Note of North Greenford Ward Forum Meeting
thNorth Greenford Ward Forum meeting – held on Wednesday 28 January 2008, 7.00pm at Horsenden Primary
School, Horsenden Lane North, Greenford
Present: Councillors Walker (chair) & Ahmed
Apologies: Cllr Sandhu
Note taker: Tan Afzal (TA) - Neighbourhood Co-ordinator North
No. Note Action Point/Information
Welcome and Introductions 1.
The meeting started at 7:05 pm in the Main Hall within Horsenden
Primary School Cllr Walker (chair) welcomed all. Chair explained
that the meeting would consist of a set agenda allowing for informal
discussion on all matters. Those residents wishing to make
comment should allow themselves to be known. Matters that do not
pertain to the ward and are considered as private should not be
raised, instead left to discuss with Councillors at the end of the
Transport for London Consultation for new Bus Routes 2. Action Point/Information
Cllr Walker explained the officer representing TfL, Richard Shirley,
could not attend the ward forum meeting and wished to send his
apologies to all attendees.
A meeting will be arranged with TfL to take place before the end of ? A route from Ealing to Wood End is required
March 2009. This consultation event will be publicized through the ? Buses should be going to Northwick Park Hospital and not
web, via email/post to all attendees who register their email or postal Harrow bus station. There would be more standing room at
address with the Neighbourhood Governance Coordinator. Northwick Park Hospital whilst better facilitating patients
and visitors of the hospital.
? A meeting between residents of the three affected wards
(Northolt Mandeville, Greenford green and North Greenford)
and TfL is required prior to the consultation period ending.
Local Officers– Safer Neighbourhood Team 3. Action Point/Information
Introduced Sergeant Adrian Tither, manager of North Greenford Contact Number: 020 8721 2914
Safer Neighbourhood Team. He introduced PC Tither (his wife)
? Burglary has become prevalent to the ward, to combat this;
plain clothed patrols are deployed often to the area. The ward
is highly residential which makes it attractive to offenders,
especially those homes with PVC doors, which are a convenient
method of gaining entry to properties when they are not secured
properly. Most residents leave the doors with the handle up
which is not recommended, as the door can be opened using a
wooden handle through the post box. The lock should be
secured using the key.
? Motor vehicle crime is common where individuals leave property within their car, in particular satellite navigation systems. ? All emergencies must be directed to 999 ? A recent investigation led to the discovery of a cannabis factory within the ward, which was immediately closed down ? The team is going on a cycling course, which will enable better transportation, when the shared motor vehicle is not available ? A recent six-phase partnership day in conjunction with the Council resulted in many successes including arrests for fraud, laundering and drugs; 2 warrants; possession of untaxed vehicles; burglary patrols on the Wood End Estate and a large scale street clean up. Individuals subletting their council properties were identified, with 4 individuals facing prosecution for claiming benefits fraudulently SNT Residents ? The SNT consists of very proactive officers, three of which ? Do you have a sufficient number of officers to man the ward? are PCSO’s who are predominantly engaged in reassurance work, encouraging residents to target harden themselves against crime. ? Burglary is very difficult to narrow down to a location; it is a
travelling crime, which makes it impossible for the Police to ? As a resident of Ashness Gardens I am concerned about the 8
use all their resources for one particular end of the ward. burglaries that took place there within one week, a greater
However, a burglar was recently caught in the locality, which police presence is required.
may result in a reduction in the burglary rate.
? The Police does not have the power to convict, the Crown ? How much evidence does the Police require in order to make a
Prosecution Service takes the decision to prosecute. The conviction?
Police aims to provide as much evidence as possible to seek
? The local SNT has a good rapport with the young people who ? Wood End Estate has its share of gangs and youths who walk
gather at Wood End Estate, and are hoping to work with them around in groups with their ‘hoodies’ on, do the Police
in finding a suitable diversionary scheme that can get them communicate with them and do you have intelligence pertaining
off the street. The fear of crime associated with these young to their whereabouts?
people is greater than the actual committed crime, which is
no more than minor anti-social behaviour.
Funding For Local Projects 4. Action Point/Information
? All recommended improvements have been cross checked with
services to ensure that they do not conflict or duplicate existing
plans, they complement Council plans and are considered value
? All works will be carried within the ward of North Greenford.
? Recommendations (Appendix 1 of Ward Recommendations report) were considered as noted; a report to Cabinet will lead to implementation in early March.
Public Forum - Residents Action Point/Information 5.
i. The carriageway and pavement by Horsenden Hill Primary School requires upgrading, it is in a terrible state of disrepair, in particular at
the junction to Greenford Road, which is hazardous to both parent s
ii. Can wheelie bins be added opposite to the surgery at Greenford Road, where piles of rubbish are constantly being dumped?
iii. There have been two attempted rapes at the Rosewood footpath
joining Whitton Avenue East; can this area be made any safer? iv. Whitton Avenue East has a minimum of ten traffic islands; this is an
excessive use of a road calming measure, which makes the area
hazardous rather than safer to drive through. Can we have clarity
and understanding on why such measures were implemented.
Resident v. A zebra crossing is needed at Wood End Way to create a safer
environment for pedestrians in particular those individuals using Residents need to write to their school Governors to initiate such as
Wood End School. scheme. The School Travel Planners have a budget available from
Statistically three children have been knocked down along the TfL to implement a zebra crossing.
Wood End Way.
vi. The area at Rosewood Open Space stretching along to Whitton
Avenue East and the adjoining alleyway.
The clearing of the area encouraged rats to enter the surrounding
residential homes. Previously the brambles had helped to hinder
burglaries, since their removal, passers by are looking into the
gardens of surrounding properties.
vii The pavement on Horsenden Lane North leading to the school is
often covered in dog excrement; local dog owners need more
6. Steve Luniss – Volunteer Link Scheme Action Point/Information
The VLS is a registered charity providing one to one volunteer
befriending to people who are housebound and socially isolated as
a result of a disability or long-term illness. Volunteers can help a
housebound person to get out of the house if they wish, or spend
time talking with them at home. Currently volunteers are required for
1-2 hours per week; linked up to someone locally.
Currently there is a real shortage of volunteers for this service,
interested parties need to be over the age of 18 years and should
contact Volunteer Link Scheme via email/telephone:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8832 7422
8. Meeting Concluded Action Point/Information
Cllr Walker and Cllr Ahmed thanked residents for attending the