22 Mar 2018

Clean Air for Brent public meeting Wednesday April 18th 7-9pm

Clean Air for Brent invites you to a public meeting


Speakers include Professor Martin Williams (Air Quality Scientist at Kings College) and Jennifer Barrett (Air Quality lead at Brent Council)

Wednesday April 18th 7-9pm
Harlesden Methodist Church 25 High Street London NW10 4NE 
entrance from side passage in High St next to Church

Please use public transport. 8 min walk from Willesden Junction station, 12 min walk from Harlesden, buses 18, 187, 206, 220, 226 and 266

If you belong to a local network please publicise this event by circulating the above info throughout the borough

Other news:

Local Elections

Canvassers are out and about for the local elections.  We plan to get you more information when candidates are all known but in the meantime please ask them what they have planned about air pollution.  Here are some suggestions for questions.
1. What will you do about Brent’s dirty buses?
2. How will you protect our schools from air pollution?
3. When will you start fining idling vehicles?

The only hustings we have so far heard of is here, and all are welcome:
Mapesbury Residents' Association 
25th April 2018 (20:00-21:15)
St Gabriel's Church, Walm Lane

Meeting with Caroline Pidgeon 12.3.18


Members of the CAfB steering group met Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and Deputy Chair of the Transport Committee at her office at City Hall on 12th March along with Lib Dem Peer and spokesperson on energy, Lynne Featherstone, at the instigation of Virginia Brand, chair of QPARA. CAfB was delighted to find such whole-hearted Lib Dem concern with the problems of air quality in London. Caroline is actively addressing pollution in London and had just proposed a motion on anti-idling that was passed unanimously. Discussion centered around shared concerns over this topic and issues surrounding the London bus fleet, its composition and implementation. Caroline committed to help CAfB find answers to questions posed to TfL and both sides are looking forward to working together further.

Clean Air Day

We are looking for a volunteer to help plan and organise a daytime event or meeting on Clean Air Day 21st June in conjunction with Friends of the Earth and Brent Council One member of the steering group will be involved and it would be useful to have someone else who is available during the day on that date.  If you would like to help arrange this please email back with ’21 June’ in the subject line.


CAfB is run by volunteers and so far has a small expenditure which is kept buoyant with donations from our supporters.  If you would like to make a donation please email us and we will tell you how.

17 Mar 2018

Watermelon on line

Watermelon on line now at ​

Hard copies available FREE for Green Left members £1.50 to fellow travellers, contact

11 Mar 2018

Fire and cold - time for justice for high-rise residents!

Fire and cold - time for justice for high-rise residents!

7 - 9 pm, 15 March, Crossroads Women's Centre, NW5 2DX 

Since the public meeting in January and our followup meeting in February, we've been forging ahead on this, working with residents in three estates to see what can be won, and getting some national attention on the fact that thousands of people are now freezing without insulation or cladding on their high-rise blocks, while others are still living in danger.  We've gathered a lot of really damning information about how the government, developers, and manufacturers -- and in particular the plastics industry -- have put residents at risk, and have put together a dynamite factsheet that will be a very useful tool; we have shared it with MPs and others before, and at, a parliamentary debate.  

Our position is: Central government, not residents, caused this national disaster, and central government, not residents, should pay to deal with it, and ensure that people can keep warm and dry, and cladding is replaced without delay.

At this meeting -- our regular monthly meeting postponed from 1 March because too many people couldn't make it in the snow -- we will present some of this information, before discussing demands, strategy, and next steps in this campaign, and how to build on our heightened media presence -- since last time, Radio London, BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme, BBC Channel 5 News, and ITN news (still to be broadcast), in addition to Vice and our letter in the Guardian on cladding.  

Your input would be very welcome!  If anyone can come from an estate affected by these or similar issues, you will have time to go into a bit more detail about your situation.  

There's also a lot more happening, on District Heating, energy prices and caps, our Mini-Guide, casework, the Mayor's London Plan, fracking, divesting from fossil fuels  . . . please keep urgent reports to a couple of minutes.  Some reports can carry over to the following meeting -- 5 April in Stockwell to allow more time to work out our strategy on cladding and insulation, and to discuss some ideas on how to bring in more people who can help with FPA's work on a weekly basis, and also to get funding for it!
As always, the venue is fully wheelchair accessible.  It really helps if you have a minute to indicate if you're

Hope to see you there, or soon.  


10 Mar 2018

Friends of Paddington Old Cemetery

Friends of Paddington Old Cemetery

Hi All
We have arranged a meeting for 6:45 on Wednesday  March the 14th.

Cllr John Duffy will provide update on recent events, plus there will be feedback on last weeks joint FoPOC and council officers

Location, Kilburn Square Coop Meeting room 
Kilburn Square Victoria Road
London NW6 6PT
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