Oct 08 2013

Harrow set for major clean and green push as £500,000 investment unveiled

harrow_council_logoCLEANER streets, a blitz on “grot spot” eyesores and parks restored to their proper condition for families to enjoy lie at the heart of a new package of environmental measures just unveiled by Harrow Council.

Town centre cleaning and support for a relaunched and revitalized Neighbourhood Champions scheme are also being ramped up as part of a new initiative to make Harrow one of the cleanest and safest areas in the capital.

The measures are backed by investment of more than £500,000 and will come into force over the next few weeks.

Key measures include:

  • £100,000 for the improved maintenance of parks, overturning the previous “wilderness parks” approach
  • £80,000 for a five-person blitz team and dedicated street cleansing team to tackle litter hot spots, environmental eyesores and support volunteer intiatives
  • £60,000 for a rapid response clean-up team to concentrate on parks
  • £50,000 to support the Neighbourhood Champions** scheme to ensure volunteers receive the training and support they need
  • The creation of a three-person recycling team to provide help and advice to local people and businesses
  • High visibility weekend street cleaning for shopping areas including Rayners Lane, Edgeware, and South Harrow
  • Further support for the dog waste collection service

Cllr Susan Hall, leader of Harrow Council and cabinet member for the environment, said: “It is no secret that local people are fed up with litter-strewn streets, unsightly eyesore areas and parks so overgrown they might be a delight to Bear Grylls but no one else. It is time to clean up the borough and return it to being a clean and safer place to live. That’s what residents rightly expect the council to do and we will deliver on that. Local people will also be given more help to work with us in creating the Harrow we all want through the Neighbourhood Champions scheme. They will get the training and support they need and improved feedback from the Council which demonstrates how they are making a real contribution.”

She continued: “People in Harrow will start to see the difference in streets and open spaces over the next few weeks. We are going to put the pride back into our status as one of the greenest boroughs in London. This investment is also good business sense. The aim is to make the recycling team self-funding if we can get enough waste recycled rather than going to landfill, where the authority has to pay fees.”

The overall investment has just been approved by the Council and start dates for the different projects will be announced in due course.

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