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Nov 22 2015

Susan Says: Council’s Consultation Concern on Remembrance Charges

susan_hall_2Concerns are growing that organisers of Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Harrow could be sent enormous bills by the Council, as the result of a new charging scheme for using parks and highways. Last week the Pinner Association warned it could face bills of over £2,500 for organising its annual run of free concerts, and raised concerns about other community events. The Council’s Labour administration says it is currently consulting on the proposed charging scheme, but has now refused to rule out charging for Remembrance Sunday commemorations. At November’s Cabinet meeting, portfolio holder Cllr. Graham Henson said: “I’m not going to pre-empt the consultation… we are consulting on set of proposals” – after Conservative Group Leader Cllr. Susan Hall asked specifically whether Remembrance Sunday events would be exempt from any charges.

Cllr. Hall said: “I completely understand why Labour are looking at charging for certain events – the Council isn’t a charity, and when people want to use our parks and other facilities to make a profit or for their own benefit it makes sense for the Council to get something back. But there are also events which are truly for the benefit of the community, and none is more important in this respect than Remembrance Sunday – brining us together to remember those who fought and gave their lives for us.”

Cllr. Hall concluded: “Recognising the importance of Remembrance Sunday and exempting it from the charges won’t interfere with the rest of the consultation. Therefore, I sincerely hope the administration will think again, and make it clear this vital day of commemoration will not be used to pad the Council’s coffers.”

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  1. F.D.Billson

    Surely even this money grabbing council would not stoop so low as to charge for Remembrance Sunday events. All this nonsense about consultation is a complete lie, they will get their way in any case. We can only hope that they have some principle in this instance.

  2. sonoo malkani

    One fully understands Harrow Council wanting to introduce charges for items such as someone holding a wedding in one of our Parks since we have the upkeep to consider but to even CONSIDER charging for events of National importance such as Remembrance Day which help keep us united and keeps the community cohesive is counter-productive ,at best ,and downright disrespectful to the memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, at worst.

    I sincerely hope the present administration will not forget to bear these points in mind while making their minds up.

  3. Sarah

    Taking Pinner as an example, with the exception of Pinner Fair (run by the fairground organisation – can’t recall name) every single one of its events is non-profit, run by volunteers for the community – The band concerts, St George’s, Panto, Village Show.
    People put in hard graft to put these events on, find the funding to cover insurance, they provide all the equipment, the stewards to man it etc. and what does the Council have to do? Get a dozen bins emptied the day after and maybe reschedule the street clean. In the case of panto even the traffic lights and barriers are sorted by the volunteers.
    The Council should be GRATEFUL there are groups of people who are working hard to create a strong community – they are doing the Council’s job for them. Without them it would be just another town being left to rot.

  4. red mirror

    sick truly sick HOW COULD HARROW COUNCIL EVEN CONTEMPLATE CHARGING FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY thousands upon thousands of brave young men died in horrors most people couldn’t imagine covered in blood and xxxx listening to the screams of their chums dieing in hellish agony WHAT PRICE AND DEBT DO WE OWE THOSE HEROES?THEY ASKED NOTHING BUT GAVE THE ULTIMATE (FOR WHAT?) SO THE LIKES OF HARROW COUNCIL CAN LOOK AT BESTEALITY WEB SITES? AND BESMIRCH THEIR MEMORY BY CHARGING TO PAY RESPECTS MY GOD IN HEAVEN I CANT BELIEVE I AM HEARING THIS LISTEN XXXX CONSULTATION FEES AND PAY THESE BOYS SOME BLOODY RESPECT OR GET OUT OF ENGLAND .

  5. Concerned Harrovian

    Many of these events raise money for charity. The money raised for charity would then go into Harrow Council coffers. This is an attack on both charities and the community. I am sure the hard working (I wish that hard working could be said of the Council) volunteers holding these events and the people attending do not wish their money to be used in this way.

    As for charging for Remembrance Sunday words fail me!

    Is charging people on the highway a return to times past? Are the council men going to wear masks and say “stand and deliver” ?. I wonder what the horse will be called Black Bess or perhaps Herga?

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