The Harlesden Town Centre Charter, a radical planning vision devised by local people, is being unveiled for the first time on 4 October, and Louis Theroux is to be its “champion”.
The charter has been created by residents and the town’s business community, working as the “Harlesden Town Team” with the backing of Brent Council and Transport for London. It outlines how the town centre might look in five, ten and 20 years time.
Theroux, a Harlesden resident, has been chosen as “Town Champion”. He told the Evening Standard: “In so many ways Harlesden is a wonderful place, full of energy and life. But it isn’t living up to its potential. The roads are decaying, the buildings are dilapidated, and some of the finest buildings are derelict.”
“Working together we can tame the traffic, create new public spaces, care better for our buildings and streets, and promote a sense of community.”
The ideas and projects set out in the Charter Proposals include cleaner streets, a new public square or civic centre and working to unclog the roads. They were chosen and developed by the Town Team following a series of open meetings and planning workshops in March, supported by design consultants Urban Design Skills using techniques pioneered in America, say the Council.
The 4 October meeting is the first one to be led by the elected officers of the Harlesden Town Team, a core group of volunteers who will steer the process with help from the consultants. Everyone is invited to attend to determine what the charter’s priority projects should be in the years ahead.
The meeting is at the Salvation Army Hall, in Manor Park Road at 6.30pm.
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