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
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)

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

Wembley High Road Business Association (2016 GLA Funded Project)

£1million Big Local National Lottery Funded Project

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
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 (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