Friends of Barham Library Announcement – New Library for Barham Park Coming Soon

Dear Friend


After 5 years of hard work and campaigning Friends of Barham Library will be opening a Community Library and Activity Centre in part of the building in Barham Park at 660 Harrow Road Wembley.

While we cannot have the old library building we have been successful in bidding for the former Lounge/Reception building on the frontage of Harrow Road (opposite Chaplin Road). The space is smaller than the former library and we may not be able to do everything we want – BUT it gives us a much needed foothold back in Barham Park.

There has been of a bit of a delay because of major damp problems in part of the building requiring hacking off the plaster, complete replastering and redecorating. After much negotiating we finally signed the ‘Heads of Terms’ last week and hope to finalise the Lease by the end of February in time for opening in March/April.

The timing is fortunate as our temporary shop premises at 428 High Road Wembley have just been sold by the owner and we need to vacate them by 2 March 2016. We’ll continue to operate from Sudbury Town Underground station where our 3 year lease is up for renewal in August this year.


The rent and service charges for the new premises will be £8,500 per year. On top of this we’ll need to pay for utilities, internet, fire & burglar alarms, insurance and of course books and materials. I estimate that we’ll need to raise around £20,000+ a year to keep going.

Our first priority is to set up the new Library and to fully develop it over the next 12 months. Initially we’ll start we books and activities and then expand to providing computer and internet access.

During the month of February we’ll be clearing out the shop at 428 High Road Wembley and setting up the shelving and furniture in Barham Park.

To make space and raise much needed cash will be having a BIG SALE of everything in our premises in Wembley and Sudbury Town. Please come and support us by coming to buy some books and anything else . We have far too many books and not enough space to store them. So please come along and encourage others to come too.


Ours will be COMMUNITY Library and Activity Centre run by volunteers. We will therefore need local people willing to commit to helping out for a set number of hours each week. Please get in touch if you are interested.


We are organising a number of Open Days to show off the new space in Barham Park as soon as we have been give access.


As in previous years we’ll be holding a BIG LUNCH event in Barham Park. This year it will be on Sunday 12 June 2016. Please put the date in your diary.

The idea of the Big Lunch is for local people to get together for a ,picnic in the park, bring their own food and refreshments and to share it with their friends and neighbours.

We plan to work with local Residents Associations and other local Groups and to ensure that as many people as possible know about the event and come and join us on the day.


Finally a big THANK YOU to everyone who stuck with us and supported us on this 5 year long journey. I hope that all the determination and hard work has been worthwhile.

We’ll advise of the Open Days and provide an update as soon as we have some confirmed dates.

All the best

Paul Lorber
for Friends of Barham Library

PS. We want as many local people as possible to know about this so please share this email with your friends and neighbours and ask them to consider how they might be able to help.

TFL Consultation: Proposed changes to route 83 and the introduction of new route 483

Proposed changes to route 83 and the introduction of new route 483


The London bus network is kept under regular review. We have developed proposals to change route 83 to improve reliability and provide more capacity as passenger demand grows in the area.

Route 83 is a 24-hour service that runs daily between Golders Green and Ealing Hospital serving Hendon, Wembley, Alperton, Hanger Lane and Ealing. Buses run approximately every 8 minutes during the day Mondays to Saturdays, every 10 minutes during the day on Sundays and every 12 minutes on all evenings. The overnight service runs every 30 minutes on all nights of the week.

What are we proposing?

Route 83
We propose to shorten route 83 so that it would run between Golders Green and Alperton station only, and not continue on to Ealing Hospital as it does now. The frequency of this service would remain unchanged.  It would no longer be a 24-hour service; however new route N83 would continue to provide the night service covering all stops served by the current 83.

New route 483
We propose to introduce a new bus route, numbered 483, between Harrow town centre and Ealing Hospital. The proposed new route would start at Harrow bus station, and then run via College Road, Station Road, Kenton Road, Watford Road and East Lane. Buses would go along Wembley Hill Road and then follow the line of the existing route 83 from Empire Way and Wembley Stadium station to Ealing Hospital.  Buses would return over the same roads.

Buses would run every 8 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday, every 10 minutes during the day on Sundays and every 12 minutes all evenings.

The proposed new route would introduce a bus service to a 400 metre section of Wembley Hill Road between Empire Way and Wembley Park Drive for the first time. We are working with the London Borough of Brent to determine whether bus stops could be introduced here.

Our proposals would provide many new direct links between places in North West London not currently possible and give additional capacity between Wembley, Northwick Park and Harrow supplementing route 182. For some though, who currently travel on route 83 between places north of Wembley and south of Alperton, a change of bus may be required to complete their journey. This would affect approximately 1,680 passengers a day, about five per cent of passengers currently using route 83 on weekdays.

Route N83
Route 83 is currently a 24-hour service.  Therefore to ensure all current stops retain a night service we are proposing to introduce a new service, N83, running between Golders Green and Ealing Hospital via the current 83 route. The frequency of this service would remain at a bus every 30 minutes on all nights.  There would be no separate night service on route 483 but route N18 will continue to link Harrow and Wembley at night via Watford Road and Harrow Road.

Map and route diagram of our proposals

TFL 483

Click here for a larger version of the above map (PDF)

Click here for a larger (PDF) version of the spider map (bus route diagram) 

Why are we proposing this?

Increased demand
Each year, more and more people are using bus services in and around Alperton and Wembley and towards Harrow town centre. In time we predict that demand will increase further as more people travel to and from the area.

On bus route 83 we have seen passenger numbers increase over the last five years by 15 per cent Monday to Friday, 24 per cent on Saturdays and 27 per cent on Sundays. Night bus usage over the same period has also increased by 40 per cent.

Looking ahead
We expect that passenger numbers will continue to grow as significant infrastructure changes are planned to take place in the area, and we want to ensure the bus network is able to support this growth.

The London Borough of Brent’s ‘Wembley Area Action Plan’ aims to create new homes, jobs and shopping and leisure facilities in the vicinity of Wembley Stadium, which in turn will increase demand for bus link from the area.

In addition NHS Healthcare services in northwest London are changing.  Some patient services are moving so increasing passenger demand to and from Northwick Park. New route 483 would help connect many communities to Northwick Park and also to Ealing Hospital.

Fit for the future
We want to make sure that our bus services can match future demand in the best way possible. Our proposals for bus route 83 aim to improve reliability and create space for more passengers on bus routes in the area.

Drop-in sessions

You can discuss these proposals with staff from Transport for London at the following times and locations:

Thursday 21 January 2016 from 4pm to 7pm at:

Harrow Bus Station
81 College Road

Monday 25 January 2016 from 3pm to 7pm at:

Brent Civic Centre
Engineers Way

Wednesday 3 February 2016 from 11am to 2pm at:

Ealing Hospital
Main entrance (close to Costa Coffee)
Uxbridge Road

Wednesday 10 February 2016 from 11am to 2pm at:

Northwick Park Hospital
Main Reception (opposite ‘Adams Apples’ fruit seller)
Watford Road

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposals for route 83 and the introduction of new route 483. Your comments and suggestions will help inform our final decision making.

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by Monday 22 February 2016.

Alternatively, you can:

This consultation is part of the process which fulfils the requirement for TfL to consult under Section 183 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999.

Click here to download a copy of our leaflet outlining these proposals

Click here to download a copy of the poster appearing at bus stops along current route 83 and proposed new route 483

SCRA Objection to Byron Court School Expansion Planning Application

The SCRA objection to the Byron Court Planning expansion planning application has been submitted to Mrs Victoria McDonagh at Brent Council, as follows.  This was supported by signatures of over 1,500 residents.

Dear Victoria

Happy New Year.  I hope you had a good festive season.

Many thanks for agreeing to extend the Byron Court Planning consultation until today, it meant that those of us on the SCRA Committee were able to relax and enjoy Christmas with our families.

Please find attached:

1) SCRA Objection letter
2) Appendix A: SCRA Traffic Count results
3) Appendix B: Wilde Group Transport report
4) Scanned signature sheets – this had to be split into 5 files due to the number of sheets

I apologise for the layout of the SCRA objection letter.  It was compiled by various people, researching different areas, and although I have done my best to collate it into one document I’d be the first to admit that the result isn’t pretty!  All of the information is in there though, and if you have any question please ask.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best wishes,

SCRA Chair

SCRA Objection to the planned expansion of Byron Court School – Jan 2016

Appendix A – SCRA Traffic Survey Count Results

Appendix B – Wilde Group Statement of Objection