|Old St Andrew's Church, Kingsbury, Brent's only Grade 1 listed building - not on the tourist list|
People will have their own ideas but it terms of heritage I would includes Old St Andrew's Church in Kingsbury, dating from the 12th century and incorporating Roman brick from an earlier villa and much more recent mural at the Bobby Moore Bridge have been left off - presumably because the Council has covered most of it with advertising! Classifying Boxpark as a market seems a bit odd
This is the list (unedited):
o - Wembley Stadium
o - Wembley Arena
· - The Kiln Theatre, Kilburn
· - Troubadour Theatre (meanwhile), Wembley Park
· - Lexi Cinema
· - Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden
· - Shri Vallabh Nidhi Mandir, Ealing Road
· - Shree Swaminarayan Mandir temple, Kingsbury
· - Brent Museum and Archive, Willesden
· - Gaumont State, Kilburn
· - Churchill’s Bunker, Neasden
· - Metro Land (Brent contains some of the best Holden Stations)
· - Blue Plaques
· - Public art – murals and street art (e.g. Kilburn, Willesden, Church End, Ealing Road)
· - It should also be noted that heritage and culture can be seen in Brent’s town centres through the food, drink, music, and clothing. To name a few; Harlesden Town Centre’s Caribbean, Brazilian, Polish and Somali influences, amongst many others; Ealing Road’s South Asian; and Kilburn’s Irish heritage.
Pubs and clubs
o - Ace Café
o - Paradise Pub for club scene
o - Windermere is best statutory listed 1930s pub
o - Emerging night time economy in Kilburn
Parks and open space:
o - Fryent Park
o - Gladstone Park
o - Welsh Harp Reservoir
o - Roundwood Park
o - Barham Park
o - Kind Edwards Park
· - Ealing Road
· - LDO (including Cineworld)
· - Church End
· - Kilburn
· - Queens Park Farmer’s Market
· - BOXPARK
· a) Ealing Road and Kingsbury – destinations for South Asian food, clothing and jewellery.
· b) Harlesden – global array of music, cuisine and clothing, with prominence of Caribbean, Brazilian, Polish and Somali in particular.
· c) Kilburn – night-time economy offer, including pubs and restaurants, with The Kiln as the cultural anchor. Also the night tube at Kilburn station and great connectivity across 4 stations in total
· d) Willesden – food and drink offer (highlighted in the recent nomination for the Great British High Street ‘rising star’ award.
The report notes the Joint Events Committee in Wembley Park and continues:
In addition, the council also deploys its own operational teams to manage the impact of each event on the local neighbourhood. This includes traffic management, enforcement of event day parking restrictions, street cleaning before, during and after each event, CCTV support, and other enforcement around licensing and trading standards. A new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is proposed to extend enforcement powers to control other anti-social behaviour such as ticket-touting, littering and street urination. The council is also a committed partner in a programme to make the Wembley zone a ‘best in class’ sporting venue. This includes delivering on proposals to upgrade road signage, wayfinding and toilets and improvements to the public realm, better coordinated communications and a comprehensive network of crowd security measures including ‘hostile vehicle mitigation’ installations.The report reviews public toilet provision in the area and concludes that there is sufficient - something that is likely to be disputed by many locals.
Further footfall is not likely to be welcomed by the residents of Pinnacle Tower who were unable to access or exit their properties during the recent NFL events. There had been an unauthorised 2 hour closure of Fulton Road but nonetheless Brent Council told the property manager that such difficulties were inevitable on such a site as a result of event day increases in pedestrian and vehicular traffic.