Search

Pub campaigners accuse Brent councillors of ignoring their plight

12:00 09 June 2013

Campaigners are fighting to save The Queensbury Pub

Campaigners are fighting to save The Queensbury Pub

Jonathan Goldberg

Residents are battling to save The Queensbury Pub in Walm Lane, Willesden

Residents fighting to save a pub in Willesden from demolition have slammed a lack of councillor action and claimed their silence ignores popular opinion.

More than 3,500 residents have signed a petition against plans from developers Fairvew Homes, which could see the Queensbury Pub, in Walm Lane, knocked down and replaced by a 10-storey block of flats.

The application is due to be considered by the council’s planning committee but residents are angry at what they see as a lack of action.

According to a report compiled by campaigners, just three councillors out of 12 across four affected wards have formally declared an objection, while some have failed to respond to emails.

This is despite the petition and more than 300 objections from residents.

Sujata Aurora, a member of the Save the Queensbury campaign, said residents had been calling for action for months.

Cllrs Aslam Choudry and Krupesh Hirani, Labour councillors for Dudden Hill ward, which borders Walm Lane, are among those to have not officially offered their support.

Cllr David Clues, the ward’s Liberal Democrat councillor, has been living in Brighton since December 2011 and has not offered an opinion. Willesden Green’s Liberal Democrat councillors, Ann Hunter and Gavin Sneddon, have so far not aired a view while the ward’s other councillor, Lesley Jones, has objected.

Ms Aurora said: “We are disappointed that so many of them are out of step with public opinion and appear to back the demolition of a valued community resource by profit-hungry developers.”

Ms Aurora added: “To those councillors who are yet to declare a view we say; its not too late, the planning process is ongoing, you still have a chance to stand up for your residents and your support will be very welcome.”

Cllr Choudry, claimed he is concerned about the need for housing, while Cllr Hirani has submitted an objection based on the lack of wheelchair accessible housing.

Cllrs Mark Cummins, Sami Hashmi and Barry Cheese are all members of the planning committee which will decide the issue and are not allowed to give an opinion.

0 comments

Latest Kilburn & Brent News Stories

Yesterday, 10:40
Police were called to The Brent Tavern in Dollis Hill (Pic: Google)

A man has been arrested for allegedly waving a machete around in a pub in Dollis Hill.

Friday, September 23, 2016
Kings Edge Medical Centre is in Kingsbury (Pic: Google)

A GP surgery in Kingsbury has been placed in special measures after a health watchdog uncovered a shocking catalogue of failures including a lack of infection control.

Friday, September 23, 2016
NCA officers arriving at Markuta's home to arrest him (Pic: NCA)

A Willesden man has been jailed for hacking into a business computer network and stealing more than 450,000 email accounts and passwords.

Friday, September 23, 2016
May Redley, from Harlesden, was wrongly billed by British Gas and panicked by threatening letters set up a direct debit to pay it. Picture credit: Adam Tiernan Thomas

A bungling energy company frightened an elderly pensioner from Harlesden into paying £30 towards a bill sent to her despite her not being a customer.

Friday, September 23, 2016
The fire in Harlesden was started by a crystal knob (Pic: Twitter@LondonFire)

Fire chiefs are urging people to keep items such as crystal furnishings and shaving mirrors out of the way of direct sunlight after a glass doorknob sparked a blaze in a housie in Harlesden.

Friday, September 23, 2016
Heather Jones at the junction where she was fined (Photo by Adam Tiernan Thomas)

A motorist refused compensation by the council after she paid the penalty for a wrong right hand turn in Kensal Rise has had the ruling overturned by an adjudicator.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
The victim was not given enough support by Brent Council PICTURE POSED BY MODEL

Brent Council has been ordered to pay £750 compensation to a domestic violence victim for failing to provide adequate support when she needed to be rehoused for her own safety.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
The woman was hit by a car on Ealing Road at the junction of Wembley High Road (Pic: Google)

An elderly woman has been seriously injured after she was hit by a car while crossing a road in Wembley this morning.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most Read Kilburn News

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

VW Golf Estate

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now