Monthly Archive: May 2016

May 30 2016

Harrow Council: “They couldn’t make more mess if they tried” says resident

A resident has sent in this picture, following the council’s botched efforts at making good the borough’s pavement after one of the new LED light columns were installed. True, the lights are much brighter at night, cause much less ‘scatter’ and are reportedly cheaper to run, but the amateur efforts from the council in making …

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May 30 2016

Harrow Council’s “Harrow Deals” website: 60% more expensive than Amazon.

Harrow Council launched the Harrow Deals website a few months ago, to much fanfare: “Harrow Deals is a discounts site which presents you with fantastic local and national bargains,” said the council. “You’ll find slashed prices at Harrow’s bars and restaurants, mobile phone deals, sports & leisure offers, flowers, balloons and so much more,” it continued, …

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May 30 2016

Harrow Council – Now Getting Traffic Management Orders Wrong

Residents in a quiet leafy Wood End Avenue in South Harrow woke up last week to the sound of workmen from Thames Water digging a hole, some 3m deep, and projecting across more than half the roadway, blocking off two driveways completely, and making access agrees into several others difficult. You’d have thought the council might …

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May 29 2016

Proscenium presents The Merry Wives of Windsor – June 15-18, 2016

Proscenium commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare by presenting his most joyously farcical play. Mrs Ford and Mrs Page set out to teach suspicious husbands and errant offspring a lesson whilst tricking Sir John Falstaff, who aims to seduce them for profit. Masques, mockery and mayhem reign, as the Bard of Avon …

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May 28 2016

Harrow Council and the “Harrow Ambition Plan”

Harrow Council has launched the “Harrow Ambition Plan” showing all the fabulous promises it is making which will come in over the next four years. In the pithy introduction, ex-leader Cllr David Perry notes: “Our vision and priorities for Harrow are to work together to make a difference for all our communities, families, businesses and vulnerable …

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May 28 2016

Patients First – Harrow CCG’s Quarterly Newsletter (Spring 2016)

Harrow CCG have just published their Spring 2016 quarterly newsletter. In this issue you can find out how enhanced practice nurses are supporting patients in Harrow and how the talking therapy service supported a patient to change her life while struggling with depression. The forward, by Dr Amol Kelshiker, Chair, Harrow CCG, is below – you can …

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May 28 2016

Harrow: The council so broken even it’s Chief Exec can’t get things fixed

Question: how many council workers does it take to replace a light bulb? Answer: we don’t know. Despite countless on-line faults, emails back and forth between everyone from the guy who arranges tree pruning to the chief exec, nobody has actually done it. There’s an alley in South Harrow. It’s a well-used shortcut between Northolt …

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May 23 2016

Harrow Council’s Latest Smoke ‘n’ Mirrors Trick

Struggling Harrow Council has taken to Twitter to announce how wonderful it is… by doing it’s bloody job. The tweets – example below – say how they had “…an extra £1m to spend…” …simply as a result of “getting the very best from their contacts.” But it doesn’t stop there: the council’s Department of Creative …

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May 23 2016

Bob Says: Harrow Library Consultation Flawed; Send Objections

Bob Blackman MP Urges Public to Get Involved in Library Closures Inquiry Consultation Last year, Bob Blackman joined with local residents in Edgware in his constituency of Harrow East to try and save the Bob Lawrence Library in Edgware from closure by Harrow Council. Despite a petition with more than 5000 signatures and a sound …

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May 23 2016

Susan Says: Is Labour’s Council Leader up to the Job?

While Harrow residents face a 4% council tax hike, a £75 bin collection charge and service cuts across the board, the Council’s ruling Labour Group are looking after their own. At the authority’s Annual meeting last week, Labour announced that former Leader Cllr. David Perry is to sit as a non-executive member on Cabinet. At …

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