Jan 29 2015

Susan Says: Labour Promise One Thing and Do Nothing

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Dear Cllr. Perry, At the Cabinet meeting on 11th December 2014, I asked Environment, Crime and Community Safety portfolio holder Cllr. Varsha Parmar a question about your administration’s introduction of zonal cleaning from 1st January – a system which will mean many of Harrow’s residential streets are cleaned less regularly. Following up on a commitment …

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Jan 27 2015

Harrow Council Gives Up on Planning Portal

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At last. After years of the council’s website staggering from one outage to another, the council has finally come clean and admitted it’s not fit for purpose, directing residents to use email to comment on applications if the ‘facility is unavailable.’ The planning portal has been the most unstable, unreliable, broken and flaky implementations of …

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Jan 27 2015

Bob Says: Call for Contenders for Best Small Shops Compo

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Bob Blackman MP calls on Harrow East’s Best Small Shops to Enter National Competition Bob Blackman MP is calling for all small shops in Harrow East to enter the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Best Small Shops Competition this week. Commenting on the prestigious competition, Bob said: “This is a great opportunity for small shops …

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Jan 26 2015

Harrow’s Bin Collections: Broken, Broken, Broken

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Just a couple of weeks after the council announced it would start charging for brown bin collections, we can see already cracks starting to appear in the council’s bin collection process. Today, in one of the more run-down parts of Harrow, it was, apparently, blue bin collection day. The resident concerned left, as always, both …

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Jan 22 2015

Coming to a Borough Near You: Anti-Government Propaganda

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With the news that Lambeth Communications has won Harrow’s PR and Communications contract – worth between £1.5 and £3 million, depending what you read – here’s an example of what residents might expect to start seeing across the borough from next month. The contract, according to Alex Dewsnap, is to “manage the bad PR” around …

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Jan 22 2015

Harrow’s Budget Consultation: Are you Gay?

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Something is badly wrong, when a council consultation on whether or not residents agree with a council’s budget, focuses on whether the resident is gay or had a sex change. The council, of course, wraps this up in a weak statement of promoting equality – but there’s something quite strange going on. This particular consultation is anonymous: …

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Jan 22 2015

Harrow Safer Neighbourhood Board Public Meeting – January 26, 2015

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The Harrow Safer Neighbourhood Board have a public meeting planned for January 26, 2015 from 6.30pm at the Civic Centre. It is believed, although not confirmed, that this is a meeting where the public will be permitted to ask questions – previous meeting have been held in public, but those present were allowed in only …

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Jan 17 2015

A Miserable Week for Dave

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Sometimes, you have to feel sorry for Invisible Dave. Not only did he have turn down a slap-up meal at the Local Government Association – on Thursday night, so that he wouldn’t get beaten up for missing cabinet, but he certainly didn’t look as if he were enjoying himself at a fabulous night of celebration …

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Jan 17 2015

Harrow Council Communications Contract Won by @lambeth_comms

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Congratulations to Lambeth Communications, the communications consultancy set up by Lambeth Council, for winning the next four years worth of PR spinning at Harrow Council, and commiserations to Westco, the Westminster Council comms outfit which has lost the job after seven years. According to Lambeth Communications, “Under Julian [Ellerby]’s leadership it is now one of …

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Jan 17 2015

Harrow’s Cabinet Meeting – January 15, 2015

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If we use the number of residents in attendance at a Cabinet meeting as some indicator of the degree of upset across the borough, it’s clear that something has people fired up, if Thursday’s Council Cabinet meeting was anything to go by. No sign of Lazarus Mike, despite rumours that he’d be there. However, we …

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