MapRA email 26 August

Rough sleepers. A member in  Keyes Road reports a growing problem  with people sleeping rough in front or back gardens (and sometimes using drugs). People need to be vigilant to move them on as it seems the police can do nothing!

Reminder from local Police: Protect Your Vehicle
Information at:  Police say that too many people leave their cars unlocked overnight. They see doorbelll CCTV footage where the thief has tried the door handle, got inside and removed valuable contents in seconds. If you see somebody has tried to get into your vehicle by reviewing CCTV footage, please report the details to police. 

Free RPO performance. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are returning to Wembley Park on Saturday 10 September for 3 free performances featuring a full symphony orchestra and loads of performers from Brent performing Wemba’s Dream, a festival performance of music, dance, poetry and carnival arts that celebrates the unique and diverse communities of Brent. More details and booking  at
Triangle Gardens. People may have admired the triangle gardens (Exeter/St Gabriel’s, TeignmouthDawlish, Dartmouth/Dawlish, Chatsworth/Lydford). You may not realise that these are entirely gardened and looked after by a small group of (not very young) MapRA volunteers who have been struggling to keep them well watered in the recent very dry weather. Great if people could refrain from dropping litter in them or let their dogs use them and any help with watering would be good.
Waste collection / Street Cleaning changes.
MapRA put in some comments and queries in response to Brent's proposed changes. And we have had a detailed reply which I hope to put on our website.:

Summarising the main points: 
  • The proposed sacks for ‘fibre’ recyclables will be weatherproof, durable and reusable. They are weighted, allowing them to be left outside even when empty without being blown away. Alternatively, they can be folded and taken indoors if residents prefer, which should help those who have limited external space for the storage of bins.
  • Brent’s contractor must follow strict codes of practice to ensure that waste is properly separated, processed and treated.
Lead-time for small item collection.  The process for booking and collection of small items is yet to be finalised

Street cleaning.
  • Service quality concerns, where monitored and justified, will be taken up with the successful contractor as part of the contract management process.
  • Brent will continue to find ways to enhance residents’ ability to report issues and for Brent to communicate what has been done about it.
  • While the proposed approach may result in a less frequent sweep for certain streets, it may result in an enhanced sweep for others based on need.

On-street litter bins. Brent have retained on-street litter bins for our high-streets and highest footfall areas. This service was previously withdrawn from residential streets as it was found not to provide value for money; and on-street litter bins also attract fly-tipping.

Current local Planning applications
(For details search  Brent Planning New items in red)
  • Appn 22/2840, 3 Teignmouth Road.  Comments by 22 September
Proposed alteration and extension of bay window to rear of dwellinghouse.
  • Appn 22/2846, 3 Dawlish Road.  Comments by 15 September
Demolition of existing property and proposed erection of new two storey dwellinghouse with basement level, new outbuilding to rear, cycle and waste storage, off road car parking, front boundary treatment and associated hard and soft landscaping.
  • Appn 22/2653, 49 St Gabriel’s Road.  Comments by 22 September
Rear dormer loft conversion with 2 side rooflights.
  • Appn 22/2506, flat 1, 71 Cricklewood Broadway.  Comments by 28 August
Dormer roof extension to rear projection to Flat 1.
Brent vaccination schedule. Link
Virus Support information.
Guide to tradesmen and services.
Ashford Place;  
Cricklewood Library update  
Latest from Brent Council  School result, Polio, Bridge mural, Exam results,Carnival
Culture in Brent: Metroland Cultures; Brent Biennial 2022 and
Brent Environment Network Newsletter: Spring, new leaf
London National Park City Network Newsletter
MapRA Facebook page.

Gerry Weston

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