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Dollis Hill Residents' Association was founded in 1989 when a group of local residents realised that there was no association for our area in London NW2.
Our aim is to improve the wellbeing of residents, through keeping them informed, consulting them, representing their views and concerns, and running recreational activities.
What area does DHRA cover?
Our residents live on the hill at Dollis Hill, at the top of which stands the old Post Office Research Centre where some work contributing to breaking the German codes during the Second World War was done. The DHRA logo is the central tower of this building.
From our hill, we can see all across London to the North Downs as well as a long distance northwards. Gladstone Park, named after the prime minster who used Dollis Hill House within it as his weekend retreat, is in our midst. We are in the London Borough of Brent, on its boundary with the London Borough of Barnet and very close to the London Borough of Camden in Cricklewood. We are very near to the North Circular Road, one mile from junction 1 of the M1 motorway, 1.5 miles from Brent Cross shopping centre and 2 miles from Wembley Stadium.
This map shows the DHRA area. It covers about 2500 households. Its boundaries are Gladstone Park and the railway line across it on the south and Edgware Road on the east. In the north it runs to roughly one block north of Dollis Hill Lane. On the west it stretches to the west edge of Gladstone Park, except for covering the full length of Dollis Hill Lane. Our area is mainly within Dollis Hill Ward, with the small area west of the park in Dudden Hill Ward, as shown on the ward map.
The DHRA committee
Chair: Gill Close
History of DHRA
It all started when a builder was trying to buy lots of adjacent houses to demolish. A group of residents came together to work out how to deal with this. Since then, the DHRA has campaigned on many issues. It is consulted on local planning, environmental, policing and community proposals. It has successfully pursued residents' concerns about the roads, such as traffic, abandoned cars, and street lights not working. It was instrumental in obtaining traffic calming measures and ensuring they included a pedestrian crossing near the junior school. It contributed for many years to drawing up Brent Council's successful bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore Gladstone Park, but was not able to save the park's historic kidney shaped open-air swimming pool that was filled in during DHRA's early days. Its public meetings made sure that the wide range of residents' views were taken into account when the first bus route was introduced along Dollis Hill Lane, and that local residents found out early on about the large Brent Cross Cricklewood Development planned adjacent to our area in the London Borough of Barnet. Committee members have been involved in founding other local groups, including the Dollis Hill House Trust, Gladstone Park Consultative Committee and the Dollis Hill Ward Safer Neighbourhoods Panel.
History of our local area
There were just a few buildings in our area before 1935 when most of the houses were built. Dollis Hill House was built in 1825, and was a favoured residence of prime minster William Gladstone who stayed there as a guest on many occasions between 1882 and 1896. The grounds of the house were sold to the local council and named Gladstone Park in his memory when they were opened to the public in 1901. During the summer of 1900, the American author Mark Twain and his family lived there.
The Post Office Research Station in Brook Road was where some work to support the breaking of the German codes in the Second World War took place. It is now private flats. Underground is a large bunker built to accommodate a wartime cabinet meeting and still open to the public twice a year, including on Open House Day. A flat for prime minster Winston Churchill was also set aside in the adjacent Nevilles Court which boasts views all across London.