Friday March 27, 2015
Old Oak Common
I will be attending the first meeting of the new Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation Board, which has been set up as part of the new Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) for the area.
The Old Oak MDC spreads over the borders of Brent, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham, and has been established to ensure that all of the public sector organisations involved are able to maximise the benefits that the new high speed rail (HS2) station is set to bring.
Old Oak is set to become the nation’s first high-speed super hub station, with the proposals including stations for both HS2 and Crossrail. It is hoped that the development will generate up to 55,000 jobs, 24,000 new homes, new schools, open spaces, shops and leisure facilities. All of this would create a new major economic hub for West London. The MDC also has a remit to regenerate Park Royal which could deliver a minimum of 1,500 homes and 10,000 jobs.
The council will work to ensure that local residents will be able to enjoy the benefits of better transport links, new affordable homes and job opportunities.
A Crossrail link at Wembley Central is one of our key demands, and we are working to ensure that there is a commitment to meaningful engagement with the community and businesses, so that a full range of genuinely affordable housing is provided, and marketed to local people rather than overseas investors.
You may have seen posters up all around the borough advertising that the way you register to vote has changed. Everyone now has to register to vote individually, rather than being registered by another member of their household. But to make things easier, voters are now able to register to vote online. The deadline to register in time for the General Election is Monday 20 April, so do not delay if you want to have your say.
Spring has arrived, with the clocks going forward this weekend, which will mean evenings staying lighter for longer as we look forward to warmer, brighter weather.
To celebrate, there will be a range of free activities taking place over the Easter period in Brent. Our libraries will be giving young people the opportunity to create their own comics and make traditional Easter baskets. Brent’s weekly tea dance will also be taking place as usual on Monday 30 March in the civic centre. View the full list of events.
Some council services will be affected by the bank holiday Easter weekend. View the full list of affected services.
I wish you all a very Happy Easter.
Councillor Muhammed Butt
Leader of Brent Council