South Kilburn residents urged to take opportunity to share concerns with council

The South Kilburn Labour Party held a meeting with residents to discuss a number of issues, includin

The South Kilburn Labour Party held a meeting with residents to discuss a number of issues, including fire safety. Speakers on hand to provide some insight included (Left to right) Leslie Barson, Steve Pirolli (Chalcot resident), Pete Firmin , Sara Callaway (Kilburn Labour Party), Gareth Beeton (Fire Brigade Union), Phil Rose (Campaign against Haringey Development Vehicle ( Picture: Crossroads Audio Visual Collective - Credit: Archant

South Kilburn residents are being encouraged to attend a series of meetings held by the cabinet member for regeneration in the borough, Cllr Shama Tatler.

In an extremely poorly attended meeting at the South Kilburn studios on Tuesday evening, Ms Tatler admitted the gap of communication between South Kilburn and Brent council had become too great.

She is now offering the opportunity for residents to have their say and raise any concerns that they have.

Ms Tatler will host three futher meetings; at the Albert Road Office, in on August 21 and 24 and the South Kilburn Studios, in Canterbury Rd, on August 24, after chairing two on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

In Tuesday’s meeting, a huge complaint that was raised was a lack of local businesses within the South Kilburn estate whilst a lack of affordable and social housing and regeneration of private housing in the area were passionate topics of discussion.

Ms Tatler also acknowledged a rumour of the potential demolition of Granville Hall, on Granville Road. There are plans to create an enterprise centre within the building but reports that the hall will make way are premature.

Two weeks ago, the South Kilburn Labour Party held a public meeting to discuss the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy and allow Brent residents to speak out. It became apparent that residents were still concerned about the safety of their own buildings in the event of a fire, whilst residents reported a lack of repairs and information, council homes being torn down and replaced by private housing, and poor people being dispersed.

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A number of speakers from outside Kilburn attended the meeting including a Chalcots tenant who described the chaos when Camden Council evacuated four tower blocks late at night. He raised concerns about how money is being spent and lack of accountability. Haringey campaigners said communities of colour were most affected by the housing crisis, and reported on protests against Haringey Council’s plans to transfer over 50 per cet of council homes into a £2billion partnership with private developers, which encouraged Kilburn residents to appeal to form their own associations and take their own concerns to the council.