Wembley regeneration plans get go ahead

Wembley regeneration plans get go ahead

Wembley regeneration plans

Plans for 4,850 new homes, a new school and student accommodation around Wembley Stadium have been given the green light.

 

The creation of 7,000 new jobs, new retail and leisure space as well as new community facilities and parking spaces around the national stadium all formed part of the planning applications, which were submitted by property developer Quintain. More than £80million will also be provided by Quintain to improve local infrastructure.

 

After listening to a number of representations about the proposals, including hearing speakers from The FA, the council’s Planning Committee granted approval to the applications yesterday evening (May 11).

 

During the three and a half hour meeting, Members discussed in detail matters relating to transport, safety and design and found that, on balance, the plans should be granted approval subject to a number of conditions including ones to improve transport, safety and the exit of fans from the stadium.

 

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 help 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.”

 

Quintain’s plans will now be subject to consideration by the Mayor of London.

 

To view details of the planning applications

Source: Brent

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Harlesden bus crash: moment Londoners rush to help trapped passengers

Harlesden bus crash

Londoners put on a heartwarming display of “community spirit” after a bus crashed into a shop in Harlesden yesterday.

Four children were among 17 people treated by paramedics at the scene in the centre of Harlesden, north-west London, at 2pm.

Three people, including the driver of the “packed” No 18 service, were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The 11-ton bus knocked down traffic lights and careered off the road, leaving the shopkeeper diving for cover when the crowded bus slammed into his shopfront.

 

Shopkeeper Abdel Chentouf, 49, from Edgware, was with a customer and two friends inside his jewellery shop Waves when the bus came crashing through the glass.

He told the Standard: “I saw the guy was driving towards the shop without any attempt to use the brakes. It was the building that stopped the bus.

“We moved out the way. Luckily it wasn’t speeding. People were screaming on the bus. It happened so quickly.

“Part of the ceiling collapsed and it’s cracked on the stairway. It was shocking. It’s the same as when people have a road accident – you feel demoralised and really down.

“They are saying the building’s not safe. The driver was shocked and sweating.”

The four men were trapped in the shop and had to be freed by fire fighters with ladders through a back window.

Video footage of the aftermath captured the walking wounded being helped away from the scene by the emergency services.

One man was seen limping away with his arms around two firefighters while a woman was taken away in a wheelchair. A police officer also walks past holding the hands of two small children.

Shane Lawrence, 42, a university student from Harlesden, said: “I heard a really loud sound like the pavement was being torn up. I had my back to it but I heard the road being ripped up.

harlesden bus crash
The shopkeeper had to dive for cover after the crash yesterday (Nigel Howard)

“The sound was deafening as he was coming to crash.

“As I turned around the bus went into the shop. I was stunned. There were lots of people who walked around to the bus and everyone was helping people off the bus.

“People went up to the top deck to help the older people off. The bus was absolutely packed. I saw somebody pull a little boy from the bottom deck.

“You could see someone inside the shop trying to push their way out but they couldn’t because the bus was blocking everything.

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Emergency crews removed the bus from the shopfront yesterday (Nigel Howard)

“He couldn’t get out. Anyone who was walking past that at the time, in front of the shop or window shopping, would have been hit.

“I just helped anyone trying to step off the bus. Nobody hesitated everyone just ran over to help.

“It was packed I’d say there were 35 to 40 people on there. Most of them looked shaken and shocked.

“But everyone got them off the bus really quickly there was a lot of help there. There is definitely a community spirit here. It just shows people do care about one another.”

A man who lives in a flat above the shop said: “The bus should have turned but instead it crashed into the shop.

“It just came flying in. The engineers have to come and look and need to support it. They are relocating me for the night. He didn’t use any brakes or anything it went straight into the shop. I felt the bang.

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Smash: the bus careered into a shop front (@DjShortyBless)

“When I came downstairs the driver was there, shaken.”

The air ambulance landed nearby and dozens of police officers, firefighters and paramedics attended the scene while the road was cordoned off between Acton Lane and Manor Park Road for several hours.

London Fire Brigade station manager Sam Kazmanli said the building was “severely damaged” and another 45 people were evacuated from neighbouring properties.

Harlesden bus crash
Smash: the bus crashed into the front of a shop (Hetty Los)

Kevin Brown, of London Ambulance Service, said: “We sent multiple resources to the scene including a single responder in a car and a number of ambulance crews.

“We also sent our incident response and hazardous area response teams, alongside London’s Air Ambulance. We treated 17 patients at the scene.

“We took three patients as a priority to hospital.  A further nine adults and four children with minor injuries were also taken to hospital and one was treated and discharged at the scene.”

Tony Akers, Transport for London’s head of bus operations, said: “There will be a full investigation into the incident.”

No arrests have been made.

 

Source: Evening Standard

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Twin towers plan unveil for old oak common By Squires.

  
Squire and Partners has submitted plans for Old Oak Common’s first residential tower blocks as part of a wider scheme for up to 534 new homes

The two skyscrapers – which would be up to 33-storeys tall – are the stand-out elements of a redevelopment of the former Elizabeth Arden factory in the west London development zone, which is scheduled to become a transport hub with the arrival of Crossrail and HS2.

Developer Essential Living’s plans for the 1.16ha site in Wales Farm Road would remove all current buildings, except for the north-western façade of the current factory building. The private-rented specialist said the retained structure would underscore an ‘Art Deco influence’ for the scheme, which is dubbed ‘The Perfume Factory’.

Under outline proposals lodged with London Mayor Boris Johnson’s Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, the development would provide a mix of flats, four bedroom houses, 6,147m2 of live-work space, 2,175m2 of business space and 1,381m2 of retail and restaurant space.
Development director Quentin Keeble said the scheme would also feature a winter garden and a ‘ladder’ of commercial space that enabled start-ups to graduate from shared desk space to larger office environments.

Squire and Partners has submitted plans for Old Oak Common’s first residential tower blocks as part of a wider scheme for up to 534 new homes

The two skyscrapers – which would be up to 33-storeys tall – are the stand-out elements of a redevelopment of the former Elizabeth Arden factory in the west London development zone, which is scheduled to become a transport hub with the arrival of Crossrail and HS2.

Developer Essential Living’s plans for the 1.16ha site in Wales Farm Road would remove all current buildings, except for the north-western façade of the current factory building. The private-rented specialist said the retained structure would underscore an ‘Art Deco influence’ for the scheme, which is dubbed ‘The Perfume Factory’.

Under outline proposals lodged with London Mayor Boris Johnson’s Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, the development would provide a mix of flats, four bedroom houses, 6,147m2 of live-work space, 2,175m2 of business space and 1,381m2 of retail and restaurant space.

Development director Quentin Keeble said the scheme would also feature a winter garden and a ‘ladder’ of commercial space that enabled start-ups to graduate from shared desk space to larger office environments.

‘We are also highly focused on improving the public realm and enhance the local area and we believe the Perfume Factory gives Ealing the ideal chance to develop its first digital hub and tap into London’s booming digital economy,’ he said.

Earlier this week, Johnson’s office announced that Design Council CABE had been appointed to set up and manage an independent review group tasked with improving the quality of development proposals for the corporation area.

It said the appointment had been made following a competitive tender process and that the review group would operate along the planning, landscape, conservation, and engineering (PLACE) principles set out in last year’s Farrell Review.

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation area straddles three London boroughs and is earmarked for the delivery of up to 25,500 new homes.

Squire and Partners’ Perfume Factory proposals

Squire and Partners’ Perfume Factory proposals for the former Elizabeth Arden factory in west London

  The Elizabeth Arden factory 
 The Elizabeth Arden factory as it is today

 Source: Architectsjournal

Brent Council cracks down on fly-tippers

Brent Council cracks down on fly-tippers

Sanket Mevada, of Bassingham Road in Wembley was fined £1052 for dropping litter on nearby Norton Road.

Sanket Mevada, of Bassingham Road in Wembley was fined £1052 for dropping litter on nearby Norton Road.

Fly-tippers be warned: Brent Council is coming after you.

The practice is now to be called “illegal dumping” by the local authority to make sure the borough’s residents understand the gravity of the offence.

It forms part of wider council policy changes to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The news comes after the Times learned that 34-year-old Sanket Mevada, of Bassingham Road, Wembley, was fined £1,052 last month by Willesden Magistrates’ Court for dumping two black bags full of rubbish in nearby Norton Road.

As well as sanctions on individuals, the council is looking at licensing all landlords following a pilot in Wembley Central, Willesden Green, and Harlesden to combat fly-tipping. Overcrowded households with a high turnover of residents are said to result in mattresses and other items routinely thrown out into the street.

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, cabinet member for the environment, said: “It is completely unacceptable to dump household rubbish on the streets. The council provides a number of bins for residents to dispose of their rubbish correctly.

“It is damaging for the appearance of the local area and is a public health issue.”

Report illegal dumping using the Cleaner Brent app or emailing waste.enforcement@brent.gov.uk.

Source: Kilburntimes

Pothole puts all UK cars at risk

Pothole peril puts UK cars at risk
A pothole in a road in Tooting, SW London

BREAKDOWN callouts to motorists whose vehicles have been damaged by potholes have risen by almost a quarter in a year, the RAC said.

There were more than 25,000 incidents last year involving damaged suspensions, wheels and shock absorbers, figures released by the motoring organisation to coincide with the second National Pothole Day show.

Drivers in East Anglia made the most calls for help (4,547), but the largest rise in callouts over the past year was in the south east of England where the increase was 62%, to 2,686.

The north east of England saw callouts rise by almost a third to 3,783, while incidents in Scotland increased by more than a quarter to 2,537.

The biggest headache for drivers was damaged suspension springs, with 42% more incidents reported last year compared with 2014.The RAC described the rise in callouts as worrying.

Chief engineer David Bizley said: “Potholes can wreak havoc with vehicles and are therefore understandably hated by motorists.

“It is very worrying that our patrols have dealt with more pothole-related breakdowns in 2015 than they did the year before because we did not experience a particularly cold winter in either year.”

Recently announced investment should help improve the condition of Britain’s roads but there is still a way to go, Mr Bizley said.

Some local authorities have invested more in road maintenance to address the backlog but problems experienced, even in mild weather, suggest the fight against potholes is being lost, he added.

“We shall only win the battle once sufficient preventative road surface maintenance is undertaken to prevent potholes appearing when the first bad weather arrives.

“On top of the £6 billion already promised, the Chancellor made available further funds in the Autumn Statement and whilst this is still not enough to meet the shortfall, it may hopefully mean we will see a decline in ‘pothole generated breakdowns’ this time next year.”

Drivers are being encouraged to report potholes using the RAC Report Pothole app.

Source: Yahoo News

Why cheap oil isn’t all good news

Why cheap oil isn't all good news

Despite petrol prices being tipped to fall to 86p a litre if the oil rout continues this isn’t all good news for the average person.

Oil prices have fallen by a third since the start of December and well over 70% since the summer of 2014 and now hover at around $30 a barrel.

In spite of the recent price crash, some well-respected investment banks think prices could fall even lower, potentially as far as $10 a barrel, which, according to the RAC, would result in petrol prices of just 86p per litre, a saving of 45p per litre on the prices seen in June 2014.

On a typical 50-litre refill this translates to a £22.50 saving every time you refill. Equating to an annual saving of £579 a year assuming a typical driver covers 10,000 miles annually in a car that averages 35 mpg.

This sounds like good news. At the pumps there’s no denying we’ll be making a significant saving. This is just one reason why inflation has been so lacklustre of late.

So, where’s the downside? Well, the price of oil is arguably the most important financial metric out there. It’s a barometer for the overall health of the global economy.

So what’s driving the collapse in the global oil price? In a word, China.

The world’s second largest economy is seeing a significant downturn. Once revered as the global engine for growth, the Chinese economy has stalled.

The other factor which affects us is pension investments. According to Sky’s business presenter Ian King, Shell accounts for £1 in every £6 received in dividends by UK pension funds.

The fortunes of oil companies matter to just about every man, woman and child in the country.

Shell shares are 36% lower in the last 12 months while BP shares are down nearly 15%.

The other thing to bear in mind is the effect on the environment.

Lower fuel prices not only make gas-guzzling cars more attractive to consumers but also encourage drivers to use their cars more often.

Across the pond there is already evidence of this trend with US vehicle sales hitting a new record in 2015 surpassing the previous record set in 2000.

Low petrol prices in the US caused demand for fuel efficient cars to stall, with Nissan’s Leaf electric car seeing sales plummet 43%. Toyota’s Prius sales fell 11%.

Meanwhile, back in the UK British Airways has shelved plan for a £340m project to produce aviation fuel from household waste.

So although we’re winning at the pumps our pensions and carbon footprint look far from rosy.

Source: Yahoo Finance

 

Man guilty of manslaughter

Man guilty of manslaughter after killing Harrow-on-the-Hill mechanic over car dispute.

Dwayne King stabbed a mechanic in a dispute over the cost of repairs to a car.

Dwayne King was found guilty of manslaughter

A man who stabbed a Harrow-on-the-Hill mechanic over a car repair dispute has been found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for twelve years.

Dwayne King, 30, of no fixed address killed Granville Thomas, 55, on June 29.

Metropolitan Police officers were called at about 6.30pm after receiving reports of a disturbance near garages in a courtyard at Ranelagh Road, Harlesden .

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended the scene and found Thomas, also known as ‘Rat’ or ‘Blacks’, with stab wounds to the chest and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers spoke to King who admitted he was the person that called the emergency services.

He also admitted to the stabbing but said he did it after Thomas attacked him with a knife.

Embroiled in a dispute about costs

The court heard that King was working as a mechanic in garages in Ranelagh Road and Granville Thomas undertook car repairs on the roadside.

In April he was asked to repair a Vauxhall Astra, which he took to King’s workplace.

The owner of the vehicle was unhappy with the repairs and King and Thomas became embroiled in a dispute about the cost King was charging Thomas to repair the vehicle at his place of work.

King refused to let Thomas take the vehicle from the garages until he paid the money they agreed.

King was arrested at the scene and later charged with the murder of Granville Thomas.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Sadly, it would seem that the origins of the dispute that led to Granville Thomas being killed was something as trivial as the repairs of a vehicle.

“Granville Thomas lost his life and now King will send a considerable period of time in custody as a result.

“I hope that today’s verdict brings some degree of comfort to Granville Thomas’ family and friends.”

Sourc: GetwestLondon

West Londoners urged

West Londoners urged to attend public meeting on future of fire services

People will have the chance to discuss the two proposals outlined in the public consultation.

A list of suggested stations where fire engines could be withdrawn will be discussed

West Londoners are being urged to have their say on the future of fire services at a public meeting on Monday (January 11).

Two proposals were outlined as part of a public consultation launched in December last year, on how the London Fire Brigade can save £6.4m, in response to budget cuts demanded by Mayor of London Boris Johnson for 2016/17.

The first option recommends the return of the 13 fire engines withdrawn from service including Willesden, Ealing and Chelsea, but makes the savings by having alternate crewing at fire stations, and the second option suggests the permanent removal of 13 fire engines including in Hammersmith and Ealing, using savings to reinvest in staff.

London Assembly Members Navin Shah and Murad Qureshi warned that cutting more fire engines could lead to a rise in response times across the capital.

In Brent 11 wards have seen a rise in response times in 2014/15 compared to the previous year; before Mr Johnson’s closure of 10 fire stations and scrapping of 14 fire engines.

Similarly 14 wards in Ealing have seen a rise in response times; 10 wards in Hammersmith and nine wards in Kensington and Chelsea.

Mr Shah said: “With our fire services facing uncertain times, and response times already rising significantly in Brent, it’s important that local people have their say over the future of London’s fire service.

“The mayor’s cuts mean that there are very tough decisions ahead. If you take fire engines out of service then of course response times could rise and lives could be put at risk. Nobody wants to see that happen.

“With frontline services at stake, it is hugely important that local people are given the opportunity to make their views known.”

Londoners are urged to attend the meeting which will discuss both proposals and their impact at the Conference Hall, Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, at 7pm on Monday.

For people unable to attend the meeting, the first ever online meeting will be held allowing people to ask their questions between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on January 22.

For more information on this, and to have your say on the proposals, visit the LFB website.

Alternatively email your questions to consultation@london-fire.gov.uk.

The first list of stations with a fire engine currently withdrawn from service:

Town

Borough

Erith Bexley
Willesden Brent
Ealing Ealing
Shoreditch Hackney
Romford Havering
Holloway Islington
Chelsea Kensington and Chelsea
Forest Hill Lewisham
Plaistow Newham
Stratford Newham
Old Kent Road Southwark
Poplar Tower Hamlets
Wandsworth Wandsworth

The second is a list of the stations the LFB view to be the optimum ones to withdraw a fire engine from to minimise the impact on response times:

Town

Borough

West Hampstead Camden
Norbury Croydon
Ealing Ealing
East Greenwich Greenwich
Shoreditch Hackney
Hammersmith Hammersmith and Fulham
Romford Havering
Forest Hill Lewisham
Stratford Newham
Old Kent Road Southwark
Wandsworth Wandsworth
Sidcup Bexley
Hornsey Haringey

Sourc: GetwestLondon

Seven taken to hospital

Seven taken to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning in Harlesden.

Two adults and five children were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning late on Monday night.

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Seven people were evacuated from the building by firefighters

Two adults and five children were taken to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning suffered in their house in Harlesden on Monday (January 11).

According to London Fire Brigade , the occupants left the house on High Street before the arrival of fire services and were treated on the scene by London Ambulance Service before being taken to hospital.

Seven people were evacuated from nearby properties as a precaution and crews shut down the gas supply to the house before handing the scene over to the police.

London Fire Brigade was called at 11.25pm and the incident took around an hour to deal with.

Fire engines from Park Royal and Willesden fire stations attended the incident.

Source: GetWestLondon