24 May 2013

Transition Willesden Talking Energy : Making it Green

Hi all,
Our next public meeting is a talk about Energy.

Talking Energy : Making it Green 

Electric House in Willesden.

296 Willesden Lane, NW2

We are delighted to welcome 
Akta Raja from Green Tomato Energy and Jon Cowdrill from Joju Solar 
They will talk about how best to save energy within your home, the challenges of retrofitting existing buildings to become highly energy efficient, and the inside story on Solar power.
We're going to combine it with our AGM, so you will have a chance to briefly hear about other things that we have been involved in this year.
More details at
Hope to see you there!

14 May 2013

Cricklewood residents surprised by wall art

 A new work by Kevin vincenzo keating  ( KVK) has  surprised  Criklewood residents
  A work is on the corner of Cricklewood lane, called the Cross roads and is a symbolic interpretation of the four roads and 3 boroughs that meet in( Cricklewood, The tree symbol in the centre with 5 branches and 5 roots ) The coloured bird in the middle of the tree, represents the harmonisation between these factors and the added elements of community cohesion and art .

 The mural is sparse and unlike the normal approach to murals. and it is designed so that the spaces are filled and coloured by pedestrians and passing traffic. Work may only be up a shot while  Snappy Snaps the owners of the wall space were surprised by the graffiti  and said that it evokes novelty, design and precision  and shows how a place can be improved with artistic expression.  The work is an ode to Cricklewood and the community effort tha tontines to make Criklewood a more vibrant place. 

12 May 2013

Threat to part of Barnet's original "Brent Cross, Cricklewood and West Hendon Development Framework" area.

The "Coalition for a Sustainable Brent Cross Cricklewood Development" would like to draw your attention - URGENTLY! - to this threat to part of Barnet's original "Brent Cross, Cricklewood and West Hendon Development Framework" area.
(That Framework is the one that estimates over 29,000 extra cars every day in the area, which is what prompted us to promote a possible DLR light-rail solution, east-west across outer north London.)
 The northern part of the Framework area, West Hendon, is alongside the Site of Special Scientific Interest, the Welsh Harp.
The West Hendon estate needs rebuilding, but project after project has collapsed over the years. The latest one is to include several high-rise blocks of flats, up to 29 storeys, only 20 metres from the edge of the SSSI !
This email is to ask you to kindly read the web site 
and to OPPOSE the planning application.
You will see the arguments on the web site, including a detailed document in the right-hand column, submitted by Brent Council to Barnet.
After reading the detailed case, please use the information there to make a submission to Barnet Council, to OPPOSE the planning application.
(Quote the application number, and your name and address, and use whatever arguments you feel are most appropriate.)
Consultation closes very shortly - you need to submit your opposition byMonday evening, 13 May, to Barnet Council !

 Please forward this email, as much as possible, as quickly as possible!
At 9am on Tuesday the Barnet planning department will end the consultation on their West Hendon development plans at Welsh Harp. If you have not already responded to the planning application you can still email your objections
Here is a pro-forma letter as promised if you want to object. All you have to do is add your name to the letter and send in by email, or you can add your own views. 
At 11am on Monday various groups from Brent and Barnet are handing in petitions at Hendon Town Hall.
The local media will be there so we need a good turnout. Join us there and help us make some noise!
Please delete this message before forwarding the letter below
Dear Mr Wyld,
I am writing in response to planning application H/01054/13. I specifically object on the following grounds:
1. Tall Buildings
The height of the buildings in this planning application is not in fitting with planning rules outlined in Barnet’s core strategy or the Mayor of London’s London Plan.
The Barnet Core Strategy
The West Hendon development plans would see buildings of up to 29 storeys. The Barnet’s core strategy CS5 designates the proposed site as suitable for buildings 8-20 storeys high, not 29 storeys. 
The London Plan
Section 7.7e of the London Plan says “The impact of tall buildings proposed in sensitive locations should be given particular consideration.”
Section 7.7d says tall buildings must not “affect their surroundings adversely in terms of microclimate, wind turbulence, overshadowing, noise, reflected glare, aviation, navigation and telecommunication interference” and “should not impact on local or strategic views adversely”.
Section 7.8e of the London Plan says “New development should make provision for the protection of archaeological resources, landscapes and significant memorials.”
2. Nature & Wildlife
I am concerned about the impact of this development on the Welsh Harp’s unique wildlife and nature for the following reasons:
  • The Welsh Harp is home to the country’s largest breeding group of great crested grebe and significant numbers of waterfowl. The plan does not give serious consideration to the impact on its wildlife.
  • The proposed buildings would be much closer to the water’s edge than the current development.
  • The proposed footbridges crossing the reservoir and SSSI are likely to cause disturbance to the wildlife by users.
  • The impact of the development on bats caused by the felling of trees as well as the additional lighting from the development.
3. Infrastructure
The building of 2,000 properties would require significant enhancements to infrastructure to cope with demand.
  1. Health services – GP services are already stretched to the limit. The plan makes no mention of additional health services to meet the needs of the increased population.
  2. Schools – One additional 2 form primary school as mentioned in the plan will not be adequate to deal with the education needs of this many people.
  3. Roads – The transport infrastructure will struggle to cope; the substantial volume of extra traffic could bring Cool Oak Lane to a daily standstill.

11 May 2013

"We am exuded by no Hamsters" and "A Portrait of the Universe as a Young Halibut"

SEE ARTWORKS by P>MURRY "We am exuded by no Hamsters" and "A Portrait of the Universe as a Young Halibut" in...

10 May 2013


BAR has been through many changes, 
with a  change in gallery co-ordinator, 
location and new board members.

Our aim  bring Brent artists of 
all levels together. 

We can finally tell 
you that 
is our new home!

Until the end of June, at least.



and a response to the new space...

We are planning to be open on Saturday 11th May

 between 5-8PM,

We want as many of you to come along and

be part of BAR's future at 

Making work that will RE-INVENT the space.
This is YOUR Gallery.






A showcase for all organisations and

 individuals that are in transition.

More details to follow soon...

BAR – Brent Artist’s Resource is an artist led voluntary
 organization founded in 1984. 
We aim to: serve the cultural needs of the people of Brent
 and North West London, provide a supportive
 environment for artists in their professional development
 create opportunities to participate in the 
Visual Arts through exhibitions, workshops, 
mentoring schemes and information.

If you have more QUESTIONS? Just email 
or find more info here:

9 May 2013

Caroline Lucas: "I plan to join striking City Clean workers and continue to stand up for workplace rights"

Update on Council pay
08 May 2013
Yesterday around 10% of Brighton and Hove council staff received a settlement offer as part of a process designed to ‘modernise’ pay and allowances.
Since the negotiations began, I have made my opposition to any cuts in take home pay very clear.
I am therefore disappointed that, whilst some will gain from this process, a number will face a reduction in the money they have to live off each week.
This is unacceptable. I know from the many constituents who have written to me about this issue that they agree.
So too does the Brighton and Hove Green Party, whose members voted at a meeting last night to  condemn the offer and also expressed dismay that responsibility for the pay negotiations was handed to council officers.
With the support of the local Green Party, I have pledged to campaign against the offer made to workers, in accordance with the local and national party's democratically agreed anti-cuts and anti- austerity policies.
I plan to join striking City Clean workers and continue to stand up for workplace rights – as I promised to do when I was elected and have consistently prioritised in Parliament.