Apr 23 2015

Susan Says: Labour “take so little pride” in Harrow

susan_hall_2There’s a familiar theme running through an increasing number of the letters, emails and phone calls I get from Harrow residents. Though the subjects may vary, the common thread is a sense of frustration and annoyance with the damage done by the Council’s Labour administration on Harrow’s standing as a place people are proud to live.

As a Hatch End councillor, a particular focus has been the declining state of nearby Pinner Memorial Park – with the hard-working keeper Tracy let go despite a resident-backed campaign to keep her. I’ve since been sent photos of out of control littering, overflowing bins, and generally poor upkeep. Over the weekend, similar problems were reported in Roxeth Recreation Ground. Labour’s cuts to park upkeep are already beginning to bite.

Another regular is libraries – cuts are closing those in Hatch End, Rayners Lane, North Harrow and Edgware, but rumours are already flying about others closing in the future – with Pinner floated most recently. Worryingly, at March’s Cabinet meeting, Labour refused to rule out any further library closures.

Finally, Labour’s cuts have halved the frequency of residential street cleaning to once every 8 weeks (and every 12 weeks in some places). I recently had to tell a resident who thought their cleaning was already two weeks late that they still had another two weeks to wait.

I rather suspect, even if Labour councillors are getting this sort of feedback from residents, that they wouldn’t admit it. Or they’d blame the Government, as they always do – ignoring that the sums needed to save these services don’t break the bank. But I personally think it’s a tragedy that Labour take so little pride in where we live; not only letting our borough decline, but setting a terrible example for residents to follow.

Cllr. Susan Hall
Conservative Group Leader
Harrow Council

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  1. sonoo malkani

    “Pride”is a word that is ALIEN to our Labour held Council.It’s only about balancing the books.Never mind the poor tax-paying residents.Harrow’s streets are definitely showing signs of negligence as are our Parks.

    Regarding the four libraries already being shut on May 16,despite THOUSANDS of residents,including children,petitioning,the consultations were only in name.It is really shocking that the PINNER library is already being ear-marked for closure.Woe betide,anyone who is daft enough to vote Labour on May 7!!

    Look what damage they have already heaped on the people of Harrow in one short year —–robbing us of our libraries,increasing charges in more parking areas, frustrating ordinary citizens of this borough as well as putting off visitors,putting up our rates by 1.99% PLUS a stealth tax for our garden bins (£75 annually as of October 2015)and so on.No point your denying this or looking for scapegoats.The facts speak for themselves.

  2. Someonewhocares

    If you research this whole Library issue further across the UK you will find that about 10% of them have closed over the last 10 years. It would be worse but some are kept open by volunteers:


    Similarly most London boroughs have increased parking charges above the rate of inflation. Now that really IS a ‘Stealth Tax’!

    1. j p hobbs

      Stealth Tax that’s Harrow Labours strong point , just check how many tickets the hidden camera at Harrow & Wealdstone station has handed out in the last year , I did a few years ago and my flabber has never been so gasted .

      1. Someonewhocares

        Again ALL Councils seem to be using motorists as the patsy here… Might be worth finding out if the Station camera is still such a ‘revenue earner’ now though JP, now we have that 10-min ‘grace period’?

  3. sonoo malkani

    Someone whocares,you seem rather familiar with the internal workings of our Councils .Parking charges in some boroughs have become a bane,no doubt..Neighbouring Hillingdon manages to keep its streets in much better condition and make some free parking provision for its citizens.
    Not ALL boroughs have gone down as rapidly as Harrow in providing services to Harrow.Its one thing to have library provision reduced over the last 10 years but our cuts are simply ludicrous and all happening at the rate of knots!.By the way,nobody remembers they are “Civil servants”meant to SERVE the people, not Lord it over them!

  4. Someonewhocares

    In fact Sonoo *any* resident can become ‘familiar’ with the way councils operate, as It is all in the public domain c/o the interweb! I understand Hillingdon has special grants applicable though by virtue of Heathrow; For parking they indeed have their ‘Hillingdon card’ scheme, something Harrow could have done well to replicate but instead spent £400K on new machines *without* this capability. Google ‘Hillingdon Card’ for details! (Or http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/17747/Using-your-card )

    Unfortuately all these *forced* cuts are across the country (albeit to differing degrees), and as stated seem to be almost arbitrary, and are hurting many areas, not just Harrow. Google ‘Pickles DCLG’ for details (although my ‘favourite DCLG gem’ is to be found at; https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/39264/50_ways_2.pdf ) Yes, perhaps ‘Civil Servants’ should be renamed – to ‘Uncivil Servants’!

  5. Maggs

    Does any one really care? as soon as susy boo has been voted out she has become very vocal and shouting the odds, when she was in power it was her way or no way… were well rid of her

    1. riders of the sybian

      well said maggs mouth on a stick susie photo hungry egomaniac yes well rid mate

  6. sonoo malkani

    Are you joking?Do you honestly back the present lot in Harrow,Maggs?You may not care,but many of us mind very much.

  7. PraxisReform

    Whilst I agree with the sentiments presented in the article, unfortunately, we all know that the only reason Cllr. Hall is opposed to the plan is because it’s been presented by her Labour opposition…

    Given the power, she’d no doubt introduce similar cuts under a different name, and then start imposing her own secret agenda, as demonstrated by her recent incumbency at Leader of harrow council.

  8. Someonewhocares

    Yes, and unfortunately such input from ‘sour grapes suzie’ is NOT helping Harrow. Perhaps she just does not have a sufficient grasp of *constructive* criticism? Her ‘we are all doomed’ mantra is becoming tiresome. Again those cuts responsible originate from Eric Pickles (Conservative) and the DCLG and so her commentary is thus ‘verging on the hypocritical’, too,,

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