Monthly Archive: September 2013

Sep 30 2013

Barnet FC served with enforcement notice for breaching planning rules

Barnet Football Club must remove its west stand and floodlights at The Hive, after Harrow Council served an enforcement notice at the stadium. The action comes after Barnet FC were refused planning permission for the recently built stand and floodlights, which were built larger than the club had been given permission for. Once the notice …

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Sep 27 2013

Guest Post: Melanie on Whitchurch Fields

The Whitchurch Playing Fields endurance test drags on. I am now entering my fifth year of fighting this development. However, it was a huge shock when I saw the newsletter from Whitchurch Nursery and First School, in which Mrs Winstrom, the Headteacher, states that she was in fact, well, let us try to be fair …

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Sep 27 2013

Bob Blackman MP welcomes Local Post Office Investment

The Post Office on Church Road in Stanmore is being refurbished as a Post Office ‘Main Branch’, as part of a three-year investment and support programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office, which will see around 6,000 branches converting to a new style of branch. This investment will mean a more modern …

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Sep 26 2013

Newton Farm School Year 6 SATs Papers Tampering: Q&A

We’ve now received answers to the questions we put to Newton Farm School’s Chair of Governors: Q: Has the headteacher, or any other member of staff or governors, resigned or been suspended at the moment over this? A: No. We have started an investigation into the findings of the STA report which we received last …

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Sep 26 2013

Harrow-on-the-Hill Labour Councillor Throws in the Towel

Labour councillor Ann Gate, wife of disgraced Cllr Brian Gate who received a police caution for child porn offences, has decided to give up on Harrow and it’s fragmented, scandal-hit Labour group. With effect from October 1, 2013, Cllr Ann Gate will be resigning from the troubled party, and moving to a new home in Gloucestershire, …

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Sep 25 2013

Susan says: Newton Farm SATs Results a ‘Serious Misconduct’

Hardly had we published the story about the odd goings-on at Newton Farm, when the Council sent a press comment from their Leader, Cllr Susan Hall. Blunt and pithy, she says: “It is grossly unfair that these children will not now receive some of their SAT results because of the irresponsible conduct of others. The …

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Sep 25 2013

Newton Farm School: Year 6 SATS Papers ‘Altered’

Something very strange has happened at Newton Farm School in South Harrow, with what appears – on the surface at least – to indicate that some Year 6 pupil’s SATS test papers had been ‘altered’, possibly after they were completed by the pupils concerned. Could this be indicative of, perhaps, some over-zealous teacher(s) trying to …

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Sep 24 2013

Council Leader Susan Hall – First Seven Days

After my extremely busy first day as Leader of the Council last Tuesday – the blog of which iharrow.com kindly duplicated – I can assure Harrow residents that the pace of things has not died down. My election on the Monday was such a surprise that I already had various prior engagement organised for Wednesday, …

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Sep 24 2013

Whitchurch First School ‘Kept in the Dark’ Over Playing Field

Whitchurch First School had published something entirely unexpected in their September 2013 Newsletter this week – a seething allegation that council officers ‘kept them in the dark’ over ownership of the fields. They continue ‘Had we known they belonged to our schools we would have vociferously opposed any selling of the fields for commercial gain. …

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Sep 24 2013

Bob Says: I encourage people in Harrow to find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes

Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East, has backed a campaign by Diabetes UK to reach the 7 million people in the UK who are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes and he is urging people in our area to have their risk of the condition checked. The Diabetes UK campaign, funded by its National …

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