Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 31 2013

Bob Blackman MP welcomes extra funding for Harrow

Harrow council is to receive £2.7 million from central government as part of the New Homes Bonus. The New Homes Bonus is a grant paid by central government to local councils for increasing the number of homes and their use. The New Homes Bonus is paid each year for 6 years. It’s based on the amount …

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Jan 31 2013

Harrow Council Provides Boost to Voluntary Sector

Harrow Council is proposing to award £600,000 in grants for services, which is £100,000 more than originally proposed in an earlier published report to the Grants Advisory Panel. Harrow Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Cultural Services Cllr David Perry said: “Despite huge cuts to our funding, and the most challenging financial situation we have faced …

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Jan 31 2013

Northwick Park to Improve Maternity Services

The North West London NHS Trust has been granted £168,000 from the Department of Health to expand maternity services. The money comes as part of a £25million nationwide cash injection from the government for maternity services. Gloria Rowland, head of midwifery, said: “We are delighted with the funding that the maternity unit has been granted. …

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Jan 31 2013

London’s Local History – North Harrow

We stumbled across this site today, which offers some of the history about the Yeading Brook and North Harrow. For example, did you know that the Letchford Arms was said to be named after a Pinner doctor who died in the 17th century? Or that Hatch End High School was originally Blackwell County School. ‘Blackwell’ was a …

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Jan 31 2013

New Design for Harrow Council’s Website on the way

The papering-over-the-cracks department at Harrow Council have been busy over the last couple of months, devising a new look ‘n’ feel for their website, “..in order to make it more user friendly on mobile phones and tablets…” they say. Our view is, perhaps, they should actually fix the broken bits first of all, before trying …

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Jan 31 2013

Great Leader’s 47p pint – Idaikkadar the Milk Snatcher

Harrow’s Great Leader Idaikkadar declared in his blog this week, that “…the two per cent rise in council tax amounts to 47p a week – the cost of a pint of milk…” Since there’s now no way that the Council would tell us where he buys his milk from – heck, we can’t even get an …

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Jan 31 2013

Harrow’s Councillor Complaints Process – Bureaucracy or Art?

We wrote recently about the plans, squirreled away under the heading of ‘Scaled Back Councillor Investigation Process’ in the draft budget. The irony of this wasn’t missed, it being delivered at the same time Labour had one of its councillors convicted for fraud, and another accepting a caution for child porn offences. We were forwarded …

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Jan 31 2013

Stroke Unit at Northwick Park Hospital Wins Top Award

The Stroke Unit at Northwick Park Hospital has been awarded the title Clinical Research Site of the Year in the National Stroke Research Network Awards. Competing against 21 other hospitals, the unit impressed the panel of judges with the involvement of therapists, as well as nurses and doctors, in active research. The unit recruits large …

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Jan 31 2013

GSK Site in Greenford – Redevelopment Consultation

The former GlaxoSmithKline site at Greenford offers a “real opportunity for regeneration of the area,” and a website has been set up to detail the redevelopment opportunities and plans. The site was for many years GSK’s global manufacturing and operations HQ. The number of employees on site had steadily declined since the 1980s, leading to the …

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Jan 30 2013

Harrow Council Fails with Online Petitions System

We had an email from a reader, talking about petitions, and how the failure of Harrow Council to provide such a system, two-and-a-half years after promising it, is a worry. E-petitions seems to be making big inroads in progressive councils around the country and indeed, both Hillingdon and Brent have implemented methods whereby residents can …

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