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Issue 142 Winter 2014

December is a month to celebrate and reflect. For the Christian and Jewish communities, it's a particularly special time, but it's probably fair to say there is a certain excitement for everyone around this time of year.

It's certainly a busy month for local shops and businesses and the council is doing everything it can to ensure our traders thrive during the festival season.

For example, Brent Council is offering free parking for shoppers in nine council run car parks and there is also a packed programme of events for all the family (see page 30).

The New Year is also a time when we all naturally look to the future. I love Brent and became involved in politics because I want to make our borough an even better place to live, work or visit. I'm grateful to the thousands of local people who took the time to give us their views about our borough and the future of local public services by participating in our Borough Plan consultation. All of your responses will help inform the priorities which will lead our final Borough Plan, to be published in the spring.

But implementing our ideal vision for Brent will not be easy given the challenges posed by rising demand for services and cuts in Government funding. We know we have to save more than £54 million in the next two years. This means some tough choices ahead, but I believe that by working together we can still enjoy a brighter future and build an even better Brent.

I hope you all enjoy the festivities and have a happy New Year

Councillor Muhammed Butt
Leader of Brent Council