Brent and Harrow
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Sadiq Khan Mayor of London
Navin Shah GLA Brent & Harrow
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Brent has been named the 2020 London Borough of Culture

I am thrilled Brent has been picked as the 2020 London Borough of Culture. This opens up so many exciting opportunities for local people, and I can’t wait to see the £1 million award go towards unlocking the huge talent and creativity in our community.


Brent Council’s bid includes a huge summertime street party for 200,000 people with 16 pop-up visual arts, dance, theatre and music commissions. It also includes a large-scale not for profit media pilot project called Brent Lives and there are plans to turn Brent into an open-air museum for 2020 for local people, Londoners and tourists from further afield. This a true recognition of Brent’s rich diversity and the excellent record it has as a leading borough when it comes to culture, arts and innovation.

I would like to thank all of the local businesses, schools and residents that got behind the bid so enthusiastically- this is a testament to all of their hard work and the great things that can happen when the whole community comes together.


  • Back the Bid Brent London Borough of Culture 2020 can be read via this link
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27th February 2018

Northwick Park Hospital secured £9.9 million worth of funding

Northwick Park Hospital secured £9.9 million worth of funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund

I welcome the partnership approach run by Brent council with London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, Network Homes and University of Westminster to regenerate and improve facilities for much needed affordable housing and better Transport links.

This is a positive step forward for the area and I will be following the proposals very closely to ensure that improvements to Northwick Park station are also included.

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22nd February 2018

The Mayor announced at today at Mayor’s Question Time that he will allocate extra funding towards tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The Mayor announced at today at Mayor’s Question Time that he will allocate extra funding towards tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The Mayor’s announcement today is much needed as this vital resource will be put in place to tackle FGM in our capital.

I have seen first-hand how community activists such as Norbury School in Harrow have been working hard to tackle FGM by  sharing good practice amongst other schools in Harrow and London.

I hope that a significant portion of any funding will go towards supporting the leading community activists who are already working on this issue.

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22nd February 2018

Public Health England figures

Public Health England figures released on 16 February, show that the highest rates of child obesity are concentrated in the capital

These figures offer a shameful dose of reality about the severe health problems that can be caused by social inequalities and poverty in our capital.

Government cuts have not helped and have let young people down in our community, with less funding available for youth services and activities.

However, it is positive to see that the Mayor is taking this issue seriously, with his plans to set up a Child Obesity taskforce which aims to tackle this epidemic by 2028.

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19th February 2018

Improving digital connections to make London a Smart City

The capital is poorly served when it comes to digital connectivity, suffering from ‘not-spots’ or ‘digital deserts’ due to a lack of fibre connections and poor 4G coverage.

In its 2017 report, “Digital Connectivity in London” (1}, the Regeneration Committee found that London’s economic productivity and international competitiveness face a significant threat from this deficiency.

  • For 4G coverage, London ranks in the bottom 5 UK cities with only 73.6 per cent.
  • London ranked 30th out of 63 cities across the UK for high speed broadband coverage.
  • In Spain 83 per cent of all its buildings are connected to pure fibre. In the UK the figure is just 3 per cent or even less.

Before the Mayor launches his Smart London Plan in June 2018, the Regeneration Committee will hold a discussion on making London a Smart City, and how to improve Digital Connectivity within the Capital in general.

The following areas will be of particular interest: 

  • Digital connectivity - connectivity is now a well known issue that needs to be addressed.
  • Smart cities - the impact of 'smart urbanism' and implementation of smart city technologies.
  • Piloting innovative approaches as the Mayor looks to regenerate Old Oak Common and Park Royal through the OPDC. 

The following guests will answer questions:

  • Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer, GLA
  • Dr Stephen Lorimer, Smart City Policy and Delivery Officer, GLA
  • Dr Katherine Willis, Associate Professor, University of Plymouth

 The meeting will take place on Tuesday 6 February at 10:00am in Committee Room 5

at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.


Notes for Editors:

1                    Digital Connectivity in London report

2                    London Assembly Regeneration Committee

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6th February 2018