General Election Fun Fact

Did you know?

The founder of the Monster Raving Loony Party (3,528 votes counted across the UK so far in the 2015 General Election) was founded by David Edward Sutch aka Screaming Lord Sutch.
Lord Sutch grew up in Charteris Road in the 40’s and early 50’s!


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The Ugly Tree Pits… No, that’s not a movie coming soon.

Tree Pit makeover (Pimp our pavements)
You may have noticed the sad condition of many of the tree pits in the BEST area. Many are in a dangerous condition, see picture below.
BEST is promoting the improvement of the “tree pits”.
We want to assist concerned residents to give their “local” tree pit a transformational make over.
The picture below shows what can be achieved.
Martin Harvey, a local gardener, will be on hand at the “Big Lunch” event on the 25th of May to demonstrate the ways you can turn your tree pit into a mini urban garden.
He can advise you how to prevent the pavement slabs collapsing, how to build a boarder and what to plant.
BEST intends to bulk purchase soil and wooden edging to kick start the greening or our streets*.
For inspirational ideas visit:
For information on how to qualify for your free* make over kit email:
* funds are limited
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Tonight is movie night @ Charteris Sports Center – 7:30pm #BluesBrothers

Grab some food, a few drinks and a blanket and join us @ Charteris SC !

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Help us plan Brent’s future

The Brent Borough Plan 2015/19 Consultation

Brent residents are being asked for their views on how local public services should evolve and what they can do to improve the borough given the continuing squeeze on budgets.

The borough plan consultation opens today (September 16) and invites residents to help shape the future of the borough in the context of significantly reduced budgets for local public services.

Over the next four years services in Brent face the most challenging financial cuts ever. Despite the difficult financial position, we have big ambitions for Brent – we want to make sure that all residents have the opportunity to use their full potential, to enjoy the best that Brent has to offer and to contribute actively to our community. So we want to work with you to find the best way of building for the future and providing great services when we have less money and greater demands.

For more information on how you can help plan Brent’s future, please visit

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The Blues Brothers @ CSC

Charteris Outdoor Cinema is proud to present an outdoor screening of the classic film, The Blues Brothers.

Where : Charteris Sports Centre (24-30 Charteris RD NW6 7ET) 
When : Friday 19th September at 7:30 PM with film starting at 8:00 PM.
Bring food, drink and warm coat if evening is chilly. 
Pork pie hat and sunglasses optional.
No charge, but donations welcome. 
Any surplus to Kensal to Kilburn Transition Town and Brent Eleven Streets Residents Association 
*if raining we relocate to the Hall
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The Blues Brothers @ Charteris SC

popcorn                                                                        blues-bros-faces

Bring your drinks, food, popcorn, blankets, ….

Free screening on Friday 19th September, 7:30pm, outside if the weather allows us, inside if it’s wet.

Chairs provided, start at 8:00pm!

Come join us!

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Willesden Lane Improvement Project

Message from our BRAT neighbours:

Dear All,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying summer.

Following the last Willesden Lane Improvement Project Steering Group meeting on June 10th, please find attached a summary of what was discussed along with a link to Anna Dennemann’s PowerPoint presentation via the BRAT website.

A few notable and positive changes have begun to take shape since the group met, some in no relation whatsoever to our efforts but wonderful to see nonetheless. First, the roads have been repaved, making Willesden Lane a much safer place for cyclists and vehicles. Next, as you will have been made aware by post and possibly email, time-banded waste collections are coming into effect on Willesden Lane from August onwards, which we hope will go a long way towards solving the rubbish problem on the street. Finally, a handful of the apartment blocks are being re-pointed, with four of the shop fronts being restored and prepared for new retailers. It seems to me that there is a new energy along the Lane to match the Steering Group’s efforts and I’m hopeful that combined, both will help us achieve our goals.

You will also likely have received by post or email the design proposals that Brent Council are consulting on for Willesden Lane. As you will be aware this follows much of the work done by the Willesden Lane Improvement Plan Steering Group (and on its behalf by Anna Dennemann) to improve the public realm in Willesden Lane. They are attached here for reference.

These proposals fall short of what Anna was seeking to achieve but we feel nonetheless that they represent a considerable improvement over the current position. You will have been invited to share your comments by post or online (, using reference HD207GB) by Monday, August 11th. David Evans, Chair of BRAT, intends to prepare a letter of response on behalf of BRAT by the consultation deadline broadly welcoming the suggested changes except those proposed to the vehicle parking outside Torbay Mansions, which in his view would be an eye sore and create unnecessary dangers. It might also have the effect of increasing vehicle speed at a place where it should be slowed given that it is on a corner. If you have not already shared your own views with Brent and would like to do so, please let David have your comments by Thursday, August 7th so that he can complete a submission –

In terms of next steps for the Improvement Project, we will be submitting an application for a second round of Ward Working funding which, if awarded, will go towards creating a vision brochure, complete with design proposals, that can be used to solicit further funding. We don’t feel as though we are too far away from this stage and will no doubt be seeking your thoughts and comments as we move through this process.


HD207 Willesden Lane (Consultation Design Plan) Final

Consultation Brent Council

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