Nov 28 2014

Coming Soon to Harrow… £65 Charge to have your Brown Bin Emptied

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It would seem that Harrow council are planning to introduce a £65 yearly charge to collect garden waste – otherwise known as ‘brown bins’ – from residents, if the latest leaks from the Labour Group has any truth in it. We’ve heard the rumours before about councils playing around with the waste collection services, but it …

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Nov 28 2014

Council Trumpet ‘New Park’ whilst Lowlands Park Remains a Building Site

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The council is trumpeting today that it will “create” a ‘brand new public park” in the borough, complete with ‘luxury properties’ that it will build to fund the area. “Pinner Park,” it says, “will stretch from Headstone to Hatch End, and will cover an area bigger than Greenwich Park. It will comprise of over 230 …

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Nov 28 2014

D is for… Dave’s Blog (which makes no mention of library closures)

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After receiving thousand of responses, having hundreds of face to face conversations with residents and holding more than 50 community meetings in venues ranging from job fairs to Harrow Mosque and St. Albans Church, the extremely successful ‘Take Part’ budget consultation has just concluded. In launching the ‘Take Part’ consultation three months before the first …

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Nov 27 2014

Guest Post: Stoodley on Fighting Penalty Charge Notices

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A guest post from our old mate, West Harrow Willy. Hi Paul Thought your readers might like a bit of help and advice on how to fight off those dreaded Penalty Charge Notices, even the ones that catch you on camera, as I was last year. I have attached the letter I was sent by …

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Nov 27 2014

Lockwood – the “Third Man” Says @PrivateEyeNews

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The Lockwood Mystery takes a turn this week, with suggestions that not only didn’t he come top of the list for the Chief Exec’s job, it looks like he didn’t come second either. In fact, it seems that Michael Lockwood came third – out of four candidates. An article in Private Eye’s ‘Rotten Boroughs’ column …

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Nov 27 2014

Help Needed (Desperately) To Shape The Harrow Of The Future

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Ha Ha Harrow – which describes itself as ‘laughable tales from the saddest borough’ has a new blog this week, about the lunacy of the Take Part consultation, particularly how pointless it all was. It reads, in part: Harrow Council’s eight week Take Part consultation on the first round of proposed cuts started, ran and …

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Nov 27 2014

Mental Health Care Action Plan Announced in North West London

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Eight boroughs – a quarter of the capital – are the first in London and among the first nationally to win approval for mental health care action plan for two million people North West London today became the first place in the capital – and only the second place across the UK – to have …

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Nov 25 2014

Labour Threaten Half Harrow’s Libraries With Closure

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Harrow Council’s Labour administration is planning to close four of the borough’s libraries – with a fifth set to lose its entire staff. In a consultation document launched today, the Council earmarks Bob Lawrence, North Harrow, Rayners Lane and Hatch End libraries for closure, with Wealdstone switching to a non-staffed ‘Open+’ system. A proposal is …

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Nov 24 2014

Harrow’s Labour Council Consults on Closing Libraries

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Between today, and January 19, next year, residents can have their say about Harrow’s Labour Administration’s proposal to close four libraries across the borough. Full details and a feedback form are here. Dave’s other half-assed ideas, apart from closing the libraries, include cutting back the opening hours – to just over 22 hours per week, …

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Nov 23 2014

Motorcycle Parking in Harrow

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It’s a little known fact that motorcyclists can park for free in many parts of Harrow. For example, they can park in any of the borough’s 12 motorcycle bays, in any pay and display bay, and even in resident parking bays during the hours of operation. In fact, the only places they can’t park (excluding …

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