Brent and Harrow
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Sadiq Khan Mayor of London
Navin Shah GLA Brent & Harrow
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My comments on the knife attacks in Brent

The knife attacks that blighted our borough since Christmas, including the tragic death of a 15 year old school boy, bring home the need to urgently curb this trend of increasing violence.

The lack of explanation for rising knife crime is deeply frustrating. Knife crime is a complex issue, without straight forward resolution.

Mayor Khan has made tackling these atrocities a key priority and has promised a knife crime strategy. This must be broad ranging and must deliver on his pledge to focus on prevention.

We need a conversation with young people about the dangers of carrying knives, about how we relieve peer pressure, and about the need to report violent acts. We need to consider how to use stop and search both appropriately and effectively, and the roll out of body cameras should help to achieve this.

All of this depends on trust, on a continuous dialogue with communities, and it’s why the Mayor’s decision to bolster neighbourhood policing is so important.

It’s a minority that carries out knife crime, but as we’ve seen, they do so with devastating effect. We must act now.

Yours,

Navin

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27th January 2017

Brent residents urged to have their say on the future of bus services

Potential changes to bus services in Zone 1 could have a dramatic impact on congestion and air quality, according to new proposals set out by Transport for London (TfL).

Before Christmas, TfL launched a consultation to determine the future of 23 London bus routes with the aim of improving reliability, reducing congestion, and increasing the air quality in the capital.

The consultation closes on January 29th, with any changes coming in to effect in the summer of this year.

The routes affected are 3, 6, 8, 15, 22, 23, 25, 46, 73, 137, 172, 242, 332, 390, 425, 452, C2, N2, N3, N8, N15, N22 and N73. Of those, routes 6 & 452 run through Brent.

Any action to reduce congestion and increase air quality in the capital must be seen as a positive step, and I welcome the opportunity for people all over London to have their say.

 However as the consultation was run over the busy Christmas period I urge Londoners to make time between now and January 29th to look carefully at the proposals and add their thoughts, especially if they now have to change buses and are at risk of being outside the one hour hopper fare window.

 

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18th January 2017