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Mar 28 2014

Council Demolishes Neighbourhood Blight

harrow_council_logoDozens of council-owned garages which have become a magnet for anti-social behaviour are to be demolished – and residents will get their say on what should replace them. Work began this week to knock down nearly 90 garages in Augustine Road, Hatch End, following reports of problems with rough sleeping, flytipping and even arson. The garages, the majority of which are no longer used, are among hundreds across the borough that the council is either tidying up to relet or demolishing to make better use of the space.

The council held a consultation event for people who lived nearby and around 40 gave their views on its future, with the majority in favour of the plans to demolish.The council is now drawing up a formal list of options for the site and will consult residents again on their preferred plan.

Harrow Council is currently assessing around 500 disused garages across the borough to see whether they can be restored or replaced. Recently refurbished garages will soon be available for rent in Cowen Avenue, Overbrook Walk and Wood Close. Some sites will be earmarked for new housing as part of an innovative scheme to meet the growing demand for homes. The Augustine Road site is not suitable for this work, as it is too close to a railway line.

The site will now be secured with new fencing by Network Rail, and new lighting will be installed to prevent further anti-social behaviour. Seventy of the 88 demolished garages were empty and tenants using the others have been offered alternative garages nearby.

Deputy leader of the council and portfolio holder for adults and housing, Cllr Barry Macleod-Cullinane said: “This first demolition marks the start of an innovative scheme which will see hundreds of garages revived or replaced. Many of our garages can be repaired and re-let, allowing us to meet a growing demand from our tenants and leaseholders for secure parking spaces. However, the demand for some of our garage sites has fallen dramatically, with disused garages becoming magnets for anti-social behaviour and crime.”

He continued: “We are therefore demolishing these and are planning to either replace them with much-needed housing or, where this is not suitable, to do something else that benefits the local community.”

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3 comments

  1. Concerned Harrovian

    Well done Deputy Sheriff Barry Macleod-Cullinane. Sheriff Hall and yourself are cleaning up the borough.

  2. Timeforchange

    It’s quite amazing the number of much needed improvements Susan and her Team have made in such a short space of time. Thank you!

  3. sonoo malkani

    About time these disgusting places were cleaned up and put to good use.Well done,all those committed to restoring our borough to a decent,clean and safe one.

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