Thursday, 27 July 2017

Planning in the London Borough of Brent

We received an email today from Brent Council saying they have confirmed plans they asked some Brent people about earlier this year. The new plans officially replace 2006 plans.

"The SCI, consultation statement and adoption statement can be downloaded at www.brent.gov.uk/SCI. The documents are also available for inspection on request at Brent Civic Centre, Engineer’s Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ. To request to view the documents please contact the planning policy team at planningstrategy@brent.gov.uk or by calling 0208 937 5301."

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Shaping London Borough of Brent planning meetings

Last year we asked for public planning meetings to discuss planning in Wembley with our Brent Council.

Today we received an email about a series of local planning meetings to discuss planning across the borough to take place across the borough this September.

Details here: https://www.brent.gov.uk/shapebrent




Extra Event Days Business and Community Liaison Meetings

Received today:
The first Business and Community Liaison Meetings will take place on Wednesday 2nd August.

Anthony Angol
Wembley Public Affairs Manager
The FA Group
Postal address: Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London, SW1P 9EQ
anthony.angol@TheFA.com

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Extra Event Days planning application resident questions

This should be read in date order. Scroll to the end.

Head of Planning, Transport and Licensing Alice Lester 21/7/2017:
"The submissions from Cllrs Butt and Ketan Sheth [Tokyngton Ward Cllrs] were considered as part of the background information relating to the application.  For the purposes of the minutes, it is sufficient to refer to their receipt and the contents brought to the attention of Planning Committee members. By reading them out the contents were also brought to the attention of the members of the public also present at the meeting."


Head of Planning, Transport and Licensing Alice Lester 21/7/2017:
"RE: Wembley Stadium Planning Applicaiton
In response to your query received on 14 July 2017, Councillor Butt has asked me to respond to you directly on his behalf.
You raised two points.
Firstly, you asked "why you as leader of Brent Council advise us to write to you directly about what is a planning application".  Councillor Butt is the Tokyington ward member, and so was acting in his capacity as that.
Secondly, you asked when and why the  planning description was changed on the Council website. I don't believe it was changed. However there was an intentional difference between the wording on the consultation letter that was sent out, and the formal description of the development which was used on the application form and in the decision letter.  The application description follows our standard protocol for application descriptions but many would find it difficult to understand what the proposal was actually for.  We took the decision to write a description for the consultation letters which described what the change being requested was in a clearer way ."
 

Wembley Champions 13/7/2017:
"Please can you advise why our Leader of Brent Council's comments and Cllr Ketan Sheth's comments, which you read out at planning committee on 23rd March 2017, have not been included in full or summarised text form in our Council's minutes for planning application 17/0368.


To be clear why do the aforementioned minutes only state:
"Alice Lester (Head of Planning) read out in full, the written statements submitted by Councillors Butt and Ketan Sheth (ward members)."
As opposed to being printed in full or in summary (as per Brent resident and business representative speeches)


We understand that both Cllrs are Tokyngton Ward Councillors as stated on our Council website and in the minutes."


Cllr Muhammed Butt 12/7/2017:
"I acknowledge receipt of your enquiry that you have submitted on 12 July 2017.

Your enquiry has been forwarded to the respective department, who will look into your enquiry and make every effort to resolve the issue.

We aim to respond to your enquiry within 30 days."



Wembley Champions 12/7/2017:
"Further to earlier email, writing to you as leader according to your advice, please advise:
1) why you as leader of Brent Council advise us to write to you directly about what is a planning application (which being a planning application is quasi-judicial)?

2) when and
why the following planning description was changed on our Council website (i.e. why was this planning description changed by our Council for planning application 17/0368):



"Full planning application to consider the complete demolition of Wembley Stadium and clearance of the site to provide a 90,000-seat sports and entertainment stadium (Use Class D2), 4750m2 of office accommodation (Use Class B1), banqueting/conference facilities (Use Class D2), ancillary facilities including catering, restaurant (Use Class A3), retail, kiosks (Use Class A1), toilets and servicing space; re-grading of existing levels within the application site and removal of trees, alteration of existing and provision of new access points (pedestrian and vehicular), and parking for up to 458 coaches, 43 mini-buses and 1,200 cars or 2,900 cars (or combination thereof) including 250 Orange Badge parking spaces."

It appears from a resident perspective that our Council has "changed critical evidence" to quote another resident.

As mentioned previously our Council's planning software database may have the answer to this.

We will write again to the Head of planning about the minutes of the planning committee meeting on 23rd March still not displaying your and Cllr Ketan Sheth's printed comments, alongside resident and ward Cllr comments." 


Cllr Muhammed Butt 7/7/2017: "I acknowledge receipt of your enquiry that you have submitted on 7 July 2017.

Your enquiry has been forwarded to the respective department, who will look into your enquiry and make every effort to resolve the issue.

We aim to respond to your enquiry within 30 days."


Wembley Champions 7/7/2017:
Having written to Cllr Shama, as below, on 28th June and 6th July, and in waiting for Cllr Shama's reply, we understand the fixtures timetable is likely to be revised in the next day or two.


Please can you, as our Council Leader, confirm if our Council officers and Cllrs have discussed the below with the Stadium Venue User, or other relevant persons, for the 2017 to 2018 football season?


We note the first extra Event Day of the footy season will start just a few weeks away on 5th August.


Please can you confirm which dates during this footy season the Wembley Stadium Residents Advisory Committee (with all key stakeholders including the police) plan to meet with residents?
Their last communication with Michael Calderbank (that we are aware of) mentioned that they were hopeful of meeting but did not confirm this (can forward on to you if it helps).
- Will the first meeting be before the 5th August? If so, please may residents, who may wish to attend, have the details, so as to be able to plan to attend. As previously mentioned, [Denise Cheong] will not be able to attend any meetings, but Wembley Champions will continue to support the community as best we can.


What are the contact details of the Stadium Venue user's Community Liason representative? 
When will they be making contact with residents and businesses?


Thank you again for taking the time to meet with us and the rest of the Task Force on 11th April and also for the offer of a further meeting on 26th June. Apologies again that we were not able to meet in June.


We hope to hear from you or relevant Cllrs or Council officers shortly. This is to provide some reassurance to residents and businesses that our Council is acting out of duty of care for residents and businesses with the utmost, in the case of this planning application 17/0368, event management to safeguard quality of life.   
Brent Council 17th March 2017:
Location: Wembley National Stadium, Olympic Way, Wembley, HA9 0WS

Proposal: Proposed variation of condition 3 (event cap, to allow 31 additional full capacity events) and removal of condition 33 (temporary traffic management) of planning permission reference 99/2400, which was for:

Full planning application to consider the complete demolition of Wembley Stadium and clearance of the site to provide a 90,000-seat sports and entertainment stadium (Use Class D2), 4750m2 of office accommodation (Use Class B1), banqueting/conference facilities (Use Class D2), ancillary facilities including catering, restaurant (Use Class A3), retail, kiosks (Use Class A1), toilets and servicing space; re-grading of existing levels within the application site and removal of trees, alteration of existing and provision of new access points (pedestrian and vehicular), and parking for up to 458 coaches, 43 mini-buses and 1,200 cars or 2,900 cars (or combination thereof) including 250 Orange Badge parking spaces.

As approved, condition 3 stated that for two years following completion of the stadium, subject to the completion of specific improvement works to Wembley Park Station and construction of roads known as Estate Access Corridor and Stadium Access Corridor, the number of major sporting events held at the stadium in any one year was restricted to no more than 22 (to exclude European Cup and World Cup events where England/UK is the host nation), and the number of major non-sporting events to 15. After this, additional events over and above this were permitted subject to the number of spectators being limited to the capacity of the lower and middle tiers of the stadium. The proposal would allow for up to an additional 22 major sporting Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (THFC) events between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.

A major event (which may or may not include THFC) would be considered to be an event in the stadium bowl with a capacity in excess of 10,000 people.

The application includes the submission of an Environmental Statement.
Please see the attached letter.


Brent Council 17/3/2017 This is the attached letter:
You will recently have received two separate pieces of information about the planning application submitted by Wembley National Stadium Limited to vary the cap which restricts the number of major events held at Wembley Stadium. We wrote to you because you commented on the application, and we now want to let you know about the next steps in the process.The first communication, sent on 16th March 2017 by either email or letter was a repeat of an earlier consultation letter giving you 21 days to comment, rather than the committee notification letter. I do apologise for this and would like to reiterate that the consultation period has now closed 

– please disregard this communication. 

The second communication stated that the Planning Committee will meet to consider the application on Thursday 23rd March 2017 is correct, however, the meeting will COMMENCE AT 6.30pm – not the usual Committee starting time of 7pm, as stated as the default time, in the communication sent on 17th March 2017. 
Please treat this as the correct information: 

That the above application 17/0368 will be heard at Planning Committee on Thursday 23rd March 2017 and the meeting will start at 18:30 / 6:30pm at Brent Civic Centre.

Please accept our apologies for any confusion this may have caused.


This was the original consultation letter:






Thursday, 20 July 2017

Reminder today's Thursday 20th meeting

Brent Council: Thursday 20th July Tavistock Hall, Harlesden, NW10 4NE 6pm-9pm 


We have emailed our Council to reach a positive outcome.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Update meetings with Brent Council

Provisional extra Wembley Stadium event days are on Council website.

Confirmed days are in previous listing.

Questions can be discussed with Brent Council:

Wednesday 19th July ‘The Bridge’ Civic Centre, Wembley 6pm-9pm

Thursday 20th July Tavistock Hall, Harlesden, NW10 4NE 6pm-9pm 

 





Chesterfield House 26 Storey Twin Towers Site

Updates on the build:

 "HUB is committed to delivering homes that are well designed, and most importantly safe. We work closely with our partners from design-stage through to completion to ensure our homes are fully compliant with building regulation requirements, including those for fire safety. The tragic events at Grenfell Tower clearly bring the importance of those safety checks into sharp focus, but we can guarantee that the proposed scheme at Chesterfield House will be specified and delivered in full compliance with all modern standards."

"The build will be commencing very soon as we have now pretty much finished demolition of the original building, and is expected to be complete early in 2020. We’ll be sending out regular newsletters to surrounding residents to keep everyone informed of progress and upcoming activities as we go along."

"Information will also be displayed on the site hoarding"









Sunday, 16 July 2017

Extra Stadium Event Days Correspondence

We asked for the speeches of 
Cllr Muhammed Butt and Cllr Ketan Sheth (both Tokyngton Ward Councillors. That's the ward that Wembley Stadium is in) 
to be included in the minutes for 23rd March 2017 extra Wembley National Stadium Event Days planning committee.




Alice Lester, Head of Planning, Transport and Licensing:
"The submissions from Cllrs Butt and Ketan Sheth were considered as part of the background information relating to the application.  For the purposes of the minutes, it is sufficient to refer to their receipt and the contents brought to the attention of Planning Committee members. By reading them out the contents were also brought to the attention of the members of the public also present at the meeting."


Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt:
"I acknowledge receipt of your enquiry that you have submitted on 12 July 2017.

Your enquiry has been forwarded to the respective department, who will look into your enquiry and make every effort to resolve the issue.

We aim to respond to your enquiry within 30 days."


Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt:
"I acknowledge receipt of your enquiry that you have submitted on 7 July 2017.

Your enquiry has been forwarded to the respective department, who will look into your enquiry and make every effort to resolve the issue.

We aim to respond to your enquiry within 30 days."


Brent Council have invited residents to Community events to discuss







Thursday, 13 July 2017

Confirmed Extra Wembley Stadium Event Days

So far

Sunday August 5th at 5:30pm: Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspurs

Sunday August 20th at 4pm: Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspurs

Sunday August 27th at 4pm: Burnley vs Tottenham Hotspurs

Saturday September 16th 5:30pm: Swansea City vs Tottenham Hotspurs




To be clear: 
The home match vs Chelsea, previously set for Saturday August 19th, will now be played on Sunday August 20th at 4pm.

The match vs Burnley, rescheduled due to the Rugby Challenge Cup final, will be played on Sunday August 27th at 4pm.

The match vs Swansea City on Saturday September 16th will remain on that day, but with a 5:30pm kick-off.






Thursday, 6 July 2017

Extra Event Days logistics

We are continuing to correspond with our Council. Our last email was to Cllr Shama Tatler (Lead for Regen, Growth, Employment and Skills) on 28th June to clarify a few Qs. We will continue to try to reach a positive outcome.

We also sent an email to Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council and Tokyngton Ward Councillor, last Friday 7th July.

We note that an article appeared in the press yesterday about Tottenham allocating 5,000 tickets with priority access to our Council residents. This appears to answer the below:

In our 11th April Task Force meeting minutes:
Michael Calderbank of Wembley Park Residents Association, (thousand+ residents who live pretty much right next to Wembley National stadium) asked "What about local residents who are impacted?"

Cllr Muhammed Butt replied: "Yes they will be contacted too, in priority of schools, Charities, residents and then councillors."

Other questions we are finding info on:
Denise Cheong "Back to agenda, key issue quality of life for elderly Brent residents, "fear of being prisoners" [verbatim, as in to quote their words]." This is what residents living in closest proximity (Wembley Park Residents' Association) to the stadium have informed Wembley Champions. Other age groups closest to the stadium have also mentioned this.

Michael Calderbank of Wembley Park Residents' Association "Some residents frightened of leaving their homes on event days."
Cllr Muhammed Butt  "Not sure how we would assist with this. Perhaps carers hub option to help. Could ask community engagement team."

This is the latest information from Cllr Shama Tatler that we have on this:
"Residents can raise any concerns directly with the council and/or the FA.
The Pensioner’s Forum, a dormant sub-group of Brent Connects, is currently under review with a completion date of mid-August 2017. Should it be reinstated, it will be an effective support mechanism for elderly residents in the borough. In short-term, the forum’s Chair, Vi Steele, is still actively engaging with older people in Brent.

Also to be secured via S106 [section 106 funds that are associated with large scale development planning permission]:

Community Engagement Resource – Wembley National Stadium Limited (WNSL) will employ a dedicated Community Engagement member of staff to support the communications and engagement with local residents, businesses and Brent Council. This will be support by Totten Hotspur Football Club’s (THFC’s) community relations and communications team.

Coordinated Communications – Brent Council, WNSL and THFC will produce a coordinated comprehensive communications programme dedicated to ensuring residents have greater awareness and knowledge of the full events calendar, Event Day start and kick off times and the measures being taken to mitigate their impact. These communication channels will include:
- Brent Magazine
- Council’s resident database
- THFC, WNSL and Brent website and social media channels
- Local newspapers and radio
- Other potential advertising across local transport hubs"


Being updated. More to follow soon

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Brent Council's Answers to Our 11th April Task Force meeting Qs

Received 26th June 17.44hrs:  
(about Extra Wembley National Stadium Event Days planning app 17/0368)

1. How can ward members / residents raise their concerns with partner organisations (TFL, Police, etc.)?

That would be directly with these organisations, and we can provide the contact details.
There is also the Wembley Stadium Residents Advisory Committee which was set up by the FA specifically for residents to raise any concerns about stadium event and activities, and the local Wembley Brent Connects meetings where more general concerns can be raised.

2. What measures are in place to ensure Tottenham / FA control any arising issues? How will the council monitor them?

Event day arrangements are subject to agreement and monitoring by the Wembley Stadium Safety Advisory Group (WSAG), its Transport sub group and officers attending and working in support of each event. The WSAG also includes partners from the police, all relevant transport organisations, the LFB [London Fire Brigade], The London Ambulance Service, The Sports Ground Safety Authority, Tottenham Hotspur, the FA and Quintain. These partners are charged with ensuring safe and trouble free events that minimise impact on the local community.

3. What support be available for local residents (particularly elderly) impacted by Tottenham’s move to Wembley?

Residents can raise any concerns directly with the council and/or the FA.
The Pensioner’s Forum, a dormant sub-group of Brent Connects, is currently under review with a completion date of mid-August 2017. Should it be reinstated, it will be an effective support mechanism for elderly residents in the borough. In short-term, the forum’s Chair, Vi Steele, is still actively engaging with older people in Brent.
Also to be secured via S106:

 Community Engagement Resource – Wembley National Stadium Limited (WNSL) will employ a dedicated Community Engagement member of staff to support the communications and engagement with local residents, businesses and Brent Council. This will be support by Totten Hotspur Football Club’s (THFC’s) community relations and communications team.

 Coordinated Communications – Brent Council, WNSL and THFC will produce a coordinated comprehensive communications programme dedicated to ensuring residents have greater awareness and knowledge of the full events calendar, Event Day start and kick off times and the measures being taken to mitigate their impact. These communication channels will include:
- Brent Magazine
- Council’s resident database
- THFC, WNSL and Brent website and social media channels
- Local newspapers and radio
- Other potential advertising across local transport hubs

4. How will crowd management at local transport links be facilitated?
This is coordinated through the WSAG and arrangements will mirror the usual match day arrangements that are marshalled by the police, stewards and the transport providers themselves.

5. How many enforcement officers will be available to enforce traffic regulations?

To be determined, however, deployment is likely to mirror that made at any other event.
The S106 (being completed) included measures as outlined above and to reflect the proposal as follows on parking:

 Parking Provision on-site: WNSL, THFC and Quintain will reduce on-site Event Day spectator parking, reducing the impact of event day traffic and supporting the ‘public transport destination’ message (to be implemented ahead of start of 2017/18 season).

 Pirate Parking off-site: WNSL has funded a six-month joint scheme with Brent Council and Quintain to shut down illegal car parks surrounding the stadium in order to further cut the supply of parking. This has already been very successful leading to a reduction in around one third of available off-site spaces.

 Traffic Management Measures: WNSL and THFC will implement temporary traffic management measures for all THFC Event days in order to ensure that any vehicles in the area for the match have limited impact on residents and the community.

 Parking Enforcement: WNSL and THFC will pay for additional on-street parking enforcement for all THFC Event Days in order to ensure that there is limited impact on residents from vehicles parked illegally.

 Promoting Use of Public Transport: THFC will implement a comprehensive Transport Communications Plan to all supporters attending matches, promoting the Stadium as a public transport destination and explicitly advising against driving due to impact on the area, lack of parking and strong local enforcement. Such an approach has so far meant over 78% of supporters have travelled by Tube and rail, with only 6% travelling by car to THFC matches at Wembley.

 Event Day Signage: WNSL are funding and leading a coordinated approach with key stakeholders to address existing road signage. All works will be completed prior to the commencement of the 2017/18 season. These include:

- Audit: Funded a comprehensive audit of existing signage through Brent to identify broken signage and/or current low or no signage areas in order to ensure local residents have better knowledge of events and their restrictions (completed).

- Signage Maintenance: Undertake maintenance to repair existing Variable-Message Signs (VMS) and Event Day Flap signs. Signage Improvements – Following the audit, WNSL and THFC will commit to the provision of additional VMS and Event Day Flap Signs to improve areas with insufficient signage.

- WSTOG: THFC will continue to work closely alongside the Wembley Stadium Transport Operations Group through attending all meetings, promoting further transport messages and identify upcoming service issues.

6. How will Tottenham’s move benefit local businesses? How will we ensure businesses on the High Road / Triangle are not adversely affected?

This will have commercial benefit for some, depending on their line of business. Many of the matches will be on Sundays and/or evenings thus bringing new business at hitherto quieter business times.

In addition to the above, the Town Centre Manager for Wembley (Rubina Charalambous) will be working closely with the local business community to exploit any promotional opportunities through the development of a robust marketing / PR campaign in partnership with THFC and WNSL

7. What percentage of new employment generated to be provided to local residents?

The council’ job and apprenticeship brokerage, Brent Works, will work closely with Tottenham Hotspur and continue to work with the FA to promote any vacancies to local residents. Early discussions have taken place with the Tottenham Hotspur Charitable Foundation, who themselves are keen to provide training for local residents to help them in accessing these opportunities.


Reminder of what was said at the Task Force meeting:

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.

Emails to Our Council asking for answers to Task Force Qs

6th May 08.37hrs
Wembley Champions wrote 
"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.
"


8th May 04.59hrs
Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills & Fryent Ward Councillor

"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."


12th May 09.56hrs
Wembley Champions reply to Cllr Shama Tatler 

"Just an update. Corresponded with the team and are still waiting for replies."


12th May at 10.05hrs
Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills & Fryent Ward Councillor 

"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."

 
17th May 17.57hrs 
Amar Dave, Strategic Director, Regeneration & Environment's Personal Assistant

"Further to Cllr Tatler’s note below, we can offer the following date / time for a follow-up meeting at the Brent Civic Centre:


·         Monday 26 June, 4:30pm – 6:00pm.

Please can you let us know whether this will be suitable for yourself and the Wembley Champions?
I look forward to hearing from you."


5th June 11.49hrs
Wembley Champions reply:
"We are having difficulty finding anyone able to attend that date.

In light of that, please may we have the answers in writing. It may be in our Council's interests to send us them before June 8th. However, we understand that our Council will be focused on election responsibilities at this time.

If the leader and our Council still wish to meet with us on the 26th June, after sending us the answers in writing, we will continue to try to find persons willing to or able to attend."



5th June, 16.49hrs
Amar Dave, Strategic Director, Regeneration & Environment's Personal Assistant

"Thank you for your email.

 

I am deferring a response to Cllr Tatler (copied), as my role has solely been to support in identifying a suitable meeting time for the relevant parties."


6th June 10.45hrs
Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills & Fryent Ward Councillor
"Thank you for your email.



Officers are working finalise details.



We would like to go ahead with the meeting on the 26th as you indicate that you could have someone come and meet with us. I feel this is better than written answers as a meeting will be able to address things directly.



Whilst we have the minutes you prepared from the last meeting, please could you also list any further questions you have.



Look forward to hearing from you and meeting you on the 26th."

6th June 15.09hrs
Wembley Champions
Sent an email to all Cllrs and Officers at Our Council involved in this planning application for extra Wembley National Stadium event days again asking for answers to our Task Force meeting Qs


12th June 19.36hrs
Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills & Fryent Ward Councillor

"Thank you for your email.



As mentioned previously our officers are working to finalise the mitigation and get answers to the questions raised at the last meeting.




Please can you confirm whether you or another person will be able to attend the meeting."


13th June 00.28hrs
Wembley Champions
"Thank you for the below.

May we please have the answers in writing along with a copy of the finalised mitigation. Is that a viable option?"


14th June 20.44hrs
Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills & Fryent Ward Councillor

"That is not available as I have said before, officers are still working on final details.



Please can you confirm whether you or a representative can attend the meeting scheduled."

...Basically, we were not able to meet with Our Brent Council on 26th June. We wrote to Our Council about this and asked for the answers in writing again. 

Wembley Arch from London Designer Outlet

Wembley Arch from Welsh Harp Park

Wembley Arch from Barham Park

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: WembleyChampions are thousands of non-party political residents of Brent)

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"

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, as and when time permits

Come back again for updates

Latest info is on our Twitter page @Wembleychampion

Click on this link https://mobile.twitter.com/WembleyChampion

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?"


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.