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New Mayor elected by Brent Council
By Adam Shaw
Brent Council has elected a new Mayor following its Annual Meeting on May 18. Parvez Ahmed, who has worked as a Councillor in Dollis Hill since being elected in 2014, will replace Cllr Lesley Jones MBE.
Cllr Ahmed, the first Mayor of Bangladeshi origin, has lived and worked in Brent for more than 30 years, while his wife, Lena, is a former Brent Councillor. He has nominated the Brent Centre for Young People, Sufra North West London and Community Action on Dementia Brent as his chosen charities for this year.
Speaking of his election, he said: “I accept this role with great honour and pride and will carry out my duties with care and diligence.
“Brent really is a fantastic place to live and work and I’m looking forward to working with a variety of voluntary and community organisations, raising money for great causes and meeting residents.”
The ward Councillor for Alperton, Bhagwanji Chohan, was chosen as Deputy Mayor. The Council has also appointed two new members to its Cabinet. Cllr Harbi Farah, Cabinet member for Housing, and Cllr Wilhelmina Mitchell Murray, Cabinet member for Children and Young People, have joined the eight-person team. They replace Cllr Ruth Moher and Cllr James Denselow, who both decided to step down.
The Leader of the Council, Muhammed Butt, said: “This is a strong cabinet with a broad mix of talents and experience across a variety of areas. “We are determined to work harder than ever to drive forward our ambitious agenda to improve the lives of Brent residents, despite the continued challenges we are facing.”
Wembley regeneration plans
Wembley Stadium is set to become a hub for regeneration plans, after Brent Council’s Planning Committee approved proposals for development.
A new school, student accommodation and some 4,850 new homes will be built around the national stadium after the application was given the green light.
More than £80 million will be injected into local infrastructure, while the scheme, headed by property developer Quintain, is expected to create 7,000 new jobs.
The plans will also see the creation of more retail and leisure space, as well as new community facilities and additional parking around the stadium.
The proposals are subject to consideration by the Mayor of London, but the Council noted that improvements to transport and safety were taken into account. A Council spokesperson said: “These plans mark the next phase in the regeneration of Wembley and will create much needed new homes, jobs, leisure and educational facilities around the iconic home of football.
“While these plans will accelerate the transformation of Wembley, the committee did consider all representations in detail and these concerns have been taken on board with the series of additional conditions which were imposed.
“Safety always comes first and we are confident that the plans will ensure that fans and other visitors to the national stadium can continue to enjoy these facilities while providing the significant regeneration which the area needs.”
Local anti violent crime summit
The MP for Brent Central has hosted an anti-violent crime summit following a recent spate of shootings in the area. Labour’s Dawn Butler headed up a conference attended by local community leaders to look at ways of making Brent’s streets safer.
Oliver Tetlow, 27, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Church Lane, Harlesden, on March 9, sparking Ms Butler into action.
She previously raised the issue with David Cameron during Prime Minister’s Question Time, and plans to meet with Karen Bradley MP, Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime.
“I’m deeply concerned by recent shootings across Brent,” Ms Butler said. Devastated
“Young lives have been needlessly and tragically cut shot and families left devastated by their loss. We have to do more to make our streets safer.
“Community leaders made clear to me they were concerned about cuts to social and youth services amongst many other things and I’ll be taking these issues directly to the government.”