Nine Chandos Road (or nearby) residents attended the Brent Connects-Willesden meeting at the Willesden Green Library last night and five of them spoke against the council's policy to replace paving stones on walkways with tarmac.
Points made included:
- an overview of the reasons why residents were upset about the loss of paving and the destruction of trees
- the failure of councillors to answer emails about the issue from their residents
- a question on why the council were wasting £129,000 on one street when funds were needed elsewhere
- complete replacement of the whole footway was unnecessary and spoilt the character of the area
- claims that there had been consultation with residents were false. The single meeting that had taken place was at the instigation of residents.
A resident brought up the Willesden Green Library debacle and the residue monies collected from that project and asked why those monies couldn't be given back now in the form of paving repairs as a goodwill gesture for the the asset stripping that occurred then.
Mohammed Butt met with the group after the meeting for about 10 minutes and according to residents accepted that the council had indeed gone about this very badly and apologised.
A resident told Wembley Matters:
He appeared to accept the point that we were angry, that this was a waste of money and that it could be better used elsewhere. When pressed about halting the decimation of our street, he spoke of legal obligations though this was vague I think he meant people tripping and couldn't provide any evidence on figures for people claiming for tripping in Chandos Road. He then said it was more or less impossible to interrupt the process that was taking place as he would be seen to renege on the council's own decisions - I put it to him he could interrupt and someone (probably him) has the power to put a stop to it and send the contractors to another site. He wouldn't give any concrete assurances. When he left I think the general consensus was he took our points on board and whilst it may not stop the ruination of our street it may stop them bulldozing over the needs of other residents' streets.The residents Facebook RAT-Resistance Against Tarmac is HERE