Click above for Planning Application submission (we submit, we submit!) plus Transport page.


[Reposted] Progressing the Corrupt Brent Cross Cricklewood Planning Application: Provision of Legal Services

"The London Borough of Barnet wishes to appoint a single legal services provider to provide legal advice on the Council’s Brent Cross Cricklewood Project, including but not limited to:
a. Property
b. Procurement (including joint ventures and other delivery mechanisms)
c. Planning (including Section 106 Agreements)
d. Highways(including Section 278 Agreements)
e. Financial and commercial
f. Tax (if required[!]), and
g. Affordable Housing."

"Total final value of the contract(s): £5,000,000. Excluding VAT."

Award criteria  (at least Barnet is actually tendering nowadays, not just routinely paying invoices without any tender or any contract!)

Quality – Experience, Skills, Knowledge & Understanding 15
Quality - Procurement 10
Quality – Commercial 10
Quality – Planning 10
Quality – Public Sector Partnership 10
Quality – Delivery of Services 15
Quality – Presentation 10
Price 20

"And the winner (out of 8 offers received) is..."
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP
2 Snowhill
Date of contract award: 14-07-2014

"Every single one of us cares about what we do and why we're doing it. It's never just another job to us. Our reputation for standing by our clients and our people is reflected in their loyalty to us. It's also reflected in our status as one of the UK's Best Workplaces."

"We don't want to be acceptable, we want to be exceptional. As the world becomes more regulated and complex, our clients will continue to expect more from us - and we won't let them down."

"Dynamic thinkers with a positive outlook and an entrepreneurial spirit, we're always looking to explore new ideas and shed light on technical and complex issues."

"As clients demand more and more of their lawyers, we're constantly extending our services and developing our insight to exceed their requirements - through our enhanced sector experience, increased international reach and flexible delivery models."

"A human touch and spirit is something you wouldn't associate with most law firms. We're proof that it's possible for top lawyers to be approachable, inspirational team players."

Evening Standard: "Argent's David Partridge - it’s all change at Brent Cross with a greener, cleaner regeneration" (OK, King's Cross. It's still a Cross though.)

Link to web site

"Short, greying and intense, the managing partner of Argent, the King’s Cross property developer, has been planning for and managing the transformation since 2000, even though the now-defunct British Railways Board first chose four developers to prepare plans way back in 1987. He said:
“No one could have stood here 14 years ago and predicted what it would look like. But we really felt the excitement. The chance to seize a piece of the city like this was once-in-a-lifetime.”
"After a shaky start thanks to the recession, the building project —– co-owned by Argent, the BT Pension Scheme, state-owned property group London Continental Railways and logistics firm DHL — is halfway through.

"... Argent is already considering what comes next. It is one of three bidders to develop the last chunk of the Olympic Park at Stratford and is also keen on an opportunity that is opening up in Cricklewood. [What? Using the corrupt Brent Cross planning application?] Partridge is thinking of King’s Cross-type developments, only smaller. Mixed use, regeneration, retail; something that adds to the public realm." [Crikey.]

Planning Resource: "Stretching the city: how to build a new garden city"

Link to web site

"Having garden cities as the subject for a major national economics competition run by a Tory peer has focused attention on planning and the housing shortage. Lord Wolfson's economics prize was this year awarded to the best idea for a visionary, popular and economically viable garden city. The £250,000 prize went to planner David Rudlin, director of regeneration consultancy URBED, and his colleague Dr Nicholas Falk, an urban economist.

"Unlike most of the finalists, three of whom advocate stand-alone settlements, the winning entry does not propose a conventional garden city. The URBED entry instead argues for the expansion of existing settlements to double their size. A fictional town called Uxcester is used to show how this would work, increasing its population by 150,000 with the creation of three urban extensions.

"While for illustrative purposes Falk applies the ideas in detail to Oxford, the essay suggests the model could also be used to expand up to 40 towns and cities across the country, including Norwich and Reading.

"Rudlin asks why the UK no longer produces developments of the quality found on the continent. He argues that the UK housing market is dysfunctional, creating the priciest but also the smallest homes in Europe, often of poor quality. The 'fundamental issue' is land value, he writes, which rises hugely when allocated or granted permission for housing, and makes up most of the cost for developers. Speaking to Planning, Rudlin says:
"When permission is granted, the developer puts all the money into the land, and there is nothing left to build the sorts of places we admire in Germany and the Netherlands."

Barnet Times: The corrupt Brent Cross planning application, and a poor Peel Centre one


BBC: "I loved/loathed my 1960s high-rise block"

Link to web site

"A recent BBC on-line Magazine article looked back at the era of radical concrete - where the post-war landscape came to be dominated by high-rise buildings and new towns.

A collection of slides in the article provided a window into a time when optimistic town planners believed that society could be reinvented - although the period remains massively controversial.

Many accuse the town planners of having destroyed traditional neighbourhoods in an attempt to modernise society. Streets of terraced houses with tight-knit communities were torn down.

But for many people leaving slum housing these new towns and concrete blocks were often initially welcome.

The article prompted a significant response from readers, who wrote in with their own memories and experiences of living in these areas ..."

[Reposted] YOU'VE MISSED IT! But don't confuse the Ninky Nonk with the proposed Brent Cross Shopping Centre expansion, from Hammy Sonn.

This is the NINKY NONK.
Link to
(can book tickets there as well)

Link to

This is the promised
Brent Cross 'LIVING BRIDGE'.
Early design from Chapman Taylor
- traffic not shown.
(CT: If you get round to creating a fly-through,
don't forget audio of the North Circular Road.)

This is Sir Terry Farrell's Ninky Nonk,
on the London Borough of
Hammersmith & Fulham's
web site.

Byesy-wysey to HOME (see all posts).

The Guardian: "Would Transport for London's property deal plans be a speculators' charter?"

"London MPs and others fear that new legislation could lead the capital’s transport body into disastrous ventures with property developers"

Link to web site

"Delivered to parliament way back in November 2010, the Transport for London Bill is a small piece of nascent legislation making extremely slow progress - towards what could be very big trouble indeed. That’s the view of those with large concerns about key aspects of the Bill. By contrast, Transport for London (TfL), the government and Boris Johnson say it will mean a better-funded TfL and less upward pressure on fares. Either way, the issues raised are large.

The idea is to give TfL greater freedom to make money out of the land it owns. There’s plenty of that land: it includes more than 500 sites with the potential to be developed, from which a good £1b is expected to be generated over the next ten years. 

"The transport body is, in fact, one of the capital’s largest landowners, and few disagree that with London’s population booming, TfL’s government grant shrinking and property prices on the rise, it makes sense to squeeze more money from all that precious and pricey real estate.

"The arguments are about how, how far and with whom TfL should go down that path.

"... Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter characterised TfL’s involvement with Capco over Earls Court as being the origin of the unattractive parts of the Bill and an alarming pointer to the future (which includes another part of the Earls Court Project, as TfL owns a depot in the area).

"And it wasn’t only Labour MPs who were perturbed. Tory Christopher Chope, true to his history in London local government, said he’d prefer TfL to flog off its surplus land (as MOPAC is doing) but was firmly in favour of it sticking to its core business."

Urban Pamphleteer: Contemporary urban debate from diverse perspectives: "#2: London: Regeneration Realities"

The Guardian
"Is demolition ever the best way to regenerate?"

[Reposted] NICE LITTLE NEST-EGG! Well, well... ANOTHER reference to Brent Cross's Hammerson and an off-shore tax haven...

20 December 2012

"Purchase of Shares by the Trustees of the Hammerson Employee Share Ownership Plan (the 'Trust')"

"On 19 December 2012, Hammerson plc (the 'Company') received notification that Computershare Trustees (Jersey) Limited (being the trustees of the Trust) has acquired Ordinary shares of £0.25 each in the capital of the Company ('Ordinary shares') as detailed below:

Number of Ordinary shares purchased:
Average price paid per Ordinary share:
Date of Purchase:
18 December 2012

"It is intended that the shares will be used to satisfy exercises and releases of options and awards granted to employees of the Company under various employee share plans operated by the Company. [Is it indeed? Pip! Pip!]

"Following this purchase, the Trust holds 1,337,807 Ordinary Shares representing 0.19 per cent of the Company's issued Ordinary shares and total voting rights.

"General Counsel and Company Secretary"

BBC 'Inside Out' feature on Aylesbury estate leaseholders being forced out of London

Planning Resource: "Labour to look at planning department resourcing"

"The Labour Party is examining ways to get more resources into local authority planning departments, shadow planning minister Roberta Blackman-Woods has said."

Link to web site

"Speaking at the Planning for Housing conference, organised by Planning, Blackman-Woods said planning for housing was 'very close to Labour’s heart'.

"... Blackman-Woods said planning could not work for and with communities unless planning departments have the correct level of resources. She said:
"We can’t do any of that unless we have planning officers who have the time to be able to have those conversations with communities and who can encourage and support developers.

One of the things that we are very concerned about at the moment is the capacity of planning departments. Absolutely everybody talks to me about this, and so we really have to think, and we’ve addressed this a little with [Labour’s Housing Commission], of how we get more resources into planning departments, so they are able to undertake some of this preparatory work."

The Guardian: "The truth about property developers: how they are exploiting planning authorities and ruining our cities"

Link to web site

" 'I always said you should never trust a bank with property, or a property developer with money,' says Peter Rees. The former chief planner of the City of London should know about such things, having presided over the results of both. Over the last 30 years, he has ushered in a menagerie of their monuments, from the Gherkin and Cheesegrater to the Walkie-Talkie and Heron Tower, during which time he has seen a significant shift in the balance of power. 'When I arrived in the job in the 1980s, the big banks were in control of London,' he says. 'But now it’s the big house-builders. We’ve gone from being ruled by Barclay’s bank to being controlled by Berkeley homes.'

"... Developers have bounced back from the crash with bigger plans than ever before, acquiring vast areas of land with the ambition to operate like the great estates of yore. Framed with the cuddly terminology of “long-term stewardship” and “adding value”, they are merely mimicking those aristocratic fiefdoms, recasting the city as a network of privatised enclaves. The landed families of Grosvenor, Portman and Cadogan have been joined by a breed of corporate giants like Lend Lease, CapCo and Ballymore.

"The latter is overseeing the £2bn transformation of Nine Elms into a high-security zone of luxury flats around the new American embassy, that will apparently 'draw inspiration from the attractive residential and commercial estates which evolved over time in cities like New York and Boston'. CapCo is building its £8bn kingdom across a 30-hectare swathe of Earls Court, while Lend Lease is ruling Elephant and Castle, Argent is reshaping Kings Cross, and most of Victoria is now controlled by Land Securities. The list goes on."

Barnet Bugle: "Boris v Dismore at London Assembly: Barnet Council transport schemes"

"Quite a few choice blows from either side"


Centre for London: "How London fails people on modest incomes"

"London is failing workers and families on modest incomes. Caught between a fiercely competitive labour market which keeps wages low, and a high cost of living, over 1 million Londoners are 'Endies': Employed with No Disposable Income or Savings.

Read the full report by Charles Leadbeater at "

Planning Resource: "Government outlines minimum space standards"

Link to web site

"The proposed set of space standards, set out in a government consultation, outline requirements for the gross internal floor area of new dwellings at a defined level of occupancy as well as floor areas and dimensions for key parts of the home, including bedrooms, storage and floor to ceiling height.

"Under the proposed space standards, the minimum gross internal floor area for a two-storey three bedroom house with four bedspaces would be 84 square metres, rising to 102 square metres with six bedspaces.

"The minimum gross internal floor area for a two bedroom single-storey dwelling with three bedspaces would be 61 square metres under the proposed standards, rising to 70 square metres with four bedspaces."

GOOD NEWS ON HOUSE PRICES: Daily Telegraph: "London houses now cost more than £500,000"

Link to web site

"A leap in the price of London homes in the year to July has seen their average value above £500,000 for the first time, official figures showed.

"Buying a typical home in the capital set buyers back £514,000 in July, as the average property value jumped by 19.1pc in the year, and into a higher stamp duty bracket.

"... For those looking to get on the property ladder, the combined figures indicate that the average first-time buyer has a salary of £51,500, while a typical deposit comes in at £33,400."


[Reposted and updated in Jan 2013 and Sep 2014] Light Rail across Outer North London?

[Sept 2014: Transport for London will shortly consult on London Overground expansion at Old Oak Common in west London. That may, or may not, include using the Dudding Hill freight line from there to Brent Cross and Hendon Thameslink. Watch this space!]

Not really (this is Croydon). 

The Brent Cross Coalition has promoted an outer-London 'Brent Cross Railway', based on the off-road 'Dockland Light Railway'.

In a city of nine million people, we believe there is sufficient public transport demand for an east-west rail connection across Brent, Barnet, Enfield/Haringey, and continuing further east.

We feel north London is better suited to DLR-type trains, rather than trams, because of existing railway corridors, and access to existing public land. 

Although trams can transform the street-scene of town centres for the better, they are very disruptive while being built.

The expanded 'North and West London Light Railway' has been unanimously supported in principle by Harrow, Brent and Ealing full council meetings. 

It might join Old Oak Common (Crossrail and High-Speed-Two) station in the west, to Alexandra Palace (Crossrail Two) station in the east, across the outer-London boroughs.

The fly in the ointment is, of course, Barnet. 

(Click on image for Old Oak Common video)
Link to LB of Hammersmith & Fulham video
by Sir Terry Farrell

[Jan 2013: Actually, there is a second fly in the ointment: The recent approval of a new rail-freight terminal at Radlett might make the Dudding Hill Freight Line across Brent unsuitable for light-rail use.  

(Transport for London already has suggested London Overground trains would be more appropriate there, anyway.)

Light-rail would still be possible across Barnet, and there might still be a way to link the Brian Coleman Light Railway with the Terry Farrell one.]


The Observer: " 'Endies': Employed with No Disposable Income are struggling in London"

"Centre for London report says a million workers can hardly make ends meet and feel politically disenchanted"

Link to web site

"If for London the 1980s was the decade of yuppies, now the capital finds itself home to the 'endies"'– Employed but with No Disposable Income or Savings.

"Feeling unloved, overworked and ignored, endies are becoming disillusioned with their lot, according to a report from the Centre for London that suggests there are now about a million modest earners in the capital.

" 'Hollow Promise: How London is Failing its Modest Earners and What Can Be Done About it' – which is based on quantitative research and in-depth interviews with families on modest incomes – paints what it claims is an alarming picture of the pressure on 'squeezed-middle' households, those on low to modest incomes who are not entitled to most benefits."

Tuesday 16 September 2014 6:30 pm
Report Launch: 'Hollow Promise'

with Charles Leadbeater, report author, London’s Hollow Promise

Margaret Hodge, MP for Barking and Dagenham

Fraser Nelson, Editor, The Spectator

"Centre for London launches invites you to the launch of London’s Hollow Promise: How the city fails people on modest incomes and what should be done about it.

"This new research by Charles Leadbeater examines the plight of London’s so-called ‘squeezed-middle’ households – workers and families earning low to modest incomes, and struggling to get by. This report looks at the way these households continue to cope with limited incomes and the financial pressures of austerity, exacerbated by the capital’s high cost of living.

"As well as new analysis of the issues involved, including housing and household expenditure patterns, this publication also outlines radical new measures which could help improve the quality of life for London’s modest earners.

"This report launch will take place 6.30pm-8.00pm, 16 September at Coin Street Conference Centre, South Bank. To book your place please register using this link."

Wembley Matters: Welsh Harp: "West Hendon Estate battles Barratts and Barnet"

Link to web site

"On Saturday 13 September, residents came out in force to assert their claim to be able to live in a peaceful, clean neighbourhood, without the noise and pollution impact of construction work on their doorstep. The neighbourhood was West Hendon estate on the bank of the Welsh Harp nature reserve. The contractor was Barratts Homes, determined to extend its real estate, with prior permission of Barnet Council and with all the nods and winks that came before that.

"Brent and Barnet Greens have been active on the campaign to preserve the habitat of Welsh Harp for several years, against the threat from over development on both sides of the council boundary and were visible at this protest. Discussion of the impact of this latest development on current tenants in social housing came to the fore last summer at a public meeting hosted at Brent Council (Brent Unites against Welsh Harp over-development). Unfortunately, despite the approval from Barnet, Brent did not mount a judicial review and it was unlikely residents would be able to afford to do so.

"I lent my megaphone to a resident who was driven around the estate to drum up a bit more people-power. We began obstructing the main gate to the construction site, as dozens of contractors started to arrive. Our spirits were up as we sang, 'Aint gonna do no work today'. A couple of vehicles were mounted up against the hoarding at the critical entrance and banners, and placards were mounted around."

Further actions are planned – please follow on facebook or @ourwesthendon #ourwesthendon


The Guardian: "Scotland’s vote is not about Braveheart or kilts or tribal nationalism. It’s about democracy"

"The independence debate has unleashed an exhilarating democratic passion. The challenge is to sustain it"

Link to the web site

"The Scottish independence referendum poses a very good question, but suggests an inadequate answer. The question is: where does power lie? This is not a marginal problem to pose in a 21st century democracy. It cuts to the heart of a deep crisis in the relationship between people and politics. But the answer implied on the ballot paper is a geographical one: power lies in either London or Edinburgh. Most Scots – and most of the rest of us – know that while this choice is far from meaningless, it also rather misses the point.

"... The Scottish referendum is ... a symptom of a much broader loss of faith in the ability of existing institutions of governance to protect people against unaccountable power. [Ah: The Barnet, Hammerson and Brent Cross connection!] 

"This is why the campaign is not particularly nationalistic: the loss of faith at its heart is Scottish and English and Irish and Welsh and European and American. The demand for independence just happens, for historical reasons, to be the form in which Scots are expressing a need that is felt around the developed world: the urgent necessity of a new politics of democratic accountability.

"And as symptoms go, this has been a rather healthy one. It is impossible to have visited Scotland in recent days and not to have been exhilarated by the sheer vigour of democratic engagement. Scotland at the moment is what a democracy is supposed to be: a buzzing hive of argument and involvement, most of it civil, respectful and deeply intelligent. This energy has been unleashed not by atavistic tribal passions but by a simple realisation: for once, the people have some power."

The Independent: "How traditional markets are fighting back"

"A host of radical ideas and local traders and producers are helping the original retail experience fight back against the internet shopping revolution"

Link to web site

"In an era of online shopping in which high streets are in decline and even a major retailer such as Tesco is struggling, the traditional town market may seem like little more than an outdated throwback to a medieval age. Yet thanks to our growing appetite for local produce – edible and otherwise – our desire to get up close and personal with local producers, and a new generation of innovative younger traders, the town market's fortunes are once more on the rise.

"For proof, look no further than the Northamptonshire town of Kettering, which hosted its second Teenage Market last Saturday – a day of stalls showcasing local young traders' talents, produce and innovative ideas for all ages."

A View From The Cycle Path: "Does free car parking make people drive cars? Certainly not when there is a better alternative"

Link to web site

"It's not unusual to hear calls from cyclists, especially cycling campaigners, for an increase in the price of car parking. The belief is that increasing the cost of driving is essential to prevent other people from choosing to drive cars, and it's usually assumed that this will somehow make those other people then choose to cycle. I've always found this to be a strange belief, especially when it is expressed by people who can well afford to park a car but who prefer to cycle because they enjoy it.

"My personal choice to cycle has never really been about saving money. I cycle because of convenience and because I find cycling to be pleasant. I've always believed that if other people could find cycling to be as convenient, safe and pleasant as I find it then this would enable those other people to make the same choice as I do. No-one needs to be forced to do something that they want to do anyway.

"Sadly, few places in the world offer people a genuinely free choice to cycle."


Sat 13 Sep: Wembley Matters: " 'Our West Hendon' takes on pan-London gentrification this Saturday"

Link to web site (and further link)

"Our West Hendon are running out of time. Non-secure tenants are rapidly being forced out of their communities and Barratts has refused to negotiate 'like for like' settlements with the leaseholders.

"Private tenants face yet another move and secure tenants are reluctantly due to be moved into the new but massively inferior builds. It appears the only way to deal with the council and the developers is now to take direct action. Please join us in solidarity this Saturday 13 September at 7am-1pm at Marsh Drive Community Centre NW9 7QE.

"We know the only way to stop this pan-London gentrification is if all affected communities now come together. Alone we are few, together we are many!"

Barnet Press: The corrupt Brent Cross planning application, and a poor Peel Centre one

Sat 20 Sep: Cricklewood Festival

"Cricklewood will be hosting its third annual Cricklewood Festival on 20 September 2014. The events is organised and run by volunteers of the Cricklewood Improvement Programme, now Cricklewood Town Team, following the completion of  the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund, and aims to highlight the vibrancy of Cricklewood's community.

"We thank all those who have supported us so far Cricklewood Railway Club, Co-op Funeralcare, Cheslsea Square, London Boroughs of Brent, Barnet and Camden and  We are actively fundraising and welcome all support financial or in kind, so please get in touch.

"Free outdoor family event.

"Cricklewood's 3rd festival to showcase local talent, food and community groups and to launch Cricklewood's first public space.

"Locations for the Cricklewood Festival are the new public space on Cricklewood Lane (by B&Q) and Keyes Road from 1pm to 6pm

"Planning is complete and we are working to a tight project plan!. Please get in touch if you want to help out on the day, help with publicity and/or help support the event in any way.

"This year the festival is not funded by the OLF and is being organised by volunteers. If you can help with funding or providing support for the festival please get in touch. The success of the day will depend on input from all members of our community.

"There will be food stalls, arts and crafts etc throughout the day.

"Performers/acts throughout the afternoon include,Zong Zing Allstars and Mary Calton with her Milly Soo Jazz Band. The Institute of Comptemporary Music in Kilburn are providing some bands.

"Local resident, Amar Alaw will perform classical Iraqi saxophone. We also welcome back locals Brooke Davies, Alistair & Roisin, Mick & Nick and the magnificent Professor Moriarty Shamrock Band. More acts to be confirmed.

"The open-air festival will feature stalls selling food and drinks, arts and crafts, live performances, interactive workshops, and children’s entertainment. With performers representing Europe, Africa, and Asia, this multi-cultural event reflects Cricklewood’s extraordinary diversity.

"The festival aims to celebrate the local area’s abundant creativity, connect the communities that live on the three sides of the town centre, as well as increase footfall in the town centre. Local businesses getting involved will be able to highlight their products and services through special promotions on offer during the week."

The following events are scheduled to feature at this year’s festival:

  • The outdoor festival on Saturday 20 September: 1pm to 6pm, on the new public space on Cricklewood Lane 
  • Headline acts - Zong Zing Allstars and MAry Calton with the Milly Soo Jazz band
  • Live music performances representing cultures from around the world; ranging from Irish folk music to Jazz to Middle Eastern - Zong Zing Allstars return for a 3rd year,  Professor Moriarty returns again this year, we welcome Amar and more.
  • We will have Zumba and Irish dance and Zong Zing to keep you on your toes.
  • Delicious mouth-watering world foods
  • Arts and craft stalls
  • Children’s entertainment with art competition
  • Golden Spud comedy competition final Twitter @thegoldenspud  
  • Performance programme here

"The Chair of Cricklewood Town Team, Danny Maher, said:
"Cricklewood came out in full swing to support and enjoy last year’s festival, and we hope this year will be even better. The festival is a key part of changing the way local people think about the town centre. We are set for another successful festival in September with a great line-up of events on offer."

"For more information, contact the Cricklewood Improvement Programme / Cricklewood Town Team volunteers by email at or telephone 0208 208 8590.
Please get in touch if you can support us in any way.

20th September
noon - 1.30pm, B&Q Grassland
"Public space is for everyone, including man’s best friend. Cricklewoof Woofstock comes to the new public space. Watch out for more details - a dog show with a difference!"

"Listen out for Opera on the Run. They intend to delight and surprise anyone out and about on the Broadway.

"Cycletastic will be in attendance on Keyes Road - so bring your bikes along for a service.

"Childrens entertainment details to follow. There is an art competition with a surprise reward for winner. Competitors are to submit their best drawing or paining of Crickleood and there will be a winner chosen from age 4yrs to 7yrs and 8yrs to 12yrs age groups. Entries to be dropped off by 1pm at the Town Team stall on Cricklewood Lane.

"Creative Cricklewood are supporting the event - find them on Keyes Road."

Sun 14 Sep: Cricklewood Open Studios: "Guided Tour: Cricklewood Aerodrome and the Farm"

Sunday, 14 September, 2014
3:00pm to 5:00pm

"Regular flights from Cricklewood to Paris... in a converted bomber? Surely not!"
"Back due to popular demand after last year's well-received tour, local artist Alistair Lambert will lead an illustrated walking tour, starting at and returning to Cricklewood station via Claremont road, Brent Terrace and Clitterhouse Farm.

"Explore the eastern block of Cricklewood and discover several sites of rapid historical change: from the fields that fed the growing city to war factories and eventually model suburban living.

"You will also meet some surprising characters along the way.

"An enthusiastic and entertaining guide as well as an accomplished local artist, Alistair has made an artwork especially for this event that will be viewed for the first time as part of this tour.

"No booking necessary.

"The walk lasts up to two hours, and will take place whatever the weather. Bring a brolly and a friend!"

Any questions, please email:


BBC: "The era of radical concrete"

"A massive collection of images from British urban developments of the 1960s and 1970s now provides a treasure trove for those who want to reassess a vilified era of town planning"
[Just as Barnet, Hammerson and Standard Life are vilified now.]

Link to web site

"A massive collection of images from British urban developments of the 1960s and 1970s now provides a treasure trove for those who want to reassess a vilified era of town planning.

"The concrete architecture that dominated Britain's post-war landscape has always provoked visceral emotions. The concrete monoliths that have survived popular culls still divide opinion, with some likening them to Orwellian dystopias.

"They were part of a massive wave of development orchestrated by a generation of architects and planners who wanted to improve the way people lived.

"One of those heavily involved with this regeneration was JR 'Jimmy' James - a 'titan of post-war planning', as one former colleague put it. He helped launch the new towns of Newton Aycliffe and Peterlee in the late 1940s, eventually becoming chief planner at the Ministry of Housing and Local Government from 1961-1967.

"When James died in 1980, he left behind a collection of nearly 4,000 slides amassed over several decades of interest in the work of planners around the UK. Many offer a glimpse into the evolution of town planning at a time when anything seemed possible."


[Reposted] To Thurs 16 Oct: "Long term transport strategy - public consultation" (It's Brent. Barnet has been "roads, roads, roads, roads" [Cllr. Coleman])

Link to survey

"LB of Brent is currently consulting on our Long Term Transport Strategy (2015 to 2035).

"The strategy has been developed to allow us to plan for future investment in transport throughout the borough for the next 20 years.

"This is your chance to let us know your thoughts on things like cycling in the borough, public transport and the proposed HS2.

"The consultation will run from Thursday 21 August 2014 to Thursday 16 October 2014.

"To take part in the consultation, fill in an online form or you can attend one of our public exhibitions being held at Brent Civic Centre on:
  • Thursday 25 September, 5pm to 8pm
  • Friday 26 September, 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday 4 October, 11am to 4pm
"For more information, please contact our transport planner: Christopher McCanna by email or by phone 020 8937 5424."

Brent & Kilburn Times: Hammerson and Standard Life spin their Brent Cross Cricklewood story, and then clear off. (What? No mention of London Communications PR Outfit?)

iPhone 6 anyone? "Wait a second – that upgrade high won’t last"

"People queueing for weeks for an iPhone 6;
manufacturers releasing new models every year;
devices rapidly becoming obsolete.
This is not sustainable"

Link to The Guardian (Pic:

"I may be content with my ancient phone but I don’t, alas, exist on some higher plane: I’m as susceptible to the titillation of 'new season' or 'just in' as the next person. How could it be otherwise? Material objects are not only freighted with personal and cultural meaning but also define us: an email is 'Sent from my iPad', rather than the sender. Our longings attach themselves to things: by upgrading our gadgets, gizmos and garb we feel in some sense that we’re upgrading ourselves. Conversely, those who resist – unless emboldened by ideological reasoning – are at risk of FOLLOH: fear of looking like old hat.

"As for the manufacturers, they have to make us fall in love with an object but also be willing to ditch it and buy another. The solution? Tie us to a brand and then ply us with upgrades. Since there are now more mobiles than people in the UK, upgrade culture must persuade us that, even if we hadn’t realised it, we have a deep desire for a newer version of what we already possess. What’s more, we want it now. This plays on our most infantile inability to delay gratification – no wonder it’s so irresistible.

"There is, of course, a lie implicit in the upgrade: it sells itself as the definitive product, the ultimate satisfier of needs, to conceal its own transience. To admit that it will soon be superseded would be to renounce its own raison d’ĂȘtre, to pulverise its own libidinous power, to defetishise itself – which is not something you expect a fetish to do."