MapRA email 4 December

More scams
  • The latest Post Office text message scam encourages you to take action by telling you that your parcel has been sent back to your local branch. It sends you to a legitimate-looking website under the guise of charging you for redelivery. This can be very convincing, especially if you’re doing a lot more online shopping at this time. But the Post Office will never contact you like this. Details from Which magazine
  • Another received by a member involves an email from PayPal for an amount of 549.77 US dollars stating that this was scheduled to be paid from her PayPal account. If she wanted to challenge this there was an overseas number to call. She deleted the message; opened up her account and found the amount within her activity box waiting to be approved for payment or cancelled. She clicked on ‘cancel’ and then phoned the Paypal help line who confirmed that the request for payment was a scam and that it was known to their fraud department.
Walk and Talk for Women and Girls. More dates. 10 December at 4pm and 21st December at 12pm,a female only event starting outside Willesden Green Tube Stn; to enable you to speak to a female police officer should you wish to.

Children’s workshop. Saturday 10 December, 1 till 3 pm in Cricklewood Lane. The workshop stall next to the pavement stars will provide creative activities where children will make colourful stars from transluscent , recyled and craft materials. Some of these will be hung on the Christmas tree nearby and children will also be able take their work home.

Christmas giving. The Willesden Mutual Aid group are launching their third 'Christmas gifting' project with the aim of treating their guests at the food bank with a little something extra this Christmas. They are looking for small gift donations suitable for a family, adult, child, or baby. No gift is too small so please consider donating something to this great cause - it will make a huge difference! Gifts can be dropped off at the Pakistan Community Centre, Marley Walk, NW2 4PU on Tuesdays between 9.45 am and 5 pm; Wednesdays between 11 and 3 pm; and Fridays between 2 and 3 pm. The deadline for gift donations is Friday 17th December. The team wish all a Merry Christmas.

Christmas Carols: Updated summary of local events known so far:
  • Thursday 8 December. 6.45-745pm Christmas concert in WG Library. Details see below under Brent Culture
  • Thursday 8 December. 730pm. cheery Xmas concert, St Cuthbert’s Church, 61 Fordwych Road, Drinks and finger food, Choir , Take Twenty,  £12 0n the door (cash please)
  • Saturday 10 December, 130-30m, Community Carol Singing. Oaklands Road (by Post office), Nativity Fancy dress competition for children. Infor 2020 8206 1463
  • Sunday 11 December. Carols by Candlelight 530-630 pm. Cricklewood Library (Olive Road opp Gladstone Park. Mince pies & mulled wine
  • Tuesday 13 December. 630pm Christmas Carols in the Dell (with St Gabriel’s Church Choir and Pak Life singers, Anson Primary School choir). Dell is between 10 and12 Hoveden Road. Mince pies, mulled wine +
Open Gardens Day 2023. MapRA will be running the OGD next year. Pretty definitely Sunday 25 June. More details later but would be very keen to hear now from any people who might wish to open their garden then. (We will be limiting it to Dartmouth, Dawlish, Exeter, Teignmouth, Hoveden, Keyes Roads, Walm Lane; and Mapesbury Road up to railway line to concentrate it and avoid the need for a bus service)
Emergency Locksmith. A member asked me for a recommendation for a neighbour locked out. Embarassed not to know one. Any recommendations for future?
Current local Planning applications
(For details search  Brent Planning and type in ref no in Appn reference no field; New items in red). Sorry that quite a lot as we had problems receiving the updates
  • Appn 22/3711, 18 St Gabriels Road.  Comments by 8 December
Proposed replacement front garden wall, extension and alteration to front dormer window
  • Appn 22/3626, 44 St Gabriels Road.  Comments by 8 December
Proposed single storey rear extension, two rear dormer roof extensions, replacement of front dormer roof, like for like replacement of all windows, enlargement of ground floor rear window, five new ground floor side windows, repositioning of two first floor side windows, two new first floor side windows, replacement of rear plant room outbuilding, rear air source heat pump, reinstatement of front porch canopy, new front door, front elevation features, front hardstanding and soft landscaping, new front boundary wall and new side gate.
  • Appn 22/3674, 87 a-h Walm Lane.  Comments by 6 December
Proposed erection of a single storey rear/side extension to create a self-contained dwelling, alterations to fenestration to Flats B and F, provision for cycle storage and associated landscaping
  • Appn 22/3747, 9 St Gabriels Road.  Comments by 8 December
Proposed loft conversion with rear dormer window
  • Appn 22/3943, 169-171 Cricklewood Broadway.  Comments by 12 December
Proposed change of use of basement and ground floor from a vacant Bank to an Adult Gaming Centre (AGC)
  • Appn 22/3688, 9c Exeter Road.  Comments by 15 December  (revised deadline)
Proposed rear dormer window roof extension and two front rooflights to second floor flat.
  • Appn 22/3750, 9 St Gabriels Road.  Comments by 15 December
Proposed demolition of existing single storey rear extension and erection of new single story rear extension
  • Appn 22/3861, 108 a-c Teignmouth Road.  Comments by 15 December
Proposed retain existing permeable hard surfacing and boundary wall to front of flats
  • Appn 22/3635, 127 Dartmouth Road.  Comments by 22 December
Propsosed alteration of ground floor rear roof and proposed single storey rear extension
  • Appn 22/3431, 194a-c Walm Lane.  Comments by 21 December
Proposed replacement of existing roof coverings to block of flats.
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. Lisa and Luke gardeners endorsement
Ashford Place;  
Cricklewood Library update  
Latest from Brent Green skills for greener Borough
Culture in Brent: Christmas concert at Willesden Library 8 Sept

Brent Environment Network Newsletter: Spring, new leaf
London National Park City Network Newsletter
MapRA Facebook page.

Gerry Weston

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