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Thursday, May 14, 2020

A Stonebridge recycling centre is reopening next week with warnings there will be a queuing system in place.

Pavements are to be temporarily widened in some of Brent’s busiest streets to help protect the community and slow the continuing spread of Covid-19.

People’s pothole woes are being dealt with in Brent but which wards should be prioritised?

A 61-year-old tortoise has been saved from eviction from his garden home in Mapesbury following a community outcry.

Plans to impose mandatory mattress recycling on manufacturers to reduce fly-tipping have been welcomed by a Kensal Green councillor who has been fighting illegal dumping for years.

Harlesden students met with council chiefs to celebrate new lights in Roundwood Park two years after they confronted them at a full council meeting to make the area safer.

City Hall measures to tackle toxic air could prevent 33,008 hospital admissions in Brent by 2050, according to a new report.

A prototype electric recycling van has been doing the rounds in Brent as part of a two-week pilot to explore future green waste disposal.

This is a picture of a huge fly-tip left on private land in Alperton.

A petition has been launched calling on the council to stop asphalting pavements saying its “cheap, nasty and not good for the environment”.

Students from a Brent primary school staged a climate change march in their high street to spread awareness to neighbours and local businesses.

Visitors to a Wembley cemetery have expressed distress at the sight of graves being “ripped up”.

Neighbours in and around Welsh Harp are urging Barnet Council to refuse an application to build housing on nearby Metropolitan Open Land.

Green-fingered pupils from a Kenton secondary school put £56,000 funding to good use by transforming an area of Woodcock Park, which had fallen into disrepair.

The loss of a public toilet in Neasden is causing a stink among members of the community who fear vulnerable people will urinate on nearby walls.

More than 6,700 on-the-spot searches took place on the streets of Brent in 2019 - but police took action against fewer people.

Kilburn’s community has hit out at the disrepair of its main high street which will hold a mile-long party in the summer as part of Brent Borough of Culture.

A Wembley construction firm has been fined half a million pounds after a father-of-two was killed in a demolition project.

Council officers have promised an audience in Harlesden “a change of approach” which could see greater protection of the borough’s trees.

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Neighbours in Kenton have launched a petition to save “a whole streetful of mature trees” from being chopped down and replaced.

Brent Council’s offer of free parking for motorists over Christmas has been slammed by campaigners as a “toxic gift”.

A Willesden Green teenager has launched a petition to have lights installed at skate park in a Harlesden park to encourage sporty youngsters and deter crime.

Brent’s climate emergency declaration is nothing more than a “public relations stunt”, according to a parliamentary candidate.

Communities across Brent are urging the council not to rip up and replace pavements which involve felling trees or cause the “destruction of conservation areas” at a time of climate emergencies.

Mourners are “shocked and horrified” that council chiefs are allowing healthy, ancient trees in Paddington Old Cemetery to be cut down.

Nine neighbourhoods in Brent are among the 10pc most ‘deprived’ in England, according to government figures.

Neighbours living in a conservation area in Mapesury have launched a petition to stop the “destruction” of their pavements.

Brent is among the top five boroughs in England for number of fly-tips reported, according to the latest government statistics.

Climate campaigners are inviting the community to its meeting in Queen’s Park to discuss solutions to the borough’s air pollution.

She’s one of Brent’s community champions, but Ghanaian-born barrister Awula Serwah isn’t afraid of taking on environmental issues globally – she’s playing a leading role in a campaign to stop the government in her homeland from allowing a building boom in Accra to destroy the city’s parks and gardens.

One of the UK’s largest outdoor swimming pools was rediscovered in Northwick Park last month after a tip-off from a former swimmer led staff at a nearby hospital to investigate what happened to the famous bathing spot.

A Kensal Green father has used his semi-retirement to take on the issue of Brent’s pension funds being invested in fossil fuel companies.

Brent Council has announced it will follow the lead of Camden and hold a Climate Assembly to hear residents’ views and ideas about the climate emergency.

Green-fingered kids at a Kensal Green primary school have been doing their bit for the planet by growing their own food for school lunches and building their own wormery for composting waste.

A cinema manager, a retired police officer and a psychotherapist are among the Brent climate rebels who helped bring the inner-city to a standstill earlier this month. Members of XR Brent told Freya Pickford who they are and what made them get involved.

Brent’s environment chief has admitted there is “more we can and must do” when it comes to tacking climate change consequences in the borough.

Brent ranks among London’s worst local authorities for the number of residents who choose to walk and cycle – and campaigners say it’s partly because the roads are so dangerous.

People are in denial about pollution in Brent simply because they can’t see it, claim campaigners.

A climber, campaigner and dad who has quite literally been shouting about Brent’s dirty air from the mountaintops is urging motorists to switch off their engines at traffic lights and while stuck in queues.

Architects will meet next week to draw up plans on how to drastically cut the built environment’s carbon footprint.

Fifty members of Extinction Rebellion Brent, including a former police officer, a retired firefighter and a doctor, spent last week protesting against the government’s perceived lack of action on climate change.

Polluting traffic was banished and children encouraged to play freely in eight Brent streets as the council took part in the World Car-Free Day.

Brent’s environmental activists, politicians, trade unionists, students and council staff held a rally in Wembley Park this morning in solidarity with the global climate strike.

The Lexi is on a mission to raise half a million pounds, now that plans for a second screen have been given the go-ahead by Brent Council.

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