Monthly Archive: December 2016

Dec 31 2016

Susan Says: Labour’s Plan to Scrap Car Parks an “Absolute Disgrace”

Leader of the Harrow Conservative Group, Cllr Susan Hall, takes Labour to task for their plans to build over car parks in Harrow, reducing the town centre to gridlock as residents and shoppers hunt for places to park.   Can’t see the video? Click here for the original.  

Dec 31 2016

Harrow Council (Quietly) Announces 13.6% Price Increase on Building Control Charges

Labour-run Harrow Council is quietly intending to increase the amount it charges for building control inspections by 13.6% in January 2017, following a decrease in demand for the service as a result of increased competition from the private sector. This means a resident planning to build a small, less than 10m2 extension to their home, …

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Dec 29 2016

Harrow Council’s Bait ‘n’ Switch on Street Light Repairs

It’s not unusual to see a letter from a disgruntled resident in the local paper, bringing attention to Labour run Harrow Council’s reluctance to repair street lights. Said resident will probably have tried several times to get a faulty light repaired, before giving up trying to talk to the lacklustre authority responsible for actually carrying out …

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Dec 29 2016

Harrow Council short-changing residents over icy road gritting

Labour run Harrow Council has been caught, yet again, short-changing residents over it’s “say one thing, do another” policy – this time on gritting icy roads. The council publishes a map, showing routes through the borough it will grit when the weather seems to be getting a bit nippy. Residents in one of Harrow’s Roads …

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Dec 29 2016

Guest Post: Christmas Cheer at Northwick Park Hospital

On Monday 26th of December, myself and volunteers including staff at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital and local residents visited fifteen wards at Northwick Park Hospital. Wards included Care of the Elderly, Stroke unit, Haematology and Cardiology wards. Having worked in hospital for six years, I know too well how lonely Christmas can be …

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Dec 23 2016

Wealdstone’s getting better, says Council: drugs, fly-tips, counterfeit toys and beds in shed.

How to spin bad news as good, according to Harrow Council’s PR team. A press release following a day of action in Wealdstone read: “…the joint operation between Harrow Council, Harrow Police, trading standards and London Fire Brigade saw a drugs raid carried out, tonnes of fly-tip removed, streets cleaned, some counterfeit toys seized and …

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Dec 21 2016

Bob Says: Harrow Council Fails to Secure Funding Settlement

Harrow Council Fails to Secure Funding Settlement It has been revealed that Harrow Council is the only London Council and one of only 10 English councils who have failed to agree a four-year Local Government Finance Settlement after local MP, Bob Blackman, asked for clarification from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government …

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Dec 19 2016

Susan Says: Where’s my Christmas garden tax rebate?

Where’s my Christmas garden tax rebate? Just when I think I’ve heard it all, this Labour-run Council comes up with yet another ridiculous idea. Labour wax lyrical about the ‘success’ of their Brown bin charge. In reality, it has been nothing short of an absolute mess. There have been far less sign-ups than expected, plenty …

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Dec 03 2016

Consultation: Public Spaces Protection Orders

The council would like to use new powers to get tough with people who: Urinate, defecate or spit in public places Are not prepared to clean up after their dog Smoke in children’s play areas Drive on footpaths and verges In order to do this they wish to introduce what is known as a Public …

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Dec 03 2016

Bob Blackman MP Welcomes Good News on Local Schools

Bob Blackman MP has welcomed the news that more children are being taught in good or outstanding schools. New figures from Ofsted show that 2 more schools in Harrow have been judged good or outstanding in their most recent inspection compared to 2015. Across London, 165 more schools have been rated as good or outstanding. …

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