Summertime in Kilburn

It’s just a year now since Glenda Jackson chaired a meeting with the local community about re-energising the Kilburn Partnership to revitalise the High Road.

In April we discussed progress at the joint Camden and Brent Kilburn Forum meeting at the Kilburn State. Since then we have supported the Movement for Change campaign to tackle the worrying growth of Payday Loans shops springing up on the High Rd, adding to people’s concern about the disproportionate number of betting and gambling outlets. We are aiming to install access to alternatives such as credit union and debt and money management advice.

I’m pleased to say that there is now real progress with the ‘meanwhile’project which aims to increase the footfall on the High Rd and bring business innovation and diversity through alternative approaches to training and job creation. Due to our persistence the project will kick start shortly. Here is a preview:

The London Boroughs of Brent and Camden are working in partnership with an organisation called Spacemakers to deliver the project ‘Learning from Kilburn’. The project will see a currently vacant retail unit along Kilburn High Road temporarily become the University of Kilburn. The shop front university will deliver a series of courses, talks and networking over two terms, starting in late September through to the end of March next year. All the courses will be rooted in Kilburn and engage with local people.

The ‘alternative’ university will take conventional subjects such as the arts, architecture and the humanities and explore afresh with leading professionals and local people, starting a wider conversation with the community. The university aims to tap into the knowledge of Kilburn’s citizens and unlock it, engage with local residents and encourage people to the area.”

The shooting on the High Rd the day before the Notting Hill Carnival, which tragically robbed a 24 year old nursery nurse of her life, has shocked the business and local community. We are working with the police to make sure Kilburn High Rd is safe and feels safe by day and night.

There are other High Rd related initiatives and what with the reports on the Future of the High Rd following Mary Portas work, it is time to co-ordinate and maximise our energies in a Town Team so that additional funding can be leveraged in and the much loved High Rd given a better chance.

Let me know if you can help

Cllr Mary Arnold, Kilburn Ward, LB Brent

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