Monthly Archive: January 2015

Jan 31 2015

Harrow: “A great place for a traditional British holiday,” says Lockwood

It seems like only yesterday that Harrow was selling itself as a holiday destination. Back in 2010, Michael Lockwood, chief executive of Harrow council, said: “We want to offer the ultimate weekend break that’s low on travel, easy on the pocket and big on the best of Britain.” He continued, “With our links to Byron, Betjeman and …

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Jan 31 2015

Lambeth Comms “Good for Harrow,” they say

Lambeth Communications blog post… Harrow Council has selected Lambeth Communications to deliver its communications function until 2019 following a decision by its Cabinet on 15th January 2015. Following a competitive tendering exercise, Lambeth Communications – a communications trading service owned by Lambeth Council – was chosen for the high quality of its offer. From April, …

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Jan 30 2015

Visit My Mosque – February 1, 2015

On Sunday 1 February, the Muslim community of the Shia Ithna’ashari Community of Middlesex (SICM) in North Harrow has organised an open day from 2 to 4pm alongside mosques across the country in line with the Muslim Council of Britain’s national “Visit my mosque” day (see http://www.mcb.org.uk/visitmymosque/ for further details). Leaflets will be distributed across …

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Jan 29 2015

Susan Says: Labour Promise One Thing and Do Nothing

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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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