Last night we had our ward forum. You can see the agenda here and the notes of the meeting will appear in the same place shortly. I was quieter than usual and whilst not horribly jet-lagged from my flight home the night before I was quite happy to leave my ward colleague David Millican to make the running as chairman of the meeting. It was great that just over 50 residents came out to take part. These meetings are really useful for us councillors as they allow us to keep in close touch with what people are thinking and really understand the issues. So, thanks! Thanks for coming.
I do hope that no-one missed the meeting because of the venue change – the caretaker at Mount Carmel RC Primary School failed to turn up to let us in as agreed. Luckily Helen Johnson from the Log Cabin provided a plan B and everyone trooped around the corner. Mark Reen waited outside the school to let people know until at least 7.45pm. The other problem we had was the distribution company missing out five roads in the ward and only delivering the notice of the meeting at the last minute. I am afraid that both the school and the distribution company are going to get well roasted by our ward co-ordinator Tan Afzal today. Sorry if either of these problems got in the way of your attending.
Our SNT sergeant, Greg Fox, reported that crime in the ward has been up since the summer driven by domestic violence. For details of how to contact Sgt Fox and his team follow the Northfield SNT link on the right. Follow the Ealing crime figures link on the right to explore those more.
We spent some time talking about whether the ward or the Heritage Quarter should seek some kind of designation under the planning rules with one of the planning officers from the council, Rosemarie Wakelin. We are all proud of our neighbourhood but most of the area is simply too diverse to think of making into a conservation area. There may be a case for locally listing some buildings or groups of buildings or for employing the new designation of Local Area of Special Character. If you would like to contribute ideas please e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org