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

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