Apr 14 2014

Lowlands Rec – Another Failed Harrow Project

harrow_council_logoLowlands Rec seems to have slipped somewhat from it’s original opening date of August 2013. Today, there was evidence of, uh, nothing being done there at all, which is odd, considering it’s funded mostly by the Mayor of London…

Also, it would seem all three political parties have had a hand in this – reaping the glory when it was going well, and now… well, nothing.

“The Lowlands regeneration project is part of Harrow Council’s plan to improve the area around the town centre. We are investing £1.28 million in the park to bring the town centre alive with art and culture. The Lowlands area will be beautifully landscaped to house outdoor events for the benefit of everyone who spends time in the borough.” – Harrow Council Website

“[The then-] Portfolio holder for planning and economic development, Councillor Keith Ferry (Labour), said that it was important that the ‘economic heart of the borough’ looked good. He added: “We are looking for a bright, energetic design-led team that has flair and imagination to make a truly special project that is responsive to context yet bold enough to change perceptions of Lowlands Recreation Ground and the town centre.” – Harrow Times, 06.08.2012

“The new park and performance space will be open to the public by the end of August 2013.” – Council Press Release on iharrow.com, 08.08.2012

“The works should be complete by December 2013” – Sign on hoarding (below).

“Harrow Council’s [then-] portfolio holder for planning and regeneration, Councillor Will Stoodley (Independent Labour Group) said: ‘We want to put Harrow on the map as a prestige destination to live and work. The Lowlands public space will create a vibrant hub of performing arts, while the proposed development in Lyon Road will breathe new life into the area.'” – Harrow Times, 27.07.2013

“Harrow Council’s cabinet member for business and enterprise, Councillor Kamaljit Chana (Conservative), said: “We are very pleased to announce Harrow College will be the first tenants at what will be a fantastic asset for our town centre.” – Cllr Kam Chana (Conservative), Harrow Observer, 07.11.2013

“A new amphitheatre is due to be built in the town centre of Harrow ready for opening in spring 2014.” – The Stage, August 2013.

“…at Harrow on the Hill station this morning noticed there is a great view of the works going on at Lowlands Rec. Unfortunately this seems to amount only to two heaps of earth at the moment so I’m a bit worried whether it will be open in early summer as currently planned.” Cllr Sue Anderson (Labour), Facebook 21.01.2014

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Improvements were supposed to include:

  • Planting 13 oak trees
  • Panting a fruit orchard
  • Play areas for children
  • Table tennis and basketball features
  • A new cafe with outdoor seating and a performance space

We’ll be chasing the council for an update on this.

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1 comment

  1. old englishman

    HARROW has waited many yrs for this park to be upgraded and will be enjoyed by many shoppers with a short walk from the station. and the green field to enjoy. But unfortunately it seems more important to spend £3 M on few lifts installed at the station, the underground has provided transport for 150 yrs and most platforms have to use footbridge.to cross over.
    bearing in mind there are approx 600 und. stns +br stns +DLR stns that have no lifts so if you get the lift at harrow yr journey end will still mean stairs

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