Tricycle Theatre and B&Q rally behind local community in Kilburn
Brent Council and the police have pulled together local businesses to support a range of improvement measures in Waterloo Passage, just off Kilburn High Road.
Long a site of real concern to the local community, Waterloo Passage has been the focus of lots of anti-social behaviour, and now a range of partners are coming together to get on top of the problem.
The latest in a series of improvements is started off this week, as trees and shrubs were cut back using Community Payback scheme workers – where offenders are sentenced by the courts to carry out community service.
Community Payback helps the offenders as well as the community – by providing them a way back into participating positively in the community, and maybe even learning some new skills too.
This work follows on from improvements made over recent months by the Council’s own Public Realm team.
DIY giant B&Q provided free equipment and materials to help change the alleyway, and nearby Tricycle Theatre offered a base for operations.
Now the gardening work has been completed, future measures will include a deep clean and new lighting – all to help make the passage cleaner and safer.
Police and council staff will also provide an ongoing higher visibility presence, helping deter future anti-social behaviour.
Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council said “The local community has raised this concern consistently, and now the council and the police are showing that we’ve listened.
“We’re delighted that B&Q and the Tricycle Theatre are joining in, making it a real joint effort, alongside Community Payback scheme members, who are giving something back to the community.”
PC Tom Surr, Kilburn Dedicated Ward Officer said, “Brent Police’s Kilburn Safer Neighbourhoods Team are delighted to see this project getting underway.
“We are hugely grateful to Brent Council and local businesses for their involvement in supporting these improvement measures for Waterloo Passage.”
“Particular thanks must go to Brent Council for their support of the initial Local Joint Action Groups proposal, as well as to B&Q for providing equipment to clean up the alleyway and the Tricycle Theatre for acting as a base of operations.”
“This is a fantastic example of how long-standing problems can be effectively tackled through agency collaboration and community engagement. The Safer Neighbourhoods Team will continue to play their part, providing a high-visibility presence to prevent anti-social behaviour and criminal activity in the area”.