Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Correspondence to be uploaded

We will upload old correspondence as soon as we can over the next few days

We are continuing to correspond with our Council to try to work for and reach a positive outcome.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Zac Goldsmith Housing Correspondence

(Note: WembleyChamps are thousands of non-party political residents of Brent)

Photo source: www.rpnk.co.uk



This is what Zac Goldsmith (Conservative) wrote to us 12.11hrs on Tuesday 3rd May before he lost the Mayor of London elections in 2016 to Sadiq Khan (Labour):

"Joel Davidson has drawn my attention to the proposed Chesterfield House redevelopment and how it will dominate the Wembley neighbourhood.

There’s little doubt that Housing is the number one concern in London. A whole generation, possibly two, has little hope of getting on the housing ladder. Millions of Londoners are currently spending half of their income on unsustainably high rents, meaning they have little chance to save for a deposit.

There is no single answer to this problem, but there are many things that we can do to improve the situation. We need to focus on releasing publicly owned brownfield land for development while also putting empty houses back on the market. A London-first bias for new developments would also ensure Londoners have access to homes in their own city. But, if we are to deliver the level of new homes we need, we must also work with communities, not against them. London’s new homes need to be high quality and built in keeping with their local area.

I want new developments to compliment the communities they exist within, rather than towering over them. They should enhance, rather than undermine existing communities. In many cases, low-rise, high-density streetscapes would generate enough new quality housing to cater for our needs for many years to come. My policy is that everyone should be able to live in homes they are proud to call home. Tall buildings have a role in parts of central London but, otherwise, should only be allowed where there is clear community consent and where they are the only way to ensure higher densities.

The London Plan sets out the framework for development in London. If I’m elected, I will revise the London Plan to strengthen it against unacceptable developments.
Unfortunately, we are now so close to polling day it will not be possible for us to meet, but you can be assured that I am entirely sympathetic to the issues you raise.

With best wishes,
Zac Goldsmith MP
Conservative candidate for Mayor of London"

Sunday, 28 May 2017

More from Our Council about Task Force Qs

On Friday 12th May, we wrote to Cllr Shama Tatler at our Council to say that we "are still waiting for replies [from our Brent resident friends, family and neighbours]."

Cllr Shama Tatler (Brent Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills & Fryent Ward Councillor)
replied on Friday 12th May at 10.05hrs:
 
"Thank you for your email.



As I said in my previous email, we are still finalising all details and are organising a date for the follow up meeting to answer the questions.



I will be in touch when we can confirm a meeting date.



Kind regards

Cllr Tatler"


Amar Dave, Strategic Director, Regeneration & Environment's Personal Assistant has subsequently corresponded with us with an invitation date to meet for a follow-up meeting after the elections. (Details of this will be posted on the blog shortly)

We are in the process of determining whether any of us can attend the follow up meeting date.

We have also had further correspondence from other Brent Cllrs and Officers which will be posted on this blog in the next few days






Saturday, 27 May 2017

Correspondence from Brent Conservatives Agent


We received the below on Monday 1st May at 14:56hrs

"I am forwarding your concerns to Cllr Ameet Jogia as he will be our candidate for Brent North, which covers Wembley.

We only cover three wards of Brent and they are a long way from the area.

If Claire-Louise is elected, I am sure she would be delighted to meet you to discuss this issue.

Yours sincerely

David Douglas
Agent"

Correspondence from MP Candidates for Brent Central

To date:


Conservative Party Candidiate for Brent Central

We received the below on Monday 22nd May at 17:21hrs:

 
"Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to you and thank you for your email. 

I'm very happy to support your campaign.

I am a passionate believer in localism and so listening to the needs and concerns of local people in any decision affecting them.  This decision will have a great impact on the quality of life for local people in Wembley and across Brent and so must be carefully considered and managedIf elected, I will support you to ensure that Brent Council uphold their duty of care to safeguard the quality of life of Wembley and Brent residents.

Yours sincerely,

Rahoul


Rahoul Bhansali

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Brent Central
"

Correspondence from MP Candidates for Brent North

To date:


Green Party Candidiate for Brent North 
We received the below on Monday 22nd May at 14:50hrs:


"Just to let you and your members know that I fully support your ethos of transparency and accountability from Brent Council and your aims to achieve a better quality of life for the residents and businesses of Brent. They chime with core Green beliefs on pollution, education and opportunity.

I wish you well in your championing of Wembley, Brent and it’s residents.

Michaela Lichten"

 
Liberal Democrat Candidate for Brent North

Paul Lorber has also said he supports us, saying on 28th April "the original condition should not be lifted until the conditions are met".

Correspondence from MP Candidates for Hampstead & Kilburn

To date:


Conservative Candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn

We received the below on Wed 3rd May at 11:52hrs from Claire-Louise Leyland:

"Thank you so much for your email. I'm very happy to support your campaign. I know just how important it is that local people have a say in decisions about in their area. There is such an impact on quality of life for local people in the community and this needs to be carefully considered and managed.  
All the best,

Claire-Louise"

Claire-Louise Leyland
Conservative PPC for Hampstead & Kilburn 




Sunday, 21 May 2017

Correspondence to follow

Correspondence from our Council and others will be posted on this blog this week, as and when time permits

Come back again for updates

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Thanks and have a nice week

Monday, 8 May 2017

Our Council's Reply to Qs email

Received this from one of the Brent People we met with 4.59am:

"Thank you for your email.

From the minutes, the majority of the questions are based on the mitigation agreements. We are currently still in working out the details.

I am proposing that we once again meet to go through the questions you have, the agreed mitigation and how we can ensure residents voices are heard. 

Can I suggest we meet in the 2 weeks after the election as by that time we should have a details and also council business is not restricted by election rules. We are currently trying to find a date that all relevant officers can attend and once we have that I will let you know.

Kind regards 

Cllr Shama Tatler
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills
Fryent Ward Councillor
London Borough of Brent"

The Task Force will reply

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Answers to Task Force Questions Sought

Wembley Champions sent the below at 7.32am Saturday 6th April 2017:

"Dear Leader, Brent Councillors and Brent Senior People

Please may we have the answers to our questions in the minutes to our 11th April Task Force meeting...

Thank you again for taking the time to meet with us.

We would appreciate a reply at your earliest convenience.

All the best
Denise
On behalf of Wembley Champions

cc. PA to the Leader
Wembley Champions Task Force
Wembley Central, Preston and Tokyngton ward Cllrs
Wembley Champions to forward on to affilated and interested residents and businesses across Brent
bcc. Resident and business groups, and interested parties [Brent representatives & activists from in alphabetical order: Conservative, Green, Labour & Liberal Democrat Parties] within and outside Brent"

Monday, 1 May 2017

22 extra Uncapped Wembley National Stadium Event Days

Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club will be playing at Wembley National Stadium from August 2017 for one footy season (12 months)

Wembley Stadium have planning permission for one Event Day every 6.2 days from August 2017 to July 2018.

Brent Council's planning committee voted 6 to 1 giving Wembley Stadium planning permission for 90000 seat uncapped extra Event Days on 23rd March 2017

Cllr Barbara Pitzruella was the only Councillor to vote against extra Event Days

This was the vote:

Source: Map from Brent Council website annotated by Wembley Champions



Note: Mapesbury Ward Cllr Helen Carr left the Liberal Democrats to become Independent.

Wembley Champions Task Force met with the Leader of Brent Council & Senior Brent People on 11th April 2017 to discuss resident and business concerns.

What was said can be read here: Minutes of Task Force meeting with Leader of Our Council + Senior Brent People

The Leader has said that there will be monthly meetings with key stakeholders which the public will be able to attend. Wembley Champions are writing to the Leader to confirm this.






Friday, 28 April 2017

Correspondence from office of Dawn Butler Brent Central MP

We wrote to Dawn Butler MP cc. all the resident + business groups who were members of Wembley Champions, affilated groups and friends at that time [we are affiliated with more resident groups now].

This is the correspondence we received:

From: BUTLER, Dawn
Sent: 05 March 2017 21:39:01
To: Dawn Butler MP Office
Subject: Fw: Wembley National Stadium Proposed Increase in Event days and Event Day Capacity

"This person is a Brent North constituent but I know some of the co signatories are not.  I think we will need to respond to this right?"
J

Sent: 15 March 2017 00:25

"Thank you for your recent email to Dawn Butler, MP.  
Due to strict parliamentary protocol, Members of Parliament are only permitted to make representations on behalf of their own constituents. 
Unfortunately, due to this protocol, Ms Butler is unable to aid you with this matter. From the address you have provided, I understand that your MP is Barry Gardiner who, I can see, you have also copied into your email correspondence. I am sure, therefore, that your needs will be attended to and that  Barry will do all he can to help you in his capacity as your MP. 
Kind regards,

Office of Dawn Butler, MP
"


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Minutes 11th April Task Force Meeting with Leader + Senior Brent People

Minutes of the meeting about the increased Stadium Capacity
Date & Time: 11th April 2017 6pm
Venue: Brent Civic Centre 

Attendees:
Cllr Muhammed Butt Leader of the council & Tokyngton Ward Cllr (MB)
Cllr Eleanor Southwood Cabinet Member for Environment & Queens Park Ward Cllr (ES)
Cllr Shama Tatler Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills & Fryent Ward Cllr (ST)
Cllr Krupa Sheth Wembley Central Ward Cllr  (KS)
Chris Whyte Brent Council Operation Director for Environmental Services (CW)
Amar Dave Brent Council Strategic Director (AD)
Niral Babla Chair Wembley High Road Business Association (NB)
Francis Henry Wembley Futures Chair (FH)
Popsy Kundi Minutes (PK)
Denise Cheong Wembley Champions (DC)
Michael Calderbank Wembley Park Residents Association (MC)
Thomas Casewood (TC)
Eileen Driscoll (ED) 

Cllr Shama agreed with DC & ED after end of recorded minutes to review the minutes in one afternoon to verify them. 

We will be sharing the minutes with Brent residents & businesses end of today with the caveat that Cllr Shama is to verify the minutes on our Council's behalf.  [Cllr Shama has verified the minutes]


Meeting opened with introductions

MB Possible Legal action would mean that the meeting cannot go ahead with the planned agenda. Right to take planning application to planning tribunal.

DC Should we take legal action? No from other residents, proceed with meeting agenda.

MB Not sure what this public meeting is about.

DC Unhappy members from Brent, public meeting to understand process better.

MB Everything that applies to planning is public information. Documents are on councils website.

NB Irregularities have occurred in feedback.

FH Planning has not been transparent with regards to anti social behaviour, toilets, roads, parking and congestion. Public want answers.

MB End of the month for application deadline by stadium for decision between stadium and Tottenham.

MC All relevant parties need to involved in process moving forward

MB Initial meetings took place with other ward members through councillors and will come back to a group in council to monitor.

MC Where is opportunity for ward members to raise issues with TFL etc.

CW TFL, Chiltern Railways, Met Police, Stadium are bought together to discuss operations on event days. Complaints are discussed re anti social behaviour etc. Bi-monthly meetings meetings but more frequent if requested. I am the chair and will be happy to raise any issues with resident group meetings.

MC Residents had no idea these meetings took place.

CW I will discuss at the next meeting on 25/4 and get back to group for next meeting.

MB Anyone can attend these meetings. I will send details to Barn Hill and other residents associations. Issues discussed illegal street traders, advanced notifications of events, anti social behaviour, stewards on street. Meetings approx 4-6 monthly. They can ask for more regular meetings. Anyone can be part of the meetings.

CW Commitment from Tottenham taking control of issues if they come to Wembley.

MB Commitment is there to hold Tottenham to account after every match. There will be rigorous monitoring. Performance measures are in place. They will need to demonstrate community engagement. A community trust is in place by Tottenham.

MC But this is temporary, Where is the incentive to put community engagement in?

MB Stadium and FA are going to be held to account and are seen as same entity.

CW Very serious incidents occurring would allow us to influence kick of times. Secondary advisory group must always be consulted e.g. if two rival clubs an earlier kick off time could be factored in on a match by match basis. Wembley stadium will organise events and not Tottenham.

MC Incentives such as tickets for local residents have been mentioned. How are council going to monitor these undertakings?

MB System in place first port of call schools who will have direct links with community engagement team.

MC What about local residents who are impacted?

MB Yes they will be contacted too, in priority of schools, Charities, residents and then councillors.

DC Back to agenda, key issue quality of life for elderly Brent residents, fear of being prisoners.

MC Some residents frightened of leaving their homes on event days.

MB Not sure how we would assist with this. Perhaps carers hub option to help. Could ask community engagement team.

DC Transport issues Stadium has average public transport accessibility level rating of 3. One station has a rating of 2. another 4 & the other 6. Is there anything that can be done to facilitate management of crowds?

MB TFL will ensure adequate trains are put into place. Crowds usually cleared within 90 mins.

CW All parties TFL, Met police have detailed discussions prior to events.

DC 10-12 hours are effected per game due to traffic management.

MB Enforcement of traffic regulations usually 2-3 hours prior and post event.

DC How many enforcement officers?

MB No numbers available. If there are line closures chances of event not going ahead. Managed by Stadium transport person.

DC What exact benefits to residents and businesses?

MB Don't have all details. Will send through recommendations in community report page 4.

NB Costing businesses on High Rd on average 25% per Event Day. What percentage of new employment local?

MB WE are trying to support local businesses. Local people being employed on event days. Clear benefit to residents of Brent. Confirmed by meeting and talking to staff employed.

DC Our source says jobs are outsourced. What is the percentage? Which local staff? Many businesses closing such as Shisha bars, & Doreen's hat shop. Any figures?

MB LDO business model is not long term. The turnover of businesses are expected with a few anchor chains M&S, Nike, Adidas etc. Shisha bars are breaching the law so hence they have been targeted.

MC How can we ensure businesses are not effected on high road/triangle.

ST High streets are changing and decline is not just Wembley. Town Centre manager we will be working with.

DC Parking restrictions, high road business need for security staff on Event Days security are effecting local high street and Preston Rd.

ST We cannot get away from the fact of a National Stadium in borough.

AD Planning was made at statute. We will not revisit the planning application.

End of recorded minutes
Meeting continued.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

A Day in the Life of a Tokyngton Ward Resident on Event Days

This was sent to all three Tokyngton Ward Councillors, Cllr Muhammed Butt (also Leader of Brent Council), Cllr Ketan Sheth, Cllr Orleen Hylton prior to 23rd March Planning Committee:

"Dear Councillors Muhammed, Orleen and Sam [he means Ketan]

Below is a plea to Preston Ward councillors which I totally agree. These concerns below apply to residents in the Tokington ward even more, being nearer the stadium.

A few weeks ago there were two events in one week, one involving [the same venue user]. After each event I cleared from my front garden, front wall, hedge and pavement alongside my property a bag of rubbish on each event containing cans, bottles,plastic drinking cups, half eaten sandwiches, half eaten kebab, food and cigarette boxes. Also left on the corner of my property was a large plastic bag half filled with empty beer cans. On each occasion having cleared up this rubbish the bags were left in the gutter for the council to clear up a day later. I also had two drinkers sitting on my front wall drinking... I was not prepared to confront them and ask them to move... especially after spending time in the pub before matches, they can be very aggressive.

Wembley stadium was never intended to be used as the home venue for a football club, even on a temporary basis. Ten years ago Brent Council refused to contemplate [a different] Football Club from using Wembley as a home venue when it was suggested and I don't see what has changed to make the council change their position concerning [this] application. The fact that [our National Wembley Stadium venue user] flatly refused the suggestion that the limit should be to the capacity of their new stadium shows... utter contempt for the concerns of the residents living around the stadium.

I hope you support the concerns of the residents in your ward concerning this application to remove the cap on the 31 extra events.

With Kind Regards...
I wholeheartedly support the plea to Preston Ward councillors below"

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

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Update Post Task Force Meeting with Leader & Senior Brent People

 
Message from Cllr, Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council & Tokyngton Ward Councillor:

"I would like to Thank Denise and her colleagues for organising the meeting to discuss the issues and concerns they have around the decision for THFC [Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club] coming to the Stadium.
THFC have not confirmed that they will be coming to the stadium they have indicated that they will confirm that decision by the end of April.

The council will work with the stadium and THFC to make sure the commitments and assurances given as part of the planning application are delivered.

The commitment is there to work with Wembley Champions to make sure that the best interests of the residents are looked after and to address the concerns raised by everyone at the meeting."

BBC Sport Article about THFC Decision: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39435423

Sunday, 9 April 2017

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.

Wembley Triangle Resident:
Two Shisha Restaurants have Closed Down & Doreen's Hat Shop is empty too. All her stuff's gone and the shop's vacant.


Wembley High Road:
There's so many betting shops along the High Road. In the last 5 years the High Road has become an agglomeration of gambling shops. If I put a 10p bet in every shop wonder how much I'd win?The big shiny one at the traffic lights by Park Lane used to be the Woolwich. Miss them days... Miss the Marks and Spencer too & Woolies! 




More quotes to upload this week...

Saturday, 8 April 2017

People's Experience of Brent's Planning Consultation Process

Quotes from Brent people:

"PARK LAWNS DID NOT RECEIVE ANY COMMUNICATION IN REF TO STADIUM OR INDEED CHESTERFIELD LAST YEAR"
Chair, Park Lawns Residents Association


"We asked our Cllr Shafique Choudhary to negotiate an extension in order to make sure people had time to make their point. It was after this was agreed that the site went down."
Chair, Barn Hill Residents Association


"The only people [consulted] in South Meadows was only one block and that was one of the ones at the front not a true circulation of important documents - 80% of South Meadows were unaware of the proposed plans"
Resident, South Meadows Ltd


"We never received consultation documents. I mentioned that in my objection as well. Not surprisingly my sister who has never objected to anything and lives in Sudbury received consultation documents for the stadium. However, as she has objected to this, I'm guessing she's never going to receive anything in the future again."
Resident, South Meadows Ltd


"I did not receive any documentation about Chesterfield House. I received a visit from the developers at my request but apart from that no actual consultation documents. Also since it was approved no time line of work for Chesterfield house to be demolished and the twin towers  built." Resident, Off Park Lane

"There is currently lots of building work taking place across Wembley. Controlled access of delivery and construction vehicles to these building sites is causing daily traffic congestion around Wembley Park and extremely poor air quality.

The addition of extra event days, totalling up to more than 1 event every week, would add enormous pressure to an already congested road network. 90000 people and 31 additional event days, creating 68 event days during the proposed time frame, is too much.

We need the road infrastructure to be completed around the stadium before we even consider extra events."

Francis Henry
Chair, Wembley Futures
Director, Daniels Estate Agents

Local paper: Anger at Extra Full Capacity Event Days

Brent and Kilburn Times covers our People's View - 30th March 2017


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Our Post Committee Task Force to meet with Senior Council Officials

Wembley Champions Task Force have been working round the clock to protect Brent residents and businesses.

Wembley Central Ward Cllr Krupa Sheth took the lead for us little people in arranging a meeting with Senior Brent Council Officials.

The Leader of Brent Council Cllr Muhammed Butt along with senior Council Officers will meet with members of our task force shortly.

Cllr Butt has promised us a public meeting to follow this to which we may invite other Brent Cllrs. We are grateful to the Leader of the Council and his senior officials for taking time to meet with us. 

We hope to reach a positive outcome for Wembley and Brent people.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Our meeting & further quotes

We are co-ordinating an initial meeting with senior Council representatives.

Wembley Champions have been offered a future meeting for the public following on from this initial meeting.

In the meantime, feel free to send us any quotes of your individual or group experiences that you would like us to convey on your behalf.

We appreciate your support & will keep you posted with updates on this.

More info to be uploaded this Sunday 2nd evening :) 

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
Denise
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.

Updates will be posted on this blog




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.

Wembley Triangle Resident:
Two Shisha Restaurants have Closed Down & Doreen's Hat Shop is empty too. All her stuff's gone and the shop's vacant.


Wembley High Road:
There's so many betting shops along the High Road. In the last 5 years the High Road has become an agglomeration of gambling shops. If I put a 10p bet in every shop wonder how much I'd win?The big shiny one at the traffic lights by Park Lane used to be the Woolwich. Miss them days... Miss the Marks and Spencer too & Woolies! 




More quotes to upload this week...

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.

Source: Ward Map from Brent Council Website, annotated by Wembley Champions
Note: Mapesbury Ward Cllr H.Carr is no longer Lib Dem, but an Independent

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)

0 Cllrs Abstained from Voting

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)


Applicant 
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)

Friday, 17 March 2017

Our Petition to Brent Council




Click Here to Sign Our Petition 


We say NO to 22 uncapped Event Days of 90,000 people

We object to Brent Residents paying for any additional Police, Clean-Up and Enforcement.

We object to Impact for Brent Residents on our Emergency Services:
that Brent Police are not protected from being assigned to manage Premiership Football Supporters, that their priority is to protect Brent Residents and Businesses

Assurance from Brent Council that we are not relegated to the lowest non league division.

We object to more uncapped 90,000 people Event Days

We object to being exploited by Wembley Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and Brent Council who fail to recognise the full adverse impact on quality of life of local residents and Businesses (Planning application: 17/0368)

We object to Brent Council's extremly poor track record in providing robust traffic management and logistics for the borough.

This, if approved, would result in local residents and businesses being stuck in perpetual gridlock on average 3hrs and 12 mins every 6.2 days; That's on average 1/5 of our daytime.

Why is this important?

Case Study: Event Day at Wembley National Stadium where Tottenham Hotspur Football Club played.
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.

Some of our Brent Members, Supporters and Friends

http://www.wembleycrimeprevention.org/

Wembley High Road Business Association http://whr.london/ (2016 GLA Funded Project)





£1million Big Local National Lottery Funded Project http://londonbrent.wixsite.com/wembleyfutures



To be updated this weekend 8th +9th April ...


MP to meet with Brent residents

Barry Gardiner MP (Brent North) has arranged to meet with residents concerned about the potential impact of the proposal to increase the number of full capacity events at Wembley Stadium.


The meeting will take place at  

Time: 10.30am -11am 

Date: Saturday 18th March
 
Venue: 
St Cuthbert's Church 
214 Carlton Ave West 
Wembley HA0 3QY

Capacity is limited (unlike the Stadium) to the first 30 residents or representatives to respond by emailing with name(s) to martinrfrancis@virginmedia.com (He will pass on to the organiser)


The application goes to Planning Committee at 6.30pm on Thursday March 23rd.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Scary Scenes as Spurs and Millwall Fans Clash

Yesterday's match at White Hart Lane was marred by shocking scenes

Fan floors opposing team's fan with single punch 

Police Struggle to Control Ugly Millwall Spurs Fans Clash 

Wembley Champions do not want to see anything like that happening in Wembley!

90,000 fans (of Tottenham Hotspurs & the teams they play) will come to Wembley on up to 31 Event Days during the football season from 2017 to 2018 if Brent planning committee approve planning application 17/0368.

Stadium Views:
Photo: Francis Henry February 2015
 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Wembley Matters Covers Resident Perspective

Wembley Residents Rise Up Against Stadium Event Days Proposal

Wembley Stadium Ltd Propose More Event Days

This planning application may affect you, your family, neighbours and friends.

Wembley Stadium - Planning application: 17/0368

Propose 31 additional full capacity events (90,000 Stadium seats) major Tottenham Hotspur Football Club sporting events between 1st August 2017 and 31st July 2018. 

That's up to 68 events a year. Almost an Event Day every 5 days.

You can comment by:

Email: Alice.lester@brent.gov.uk (Head of Planning, Transport and Licensing) quoting planning application 17/0368 variation of condition 3 and removal of condition 33.

Brent website: https://pa.brent.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=neighbourComments&keyVal=DCAPR_132323













By Post: Planning, Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley HA9 0FJ

Drop Off In Person: Brent Civic Centre

Deadline: March 9th 2017