Residents urged to vote, as ballot in South Kilburn gets underway

17 September 2019

Residents in South Kilburn are being urged to use their voice, and their vote, when a ballot on whether to continue with plans to rebuild 1,400 council homes and improve community facilities opens this week.

On Friday 20 September eligible residents living in blocks that are a part of the planned regeneration of the area will get a voting pack in the post.

The ballot paper inside will ask if they are in favour of the proposal to continue the regeneration of South Kilburn, with the option to vote either Yes or No.

Votes can be cast straightaway online, by post or telephone for three weeks before the ballot ends at 5pm on Monday 14 October.

Councillor Shama Tatler, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property & Planning, said: "The community has always been at the heart of the plans to improve South Kilburn, with over 470 people contributing towards the Masterplan for the area. That's why it's vital that everybody who is eligible for the ballot uses their voice, and their vote, to tell us if they still support the plans."

All eligible residents have been sent a landlord offer from the council, which sets out what they will gain if the regeneration continues.

New homes will be at least as big, or bigger, than current properties and will cut overcrowding by allowing families to live in a home that is the right size for them. New parks, open spaces and roads will also improve the neighbourhood.

The residents' ballot is the ninth of its kind in London since Mayor Sadiq Khan introduced new rules giving communities the final say on major regeneration projects.

It is being managed by an independent body, Electoral Reform Services, who will share the result with residents by post before Monday 21 October.

Residents who have questions about the ballot, or the proposed new homes and the Landlord Offer, can email ersk@brent.gov.uk or come along to drop in sessions at Craik Court Community Room, Craik Court, on:

  • Saturday 21 September, 11am-1pm
  • Wednesday 25 September, 5-7pm
  • Tuesday 1 October, 5-7pm
  • Wednesday 9 October, 5-7pm.

Residents can also get free advice from their independent advisor, Communities First, by ringing Freephone 0300 365 7150 or by emailing southkilburn@communitiesfirst.uk.com