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Press Release: Roe Green Village Residents’ Association –v- Powerleague & Kingsbury High School
UPDATE AT 27TH NOVEMBER 2018 – WE MADE AN APPLICATION FOR COSTS
We applied for and were awarded costs by the Secretary of State because the applicants behaved unreasonably in withdrawing their appeal without good reason. Under this order, RGVRA is now seeking to recover the considerable costs it incurred in defending itself against this ill-conceived planning appeal.
From the point of view of Roe Green Village Residents’ Association (RGVRA), Powerleague appear to have recognised the strength of the community but have omitted to admit the real reasons for their withdrawal from this application. The School and Board of Governors may well have seen the temptation of new gym facilities but ignored the advice from RGVRA and will never admit that this application was technically not viable.
RGVRA has always offered KHS alternatives to funding new sport facilities and have supported them as neighbours. However, it has been left to the RGVRA to point out to the School Governors, the error of their choice to go with Powerleague and ultimately the destruction of the area, should this application have gone through.
Brent Council refused the planning application due to serious flaws. RGVRA also found a number of flaws one of which being reference to Schools Sport Partnership in their press release. This‘Partnership’ does not exist and the ‘local’ schools were as far away as Cricklewood and in the Boroughof Harrow. Local schools written to were not given the full facts; these were just glossed over in a line that Powerleague’s scheme would benefit them, when in fact they already had their own grounds or had arrangements in place with other schools much closer.
Powerleague failed to acknowledge that this always was the wrong facility in the wrong place.
The Board of Governors may now realise that the community have saved the School from further ruin, all for the sake of a new gym. Alternatively, if the Board of Governors had taken time to read and take on board the technical facts submitted by the residents of Roe Green Village and their advisers, the School would not have had to waste over 2 and a half years trying to justify an indefensible planning application.
RAF Museum – What’s Your Story?
The RAF Museum and Volunteering Barnet are partnering to run Conversation Cafes to encourage Colindale and Hendon residents to come together in small groups to discuss and share their memories and stories of the local area, as part of a community oral history project.
The RAF Museum will be providing fully trained volunteer interviewers to help with the flow of conversation, asking questions and prompting memories. The interviewers will be recording and collecting the conversations as part of the project, with an aim to collect and preserve the memories of residents for the future, to ensure stories of Hendon from a non-RAF view can be enjoyed and shared by future generations.
As part of a social action project, Volunteering Barnet are looking to recruit established community groups in Colindale and Hendon that would like to be interviewed. Volunteering Barnet will organise the volunteers and group members to come together for a session that will last approximately 1 hour.
This is a great opportunity to capture precious memories and is running until June 2018.
Queensbury Beat Mail #1
Please see below for the first issue of Queensbury Beat Mail by the Metropolitan Police.
Queensbury SNT would like to keep their local residents informed on local policing issues. This intent, alongside public requests for information has led to the introduction of this newsletter and will be including:
- CRIME STATISTICS
- CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE
- GOOD NEWS STORIES
- KEY DATES
For more information see Queensbury Beat Mail #1
Annual subscription is £5 per household (£3 concessions); but what does your subscription actually cover?
- SPRING Annual Quiz & Chips Night – raffle prize, room hire charge
- Free cheese and wine at AGM, room hire charge
- SUMMER Annual Village Day including hire of band, entertainment & facilities
- WINTER Carol Singing, Father Christmas, refreshments & gifts for children
- Organisation of Events like Weekend/Days Away for all residents
- Flowers/donations in memory of residents
- Stationery for Leaflets, newsletter, etc.
Planning Permission & Enforcement Notices
There are a number of Enforcement Notices on properties in the Village, which if not attended to end up costing the owner and will affect the sale of a property.
If you have any form of development to your property, in most cases it will require planning permission. Contact Council for further info at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you thinking of extending your lease?
It’s best to do it as a group, which reduces solicitors’ fees. Please contact Debbie on 020 8206 2436 if you are interested.
Abandoned Vehicles in the Village
If you see a van or car parked and it does not belong to a resident, please report to Brent Council on: 020 8937 5050
Recently a van parked for over a week was reported but an invoice on the front seat showed an address. The address was visited and it turned out the van had been stolen and dumped in the village. Very happy owner and resident pleased it was no longer outside their property!
Bacon Lane – Temporarily Suspended Enforcement Action
February 2016 A recent challenged Penalty Charge Notice in Bacon Lane received the following letter from Brent Council:
"Your vehicle was parked in the middle of the road and a PCN was issued for the contravention of being parked more than 50cm from the kerb. We recognise that Bacon Lane is an unusual location with trees situated in the middle of the carriageway meaning there is the potential for traffic to be obstructed when vehicles park next to the kerb. However, there is no formal exemption in place allowing vehicle sto park in the middle of the road, and no marking to suggest that they are permitted to do so. The Council is satisfied that the contravention did occur and the PCN was correctly issued."
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"You have stated in your correspondence that you and other residents have been parking in this way for a number of years now and no enforcement has previously taken place. I have accepted that this is indeed the case and therefore that you had a legitimate expectation to be able to carry on parking in this way having not received a PCN previously. For this reasdon, although I am satisfied the contravention did take place, I have cancelled the PCN issued to you."
And last of all…..
"The Parking manager has met with our Transportation department and they are going to undertake a review of Bacon Lane with the aim of formalising the parking arrangements for the benefit of residents and other motorists. We have temporarily suspended enforcement action in Bacon Lane against vehicles parked in the middle of the road while this review is undertaken."
It appears that Brent Council has started issuing PCNs (Penalty Charge Notices) for vehicles parked along the centre of Bacon Lane.
Please do not get caught out by this, and if you know anything about a PCN issue at this location please email Mr Mustard.
Look out for the Tree Surgeon who looks the part but isn’t
An Arborist or Arboriculturalist will take proper care of your trees. The skilled arborist is trained to identify problems relating to your trees health and will advise on the treatment of tree and shrub related pests and diseases.
For further information regarding trees Brent Council recommend you visit the Arboricultural Association website.
Or contact Lawrence Usherwood, the Council's Tree Protection Officer, on: 020 8937 5247 or by email.