Mar 17 2015

Harrow Council’s Finance Director Quits; Moves to Country

harrow_council_logo

Things must be bad at Harrow Council, with the rumour this week that Simon George, the Council’s Director of Finance has thrown in the towel after just two years in the job and is heading off to the country for a new role. His departure comes just weeks after the previous Head of Paid Service, …

Continue reading »

Mar 16 2015

Library Closure – Harrow’s Decay Continues Under a Labour Council

library_computer_child

Having lost a hard-fought battle to save the Bob Lawrence – and other – libraries across the borough, from the savage cuts brought in by an administration incapable of caring for the residents it seeks to serve, the Bob Lawrence Library Campaign Team – who must be thanked for the hard work they’ve put in, …

Continue reading »

Mar 16 2015

School ‘Gold’ Travel Plans – Another Pointless PR Stunt

cycling

What a fabulous idea: encourage children to walk, scoot or cycle to school, and gain the “…prestige of being a STARS school, publically demonstrating a commitment to sustainable and safer travel” (says TFL’s STARS – Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe – accreditation programme). And on paper, it sounds great: you can win “awards and incentives” such …

Continue reading »

Mar 16 2015

Harrow’s Labour Council Cost Cutting – The Rot Begins…

harrow_council_logo

Already, we’re seeing comments at iharrow.com from residents who have noticed the state of their local environment starting to suffer. Below, we hear from one resident who fears the litter, dog fouling and drug use paraphernalia littering our streets and paths will likely injure school children; in another, we hear of the council planting flowers, but …

Continue reading »

Mar 10 2015

Harrow Labour’s £75 Tax on Gardens and Green Spaces to Continue

harrow_council_logo

Word just in from the Civic Centre is that Harrow Labour’s tax on open spaces, gardens, trees, bushes and flowers will go ahead, despite being challenged by Harrow’s Conservative Group backed up with a 3,000-signature petition. The tax, which comes in later this year, will see residents charged £75 a year to have their – …

Continue reading »

Mar 10 2015

Not a good week for @Uma_Kumaran – Empty Seats and £1,000

March 4th saw Uma Kumaran’s campaign launch in the 200-seat Byron Hall in Harrow. Unfortunately, only 100 or so people turned up for it, we’re told, leading to ample room (and, presumably, ample tea and biscuits). Quite probably explains why Ms Kumaran’s Twitter feed is absolutely silent on the whole thing – not even a …

Continue reading »

Mar 10 2015

Osborn says: “Secrecy Over Harrow Council IT Contract”

harrow_council_logo

With only a couple of days until Harrow Council’s new IT supplier is revealed, the opposition Conservative Group have accused the Labour administration of withholding potentially vital information from them. Labour were originally responsible for the 10-year IT deal with Capita signed back in 2005 – against Conservative warnings. In 2010, Labour then extended the …

Continue reading »

Mar 07 2015

Harrow Labour’s New Strategy: Plan Meetings to Exclude the Opposition

harrow_council_logo

One of the more interesting functions in the way Harrow Council operates, is that council cabinet decisions can be “called in” – that is, if enough residents and/or councillors disagree with it, or find a good enough reason to have it looked at again, it can be referred to a Call In Committee. This allows …

Continue reading »

Mar 06 2015

Daily Mail: Bob Blackman MP Refuses to Repay ‘Over-claimed’ Expenses

bob_blackman

The Conservative MP for Harrow East, Bob Blackman, is back in the press again this week following his ‘inaccurate’ travel expense claims. This time, however, it’s for refusing to repay the full amount of the ‘over-claimed’ expenses. An article in the Daily Mail says: A Tory MP is refusing to repay hundreds of pounds in …

Continue reading »

Mar 05 2015

Welldon Park Junior School’s STEM Learning Adventure – March 6, 2015

20150305_year4_robots

Welldon Park Junior School in South Harrow are running another of their very successful Learning Adventures at the moment, this time looking at STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. During the fortnight, they’re looking at amazing discoveries, and, say the school, “…want to inspire each other with some of the amazing discoveries from the world …

Continue reading »

Older posts «