Apr 29 2013

Harrow’s £2m Town Centre Revamp – Progress…

harrow_council_logoA £2m Town Centre revamp has taken a step forward with paving work from Katie’s statue to Havelock Place complete and the next stage well underway.

Harrow Council’s regeneration project has progressed well since building work began in February. This week new lighting columns will replace the old ones along the entire length of St Ann’s Road and high quality paving will continue to be laid. To create a more streamlined look the area has been cleared of street clutter including outdated benches, a reduction in the number of BT phone booths, and the removal of the police kiosk. Tree pits have been created to line the entire road and trees will be planted once the regeneration work is close to completion in mid November.

The Council is also working with St Ann’s Shopping Centre to look into a new canopy design to be fitted directly outside the entrance in St Ann’s Road. Work will begin in Havelock Place to complement the changes early next month which will see the area redesigned and improvements for vehicle and pedestrian access made in Greenhill Way. Havelock Place and the surrounding area is a vital service delivery route and walkway for pedestrians. Havelock Place will remain open throughout the building work so business deliveries are unaffected.

Throughout the duration of the work at Havelock Place, which should be completed within five weeks, Harrow Council’s Town Centre Manager will provide regular updates for businesses, including advance notification of work taking place immediately in front of particular premises. Work in front of entrances to business premises will be done outside of business hours wherever possible to minimize disruption.

Harrow Council Portfolio holder for Regeneration and Planning, Cllr Keith Ferry, said: “The Town Centre continues to go from strength-to-strength with our local economy, vacancy rates for empty shops, and business growth rates all bucking national trends. Supporting our town centre and local shopping districts is at the heart of what we do at the Council and this fabulous regeneration work is being done to keep shoppers coming back. Harrow’s future is bright with more and more high quality businesses choosing our borough as a place to do business over many other areas across the capital. This shows that the work our dedicated economic development team has undertaken is working and we will keep the momentum going with a series of exciting markets and live events.”

St Ann’s Shopping Centre Manager, Jeff Jackson, said: “The investment Harrow Council is making in the town centre is being well received by traders who all recognise that the town centre’s profile will be raised by this work which can only attract more shoppers. The Council is doing all it can to ensure the local economy continues to go from strength-to-strength and it has the full support of the local business community.”

A £1.9m budget has been set aside to pay for the St Ann’s project from the Council’s Capital Programme from 2012 to 2014. This has been supplemented by a further £182,000 for Havelock Place from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund (OLF). The St Ann’s regeneration project is one of several interrelated projects to improve the network of public spaces in and around Harrow Town Centre as part of the ‘Heart of Harrow’ project. The regeneration of Lowlands Recreation Ground, by Harrow-on-the-Hill Station, is part of the Heart of Harrow blueprint and will see the ground transformed into a state-of-the-art landscaped town centre park which will host cultural and artistic events in a live performance space.

Source: Harrow Council

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  1. John Ratcliff

    I wonder if loss of trade due to the protracted paving work outside may have been the final straw that sealed the fate of the Ancona cafe in St Ann’s Rd. It’s shut down and there’s a bailiff’s notice in the window. A great pity. So much for ‘regeneration’!

  2. John Gould on Facebook

    I was very sad to see the closure of Ancona, I wish Lola, her husband and all the delightful staff my very best wishes and hope they will reemerge elsewhere in Harrow. I also hope that the closure was not due to the disruption caused outside.

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