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.

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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

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.

A London firefighter
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

Woman dies after being rescued from Wembley garage fire

Woman dies after being rescued from Wembley garage fire

A woman who was rescued from a garage fire in Wembley has since died, the Times has learned.

The victim was left unconscious after the blaze tore through the garage at the rear of a property in Bowrons Avenue shortly before 1am yesterday morning.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued the woman from the burning building.

She was treated by London Ambulance Service crews before being taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

But the victim later died, the Times has learned.

The woman has been named locally but the Times will not reveal her identity until her family has been informed by the authorities.

It is thought the woman was asleep as the fire broke out. It is believed it started accidentally.

The flames were brought under control by 2.20am.

More to follow.

Source: Kilburn Times

Drivers warned of traffic delays on the North Circular Road (A406) in Neasden

  
Work on the A406 will resume from tomorrow

Drivers are being warned to allow extra time for journeys on the North Circular Road at Neasden from tomorrow as work will resume following a break for Christmas.

One lane will be closed in both directions of the A406 between Brentfield Road and Neasden Lane until March 8 to allow the work to take place causing possible delays.
In addition further lane closures will take place between Staples Corner and the junction at Harrow Road, in both directions, tomorrow from 10pm.

On Sunday the westbound section of the A406 between Staples Corner and the junction at Harrow Road will be fully closed from 12.30am to 5.30am.

On Monday the eastbound section between Harrow Road and Neasden Lane North will be fully closed from 12.30am to 5.30am.

From Monday at 5am until early March a contraflow between Drury Way and Neasden Lane North will be put in place.

To ensure the work does not affect the sleep of local residents during the night Transport for London will be rolling out a range of measures to reduce noise, vibration and disruption, including:

• Noise-reducing acoustic barriers where appropriate

• Compressors and generators fitted with acoustic covers to reduce noise

• Vehicles, plant and equipment fitted with exhaust silencers

• Regularly monitoring dust levels
• Reducing airborne dust by using water sprays

• Taking steps to ensure lights do not shine into people’s homes

The work is expected to end on May 26.

Source: Kilburn Times