|Kilburn Times story|
Cllr Mashari promptly rejected the call which was based on alleged incompetence over the redevelopment of the Granville and Carlton Centres in South Kilburn. After a campaign by residents and users new proposals are to be put to the Cabinet on Tuesday November 15th which include, in Phase 2, proposals for the Granville Kitchen, Granville Nursery Plus and Otherwise Club. These were covered in an earlier post on Wembley Matters LINK.
Duffy wrote after coverage of the issue in the Kilburn Times which reported Zadie Smith's support for campaigners LINK: (Duffy's email appear to have been written in some haste and I have corrected typos)
Cllr Mashari replied:All Councillors,This scandal attached came about because the cabinet agree to knock down a school in Kilburn they did not know was there . I know that is hard to believe particularly because it is a Brent school. How could anybody miss a school is beyond me.Cllr Mashari in true cabinet style, failed to consult the school , the local community centres or local Kilburn Councillors. Her incompetency put £2million investment in local employment from the Soth Kilburn Trust and £750k from the GLA at risk. The incompetency also put the school and community through unnecessary anguish . During the cabinet meeting to knock down the school not one question was raised by the cabinet about the lack of communication and consultation with users of the community centres and Kilburn Councillors.It was only after the intervention of the local Councillors Rita Conneely, Barbara (Pitruzzella) and myself , where we demanded a meeting with the Leader and the CEO, did the leader agree to reconsider change the decision and consider options to ensure the future of the user groups and school.This is not the first time the cabinet have have put funding at risk , due to their previous incompetence , they previous nearly gave the street cleansing contractor up to £400k by failing to notice the report said all extra revenue from the green bins should go to the contractor (Veolia) and not the Brent council.I believe Cllr Mashari should apologies to the residents of Kilburn for her breathtaking incompetence and resign from the regelation portfolio .
Cllr Duffy responded thanking Cllr Mashari for her clarification but went on to list the reasons she should resign: (typos and minor corrections)Thank you for your email.The decision on the future use of Granville that went through cabinet earlier this year did not come from Regeneration, but rather through property, which now sits under the Leader's portfolio. I understand that this may be confusing, but I have taken the time to sit down with Cllr Conneely to explain the division of responsibility here.I understand that the leader has met and spoken about this matter with you on a number of occasions.As far as the future of the building is concerned, I am now taking forward a paper through regeneration which outlines the next phase of the project in the context of the South Kilburn Regeneration scheme and I assure you that the process will be collaborative going forward. I am happy to further discuss the upcoming cabinet paper with you and your ward colleagues.I had also asked that Richard Barrett from our Regeneration team meet individually with each of the tenants and local stakeholders to capture their feedback and concerns. This has been done in addition to several other consultative meetings and exercises.While I agree that the original decision could have been undertaken more collaboratively with councillors and community stakeholders, you will appreciate that I was not the lead member on this and that myself and Regeneration staff are working hard to establish a more consultative approach to make this project a success now it has passed from Property to Regeneration.With regards to your assertion that I should resign, I feel this is a wholly inappropriate response on the back of a Kilburn Times article and clearly before you had taken the trouble to check which cabinet member led on the original decision.Nonetheless, I am determined to find a way forward for Granville that means all local stakeholders are at the heart of the design and function of the new enterprise hub and I hope that you will continue to work closely with Richard Barrett and myself to ensure that happens.
There are four reasons I think you should resign and apologise.(1) It is not about the issue of who made original decision, it's the fact you left the parents and governors of the school and users of the community centre in limbo , not knowing if the school and community centre would close.They were left not knowing for over 3 months.During that time there were many meetings concerning the centres both in Kilburn and the CC (Civic Centre) since the July 25th meeting. You have not even attempted to visit the school you have not visited the community centre you have not attended SKT or to my knowledge you have not even set foot in Kilburn since you were elected or since the meeting of the 25 July.(2)Your action to ignore my plea to start consultation put £2.75 million much needed investment in Kilburn at risk and it was only the actions and pressure of the local community and Rita, Barbara and myself that secured the funding.(3) You say you have asked officers from the generation team to meet with local stake holders,this is true. Unfortunately you only asked officers to meet with stakeholder this week which is 105 Days after the meeting of the July 25th and 115 Days after I sent you the email outlining the lack of consultation.I find it quite disingenuous for you to pretend you have taken actions , when you ignored Kilburn residents for over 3 months.(4) I do believe you even bother to read the reports (sic) on the demolition of the Granville and Carlton on the 25th May This is borne out by your confusion with the dates and believing you were not the lead member at the time.Cllr Mashari you can try and blame Cllr Butt and Cllr McLennan (Deputy Leader) , but both of those along with Cllr W. Mitchell- Murray have come to Kilburn to reassure residents while you have ignored them.I say again you should resign as I believe the residents of Kilburn will not have any confidence in you to deliver regeneration which reflects the needs of their community.