Film crews have been arriving at the Civic Centre this week, with workers hammering and sawing away building a film set in what appears, from the outside, to be the members lounge. The pay and display car park looks like it’ll be taken out of use to accommodate a number of stars (and their egos) for the next few weeks.
So, what’s being filmed? Given the tired 70s appearance of the building, you’d be forgiven for thinking it could be a zombie apocalypse thriller of some kind, although we understand it’s something directed by Jose Padilha.
But why is it being filmed in the Civic Centre, a town hall which is supposed to serve the people of Harrow? Clearly, the disruption is going to be immense: difficulty parking, congestion and traffic, demands to keep quiet – and that’s just for visitors. Staff will also likely be impacted by having their movement around the building impeded, and, no doubt, the fleet of dubious looking security guards preventing the great unwashed from getting too close to the stars.
The Labour-run council has one job to do: serve the public who fund it. Pimping itself out as a film set is not what a council does. Fill potholes, collect rubbish and clean streets are what residents want. This outrageous council should be focused on trying to do what residents want, not what it’s Chief Exec thinks will make him look good in the local government newspapers.