Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Our Call for HELP to Preston Ward Councillors on Extra Uncapped Stadium Event Days

This was sent to all 3 Preston ward Cllrs on 21st March 2017 (2 days before Planning Committee decided on Extra Uncapped Stadium Event Days 17/0368)

Dear Cllrs Jean (Hossain), Matthew (Bradley) and Patricia (Harrison)

Please may we ask that you help us Preston ward residents (and residents and business friends across Brent). We really need your help.

You helped us in 2015 when we were faced with the London Welsh School's planning application to occupy the Bowls Pavilion in King Eddie's Park. (Very pleased to be able to inform you that we are in negotiations with Brent Council to finally finalise lease of this for much needed community space).

We have read the 44pg planning committee report and there is nothing to safeguard us Brent residents and local businesses. The document states "atmosphere" as being a key reason why Tottenham Hotspurs do not want less than 90,000 seats. This is not a material planning consideration. The works to the stadium access corridor have only partially been completed and we've been informed that the Council has spent all the £18million originally assigned to that. The report notes there will be no improvements to our road network during the period of this proposed temporary variation of condition. The Environmental Statement is far from robust.

We understand that works will commence at the Chesterfield House site likely end of this month. This 26 storey development will put added strain on an already congested Park Lane and High Road for the next few years. Without supporting infrastructure improvements, the high rise high density developments being granted permission are already and will further affect our road network; Impeding on our quality of life.

Cllr Jean - you and Cllr Sam attended the planning committee for the Chesterfield House site last year. The applicant sought to assign a huge portion of s106 monies to our King Eddie's Park, yet half our park was fenced off for over a year. A recent site visit showed the grass to be water logged. Quite simply we are not seeing the monies being spent on our Wembley resident needs. Friends of King Eddies Park  sent a series of emails to Parks and Regen, over many months, which I will forward on to you. Parks and Regen were very helpful, but it is alarming that it took such a lengthy period of time to complete the parks works. Whilst site visits to Barn Hill Park, Fryent Park, Gladstone Park and Woodcock Park show beautifully maintained public green spaces. Why is our King Eddie's park not in an equal state of kemptness?

Granting permission of this planning application would impede the quality of life of a wide reaching radius of Brent residents and local businesses. Our friends on Preston Road as well as Wembley High Road Business Association note that they also lose trade on Event Days.

There are known issues of anti-social behaviour, litter, alcohol consumption despite the whole of Wembley being a no alcohol zone. Our petition notes that "there were proven irregularities towards the implementation of effective control of traffic leaving the stadium by appointed CSP personnel causing heavier flows of vehicles within the vicinity, causing increased pollution and lessening quality of life. Observed drinking, urinating and defecating on residential streets, not only within Wembley but broader location."

Whilst we appreciate the many benefits our National Stadium affords us, Brent Council has a responsibility and duty of care to it's residents which it needs to safeguard. The committee report simply does not do this.

We, the little people, need your support. Please can you help us?

With kind regards
on behalf of Wembley Champions

Click on the link to see the work we've been doing since 2015, our sister blog Friend's of King Eddie's Park

Monday, 27 March 2017

Post Committee Task Force

Wembley Champions have mounted stage 1 of our post committee task force.
We have asked for a meeting with senior Brent Council Members and Officers.

Please email wembleychamps@gmail.com if you would like to be added to our mailing list or comment with your email address on Nextdoor.co.uk

Updates will be posted on this blog, come back again tomorrow.

The People's Experience of Event Days

Comment on Brent and Kilburn Times Facebook: 
"There's enough event days, and honestly after working in two Wembley Park pubs, anymore would be far too much. Nobody wants to work on event day, whether it's in the pub, restaurants or shops, it's a nightmare. It's hard enough to get staff to do the event days, then to make those working them quit because of utter exhaustion. So no point saying the businesses should be delighted, or it'd bring money to the area. There's no money if you've no staff."

Staff at one of the restaurants in London Designer Outlet (the restaurant closed down few months ago):
Event Days staff were rushed off their feet trying to serve the masses of footy fans in a short space of time before and after Event Days. They would have to cover all their tables at once. That puts huge stress on their staff to try to serve all the covers in little time.

Optometrist Preston Road:
Event days make Preston Rd a virtual 'no go area' for local health care providers due to parking restrictions.

More quotes to upload - come back tomorrow 29th March

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Planning Commitee 6.30pm 23rd March 2017. Wembley Stadium Event Days 17/0368

The Committee granted permission for the extra 22 Event Days.

Planning Committee Decision:
6 Cllrs voted For 
Cllrs Amer Agha Subsitute Chair (Welsh Harp Ward)
(Cllr Sarah Marquis had a Pecuniary Interest) - that means reasonable likelihood of financial gain or loss
Cllr Sandra Kabir (Queensbury Ward)
Cllrs Janice Long (Dudden Hill Ward)
Cllr Michael Maurice (Kenton Ward)
Cllr Ruth Moher (Fryent Ward)
Cllr Joshua Mitchell-Murray (Northwick Park Ward)

1 Cllr voted Against
Cllr Barbara Pitruzzella (Kilburn Ward)

The meeting lasted an epic 3hrs 32mins!(We were hungry & tired by the end)

Speakers were: in order
Residents (All objectors) 2mins on the clock each
1. Dr Ruth Kosmin, Barn Hill Residents Asssociation and an Economist
2. Dr Michael Calderbank, Wembley Park Residents Association

3. Denise Cheong, Wembley Champions
4. Niral Babla, Wembley High Road Business Association
5. Fatema Karim-Khaku, Barn Hill Residents Association and Transport Consultant

Councillors (Both Objectors) each 5 mins on the clock
Cllr Shafiq Choudhary (Barn Hill ward)
Cllr Sam Stopp (Wembley Central ward)

Comments Written in by Councillors who Did Not Attend 

(read out by Council officers in their absence)
Cllr Ketan Sheth (Against) (Tokyngton Ward Cllr & Lead Member for Community & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee)
Cllr Muhammed Butt (For) (Tokyngton Ward Cllr & Leader of Brent Council)

Wembley National Stadium Ltd (For)
Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club (For)

For a sound recording of the residents' speeches see Wembley Matters
(It's 1 hr long in total, but you can forward to the bits you're interested in)

More info to follow tomorrow (good night. Zzz)