chair at
Wellbeing hub. Ashford Place welcomes all to the  launch of their Wellbeing Hub on 24 September 12pm-5pm. A day of fun, music and games (including fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support). RSVP Renee Gallagher
West Hampstead walk. Thursday 23 Sept 6pm. Organised by the West Hampstead Community Association; Blue Badge guide and local resident Mary Tucker will take people on a walk round the neighbourhood. Meet in West Hampstead Square near M&S. £10 per person (£4 concs for benefits). Booking and payment essential before 21st September. Book at:

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

  • App: 21/3336  115A-C, Dartmouth Road. Comments by 7 October.
Replacement of all windows (a mixture of single glazed timber sash and single glazed aluminium casement units) and doors to block of flats
  • App: 21/3190  116 Dartmouth Road. Comments by 23 September.

Replacing gravel with block paving, widening the opening to front boundary and changes to soft landscaping to front garden.


Brent Vaccine bus and vaccination pop-up schedule. Link
Virus Support information. Book free covid test.
Guide to tradesmen and services.
Ashford Place;  
Cricklewood Library update; Including crowd-funder appeal for new cafe 
Latest from Brent Council:: 
ULEZ expansion, Brent environment network
Culture in Brent: Banned books, live theatre and ceramic sculptures
London National Park City Network Newsletter

MapRA facebook page
Gerry Weston:

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