Monthly Archives: October 2014

Timed waste collections for businesses

If you operate a business on Willesden High Road, you will soon need to comply with timed waste collections. This should help to improve the condition of the streets and boost business by making them more friendly to potential customers. You can find out more about the scheme here (PDF).

Winter heating

If you have problems heating your home we need to hear from you before winter sets in.

Please get in touch with me as soon as you can. As well as that, the excellent local charity Energy Solutions are able to provide emergency advice and heating. If your situation is of that nature and you live in Brent, you can get in touch with them on 0800 169 5693.

This is the sort of thing it is really sad to have to write in an allegedly civilised country. Everybody should be able to afford to heat their home. But in the meantime, if you are having trouble, we will do run best to help you out.

Brent jobs fair, 23rd October

Following the huge success of the 2013 Brent Jobs Fair, which saw well over 600 local jobseekers attend, this year’s event on Thursday 23rd October at Brent Civic Centre (The Bridge) will be even better with more employers waiting to meet local jobseekers.

You are very welcome to pop along and visit the fair, or please do forward this information to anyone you think may benefit from meeting:

Delaware North
Heathrow Academy
Premier Inn Wembley
Hilton Wembley
Holiday Inn
Avon Cosmetics
Eleanor Nursing & Social Care
Metropolitan Police
The British Army
National Careers Service
Women into Construction
Communities into Training and Employment
Reed in Partnership
Sarina Russo Job Access
London Business Partnership
Jobcentre Plus
Brent Start
Link Communication
Brent Active Citizens
CV Writing and Interview Techniques Workshops
To attend one or both of the two workshops, please report to the Brent Active Citizens Reception Desk on the day to register your attendance.

2014 Brent Jobs Fair – Thurs 23rd October 2014
11am – 4pm
Brent Civic Centre
Engineers Way

Library visits, progress at Willesden Green

Library visits in Brent are up almost 150,000 per year since 2011/12. It would be really interesting to see in some detail how we have achieved this, but I have a pretty strong hunch that updated facilities in libraries like Wembley have played a big part in that role.

In the meantime we have worked with residents to get some sort of provision back for Kensal Rise, which I know my colleagues there are very excited about. We’re also looking forward to the topping out of the new library/cultural centre building at Willesden Green.

As part of this we are looking to have a bigger focus on computer access and things like iPads. Some decisions about plans within the space will come up soon at cabinet. My hope is that we’ll continue as planned to have some provision for customer service access. There are other ideas that residents have contributed around retail space, community space, and how residents will be involved in the running of the library. I understand that Council officers are still working to create appropriate proposals for fitting these services together and deciding how we can guarantee community input once they are in place.

Together with a building which is much better looking and significantly greener, I’m hoping that the new build and the modernisation of the services offered will lead to a significantly bigger rise again in the number of people using libraries and create a real focal point to the ward. That way we will have residents using these valuable services for even more than they did since the council was first confronted with Tory budget cuts.

Last of all, often forgotten in big projects like this are the residents and business owners around the site. Residents on nearby roads have put up with a lot of mess, noise and other sorts of disruption both from the library build and from Thames Water’s renewal of sewerage systems in the area.

My colleagues Lesley Jones and Bernard Collier are both joining me to make sure that these concerns are followed up and dealt with appropriately as far as the Council is able to do so. We are also making sure that the Town Team are involved and that there is a good working relationship between them and Galliford Try.

If you have any concerns about the build or want to know more about our libraries generally, please contact me using the details to the right/above.