(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
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]
One station has a rating of 2. another 4 & the other 6. Is there anything that can be done to facilitate management of crowds?