Fancy a spot of “rock climbing” or “activities and events” in Harrow? Sure you do. How about something to “enhance the streetscape” and “encourage interaction” in Roxeth? Sounds great, right?
Well maybe not if all this is going on in your local “library” when you’re trying to read, study or research in peace and quiet, and this, believe it or not, is what your council is trying to do in one of the more run-down and poverty-stricken parts of the borough.
There is also talk of a “teenage space” – whatever that might be, and a “new room for the public” – again, all ambiguous on detail.
What they don’t say particularly clearly, is that whilst this will be funded by “new homes for the people of Harrow” is that they’re talking about flattening the prime real estate in Northolt Road, South Harrow, and building another towering block of homes, the lower part of which will be this new-fangled building-with-books-tucked-away-in-a-corner that they’re hoping will pass for a library.
The idea of developing libraries is great, but to develop a canyon in Northolt Road – which the sketch below clearly shows, with the building already towering over neighbouring properties is surely not the way to do it. Apart from which, has any consideration been given to how they’re going to deliver a library over the several years that this steamroll and build will take?
Want to know more about how the council is planning in wrecking your town? You can pop along to an open day on July 7, 2016 from 2.00 – 7.00pm and learn more. Or have a look at this page for more scant detail. Go on – they want to “encourage interaction” with you.