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

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"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

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