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7 Dec 2019

Brent Trades Council hustings of Brent Central Parliamentary candidates in the General Election. Saturday 7th December 2019

Brent Trades Council hustings of Brent Central Parliamentary candidates in the General Election. Saturday 7th December 2019 at 3pm New Testament of Church of God 179 High Road Willesden London NW10 2SD Candidates who originally agreed to attend: David Brescia (Conservative) NO SHOW Dawn Butler (Labour Party) William Relton (Green Party) Deborah Unger (Lib Dem) Chair:Mary Adossides, Brent Trades Council Brent Trades Council hustings of Brent Central Parliamentary candidates in the General Election. Saturday 7th December 2019 Introduction by Chair: Mary Adossides, Brent Trades Council Opening remarks Dawn Butler (Labour Party) William Relton (Green Party) Deborah Unger (Lib Dem) url:https://youtu.be/1l6ZbnArhUY Brent Trades Council hustings of Brent Central Parliamentary candidates in the General Election. Saturday 7th December 2019 Introduction by Chair: Mary Adossides, Brent Trades Council Questions: Climate change and pollution Dawn Butler (Labour Party) William Relton (Green Party) url:https://youtu.be/rkYTc9-3Wjw Brent Trades Council hustings of Brent Central Parliamentary candidates in the General Election. Saturday 7th December 2019 Introduction by Chair: Mary Adossides, Brent Trades Council Questions: Austerity, Poverty, Arms exports,crime Dawn Butler (Labour Party) William Relton (Green Party) Deborah Unger (Lib Dem) url:https://youtu.be/tcpe1hD_O5M Brent Trades Council hustings of Brent Central Parliamentary candidates in the General Election. Saturday 7th December 2019 Introduction by Chair: Mary Adossides, Brent Trades Council Questions: racism, refugees, migration, economics, education Dawn Butler (Labour Party) William Relton (Green Party) Deborah Unger (Lib Dem) url: https://youtu.be/8Uh1NYkyr-w Brent Trades Council hustings of Brent Central Parliamentary candidates in the General Election. Saturday 7th December 2019 Introduction by Chair: Mary Adossides, Brent Trades Council Questions: NHS, closing remarks Dawn Butler (Labour Party) William Relton (Green Party) Deborah Unger (Lib Dem) url:https://youtu.be/RAPLNN1TPLs

5 Dec 2019

Brent Young Green puts Cllr Krupa Sheth on the spot over recycling

Brent Young Green, Macsen Brown,  quizzed Cllr Krupa Sheth, lead member for the environment, at the last Brent Council meeting:

Harrow Times 5/12/19

21 Nov 2019

Review Mapesbury asphalt and Furness trees decisions William Relton tells Brent Council

William Relton, Green Party  parliamentary candidate for Brent Central is calling on Brent Council to review two actions that were due to be implemented on Monday morning in the night of its Climate Emergency Declaration. William said,
Quite why this is happening so soon after The Climate Emergency Declaration was made is quite staggering.The Climate Emergency Declaration must be more than a public relations stunt. It will only have credibility if residents can see that it affects Brent Council’s every environmental action. I support Mapesbury residents concerned about the detrimental environmental impact of asphalt replacing paving in Dartmouth Road and the people of Furness Road who have managed to delay the cutting down of trees in their road, five of which are outside Furness Primary School. Both cases indicate that the Council is prevented by a bureaucratic interpretation of its own guidelines in making sensible decisions that contribute to   the fight against climate change. 

I call on Brent Council to review both decisions and ensure that all such actions are seen through the lense of the Climate Emergency Declaration. Coincidentally I responded in the comments section of the CED specifically about Brent needing to implement a large scale tree planting programme, and this removal of healthy trees seems to be completely at odds with its own policy.

15 Nov 2019

William Relton & Simon Rebbitt, Green Party candidates for Brent Central and Brent North introduce themselves


William Relton making the case for  the Green Party in Willesden Green
My name is William Relton. I am honoured and delighted to have been selected as the candidate for the Green Party in Brent Central. This really is the most important election for decades. The timing is not right for a proper General Election on the broader issues concerning most people up and down the country, which is how a General Election should work. This election will be forever remembered as the Brexit election. Just as Caroline Lucas has been campaigning ever since the ’16 referendum, we really should have had a proper People’s Choice referendum before this election. However, Parliament, or at least the two largest parties, has decided that we should have an election now, so here we are.

This will be a very important election for the smaller parties. People have really begun to realise that our two party, first past the post system, just doesn’t work anymore. A total reform of our electoral system is urgently needed. A vote for the smaller parties is a step in the right direction towards Proportional Representation, a system that the vast majority of modern democracies use. The Lib Dems are still badly tainted by their record in the coalition government with the Tories. A vote for the Green Party will help support a movement for a fairer, cleaner, happier Britain. Please do vote for me, William Relton, Green Party, Brent Central on December 12.


Secondary school teacher Simon Rebbitt
My name is Simon Rebbitt. I am a secondary school teacher of History and Geography and the Green Party’s candidate for Brent North. I have lived in Brent for the last ten years and have taught in comprehensive schools in this community all that time. The things that are important to me I believe are important to all of us: the huge rents that stop people moving onto the property ladder, the general cost of living and especially transport costs. They affect me and they affect you too. First and foremost, as the representative for Brent I would want to make sure these concerns are known in Parliament. 

As a Green Party member, I care about the environment yes, but then again, I haven’t ever met anyone who doesn’t. We all want a healthy world we can leave for our children. That doesn’t mean banning all cars or forcing everyone to become vegans, it means finding workable solutions that can make us make positive changes to our lifestyles. But right now, the biggest distraction is Brexit. The leave result was a crude answer to a complicated set of problems championed by pandering politicians looking to advance their careers at the cost of everybody else. I first joined the Greens when I saw how impotently Corbyn tried to oppose the Leave campaign. The Green Party opposes division, it stands for unity, for the planet and for its people. I stand with them and for Brent now and for the future.

13 Oct 2019

Focus on trees that are fit for purpose



Opinion... Focus on trees that are fit for purpose (from Horticulture Week https://www.hortweek.com/opinion-focus-trees-fit-purpose/arboriculture/article/1661525?fbclid=IwAR3Mal1ZKKQcjQNSAl1KgB57ntCcazzKK9QR_9Dk-GaCUKTKEPM5eNaNsBQ originally posted in green left facebook by Jon A. Meek)
4 October 2019, by Jeremy Barrell
Attending tree conferences around the world, the thrust is always the same — lots of spin showcasing project successes and creating a pervasive impression that everything is fine. But it’s not. Everywhere I look I see the natural environment in crisis. Industrial farming and fishing are degrading nature on a breathtaking scale, fuelled by visionless politicians oblivious to public opinion.
The scale of international climate protests demonstrates how far behind governments lag, and it’s the same for trees. It’s obvious that
high-quality trees are good for people, yet the politicians still cling to sound bites and shallow gestures focused on numbers instead of outcomes. I am heartened by the Government pledge of £10m for new urban trees, but it is not bold enough for the unfolding climate crisis. It is too little, too late.
Many nurseries continue to produce trees unfit for purpose and buyers continue to accept defective products, despite a British Standard (BS 8545) designed to stop the rot. It is encouraging that many new trees are being planted, but the lack of maintenance funding means few will reach their full potential. So the numbers game wheel keeps turning — low-quality trees, poorly planted, die after a few years and the cycle restarts. Politicians and nurseries win, the people lose, every time.
Although new planting creates a comfortable sense of progress, the real gains are in preventing the loss of existing trees to development. Established trees are already in place and delivering benefits right where they are needed most, close to people, so it is intelligent to work around the best ones. The planning mechanisms exist to do this, yet incompetent planners and local politicians consistently fail to deliver sustainable development.
We have the expertise, technology, and capacity to put this right, but the mindset is missing. Government must legislate based on outcomes, not numbers. There must be a focus on growing trees fit for purpose and planting them properly. All local planning authorities must have a written tree policy and dedicated tree officers to implement sustainable tree management.
The historic Government approach of passive persuasion isn’t working. Instead, we need political leadership to drive positive change — and legislation in the forthcoming environmental bill is the way to do it.
Jeremy Barrell is managing director of Barrell Tree Consultancy

11 Oct 2019

Support to the RMT in its protest against ticket office closure on London Overground stations,

As London and Brent  Green Party Trade Union liaison officer I would like to send our support to the RMT in its protest against ticket office closure on London Overground stations, (https://www.kilburntimes.co.uk/news/transport-union-to-hold-protest-against-ticket-office-cuts-1-631598 and https://www.rmt.org.uk/campaigns/rail/save-london-overground-ticket-offices/ )





Just as with the campaign to retain and reinstate guards on trains, this is not just an issue of protecting jobs, but it is also a public welfare issue. Stations will become less safe, secure and accessible and it will probably become more difficult to purchase the correct tickets. Additionally, the reduction in station staffing discourages use of public transport, just at a time when it should be being encouraged, as an alternative to car use because of the need to combat climate change.

8 Oct 2019

GREENWASH? Here's how Brent scored on our climate-friendly test (according to FoE)


Here's how Brent scored on our climate-friendly test

Overall score: 72%


The Brent area’s performance on climate change is average compared to other local authority areas. All local authorities, even the best performing, need to do much more if climate catastrophe is to be averted. Brent particularly needs to do much better on increasing renewable energy, increasing tree cover, and increasing waste recycling.

Score breakdown

Trees

3% of Brent is woodland
The highest proportion in similar areas is 13%. Trees are great at removing carbon from the air around us. Doubling tree cover across the country would help reduce emissions.

Transport

68% of commuter journeys are made by public transport, cycling and walking
Brent should aim for 80% by 2030. We need fewer vehicles on the roads – they increase air pollution and are harmful to our health.

Housing

41% of Brent homes are well insulated
Poorly insulated homes cost more to run, which is inefficient and contributes to fuel poverty. Brent needs to ensure all homes are properly insulated by 2030.

Waste

37% of household waste is reused, recycled, or composted
When waste isn’t reused, recycled or composted, it may end up burnt, in landfill or even in our waterways and seas. Brent should aim for 70% by 2025 on the path to zero waste.

Renewable energy

Brent has 3 megawatts of renewable energy available
If the area matched the best of similar local council areas it would have 28 MW. We need 100% clean energy from the wind, sun and sea. Electricity can’t come from dirty fuels like coal, oil and gas anymore.

20 Sep 2019


The youth climate strikers would like to invite you to attend a workshop about the Green New Deal on Thursday 26th September as part of their national week of climate action. The UK Student Climate Network are organising this workshop for local people and grassroots organisations in London in order to:

1.        Explain what the basic principles of the Green New Deal are
2.       Discuss how we can spread knowledge of a GND within our organisations and communities
3.       Brainstorm ideas about what a GND could mean for us - both on a national and local level

The workshop will be taking place at Preston Community Library (Carlton Avenue East, Wembley, HA9 8PL) from 6-8pm on Thursday 26th. If you would like to attend this workshop, please RSVP by purchasing a FREE ticket on our Eventbrite page below. We ask that tickets are limited to 2 per organisation, as we want to make sure we have a good variety of different groups.

19 Sep 2019

Join Brent Greens on Friday's Global Climate Strike



Brent environmental activists, politicians and trade unionists will be joining Council staff demonstrating solidarity with the Global Climate Strike on Friday morning with a rally outside Brent Civic Centre in Wembley.

They are answering the call from Greta Thunberg and other young climate activists for the older generation to support the campaign  for urgent action on the climate emergency.

Brent Council has given permission for Brent Council workers to join the rally with manager’s permission as long as their attendance does not affect service provision.

Brent citizen’s who recognise the threat posed by climate change are invited to join the Rally from 9.30am to 10am to show their support and to hear speeches from a broad range of speakers including a local school student.  Home made placards particularly welcome.

After the rally many of those attending will move on to the main solidarity event in Central London at Millbank, Westminster.

18 Sep 2019

Brent Green Party ELECTION HUSTINGS TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 17th 2019

Brent Green Party ELECTION HUSTINGS TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 17th 2019

 Our Green Party candidates for Brent Central (William Relton) and Simon Rebbit (Brent North) appearing at our Hustings Meeting Tuesday 17th September 7pm Brent Mencap 379-381 High Road, Willesden, NW10 2JR, where you can hear them explain why they are seeking your vote and answer any questions you may have.

 You will have been sent a voting link. If you cannot find it please check your spam file , Subject: Opa Voting Link

 Separately members of Brent Green Party who live in the Brent wards in the Hampstead and Kilburn Constituency could  attend hustings 17 September 2019 at: Kingsgate Community Centre, 107 Kingsgate Rd, London NW6 2JH 7pm start

youtube url: https://youtu.be/wIJw8U74qr4

12 Sep 2019

Brent FoE/ TUC meeting 11/9/2019:"Green Jobs and Economy"

Brent FoE/ TUC meeting 11/9/2019:"Green Jobs and Economy" Introductions Ian Saville (Brent FoE) and Mary Adossides (Brent TUC) url:https://youtu.be/5DhSDoGzA3c Sarah Wooley of The Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union (BFAWU) url:https://youtu.be/sB1TkD_MCds Aaron Kiely of Friends of the Earth url:https://youtu.be/S9TRpD0NTOs Councillor Roxanne Mashari (Brent) url:https://youtu.be/6GsHZgK9DPo John Youel of Labour Green New Deal url:https://youtu.be/qcYyzLliHbk John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer url:https://youtu.be/aVnDWLCU_YA Questions and discussion chaired by Ian Saville (Brent FoE) url: https://youtu.be/nIo8ElpowX4 Closing remarks from the Panel url:https://youtu.be/G1HfmPDjfEM

8 Sep 2019

Support and solidarity to the staff of Strathcona school


Brent Green Party and London Federation of Green Parties send Support and solidarity to the staff of Strathcona school  who will be going on strike with the support of the NEU to oppose the closure of the school. This closure  which damages the education of students at Strathcona and the communities which it serves, is happening inspite of numerous objections from students' parents and other members of the public. Brent council should be acting to defend Local authority education and not diminish it. 

P.Murry Trade Union Liaison Officer for Brent Green Party and London Federation of Green Parties


Support low paid food workers in Park Royal

Support low paid food workers in Park Royal

GMB CALLOUT FOR PAY PROTEST  AT FOOD FACTORY, PARK ROYAL

The workers at this major food manufacturer in Park Royal have overwhelmingly rejected 2 pay offers from management.
The GMB union has a £1/hr more campaign running and we are now at the stage of doing an indicative ballot for industrial action.
This is the first time that this workforce has been asked to take industrial action.  
Workers are mainly from Gujarat, Sri Lanka and Goa. There are many women workers. They make houmous and ready-meals for all the major supermarkets.
Most workers have worked there for many years and still only earn around the minimum-wage.
This is a major employer in the area, covering 3 factories and 1 warehouse and almost 4000 workers.

A fight here would send an important signal to all the low-waged migrant workers in London! Enough of poverty wages!

They need your support!
Workers are scared and unsure about the next steps.
This is why we want to increase their confidence and tell them ,"You can do this!"

Please come and show solidarity with us! (Hindi speakers especially would be useful).
The more the merrier!


***FRIDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER, 2019***
3.15pm - 5.15pm (shift leaves 3.30pm and 5pm)
BAKKAVOR, 40 CUMBERLAND AVENUE, NW10 7RQ

***MONDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER, 2019***

2.15pm-5pm

BAKKAVOR, 304-306 ELVEDEN PLACE, NW10 7SY 


***WEDNESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER, 2019***

4.15pm-5.15pm 

BAKKAVOR 269 ABBEYDALE ROAD, HA0 1TW 

Brent Green Party and London Federation of Green Parties send support and solidarity to the workers of 
BAKKAVOR food manufacturers in Park Royal. Their work is important and deserves to be properly paid, we also support the GMB in representing these workers. Unions have a vital role to play in organising workers in this sector where exploitation often happens.

P.Murry Trade Union Liaison Officer for Brent Green Party and London Federation of Green Parties