MapRA email 22 January

Pavements and roads. Our 2 local councillors; Tariq Dar and Gwen Grahl can nominate up to three roads to be resurfaced, and three roads to have pavements replaced for 2023/24. Of course, the area they cover includes the other (Cricklewood) half of the ward. Let me any  recommendations. The deadline is Friday 27th. 
Street Briefings. Our local Safer Neighbourhood Police Team have arranged street briefings next week in various locations in our area.  Opportunity to raise issues of concern to you.
  • Wednesday 25 Jan 11am-12pm  Chichele Road junction with Sheldon Road
  • Thursday. 26 Jan  10-11am. Anson Road j/w Sheldon Road
  • Thursday 26 Jan 11am-12  – Olive Road j/w Ashford Road
  • Friday  27 Jan 11am-12– St Gabriels Road j/w Walm Lanes
  • Friday 27 Jan 12pm-1pm Hoveden Road near Mapesbury Dell Park 
Just turn up. (These time may be extended depending on the amount of people that turn up).
David Carrick. Our Brent Police Commander, Dan Knowles, sent a message after this deplorable case. Along with expressions of regret he outlined steps the Met are taking as a result; including:
  • A dedicated Domestic Abuse and Sexual Offending investigation team has been set up with over 50 experienced investigators targeting any officer or staff member who may be engaged in domestic abuse or sexual offences.
  • All current officers and staff who have previously been the subject of allegations of sexual offending or domestic abuse, where allegations couldn’t be proven and were not subject of misconduct hearings, are subject to an ongoing review.
  • A new Anti-Corruption and Abuse Command is investigating and identifying officers and staff who abuse their positions of trust whether on duty or off duty, in person or online.
  • Significant investment in intelligence capabilities and in the skills of specialist investigators.
  • A thorough audit is under way.of national police databases, to identify intelligence and information about officers and staff that may not be known by the organisation.
  • n internal appeal is asking Met officers and staff to report corruption and abuse and for the first time in policing, an anti-corruption and abuse hotline has been launched, in partnership with Crimestoppers, where the public can anonymously report Met officers and staff who abuse their positions of power and trust.

Music offer from RPO, People might be interested in the Royal Philharmonic performance “ Journeys of Discovery- Ecstasy” on Wednesday 8th February 2023 at the Royal Festival Hall. The concert celebrates music as the supreme language of longing and ecstasy; including: Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet, Scriabin, Poem of Exstasy.  A special offer for Brent’s residents and workers, tickets are just £5, and tickets for young people aged 18 and under are free. You can book up to 2 adult and 2 18 and under tickets per customer. Book

Any questions or queries, get in touch with Miriam Franklin, Marketing & Box Office Assistant, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 020 7608 8845

And from the Oxford Philharmonic. (their administrative office is based here in Teignmouth Road!). On Monday 6 February the Oxford Philharmonic is joined by Maxim Vengerov at the Barbican Hall, London, for a concert in celebration of the Orchestra’s Silver Jubilee year. The programme is:
  • Brahms Academic Overture
  • Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor
  • Brahms Symphony No. 2
For this Barbican celebration Mapesbury residents can receive a 25% discount – apply the code ‘Mapesbury’ when purchasing tickets online.

Brent Connects. are area-based forums covering the five areas of the borough. These meetings provide an opportunity for you to get involved, meet other members of your community and have your say on things that matter most to you in your local area. Next on in Willesden Area is Thursday 2 February 6-8pm; on zoom. More info here

5G mast. People may be pleased to know that application has been rejected by the Council.
Community skips are back. See link for details of where they will be. Next one nearest to us will be on 18 Feb at Grove Road (off St Paul’s Avenue)
76 Teignmouth Road. An appeal against Brent’s enforcement notice has been rejected by the Appeal Inspector; This requires: removal of unauthorised hardstanding, metal gates and boundary walls and railing to the front and side, within 7 months. I can forward the details if needed..
Holocaust Memorial day. 27 January to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi persecutions and in the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. To mark the occasion Brent Council has prepared an evening of reflection. The programme includes: Special guest speaker Holocaust survivor Peter Summerfield BEM; Inspiring life stories; A performance by the London Cantorial Singers. The theme for this year’s event is 'Ordinary People' to highlight people who were affected by genocides around the world and looking at how we can play a role in creating a fairer and more equal society in the future. All are welcome to join at Brent Civic Centre from 630 to 8pm.  Please register at
Remembering Dr Beryl Gilroy (whom some, who went to the then Beckford School in West Hampstead, will remember).  A West Hampstead Community Association talk by her daughter Darla Gilroy, about Camden’s 1st Black Head teacher; Friday 3 Feb 7.30pm (on zoom), £6 (£3 concessions) Book via Eventbrite website.
Fencing contractor. Thank you for fencing contractor recommendations; see below.
Xmas Lights. A while back Elayne won some professional Xmas lights for trees but the Willesden Town Team was unable to fit them. She would like to give them away; priority to third sector organisations. There are 10 strings. 20m per string. Indoors or out. LED spark light. Each string is individually plugged. Blanchere manufactured. Still in catalogue. Happy to split up.
Current local Planning applications
(For details search  Brent Planning and type in ref no in Appn reference no field; New items in red). 
  • Appn 22/3688, Flat 1, 9c Exeter Road.  Comments by 24 January
Proposed two single storey rear side infill extensions, three new ground floor side windows and replacement of existing ground floor side window, reduction in width of front boundary wall, new front hardstanding and soft landscaping to ground floor flat
Police contact. NWMailbox-.SNTMapesbury&
    (However still use 101 to report ongoing problems or 999 in emergency.)
Brent vaccination schedule. Link
Virus Support information.
Guide to tradesmen and services. New: Fence Contractors
Ashford Place;  
Latest from Brent: New Year, New opportunities
Culture in Brent: Reduce, Re-use Recycle, art and sustainability; making the room sing; Brent Biennial
Brent Environment Network Newsletter: Green Christmas
MapRA Facebook page.

Gerry Weston

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