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Harrow Your Harrow, your stories • July 2012

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Housing Changes – Next steps for Harrow Following our consultation in the summer 2011, Harrow’s Cabinet agreed a way forward for the development of all housing strategies. Thank you to those who consulted with us and visited the roadshows last summer. There are several strategies and policies that we will be consulting on over the next few weeks, so please check online regularly, at

These will include: the private sector and housing strategies and allocations policy. If you would like to join our mailing list to stay up to date and register your interest with housing changes, or would like to find out more, email, or call us on 020 8420 9643.

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Gina Lane: This is a picture of the Belmont Trail in May when all the cow parsley is in flower. I lead a walking group along this nature trail every month, and it’s always lovely, but I think it is at its best in spring. If you would like to join us, go to


If you have a favourite view of Harrow you would like to share, send us your pictures and a photograph of yourself. Every edition we will publish the best one on this page or on our website. Email


If you have any story ideas, please email the editor at For editorial and advertising enquiries contact: Editor Angela Hart / 020 8424 7504


Harrow’s hot topics


Youth Matters Having your say

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New jobs and homes for Harrow


Your letters page

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What’s happening in your area


Get involved in the torch relay


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Leader of the Council, Cllr Bill Stephenson Many of the least well off and most vulnerable people in Harrow receive help with paying their Council Tax – ‘Council Tax Benefit’. The Government is proposing to cut this assistance by 10% in 2013 which leaves a gap of £3.5 million a year in two years from now. There are further cuts on the way for the poorest people in the country with cuts in housing benefit and universal credit.

hot topics Hundreds of homes to be built on former Kodak site A once in a lifetime £320 million regeneration project that will create hundreds of family homes and employment opportunities at Kodak’s former UK headquarters has been given the go-ahead by the council.

The Government is handing the running of this reduced scheme to the councils themselves. Each council will have to produce its own local scheme by April 1, 2013. In Harrow we are committed to protecting those most in need from these cuts as best we can. However, given our difficult budget situation we cannot possibly absorb the £3.5 million cut and will have to pass this on to all those receiving Council Tax Benefit. We have started a consultation with residents to discuss how these savings can be made and are one of the first councils in London to do this. It is vital that as many people as possible take part in this consultation which will continue until September. We want to ensure the voices of all residents are heard before any changes are made. Barring pensioners, everyone who receives Council Tax Benefit is likely to have to pay more, including some who have had all their Council Tax paid for them – some people will be affected more than others. The issues are quite complex. So before we make any decisions, I urge you to make your voice heard. This is a real opportunity for you to shape the decisions made by the council. To access a detailed description of the proposed changes within our consultation and complete an accompanying questionnaire visit www. or call 020 8416 8266 or email

The exciting new development is among the largest in Harrow for a generation. It aims to build an entire community from scratch across 40 acres of land which was once home to Kodak’s national headquarters. The decade-long project on the site in Harrow View will be delivered by developers Land Securities. A new park filled with wildflower meadows, playgrounds and water features will replace the concrete landscape. The panoramic views will be enjoyed by residents from up to 985 new homes planned for construction. The community will be served by a new primary school and a health centre which could include a GPs’ surgery, dentists, physio, crèche, pharmacy, and community centre. For more information, go to

Council celebrates its champions An army of volunteers came together at the council’s annual Neighbourhood Champions conference last month. More than 350 volunteers from across the borough had the opportunity to meet other Neighbourhood Champions, and provide the council with feedback on how they have found the scheme and how it can be improved. Neighbourhood Champions report issues on their street to the council so problems can be resolved quickly. They can report to us via our website or by phone.

Working in partnership with the police and building on the well-established Neighbourhood Watch programme, the Neighbourhood Champion idea has really struck a chord with Harrow residents. Neighbourhood Champion for Kenton, Mana Hirani, said: “The scheme has improved our area significantly, particularly when reporting fly-tipping. People now feel safer in the community.” If you want to become a Neighbourhood Champion visit NCsignup

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The Neighbourhood Champion scheme has improved our area significantly. Mana Hirani, Kenton

New Mayor chooses charity

Harrow People wins best publication award Harrow People, our magazine for local residents, has just won the prestigious Best Council Publication in the UK at a Local Government industry awards. Over the last couple of years we have developed Harrow People into a more resident friendly community magazine which you can contribute to and feel a part of.

Cllr Victoria Silver, Mayor Cllr Nizam Ismail and CEO Harrow Age UK Avani Modasia.

The new Mayor of Harrow Cllr Nizam Ismail will donate money raised during his Mayoral year to Age UK Harrow as well as the Mayor’s charity fund, saying he wants to make sure money raised goes directly to helping people in need. Cllr Ismail, who began his year as Mayor of the borough last month, said: “I am proud to support this charity which does so much for the elderly in Harrow. One of

the main reasons I chose Age UK Harrow was because they are a small charity who do their work locally, and I wanted to make sure that any money we are able to raise will go straight to front line services.” The charity has more than 120 volunteers who help elderly people around the borough, which includes help to buy shopping, and support those who are living alone. If you would like to donate, please visit

Do you want to thank a volunteer you know? The Harrow’s Heroes Awards ceremony is back again for 2012 as the council gets ready to celebrate the borough’s unsung heroes. Nominations are now open and all nominees will be invited to the ceremony at the Arts Centre on Tuesday, 30 October where the winners will be announced.

eligible to be nominated for an award and there is no limit to the number of volunteers you can nominate. Nominations close on Monday, 6 August.

There are several categories honouring community, health & wellbeing, international, young and environmental volunteers as well as trustee and committee members. Anyone who has carried out non-salaried work within the borough in the last 12 months is

As always, we want to continue to improve and change in line with your feedback. Please keep reading and enjoying your Harrow People and if you have any questions about the magazine, call 020 8424 7504 or email

To nominate your Hero or for further information, please visit, call 020 8416 8249, or email

Council launches DisabledGo App A new mobile phone App that gives the details of locations in Harrow that are accessible for disabled residents and visitors is now free to download. It features over 1,000 venues in Harrow and over 20,000 across London. The new App allows residents to see at the click of a button which venues and facilities are easily accessible for people with disabilities making Harrow even easier to navigate. The App features local attractions such as cinemas, hotels, sports grounds, restaurants and council offices as well as parks and historic landmarks. Visit for more information.

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Home grown talent Local singer songwriter Phillipa Leigh talks about music, lyrics and life in Pinner. Hi, my name is Phillipa Leigh. I am the lead singer and lyricist for the band Southgate and Leigh. I grew up in Pinner and I have recently moved back after living in London for the last few years while training at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts). One day while I was busking, threetime Grammy nominated artist Joan Armatrading walked by and told me about a competition where the prize was to perform a support slot at one of her gigs! Of course we entered and I am really proud and delighted to say that last month Southgate and Leigh played the support slot in the Princes Hall Theatre as part of Joan Armatrading’s world tour. Although I loved living in the city it is good to come full circle and find myself back home. Pinner truly is a village in a city. I had forgotten how different the world sounds and feels when you travel a few miles away from the centre of London, away from police sirens and the noise of traffic and busy city life and into a community where people you’ve

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I have fond memories as a child of feeding the ducks in Pinner Memorial Park, and later as a teenager I would sit on the bench with my notebook and write poetry there. So during the recent warm spell I took Phil (my songwriting partner) along to have a walk around the park and we were delighted to see a lovely little café called Daisy’s in the Park (in West House). On closer inspection we discovered that in the evenings it turns into an excellent bistro with live music on Saturday nights. Of course I couldn’t resist getting a gig there – singing overlooking the same spot where I had played as a child.

Harrow has an amazing cultural life. We went to see Jimmy Carr at The Harrow Arts Centre – Phil even ended up volunteering to get on the stage with Jimmy Carr and was mercilessly mocked for wearing sandals. Ha ha. We love to support local cultural things. This summer was the first time I’ve been to Pinner Fair since I was in my teens and it was great to show Phil what all the fuss is about. It’s amazing to think this has been going on since 200 years before Henry VIII. Find out where you can see Southgate and Leigh by joining them on Go to for local events.

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Thriving Harrow Harrow Council is supporting our town centre, local shopping areas, businesses and providing jobs for local people. That is why we have created an exciting vision for the borough which includes generating 4,000 new jobs and 6,000 new homes by 2026. In these tough times we believe it is vital that we encourage investment into the borough. By creating the infrastructure needed by investors and businesses, we aim to bring £1.5 billion into the borough. We have created a masterplan called the Heart of Harrow which will provide a blueprint for future development in Harrow town centre, Station Road and Wealdstone and help improve our transport links. You should have already seen improvements to the town centre end of Station Road and more work is on the way including plans for Lowlands Road and St Ann’s Road, plus improvements to the road network around Harrow-on-the-Hill Station to improve public transport services. The programme of works costing £5m is being funded by the council, Transport for London and the Mayor’s Outer London Fund (OLF).

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The funding will also pay for town centre management, festivals, events and markets in the town centre and improvements to the main shopping street, St Ann’s Road, to attract more shoppers and visitors. Improvements to St Ann’s will include new paving, better street furnishing and new lighting.

Transport improvements A transport consultant has been employed to look at the transport network around Harrow-on-the-Hill Station area to help

Dates for your diary Harrow Town Centre will host the Harrow Music Festival and Showtime event on the 2nd August from 12 noon to 6pm. Listen to 20 bands in St John’s Road, or go to St Ann’s to watch the Showtime events funded by LOCOG as part of the London Outdoor Festival. An event to mark the Olympics called ‘Play the Games’ will take place from July 26th to August 16th outside Topshop and Boots. There will be the chance to get involved with small games around the centre and competitions. From July 22nd to September 9th the opening hours

improve transport links and access into the town. Local businesses and residents will be asked for their views on what developments should take place.

You can have your say You can have your say on any changes to St Ann’s Road – watch out for dates of forthcoming consultations in the local press and on our website. Please email if you would like to be included in further updates and consultation about the council’s public realm projects.


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at St Ann’s shopping centre will be extended to 10am–6pm on Sundays to mark the Olympics. You can then have a coffee, or a meal, or do some shopping in the town centre.

How you can get involved We need your help – you can make a difference to the prosperity of our borough by shopping locally. Shopping local is easy for you, helps you save money and helps safeguard local jobs. We talk to shopping centre managers and local businesses about what the improvements will mean.

Jeff Jackson (left) and Darren Harman

Jeff Jackson, St. Ann’s Shopping Centre, manager, said: “We would really like to encourage people to shop locally. We have such a vast array of shops in Harrow. St. Ann’s is the go to place for high street fashions and St. George’s offers more around leisure and specialised shops, including restaurants, a gym and a children’s area. Walking down St Ann’s, College Road or Station Road you can see shops that serve the whole community. “We have good car parking facilities, restaurants and coffee bars too and with Harrow on the Hill so close it makes Harrow town centre really accessible.”

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Harrow Council has supported more than 1,000 businesses in the last 12 months. This has been through a range of different initiatives. A key programme has been helping Harrow companies find new customers. This has been mainly through the Harrow Business Directory, international business advisors Gateway Asia, and the council’s new purchasing policy. These initiatives have helped businesses wishing to access contracts in the public sector and the Olympics, enter international markets or just trade between each other. Here are two local businesses who we have helped. If you would like some help for your business, go to Vinod Patel, from cyber security business Securitism, said: “Working with Harrow Council partners and business advice centre Harrow In Business (HIB) has been excellent. I have set up a unique company which employs autistic graduates who are great at managing the amount of data we work with and can spot the anomalies. HIB helped me find good contacts which have been really useful.”

Farid Kazi, from Dubicom Ltd, said: “The Gateway Asia course “Doing Business in India” was inspiring and addresses the needs of businesses that want to grow and seek new opportunities. “I am an electronic consultant. When you’re on your own in business it’s frightening and exciting at the same time. HIB courses gave me an opportunity to meet like minded people, and offers great networking opportunities. The course was informal, interactive, and tailored to what I wanted.”

Darren Harman, St. George’s Centre manager, agrees: “As a town, Harrow has a lot to offer – two shopping centres, a mixture of a few national stores, including M&S and Debenhams, mixed with independents which cater for different groups and a very loyal catchment area. “One of the things that I really like is the joined up approach that the council has, the appointment of a town centre manager means that there is a bridge with the retailers and the council.”

Useful info for businesses

Where to go for more information:

• A monthly business newsletter (sign up at

For information on shopping local and businesses in Harrow email, call 020 8861 2282 or visit

• Online hub: business • Links to partners: Gateway Asia and Harrow in Business • Xcite training and employment programme

The town centre forum meets to discuss initiatives, we need more independent businesses to join and come along. Email: if you’d like to join.

• Find a local business in the Business Directory:

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Giving you val Harrow Council has become the first local authority in the country to move electoral registration online and is just one of the many ways the council is making your life easier while helping to save you money. Voter registration forms will soon be dropping through letterboxes across the country as councils carry out the annual canvass. The democratic process involves every household in the UK being contacted by their local authority to confirm who lives at the address so their details can be added to the electoral register. Harrow Council will be making it easier for you by moving the process online this July, so all you need to do is use the security code we’ve sent you to check your details, make any necessary changes and submit the online form. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!”

Letters will be sent to households asking you to respond to the annual canvass online.

With a personal authentication or ‘pin code’, you will be able to confirm your details without the need for returning cumbersome paper forms.

You will be sent clear instructions on how to complete the online process and how to sign up for a MyHarrow Account.

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‘I will register to vote online’ Kat Jones, 34, of Angel Road, Harrow, said: “The traditional paper form is time consuming and I imagine a lot of residents forget to complete them. I am more than happy to register online. “Not only will this reduce costs it will be far more environmentally friendly by saving paper. I hope other councils take note of what Harrow Council is doing and follow suit. “Processing the annual canvass online shows the council is embracing technology and using it to transform services in new and innovative ways. This is important during such economic instability as the council will be able to invest more money in services and protect people most in need.”

The traditional paper form is time consuming. I am more than happy to register online. Kat Jones, Angel Road

Arrangements will be made for residents who are unable to access the internet. Savings will be made as a result of the reduction in printing and postage costs as well as back office savings. This means more money will be available for the frontline services that matter most to you. Harrow Council’s technological innovations could have a long lasting impact on UK democracy. The Government is moving away from the traditional annual canvass system where the head of the household registers everyone to vote – to a new system where people register themselves. The Government intends to introduce the switch to individual registration from 2014. By signing up for a MyHarrow Account today you will be ahead of the times and ready for these changes.

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Putting children first

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Tailoring child care services to suit the needs of families has delivered more than £1million in savings during the previous financial year and enabled us to open our 16th Children’s Centre. The ‘Hub and Spoke’ model transformed key children’s centres into ‘hubs’ which remain open throughout the day. ‘Satellite’ Children’s Centres open when classes and activities take place which allowed us to scale back administration and overhead costs. The model was created following extensive consultation with parents and residents between April and May last year. We are committed to helping and supporting those most in need by protecting the services you care most about. While children’s centres are being closed across the country we are bucking the national trend by improving children’s centres in the face of severe financial pressure. Children’s Centres nationally were once funded by ring fenced Government SureStart Grants. This has since been replaced by a much reduced Early Intervention Grant – which has prompted the closure of centres nationwide.

We are continuously transforming the way we work to improve the services you care about the most, which is why we are delighted to announce savings of £1.3 million from the previous financial year. This means more money is available to reinvest in the services we know you value most, such as children’s services, environment, leisure and culture. These projects will help the council create more efficient services that will protect front line staff and make further savings during the current financial year. This will mean £500,000 will be added to our general reserves. We are looking at developing a range of innovative projects which put residents at the heart of everything we do. We

want to encourage greater resident involvement in the borough’s parks and open spaces to make Harrow cleaner and greener while at the same time reduce maintenance costs. To support those most in need we are exploring ways to enhance the existing Telecare services. The service will increase the number of elderly residents in supported living and reduce the costs of residential and nursing spend.

Sign up for a MyHarrow Account Membership of our trailblazing online MyHarrow Account has ballooned to 14,000 which will deliver an estimated £1million in savings over the next three years. Harrow Council’s unique site offers residents the opportunity to pay council tax, manage benefits, renew library books, pay parking tickets, and access many council services online in one accessible place. Membership has soared by 3,000 in the past three months which has brought a 40 per cent reduction in council tax general enquiries received by our contact centre. Nearly 20 per cent of all council tax enquiries are answered through the MyHarrow Account. The innovations have already caught the eye of the Government’s Cabinet Office and made savings of £100,000 during the past two years. For more information or to register for a MyHarrow Account visit

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The flame will then travel through Wealdstone, along Station Rd (and will be outside the Civic Centre at around 9.45am), through Harrow Town Centre, up Harrowon-the-Hill and then down Sudbury Hill into Brent at about 10.20am. Activities are planned around each of these points with local communities and schools participating and the Torch Relay procession giving out free ‘goodies’ along the way.

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DON’T bring your car – all the roads in Harrow will be extremely busy on the day and there is very little parking available at any of the event sites other than the town centre. DON’T come to Headstone Manor for the start of the relay unless you have an invitation DO come along to Headstone Manor after 10am for the family fun day DO keep yourselves and your children safe by staying out of the road

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• The Mayor • Glen Trew Pipes • Bell Ringers

DO bring flags to wave and have a wonderful time!

Best Places to View Headstone Drive – between Harrow View and the Crown Court

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Sudbury Hill – between Chasewood Park and St George’s School

Torch leaves Harrow to start its journey through Brent

For disabled people – Opposite Katie’s Statue in the Town Centre

We spoke to top local athlete Mara Yamauchi about what it means to compete in this year’s Olympic Games. Mara trains at Harrow Athletics club and has been selected for team GB 2012 to compete in the Marathon. “It’s really exciting to be a part of the games. I’m very lucky that the Olympics are coming to my home country whilst I am a competing athlete. I’m looking forward to it. At the same time, there is so much pressure to do well.”

Transport information (applies between 8am–11am) Full road closures with signs and barriers: Pinner View between the Junction of Parkside Way and Headstone Manor Park (within this section there will also be a waiting restriction to prevent any on-street parking as the road is too narrow), Pinner View between Woodberry Avenue and Parkside Way, Station Road between the junctions of Sheepcote Road and College Road. Please seek alternative routes Follow the diversion signs where possible There will also be closures, banned turns and some no entry signage to traffic joining Peterborough Road, High Street and London Road between Tyburn Lane and Roxeth Hill to create a one way flow of traffic in the same direction as the torch convoy over Harrow on The Hill past Harrow School. Most road closures along the route will not be signed as these will be controlled only as either of the convoys passes a junction. This will result in minor delays of approximately 4 minutes when a convoy passes any given point. Your Harrow, your stories


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Top tips from Harrow resident and street party organiser Mac Laubscher • Set a budget and keep to it. • Decide whether or not to close the road. This isn’t always necessary as you can think about holding your party in an open space or park. If you would like to close the road you need to give the council at least four weeks notice – contact the Traffic team on 020 8424 1884 for advice. • Harrow Council has made it easier for you to hold a street party as they are waiving the fee for 2012. Harrow May or, Cllr Nizam Ismail celebrates w ith the comm unity

Join in the party! Harrow celebrated the Diamond Jubilee in style with street parties across the borough. Street parties are an excellent way to bring your neighbours together and to get involved in your community. We’ve enjoyed hearing about your celebrations and it seems they have made a real difference to how people feel about the street they live in. Why not organise your own summer street party? It’s not as hard as you might think.

Asif Iqbal MBE is President of Harrow Asian Deaf Club (HADC). The club hosted a Diamond Jubilee celebration at Bentley Day Centre. Asif said: “I’m so delighted we had a fantastic turnout at our event. It was a pleasure to see that a few months of hard work has paid off, with the support of all of our volunteers and HADC committee working so hard to make it happen!”

Nupur Morzaria, 11, from Sefton Avenue organised a street party with a difference to raise money for local children’s charity, Kids Can Achieve (KCA) following a flood and fire which resulted in the charity losing vital children’s equipment.

Kenton Gardens held a fantastic street party which raised £2,500 for their chosen local charity the Samantha Dixon Brian Tumour Trust. Simon Shaw, who was one of the organisers, said: “The street party gave 32 different neighbours the opportunity to meet each other! I was overwhelmed how driven and ambitious we all were in making the street party such a great success. Within four weeks we were able to enlist many local businesses and residents.”

Nupur said: “It was nice to bring my neighbours together; I got to meet quite a few people for the first time. I did lots of organising beforehand and I really enjoyed it. I hope to organise more in the future and do more fundraising for charity.”

• Publicise your event to your neighbours, invite them faceto-face as well as a written invitation. Then use posters, leaflets, Twitter and Facebook to promote the street party. • Involve all your neighbours – street parties are a celebration for residents. • Think about food hygiene, visit for advice on food preparation. • Take lots of photos and share them on the council’s Facebook page.

Visit howto for more info on how to organise a street party

Party time for Kenton Gardens residents

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Looking for a local venue for hosting a private party/event? Harrow Teachers’ Centre Looking for a local venue for hosting private parties/events, then the Teachers’ Centre in Wealdstone is your affordable solution. Our facilities cater for maximum of 300 people. There is limited free on-site parking, disabled access. Contact details Tel 020 8416 8899 Fax 020 8427 2418 Email Harrow Teachers’ Centre, Tudor Road, Wealdstone, Harrow HA3 5PQ

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Welcome to our new Youth Matters page, where local young people have their say on issues that concern them, and help you find ways you can make a difference. To contribute to this page email

Volunteer this summer by Ellie Mariko Tauben During the summer we all have a lot of time on our hands, so why not learn something new whilst having a good time? One way to do this is through council volunteering scheme Summer of a Lifetime which is designed for young people in years 11 and 12. Haniya Rizvi, said: “We took part in amazing activities from mountain biking to snowboarding and water sports. We organised fundraisers such as a mini fair and did a sponsored sleep out to raise money for homeless people in Some users of the Wealdstone Youth Centre say hoodies are often just a fashion statement the community.

‘They stop and search us for no reason’ by Hannah Nathanson Recently I visited the Wealdstone Youth Centre to talk to young people about stop and searches and their experience with the police.

assumed that they are up to no good so they are dispersed. However, most young people hang out on the street because ‘there’s nowhere else we can jam’.

From speaking to both police and young people in the past, it is clear that there is a huge divide between the two groups and this is something which stop and searches contributes to. In my eyes, this is mainly down to a lack of understanding of young people’s culture. People from older generations tend to find hoodies and hats intimidating, but in reality this is just fashion for many young people. As a result, young people feel picked on. Some of them told me, ‘they just search you for no reason’, they ‘judge you for your clothes’. Similarly, when young people gather in areas like Wealdstone, it is

Of course, young people are not all angels, there are some of us who do cause problems, but in order to change that, both the council and the police need to look closely at the reasons for bad behaviour. As Andrew, a youth worker at the centre, said ‘rather than branding and stereotyping them, look at why they are doing it’. Many young people in this area have bad social circumstances and at the moment, stop and searches alienate us, which is the last thing that we need. Instead we need places to go and people that we can trust to be role models and support us.

To get involved go to You can apply through your school for Duke of Edinburgh or contact / 01189 867 333

Another option is the Duke of Edinburgh Award. It involves volunteer work, a skill of your choice and taking part in a sport. You also go on an expedition where you’ll have to work with a team to map read, camp and cook your own meals. I found it an extremely fulfilling programme to be a part of. I learnt cooperation, determination, and it allowed me to build new friendships. I don’t think there are many people that wouldn’t enjoy it.

The Cedars Youth Centre Jasmine Botchey On the 28th May the new £4.2 million Cedars Youth and Community Centre opened by Harrow Council and Watford FC. To celebrate this, Harrow Youth Parliament took a visit to see the developments and we were all very impressed by the range of exciting facilities for young members of the community. We found that the new centre was brilliant! The gym, the sports hall and other facilities are a good source of entertainment for young people. Lucas Hitas said: “It’s in a very nice and friendly area, and very sophisticated; we should be proud of it.” And we are indeed proud of it!

Wealdstone Youth Centre: 020 8420 9355 38–42 High Street, Harrow, HA3 7AE

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Know your councillors

Ramji Chauhan (Conservative) 07956 477229 Tony Ferrari (Conservative) 07914 961035 Stephen Greek (Conservative) 07779 639408 Susan Hall (Conservative) 07860 742093 Jean Lammiman (Conservative) 07855 370 144 Stanley Sheinwald (Independent) 07908 851196

Ajay Maru (Labour) 07949 026 030 Vina Mithani (Conservative) 07875 760810 Yogesh Teli (Conservative) 07770 222307 Krishna James (Labour) 07769 837623 Varsha Parmar (Labour) 07535 064 495 David Perry (Labour) 07505 430133 Lurline Champagnie OBE (Conservative) 020 8428 6707 Paul Osborn (Conservative) 020 7692 7188 Stephen Wright (Conservative) 07899 920133 Kam Chana (Conservative) 07779 133457 Chris Mote (Conservative) 020 8868 9315 John Nickolay (Conservative) 020 8248 6405

Queensbury Rayners Lane Roxbourne Roxeth

Mitzi Green (Labour) 020 8420 9604 Navin Shah (Labour) 020 8427 0341 Victoria Silver (Labour) 07866 757389

Stanmore Park

Headstone North Headstone South Kenton East

Asad Omar (Labour) 020 3084 4957 Bill Stephenson (Labour) 020 8427 0247 Sasikala Suresh (Labour) 07894 980039


Ann Gate (Labour) 020 8864 2354 David Gawn (Labour) 07817 717499 Simon Williams (Conservative) 07796 580010

James Bond (Independent) 020 8868 6790 Janet Mote (Conservative) 020 8868 9315 Anthony Seymour (Conservative) 07956 604216

West Harrow

Sue Anderson (Labour) 07875 094900 Bill Phillips (Labour) 020 8248 1919 Ben Wealthy (Labour) 07919 120243

Kenton West

Nana Asante (Labour) 020 8424 1344 Mrinal Choudhury (Labour) 07803 083106 Margaret Davine (Labour) 020 8863 3675


Husain Akhtar (Conservative) 07984 029147 Amir Moshenson (Conservative) 07503 464091 Richard Romain (Conservative) 07770 850110


Manji Kara (Conservative) 07919 016535 Barry Macleod-Cullinane (Conservative) 07976 712611 Lynda Seymour (Conservative) 07967 357214

Pinner South

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There are lots of ways you can have your say and get involved in local decisions. Here we have included a full list of councillors and their contact details. If you are unsure of who your councillor is visit and insert your postcode. Nizam Ismail (Labour) 020 8952 7886 Zarina Khalid (Labour) 07812 007385 Sachin Shah (Labour) 07949 949745 Joyce Nickolay (Conservative) 020 8248 6405 Chris Noyce (Liberal Democrat) 020 8422 3120 Krishna Suresh (Labour) 07967 565477 Bob Currie (Labour) 020 8864 4934 Mano Dharmarajah (Labour) 020 8248 1594 Graham Henson (Labour) 07721 509916 Thaya Idaikkadar (Labour) 07812 028 741 Jerry Miles (Labour) 020 8723 7531 Raj Ray (Labour) 020 8869 9242 Camilla Bath (Conservative) 07736 660781 Christine Bednell (Conservative) 07709 959420 Marilyn Ashton (Conservative) 07831 319324 Keith Ferry (Labour) 07922 227147 Phillip O’Dell (Labour) 020 8861 0090 Rekha Shah (Labour) 020 8427 0341 Brian Gate (Labour) 07939 540412 Kairul Marikar (Labour) 07587 094120 William Stoodley (Labour) 07742 598786

Council Tax Benefit – have your say

Come and have your say The council is committed to involving you in all our decision making, giving you the chance to have your say and ensuring that when you tell us something we come back to you and let you know what the next steps are. Over the last few months the council has been consulting with residents about the future of the borough’s libraries. We have collated all your comments and they will be used to help shape the future of the service.

• The majority of you (70%) would like reservation and overdue notifications by text message, and over half of you (56%) would like notifications by email.

Nearly 2,000 questionnaires were completed and residents told us their views on everything from computer facilities, to stock, events and library opening hours. A wide range of community groups were consulted, and we had conversations with both users and current non-users of the service and the views of Harrow Youth Parliament were also included. This followed the Let’s Talk consultation last summer.

• When we asked about opening times 63% of you told us that you would like the libraries to be open until 6pm on Saturdays. Nearly half felt you would use the libraries more if they were open on Friday afternoons, and Kenton library was the most popular choice for Sunday opening if another library was to open on a Sunday.

We did:

You said:

As a result of this feedback

• More than half of you (53%) visit a Harrow library once a week and 35% visit once a month.

• Current opening hours will be reviewed to ensure the libraries are open at times of greatest demand.

• The majority of you (82%) use the libraries to borrow books.

• The libraries’ public computers are to be upgraded with Wi-Fi being introduced in all libraries.

• Over half would like the libraries to be used as community meeting places in the future, and a third of you wanted other public services to share the library buildings.

• Electronic reservation and overdue notifications will be made available to customers when a new library computer system is introduced.

• Over half of you (55%) said you would use the libraries more often if the computers were upgraded, and 39% said they would use the libraries more often if Wi-Fi was introduced.

• Customers can already sign up for text and email notifications by using a MyHarrow account. Customers can register for this service at

The Government plans to reduce its funding of Council Tax benefit by 10% and has asked councils to develop their own schemes. This means we must reduce payments to current claimants by £3.5 million in order to manage the cut in funding. Our priority is to design a scheme which protects the borough’s most financially vulnerable residents – but we need your help to do this. We want to make sure the voices of all residents are heard before any changes are made. The consultation started in June and runs until Friday, 21 September. Everybody who receives Council Tax Benefit, apart from pensioners, is likely to see a change. Some people will be affected more than others. Our proposals include: • Introducing a maximum limit to the amount of Council Tax Benefit that can be paid • Increasing contributions from other adults in the household • C  hanging the amount of savings a person can have before benefits are given • Removing second adult rebate To have your say on the above proposals, further information and a detailed description of the proposed changes visit ctbconsultation

We’ll be out and about in the borough talking to you about the changes. Please take a look at the leaflet which came with this edition of Harrow People to find out more.

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Dear Harrow resident,

Dear Harr

Welcome to your Harrow People letters page. This page is open to all residents to question, comment and air their views on any council service, or product. We want you to dictate what is published on this page every issue, so get writing, emailing or phoning with your questions and comments. This page will give residents a platform for their views and questions. By publishing your correspondence, both positive and negative, we intend to make this magazine even more interactive and relevant to readers. We look forward to hearing from you.

This month we asked some of our residents for their questions. Meena Hirani, Kenton I am a Neighbourhood Champion and I think it is a great scheme. I think the area where I live has been improved significantly. Now when we report flytipping it is dealt with very quickly. I know my neighbours feel a lot safer and happier with the area now. Other areas of the borough, for example Wealdstone would benefit from having extra Neighbourhood Champions to help people in that area feel safer. Is the council planning to do this?


To date, the council and the Police have successfully recruited and trained over 1000 Neighbourhood Champions, including many in the Wealdstone area. We continue to recruit new Neighbourhood Champions, with the intention of having at least one for every street in Harrow, as well as for public areas such as parks and shopping centres, and with the possibility of extra Champions in some areas if appropriate. We will be embarking on a renewed recruitment drive from September in the hope of achieving this target and, with your help, we look forward to continuing the roll out of this scheme. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Contact us today on: Tel: 020 8424 7504 Email: Write: Harrow People, Communications Unit, PO Box 21, Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XF Meena Hirani


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Shaila Hussein

Shaila Hussein, Kenton I live on Kingshill Drive and there are a lot of potholes in my street. We have reported this to the council about three months ago. They came and did one half of the street but have left the other half. Why is this and when will be the rest be completed.


Thank you for bringing this matter to the council’s attention. Each road in the borough is inspected on a regular basis (approximately every four months) and during those inspections any areas that are considered to be a hazard are ordered for repair. Kingshill Drive’s last full inspection was carried out in March 2012 and repairs ordered at that time have been completed. Following your report on 11th April 2012 regarding specific locations in Kingshill Drive an Inspector paid a further visit which resulted in a localised repair to the road which was completed in May. It is often the case that shallow potholes, particularly in roads that are constructed of concrete with a thin overlay of bitmac are not considered a hazard and therefore are not ordered for repair. However, periodic inspections will continue and isolated repairs ordered as appropriate. Thanks again for letting us know



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Hanna Corbishley, Harrow I am writing about the lack of accessibility at Harrow on the Hill station, in fact all the underground stations in Harrow. People with mobility problems like me are prevented from travelling by the lack of lifts or escalators at the local stations. I am told this is a Transport for London (TfL) problem, but I cannot understand why the money the Mayor has given to Harrow to smarten up the town centre cannot be used for this purpose. Surely the aim is to attract people from outside the borough to come here, but no one in their right mind would willingly negotiate the obstacle course that is Harrow on the Hill station. The town centre would greatly benefit from having an accessible station so a good case could be made for spending the money this way. It would be a more permanent reminder of the Mayor’s legacy than the way it is being spent at the moment as well as benefiting the many elderly and disabled people who live in Harrow and would occasionally like to travel elsewhere.


We understand that this is a concern for many of our residents. This is an issue that we have been trying to address with Transport for London. Unfortunately, a project that would have put new lifts into the station was cancelled by Transport for London in 2009. However, the council – through our Heart of Harrow Action Plan – is now working with TfL and the Mayor of London’s office to try and find new funding to improve access to the station, alongside improvements to the bus station. New developments in the town will also play an important part in helping to make this a reality.

Patricia Rowland, Pinner


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Road Safety improvements within the borough are generally carried out at locations where the number of accidents involving personal injury is higher than expected and where our investigations show that changes to the road layout or new signing or road markings could improve the situation. We take into account the amount of traffic and pedestrians using the road, injury accidents over three years, traffic speeds and site layout. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, we will carry out an investigation on your road to see whether we need to take action. Rosemary, Stanmore There isn’t a school bus for my child who has special needs. We currently live in Stanmore and he attends Grange School. I’ve been told the reason for the lack of school buses is due to funding. I often feel overwhelmed and have to ask for help from friends which can sometimes be a problem. Is there help available for those who do not drive and that need additional help?


Under normal circumstances parents make arrangements for their child to travel to and from school. However, some children/young people with special educational needs, physical disabilities or health related needs will require assistance with travel due to the nature and complexity of their difficulties and/or health and safety risks which might arise with public transport. In these cases, the council will provide suitable travel assistance to such children/young people based on an assessment. Parents can contact the Special Educational Needs assessment and review service directly for advice on transport related issues on 020 8966 6483.

The popular Italian restaurant Carluccio’s has just opened in Pinner and is offering one lucky reader, plus guest, the chance to dine at one of the borough’s premier restaurants. The prize includes a three course dinner and a bottle of house wine. The new restaurant is just a two minute walk from Pinner underground station, on the high street. Open from early morning, breakfast at Carluccio’s is a real treat for people looking to relax with coffees and dishes, such as Uova E Pancetta (free range fried eggs with grilled pancetta on toasted Italian bread). Catering for lunch through to dinner, the main menu offers a range of first courses that includes homemade soups and a range of antipasti plates laden with Italian specialties such as Parma ham, buffalo mozzarella and rustica olives. There are 13 pasta dishes on the menu – including Carluccio’s signature dish Penne Giardiniera (Pugliese penne with courgette, chilli and deep fried spinach balls with parmesan and garlic).

I live in Pinner Hill Road and believe me it’s only a matter of time before an accident happens.

Italian puddings, prepared by hand every day, include an indulgent panna cotta – using real vanilla pods and a dash of rum.

The way the people drive down from the first set of lights to the lights at the bottom of the road is worrying. Please can we have some kind of road slowing down sign. In the middle of this road is a junior school. Can the council please help?

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For a chance to win this mouth watering prize, send your name, address and daytime number to: The Editor, Harrow People, Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XF before 10th August, 2012. Your Harrow, your stories


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Now is the time to Stop Smoking! Every pharmacy in Harrow has joined forces to provide free treatment for smokers who want to kick the habit in 2012/13. The campaign has been set up by Harrow NHS Stop Smoking Service to offer free nicotine replacement therapy including patches, gum, microtabs, inhalators, sprays and lozenges to all smokers who take a voucher to their local pharmacy, for five weeks.

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Ms Thakerar, who recently received an MBE for services to the community, said: “Smoking has been confirmed as one of the biggest killers in the country and it’s the most serious contributing factor of lung disease so it’s important people stop. But it’s difficult to stop smoking on your own – you need the will power and the determination, but it’s a lot easier if you have the support from trained counsellors.

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Drop in today, because life’s better smokefree. Call 0208 966 1008 for more information. Offer available only to people who live or work in Harrow.

“Over the years we’ve already helped just over 1,000 people to quit and hopefully we’ll help a lot more with this year’s campaign. We’ve probably added about 10 to 30 years onto people’s lives, as well as reducing their risk of lung cancer and other diseases associated with smoking.”

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your essential guide to your area Bored? Nothing to do this summer? We have picked a small selection of summer activities you can take part in. For more information on what’s on during the summer, go to

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Football A–Z sports Academy are running football courses at Vaughan school, The Gardens, HA1 4EL. All coaches are fully qualified and CRB checked. Children of all abilities welcome. Time: 10am –3pm. From: 23rd July to 30th July. Five-day course costs £50 prebooked 30th July to 3rd Aug = 5 day course costs £50 prebooked Single day, £12 For more info please contact Elliot Bird on 07944 416699 or John Armand on 07940 489504 or email azsportsacademy@ Junior Netball (u16’s) Harrow Allstars Netball Club at Harrow Leisure Centre. For more information contact Harrow Sports Development Team by emailing or call 020 8424 1069 / 07833 048922.

Adult Netball (16+) Back to Netball is a ten to twelve week, gentle reintroduction to the sport for adult females of all ages. Sessions are coach led and will cover the basics of game from chest passes to footwork. Whether it is about rediscovering sporting abilities you forgot you had, about getting active again or just meeting a group of likeminded ladies, these sessions cater for all abilities. Please contact Natalie Massey on: 07872 407212 or email: Natalie.massey@ Harrow Leisure Centre summer climbing camps 23rd • 27th July • 13th – 17th August • 20th – 24th August Morning sessions are 11am –1pm and afternoon sessions are 1.30pm –3.30pm. Costs £12 a session or £50 a week. Email to book.

Harrow Blackhawks Basketball Fantastic opportunity for boys and girls aged between 10–18 to be a part of the Blackhawks Basketball Club. Day: Every Monday from 18th June 2012 Time: 5pm –6pm (10 –14yr olds) / 6pm –7pm (15 –18yr olds) Venue: Harrow Leisure Centre Price: £1.50 per session For more information, contact: Dujon Female Taekwondo Sportivate welcomes girls aged 14+ to be part of a FREE exciting martial arts opportunity. Those who successfully complete the 8-week course will have the opportunity to join Dujon Taekwondo club to further develop their skills within taekwondo. At: Whitmore High School – Dance & Drama Studio, Porlock Avenue, Harrow. Call 020 8864 7688. Starts: Thursday 14th June 2012, at 6.30pm–7.30pm For more information contact – 020 8424 1069 / 07931 566514 Choi Kwang Do (martial arts classes) classes Every Saturday and during the holidays from 1–2pm at the John Lyon Sports Centre, Middle Road, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, HA2 0HN. Contact Master Ellis on 07773 665581, Harrow Cricket Club summer courses Offering expert, enthusiastic coaching to help all participants enjoy their cricket and realise their potential. At: Harrow St. Mary’s Cricket Club, Oak Tree Court, Headstone Lane, HA2 6NF. Contact: harrowcricket 07921 199137 or visit Fee: £90 for each four-day cricket course. £10 discount

for all new customers quoting Harrow People. Harrow Leisure Centre holiday playscheme for 5 – 12 year olds Activities include: • Adventure World • Swimming Activities • Trampolining • Arts & Crafts • Football • Climbing Wall For more information & bookings please contact Harrow Leisure Centre Christchurch Avenue, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 5BD 020 8901 5980

Free ball foot for ets tick child y ever Harrow Borough Football Club would like to offer FREE children’s tickets during the summer holidays to our home Ryman League fixtures during August and September. Go to for more information, then send an email to harrowboro@gmail. com quoting “summer offer”, the match you would like to attend and the address you would like your tickets sent to. Harrow Borough Football Club is based on Carlyon Avenue, South Harrow, HA2 8SS. Call 0844 561 1347.

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BOTHERED BY RATS AND MICE? Harrow Council provides a cost effective Pest Control service to residents and businesses. Most requests can be accommodated within 24 hours of payment. Our staff are fully trained to industry standards. Our charges are fixed and fully inclusive of materials. We provide a free pest identification service to all residents. Rats and Mice (includes up to 3 visits)��������������������������������£105.00 Wasps (colony killed but nest not removed)�������������������������£65.00 Cockroaches (domestic) Gel bait (Min 2 visits required)����£125.00 Non domestic services are charged at an hourly rate��������£120.00 Dead animal carcass collection����������������������������������(from) £25.00 Domestic Bed Bugs Treatment���������������� £230.00 (3 bed property) Other pest treatment prices including bed bugs provided on application. Please enquire for details of our annual, bespoke maintance and treatment contracts. Any specific arrangements for private and social housing block treatments or schools can be accommodated. For Appointments and payments Tel 0208 901 2600 Prices subject to change, please enquire at time of booking. Credit/Debit cards accepted.

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Swim 4 Free 2012 Holiday Programme Harrow Leisure Centre Swimming Programme Kayaking, crash courses for beginners and intermediate swimmers, Aqua Disco, Rookie lifesaving, Water walkerz, water peddlerz, inflatable sessions and water polo. Call 020 8901 5980. Hatch End Holiday Swimming Programme Crash courses, Rookie lifeguarding, Kayaking, Inflatable sessions New to Hatch End Pool Water Walkerz. Call 020 8428 8041. Aspire Holiday Programme Kayaking, crash courses for beginners and inflatable sessions cost £1. * New to Aspire under 16 free holiday swimming session All session must be booked in advance through Aspire Swim School 020 8420 6723 or * A registration fee is applicable for all crash courses. (£5.00) * Pre booking is required for all crash course, rookie lifesaving and kayaking sessions * Check within the centre times and availability Strictly Swing Dancing Competition Would you and a partner like to battle it out to be St Luke’s 2012 Swing Dancing Champions? Rehearsals start on 23rd September and dancers will have seven weeks of coaching from an expert dance teacher from the Swingsters to help

turn them into dancing stars. Couples will perform in front of a live audience and a panel of judges at the grand finale on 17 November. To enter, each couple would need to sell 20 adult tickets (£15 each) to the show and aim to raise sponsorship of £300 (as a couple) to help support their local Hospice. To book or for more information, visit or call 020 8382 8096.

share the love of photography. Please visit our website to view the club’s programme or contact Sam Curling on 07796 444644 for more details.

Harrow Taekwondo Tigers At the District Activities Centre, HA1 4UX. Teens/Adult beginners Mondays 7.30 – 8.30pm Children/Family beginners Fridays 7.30 – 8.30pm Contact Master Hiron John 07961 188190.

Family fun day at the Harrow in Leaf show 2012 Harrow in Leaf will be holding their 8th annual show on August Bank Holiday weekend. There will be displays of cookery, wine, craft and photography. The Harrow Beekeepers’ Marquee has a fascinating array of products from the hive, including honey. There will be live bees to look at, you can make your own beeswax candles and buy local honey. For the children there will be attractions such as rides, a bouncy castle, a juggling workshop, face-painting, and a fire engine will be visiting on both days.

London Taekwondo Warriors Classes held every Saturday (5–6pm) and Tuesday (6–7pm) at Harrow Leisure Centre. All levels welcome, age 5 years and above. Contact details: 07886 553504.

Sunday 26th and Monday 27th August 12 noon – 5pm Harrow Museum and Heritage Centre, Pinner View, Entry is only £2.50 and free for under 12s. Free parking For more information go to

Harrow Camera Club Guide HQ, Leeway Close, Hatch End Tuesday evenings 7.45pm to 10pm Whether you are an amateur enthusiast or experienced photographer Harrow Camera Club has something to offer you. We are a friendly, welcoming group of people who

Health Awareness Day Therapies: Reflexology, Massages, Indian Head Massage, Thai Massage, Osteopathy, Reiki, Health checks: Pulse, BP. Workshops/ Demonstrations – FREE Saturday 18th August 2012 from 10am–4pm. Victoria Hall, Sheepcote Road, Harrrow, Middlesex, HA1 2JE.

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Grand opening 10.15am by Nalini – Bollywood Singer Healing Touch Network – e-mail: Call 07527 763838 Entrance: £3 tea/coffee included. Children under 12: Free Beacon Centre The Beacon Community Centre will be holding a variety of Summer activities during a 5-week period from the 23rd of July and 24th of August, culminating in a Fun Day on the 17th of August. Activities are aimed 8–16 year olds and will mirror the different sporting events of the London 2012 Olympics and the Cultural Olympiad (dance, music, art and crafts). All activities are free but all children must complete registration forms signed by a parent/guardian. Go to www.beacon for more information.

Calling ALL sports clubs and qualified coaches If you want to find out about funding, local competitions, events or other opportunities then Harrow Council’s Sports Development team wants to hear from you.

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Would you and a partner like to battle it out to be St Luke’s 2012 Swing Dancing Champions?

Rehearsals start on 23 September and dancers will have 7 weeks of coaching from an expert dance teacher from the Swingsters to help turn them into dancing stars. Couples will perform in front of a live audience and a panel of judges at the grand finale on 17 November. To enter, each couple would need to sell 20 adult tickets (£15 each) to the show and aim to raise sponsorship of £300 (as a couple) to help support their local Hospice. To book or for more information, visit www.stlukes-hospice. org/strictlyswing or call 020 8382 8096.

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harrow’s heritage

How you can get help Who is supported: Working with Harrow Council to identify appropriate tenants, many of whom have high support needs, the association now owns and runs more than 300 properties in Harrow. Older people, homeless and vulnerable young people, young disabled people and families with HIV.

How do people find a home with HCHA? Apply by calling 020 8426 4995 or get an application form from

‘Living here is great’ Celebrating 45 years of housing support in Harrow, Harrow Churches Housing Association (HCHA) has helped hundreds of vulnerable residents find a suitable home. Last year HCHA handed over the keys to nine bespoke flats in Central Harrow for young disabled people. Annika, 27, who has Spina Bifida, was in temporary housing for two years before Harrow Council found her a permanent home with Harrow Churches. “My previous house was cramped and had unsuitable access for my wheelchair. Now I’m on the ground floor with a much bigger room and find it much easier to get around because of the adaptations,” Annika describes. Annika regularly uses her improved mobility to help others, visiting frail and less mobile tenants next door, running

art classes for the older tenants and fundraising for their activities.

people, young disabled people and families with HIV.

What she really values is her freedom. “I can go to the local shops as and when I want, without transport, to buy music CDs by my favourite band Take That. I really need this place. Living here is great and the housing support team are brilliant.”

The association owes a huge debt of gratitude to the many local volunteers from churches across the borough who worked hard to create housing options for vulnerable people. A chief concern in the 70’s was the plight of elderly women living in ‘digs.’ The first homes built by the association where to accommodate these women in supported sheltered housing.

HCHA was set up in 1967 by active members of the local church community concerned about the living conditions of people than renting privately in Harrow. From humble beginnings, it now provides shelter to 500 people within the borough including older people, homeless and vulnerable young

The Christian ethos of helping those less fortunate continues to motivate staff and the board of volunteers today. The service works with all communities and faith groups in Harrow. Your Harrow, your stories


The Golden Number for new contacts and referrals is:

Between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday On weekends, bank holidays and between 5pm-9am weekdays, the emergency duty team social worker can still be contacted on 020 8424 0999 for emergency assistance. Alternatively visit the Harrow Council website – You can also contact your existing case worker on their direct dial number.



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Harrow People July 2012  

Harrow Council residents' magazine

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