Aug 06 2015

Well done Dave! Harrow’s in the UK’S TOP FOUR (of the worst places to live…)

harrow_council_logoIn a survey by Rightmove, Harrow comes in at number four, beating 126 other areas. Fantastic news, you’d think – and no doubt a cause for cracking open the tins of Special Brew on park benches right across the borough today, until you read the detail.

Yup, Harrow did reach 4th position on a national survey of the most miserable places to live in the UK. Rightmove asked respondents to answer questions such as “I am satisfied with the upkeep of my area” and “I like the local area in which I live” which totted up to a ‘happiness factor’, and Harrow (Labour) was pipped to the post by Brent (Labour), Hounslow (Labour)and Barking & Dagenham (Labour).

Nearly 25,000 people responded – not a huge number, but clearly more than a straw poll, and  enough people to give an indicative view across the UK.

[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]Your metaphorical night in the beer-tent is coming to an end Dave…[/pullquote]Other questions included “The local amenities are satisfactory compared to other areas I know” and “I rarely feel unsafe in the community in which I live”

Bottom of the list, or rather, the happiest place to live, was Harrogate (Conservative) – for the third year in a row.

Harrow ranked 11th in 2013 out of 110 areas, and 8th in 2014 out of 111 places – or in other words, bottom 3% in 2015, bottom 7% in 2014, and bottom 10% in 2013. Clearly, residents’ happiness in the borough is getting lower and lower.

What could be driving such stirling scoring? Is it the countless slash and burn of Dave’s public services? The ineptitude of decision making, incompetent councillors, alienating residents, and second attempts at doing things? Maybe it’s the failure to support local events, or the odd going-ons at recruiting the Chief Exec?

It looks very much like Dave’s days could be numbered. I’m sure he’s a great guy, and I’d happily let him do a spot of brick-laying, or a bit of rendering on the garage wall, but frankly? You’re out of your depth mate. You’ve had your fun, spent our money on your pet vanity projects, hiked council tax as far as you could (following a 2% increase the year before) and shoved us to be the number 3 in the charts for council tax in London. Your metaphorical night in the beer-tent is coming to an end Dave, and all you’ve got to show for it is piss-stains on your shoes, vomit on your shirt, and tomorrow morning’s hangover.

Thanks to ST for the tip off early this morning.

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  1. mike mcfadden

    I hate to say it but “I told you so” Dave and Co have, in my opinion batten down the hatch and hope this will blow over. No Dave your necks on the line you and yours have almost single handily destroyed Harrow and tried hiding behind lies of that Multicultural nonsense, political Correctness and Tick-Box-Culture. All attributes of Communism that have failed miserably time and again., no matter how they were packaged this time. Where brain-washing became diversity train. In the immortal words of Mrs T you can not buck the market system.

    Furthermore, it must be alleged that if local tax-payers have suffered due to leaderships mismanagement and encouragement of frivolous expenditure the officers of the council must be held fully responsible. Now the chickens have come home to roost. “Personally, I always new they would.” Far too many good honest British people gave their lives for our country and its freedom and we are not going to throw it away on the whim of some deluded Communist dream based on politics of envy and something for nothing. The first thing, you must educate your bunch in, is that there is NO such thing as a free lunch. You’ll have to re educate your followers in the basic economic facts of life. If you can’t afford it you can’t have it!!! Nothing wrong in working and saving for the better things in life. “because that’s the way life is” Ave a nice day!! Regards Mike

  2. PraxisReform

    “Nearly 25,000 people responded – not a huge number”

    Actually, the election polls that we are bombarded with in the run up to elections can often be based upon as few as about 2,000 telephone responses, so 25,000 people is more likely to be a statistically significant figure.

    It’s just a pity that neither Labour nor the Tories stand for anything other than re-election.

  3. Carole

    Are any of us really surprised at this? It was shameful enough coming 8th 2 years ago, but now 4th place! Part time Leader Cllr Perry I would suggest, should now step down, and hand the reigns to someone else who is prepared to do the job full time, before anymore damage is done. A complete and utter shambles all round!
    On another note, well done Paul for reporting this, am just curious as to why Harrow Times have not reported on it as well?

  4. john hobbs

    I rode shotgun thru there last week , so i am not surprised at all . a Labour of love .

  5. Peter Taylor

    And now the Labour party thinks allowing a 20 storey tower to be built in the centre of Harrow will add to the Borough.

    The tower will dwarf the First National block next door & finally destroy the skyline of Harrow.

    I agree that the old post office site needs redevelopment – but not something so out if keeping with the area. Even a tower block the same height as the First National would be bad for area.

    1. john hobbs

      I am sure they can squeeze another Mosque in there if you ask nicely

  6. Mike

    Awful place. I lived there for 5 years and things just got worse and worse. Out of control immigration, dirty streets, a useless council… Nasty place that I have no intention to return to.

  7. john hobbs

    Never mind i am sure you can better yourseves and get first next year .

    1. john hobbs

      With the usual little or no effort

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