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Bill Sullivan, lives with his family in Harrow Weald. “I love this picture of Harrow View, which I took when I was coming back from football training one evening. There was a sudden change of light and the sky seemed to be split into day and night by a rainbow. I like to always have a camera with me when I’m out and about and I thought this was worth capturing.”


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


Your letters page

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Your Harrow, your stories


Nominate your Harrow hero

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What’s happening in your area

Visit our Let’s talk pop-up garden


Heritage: Harrow Weald tennis club


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Leader of the Council, Cllr Bill Stephenson

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I am incredibly proud to announce some great news for the council and for you our residents; Harrow Council has won The Best Achieving Council in the country for 2011 at a special local authority awards ceremony. But we could not have done this without your help and I would like to thank all of you for working so closely with us to achieve this. This edition of Harrow People sees the return of the council’s Let’s Talk campaign in which we continue to engage with and involve local residents in helping us to make the right decisions for Harrow. Government cuts mean that we have to make £62m savings over the next four years, amounting to a third of our available budget. We remain totally committed to protecting frontline services but we need your help. This summer’s Let’s Talk will focus on how we deliver and maintain some of our most popular services – parks, libraries, sports, and cultural facilities such as our museum and arts centre. We want to hear your views on these services, how often you use them, what you like or dislike about them and how we should provide them in the future. Look out for our pop-up garden coming to a high street near you, complete with lawn, garden furniture and gnomes. Come and talk to me and fellow councillors and senior council staff about these and any other issues. Once your ideas are in, we will draw up a series of proposals for further consultation later in the year. Pages 10 – 13 give full details and you can find out more at I look forward to meeting and speaking to you in the Let’s Talk pop-up garden. Cllr Bill Stephenson Leader of Harrow Council

Chief excecutive Michael Lockwood and Cllr Bill Stephenson

Harrow named Best Achieving Council in the country Harrow has been named the Best Achieving Council in the UK at the prestigious MJ Awards in London which recognise outstanding performance in local government. A panel of distinguished judges chose Harrow for delivering ‘sustained and embedded change, using a modern approach to doing business but never losing sight of its priorities,

The award, the premier prize of the evening, was presented by Alastair Campbell, columnist and former head of communications at Downing Street. The annual MJ Awards are organised by the Municipal Journal magazine, which is the leading weekly magazine for local authorities.

Local tennis club ‘adopt a bed’ A local tennis club and supermarket have joined Harrow Council to make their neighbourhood greener and more pleasant for residents and shoppers alike. Harrow Weald Tennis Club and Waitrose have signed up to the council’s Adopt a Bed scheme, which saw a team from the council plant petunias, impatiens and cineraria in flower baskets outside Waitrose in Harrow Weald high street. The Adopt a Bed scheme is open to all individuals, businesses, organisations and community groups. Adopting a bed is completely free and Harrow Council will even put up a plaque with the name of the people or organisation which has adopted the bed. You can choose a particular flower bed you would like to adopt or we can help you decide upon a suitable bed. All we ask is that you agree to adopt the bed for at least a year and undertake the maintenance, which is also likely to involve


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litter picking and weeding. We will support you by providing information about your plants and how to care for them. Gary Italiaander, of Harrow Weald Tennis Club, said: “It’s really important to make people proud of their community and the environment they live in. I hope other local businesses will get involved in sponsoring similar projects across the borough.” To find out more about the Adopt a Bed Scheme visit adoptabed

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It’s really important to make people proud of their community and the environment they live in. Gary Italiaander

New parking spaces for shoppers Eleven new parking spaces aimed at boosting trade and helping shoppers at a parade in Wealdstone have opened. Following a meeting with traders and a successful safety trial, the council drew up a scheme of 11 on-street parking spaces along the north of Headstone Gardens. Yiannis Christofis, owner of Barracuda Fish and Chips in Headstone Drive, said: “The extra parking spaces will be a great help. This is long overdue as we have been losing business due to the lack of parking, especially passing trade. All the shops here have invested a lot into the local community so introducing these parking spaces will help to rejuvenate the parade.” The pay and display parking bays will cost 20p for 30 minutes from 8am6.30pm from Monday to Saturday.

Mark Foster at Pinner Wood School

Olympic swimmer makes a splash Olympian Mark Foster gave children in Harrow an extra special lesson when he opened a temporary pool in the grounds of their school. The six times world champion and star of Strictly Come Dancing dropped in to Pinner Wood School to launch the new pool, aimed at encouraging youngsters to take up swimming ahead of the London Olympics.

Out of school hours and at weekends the pool will also be available for use by Harrow residents, with the programme of activities including swimming lessons for children and adults; parent and baby sessions and aqua fitness classes.

The pool in Harrow will be used to teach children from Pinner Wood and other local schools how to swim. Currently one in five children in England leaves school unable to swim.

For a timetable of activities at Pinner Wood School, visit www. Sessions can be booked by calling Community Swimming on 0844 736 9047.

Have your say on children’s centres To ensure the valuable services provided by children’s centres can continue and to make sure users get the very best value for money, the council wants your views on how they should be run. Local dad Nakeen Lebbe, of Belmont, who regularly uses his local children’s centre with his three children Saarah, six, Sania, five, and Aquib, two months, said: “I will fill in the consultation form to make sure the council knows what we like about our local children’s centre and I will think about ways they could change things in the future.” You can have your say by filling in a consultation form, available in children’s centres, libraries and at www/harrow-consult.limehouse. centres-your_views Your Harrow, your stories

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My story I’ve always been a North West London girl but, along with my two cats, moved to Harrow Weald from Kingsbury in 1991 to live with my partner John. Our demanding tabby, Amber, now allows us to share her home. I work for a national charity based in Victoria as a press officer and really appreciate the fast train service from Harrow and Wealdstone to Euston. But, although it’s quick, it still gives me time to spend some precious moments with my latest love, Kindle.

Jill Davis Harrow is brilliant for cultural stuff I’m excited by all the arts, and when I moved to Harrow I was keen to explore what was on offer. I was one of the original members of the Gayton Library Tuesday evening book group. Some of us, including Fiona the librarian, have been meeting regularly for over ten years now! I’ve been introduced to new authors and read some wonderful, and a few not so wonderful, books in that time and our discussions can get quite heated. The great thing is that the books are supplied for you. I would be devastated if the library stopped running important community activities like this.

Living in this part of Harrow, I never feel far from nature and green open spaces. Three years ago, after getting fit at Stanmore’s Aspire gym, I caught the running bug and now run regularly throughout the year with Metros club on Monday nights. In my opinion, very little beats running around the woods and grassland of Harrow Weald common on a warm summer evening accompanied by birdsong. Metros are a very friendly and supportive bunch and I have completed three 10K charity races since joining the club. One of my other favourite regular runs – and special pleasures - is through Bentley Priory, as the seasons change. I say hello to the deer as I pant up the hill by the deer park, and have spotted a flock of parakeets, solitary woodpeckers and met a few curious cows along the way. I am now in training for a half marathon in October, so if anybody is interested in helping me train, I’d love to hear from them. Join our running club by visiting or calling 01923 823001.

Jill sings with Tonic 2


Last year, after a long gap, I decided it was time to start singing again and, happily, spotted in the Harrow Observer that a new choir, Tonic 2, was about to start in Hatch End. We rehearse on Thursday nights at Grimsdyke School; singing is a brilliant way to release and forget the stresses of the day. We performed publicly for the first time at the Harrow Arts Centre last year and will be encouraging Harrow residents to take part in ‘the BIG sing’ at the Elliot Hall on Monday 26 September. Go to for more information. John and I are long-term Patrons of Harrow’s Belmont Theatre Group which celebrates its 65th anniversary next month with a dinner for members and friends. We rarely miss any of their shows and I can’t remember the last time we went into London for evening entertainment. For more information go to Your Harrow, your stories

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Under One Sky returned with a bang on Sunday 26 June, with headliners London rapper Bashy and Bhangra star H Dhami taking centre stage. Around 8,000 people attended the event and took part in what was a packed programme of live music, dance acts, sporting activities, and a funfair. London rapper Bashy, Bhangra star H Dhami, Afro-beat group Yaaba Funk and world folk band Sheelanagig were just some of the acts performing on the music stage of Harrow’s annual celebration of diversity. With just one year to go until the London 2012 Games, GB Olympic Team hopefuls were on hand to give advice and help wannabe athletes brush up on their techniques, and aspiring Olympian Hannah Beharry put many local residents through their paces in the boxing ring. Join us on Facebook, to see all photos from the event which are on our page. Why not take a look and see if you spot yourself. Visit underonesky2011

We went behind the scenes and spoke to the headline artist Bashy. We heard you used to be a bus driver on the 114 and 183 routes. Did you ever think then that you would be performing at Harrow’s biggest festival to over 12,000 people?


Hahaha..Yeah I did, crazy right! I always had a plan; I didn’t want to drive the buses forever. It’s crazy, as I now see my face on the side of them. It’s a good feeling. What do you think of Harrow?


I love Harrow. I grew up coming through Harrow to St George’s shopping centre. Harrow was always a place for hot chicks when I was younger. Events like this are a chance for people to come together, how important do you think a sense of community is?


The community is very important because it’s the first place you come into contact with when you leave your home. It’s the beginning of the outside world where you learn and meet your first friends. I think it’s great that we are all having a good time at Under One Sky and staying safe. Your Harrow, your stories

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Let’s talk is back Harrow Council must save £62 million over the next four years as a result of Government cuts – that’s 30% of our entire budget. It means we have some very tough decisions to make, such as how to protect frontline services, how to make the most of our resources and which services to prioritise. We can’t make these decisions without you, which is why Let’s Talk returns this summer to give you the opportunity to have a conversation with councillors and senior officers. When we launched Let’s Talk last November, we asked you to help us set our vision and priorities for the next three years. Thanks to your feedback we’ve done that. This time we want your views on how we deliver and maintain some of our most popular services -

parks, libraries, sports facilities and cultural facilities like our museum and arts centre. We want to hear your views on these services, how often you use them, what you like or dislike about them, or what you want us to do differently or stop doing altogether. You might want to get more involved in parks or libraries, maybe as a volunteer? Your views will help us understand how we deliver these services in the future, based on your needs. So look out for our pop-up garden, complete with lawn, garden bench and table and chairs, which will be coming to a high street near you soon.

Come and visit the Let’s talk garden Come and talk to a councillor and senior officer at our pop up garden. The Let’s Talk garden is coming to a high street near you. Don’t miss the opportunity to talk to us about what is important to you.

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• Saturday 16th July - Pinner - 12pm - 4pm • Saturday 23rd July - Rayners Lane - 12pm - 4pm • Thursday 4th August - Stanmore - 12pm - 4pm We are also holding a number of ‘Go-to’ days at community venues across the council. If you miss the Let’s Talk garden, come to one of our Go-to days: • Monday 18th July - Access Harrow, Harrow Council - 10am -1pm • Thursday 21st July - Beacon Centre, South Harrow - 1pm - 4pm • Thursday 28th July - Waitrose, South Harrow - 1pm - 4pm 10

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Your views

Hodan Ali, Central Harrow “It’s good to have the chance to talk about what we need from the council. I think the libraries are really good – they have good books, computers, good customer service and information about the local area. I also think the parks are good but the toilets are never open so it is difficult with children.”

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Jo Pollack and Joe Shannon, Harrow Joe: “Our parks are well kept with plenty of activities to take part in and good facilities for residents. The sports and leisure facilities in the borough are really well run and there is always something good on at the Harrow Arts Centre.” Jo: “I like the fact that you can access a lot of library services online now. Our parks are much cleaner these days and I think the arts centre and our leisure centres are really good.”

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Parks, libraries, centre, sports fa We must save £62 million over the next four years as a result of Government cuts. We have a budget to spend on parks libraries, arts and sports facilities. We need your help to decide how to spend this money.

Fill in the survey enclosed, tell us your views and reply using the freepost address. Visit and talk to us and other residents about your views. You can talk on our live comments board and via facebook. You can also fill in the survey online. We look forward to hearing from you!

David Summers “I would like to see more facilities for performances at the Harrow Arts Centre. The outbuildings there need improving to cater for more plays and shows. I think our parks and libraries are pretty good.”

Donna John “I think it would be good if the leisure centre was cheaper for kids and also the same with the arts centre. Although I really enjoy the comedy shows on at the arts centre. There is some lovely art on display there so I really enjoy that but I would like to see much more.”

Payal Joshi “I love your garden where we can come and talk to the councillors. This is a great idea. I think our libraries in the borough are really efficient and provide good resources for the whole community but I would use them more if I could do a lot more online.”


Kwaku Agyemang, 24 and Stevie Pegg, 16 Stevie thinks the libraries are a great place to study and uses the local parks as a great place to chill with friends but wishes she felt safer there. Kwaku thinks the parks are cleaner but would like to see more sporting activities in them. He says: “The leisure centres are good though and I think they are good value for money.”

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What local residents think

s, arts facilities

“I would like to see more activities for children.” Jane, Stanmore

“I’m interested in volunteering in my local community.” Brian, North Harrow

“Could my local library offer childcare facilities?” Sue, Rayners Lane

“I’d like to see more community events in my local park” Dipesh, Harrow Weald

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to be much cheaper.”

Lucy says: “I like the fact that I can rent films from the local library, but I think they should have toilets – also our parks are good but I would use my local one more if it had a little café.

Emma Hyett: “The arts centre puts on a lot of activities and there are great shows to watch and lots of opportunities to perform, but some areas need updating.”

Melanie Knott agrees: “The libraries need toilets and so do the parks. I would also like the leisure centre

Anne Burns: “I have a great park close to my house but I would like it to be cleaner and have a café.”

Lauren Baker: “The parks definitely need places to eat in them but they are nice places to relax with friends. I like the fact you can get DVDs from the libraries without buying them.”

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This might look like a thriving business but it is actually not a real shop. We have taken an empty space and designed it to look like a busy retail outlet as part of the council’s two-year plan to work with local traders and communities to regenerate Harrow’s district centres. The fake shop, in Station Road, North Harrow, was once just a vacant premises. It now looks like a welcoming florist with the message “this retail space could be yours” to attract potential investors. The ‘shop’ is designed to bring a splash of colour to the high street, transforming a tired, rundown empty unit, into a bright and appealing retail space, which will hopefully attract a potential business. Our plans for North Harrow include: • W orking with North Harrow estate agents to promote North Harrow • P roviding new public noticeboards and hanging baskets

Early this month we ‘opened’ our fake shop by taking to the streets of Harrow asking residents and shoppers what improvements could be made to the district centre. This feedback will help shape the two-year programme to regenerate the retail centre where around 20 per cent of units are standing vacant. Mr Donald Kerr, North Harrow “I think the fake shop is a good idea. The street needs more to make it look nice, places for people to sit and more trees. The area is also missing a supermarket.” Frank Spice, Harrow

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“I come here everyday, I definitely think it could do with some improvement.”

Olivia, North Harrow “I think the fake shop will help the area. It would be good to see some new shops to really help capture people’s attention.” Anwar Ansari, North Harrow “There are no banks left and that is desperately needed, older people like me have to go all the way to Harrow on the Hill.” Your Harrow, your stories

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Dear Harrow

Dear Harrow resident,

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.

This month we visited central Harrow to ask some of our residents for their questions. NImo Huur, mother of five and lives in Harrow Weald. “My children are regular users of our local library so I would like to know what the council’s plans are to ensure that libraries are kept open. My older children are doing exams and need to use the computer at the library during the week as well as at weekends. I am really worried that libraries might close.


In order to ensure that all of our 11 libraries remain open the council has invested in self-service technology. Whilst this does mean there will be fewer staff, it does allow us to use staff more effectively, spending their time helping with customer queries instead of just issuing books. This change in libraries has allowed them to run more efficiently and most importantly keep them all open.


The council is committed to maintaining a balanced mix of housing in Harrow. For example, of all the new homes completed in the borough during the year 2009/10: 104 were houses and 513 were flats. Of those flats, only 127 were the result of house or redundant office conversions. We agree that some existing large houses must be kept as family homes. We are now considering limiting house conversions to those buildings with a minimum floor area of 120 square metres and at least five habitable rooms. A consultation on the council’s planning policies is scheduled to take place later this year where residents will be invited to give their views on this and other issues. For more information contact the council’s planning policy team on 020 8736 6086.

We look forward to hearing from you. Contact us today on: Tel: 020 8424 7504 Email: Write: Harrow People, Communications Unit, PO Box 21, Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XF


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“I would like to know what the planners at Harrow Council are thinking when they are giving planning permission to so many developers and allowing them to turn the large Victorian houses in my area into flats. They are spoiling the profile of the area – soon there will no lovely large family homes left. Is the planning department going to continue with this policy until there are no large homes left?

We live on Nibthwaite Road and have contacted the council before about the fact that cars are using our road as a thoroughfare and speeding through. It’s very dangerous and we would like some kind of speed control here. The council did install a speed checking unit but it has not helped very much. We definitely need humps here – is the council planning to look at this again?

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Have your say on ideas to simplify parking and permit charges



“The council receives a considerable number of requests for speed reducing measures to address local concerns. The council therefore has an assessment method for considering requests for traffic measures that has allowed us to prioritise roads so that the worst accident and traffic problems can be dealt with first. In terms of road safety this has helped us to become one of the safest boroughs in London.

We are very sorry to hear that you have been having this issue with your bins. We will ensure that all our crews are reminded that they must place the bins back where they were left after emptying them to avoid this happening again. If you do have this problem again in the future, please call 020 8901 2600 on the day so we can locate the specific crew involved and deal with this immediately.

Nibthwaite Road was assessed against this criteria in October last year and was given a low priority rating because traffic speeds and injury accidents were low, and therefore at this stage we have no plans to review the site. Details of the speed survey carried out last year was passed to the Police, as the speed enforcement authority for their information.”

BrIAN gIrlINg, Harrow At a time when most councils seek to attract shoppers with beautified town centres, why has Harrow ruined the previously agreeable environment of Station Road? Why were all the trees cut down and not replaced? Why was the attractive brick paving replaced with vast tracts of dreary grey slabs? Why were all the flower beds removed and why is the harsh sterile expanse you have created still unrelieved by greenery of any kind? Station Road is supposed to be a major town centre shopping street, yet you have created an urban nightmare. Can Harrow please now try to restore some pride in our town by planting some decent trees here as a matter of urgency and restore the welcoming arch by Gayton Road.

mrs delores mAddeN, Central Harrow I’m not happy about the fact that the refuse collectors for my street often put the bins back on my flower bed after they’ve emptied them rather than exactly where I left them. They are ruining my front garden!


Thank you for your comments. We do recognise that the scheme does have a slightly stark appearance at the moment but this is because it is not fully completed. New litter bins and seats will be installed over the next few weeks, the ‘Katie’ statue will be brought back and set on a new, more suitable plinth, and replacement trees will be planted in the autumn, which is the best time of year for this to take place. The design is very much in line with plans which we consulted with residents on in 2007. Most residents supported the two-way buses in Station Road and modernisation of the outdated and cluttered appearance of street furniture throughout the town centre. The scheme has been designed with the highest quality materials, mainly granite, which is both attractive to look at and very durable.

A simpler system of parking charges, allowing drivers to pay for parking by credit or debit card, and free resident permits for the greenest cars are among ideas put forward for consultation by Harrow Council. The council now wants to hear residents’ views as it reviews the complicated system of parking charges across the borough. The aim is to support traders and local shopping centres by introducing a clear, transparent parking policy. No decisions have been made of changing the borough’s parking policy yet so this is an opportunity for everyone to contribute. The consultation is about changing the way parking charges are set and not how much the charges should be. The consultation is open until 5th August and people can have their say by going to www.harrow. or pick up consultation documents from libraries or the Civic Centre.

WIN! Win a meal for two at Hundred Degrees Hundred Degrees is an exclusive new restaurant/bar in North Harrow offering Indian tapas and contemporary cuisine, fine wines, beers, spirits, cocktails and mocktails. So whether it’s an intimate dinner for two, a family celebration, or a night out on the town, why not try out Hundred Degrees tempting new menu! For your chance to win, send your name, address and daytime number to: The Editor, Harrow People, Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XF by July 30th, 2011 or email If you aren’t lucky enough to win this time then you can still treat yourself to a delicious meal at the new Hundred Degrees restaurant. Visit www. Your Harrow, your stories

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HAVE A VOICE IN POLICING HARROW The Harrow Police and Community Consultative Group wishes you all a very Safe, happy and brilliantly fun-filled Summer. Welcome to bi-monthly meetings in Council Chamber. • Help shape Safety-enhancing,Crime-busting policing. • Scrutinise senior Police and local partners. • Arm yourselves with latest Crime Prevention initiatives. • Ensure Harrow stays safe, secure & harmonious. Further information from LYSANDRA DWYER 020 8424 1264 or MANIZE TALUKDAR 020 8424 1323

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Have your say on the future of Harrow The four development options are: • O ne Centre: proposes that Harrow town centre and Wealdstone are treated as a single area. • H arrow Plus: Development around Harrow Town Centre, with extra retail, office and cultural facilities, to become more ‘city’ like. • T wo Centres: The existing characters of Harrow and Wealdstone enhanced. • H igh Road and Centre: Station Road is dramatically improved creating a vibrant link between the two centres.

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At Under One Sky last month revellers had their say on the future of Wealdstone, Station Road and Harrow Town Centre the Heart of Harrow. The council is producing an exciting new plan to revitalise the area over the next 15 years and wants residents, businesses and developers to be involved in shaping it.

Working with planning experts and the community, the council has drawn up four different options for revitalising the area and throughout May and June, asked residents, businesses and developers what they thought of them.

This plan will create a vision and identity for the Heart of Harrow and help attract investment to create new jobs, improve shopping and leisure facilities, and build new homes.

At Under One Sky, planning officers and experts from Masterplanning Experts East explained the Heart of Harrow work to residents in more detail.

The Mayor of London sets targets for how many new homes must be built in the borough every year, and this plan will help us to deliver them.

They also invited people to tell us what they wanted to see in the area over the next 15 years, from new homes and businesses to more leisure activities, community facilities or shops and cafes.

Matthew Vel, with his son Johnathan, five “For me it is about green spaces and making sure they are factored in. I would like to see thought given to that.”

Iris Kavanagh, Stanmore “I want them to put the ‘Katie’ statue back at St Ann’s. That should never have been moved.”

Sabina and Fawzi Zuberi, North Harrow “Parking and traffic management needs to be addressed in the town centre. We would like to see the council get a handle on that in any future plan.”

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BOTHERED BY RATS AND MICE? Harrow Council provides a professional, efficient and cost effective Pest Control service to it’s residents and businesses. Our services are provided by fully trained and experienced staff and our charges are fully inclusive of all materials. We also provide a free pest identification service. Domestic premises (per treatment, max 3 visits) ...............................................£91.00 Commercial/large jobs – per hour per operative as priorities allow ..........................................£107.00 Wasps (colony killed but nest not removed) ....................................................£59.00 Cockroaches (domestic premises only) Gel bait (Min 2 visits required) .................£118.00 Other pest treatment prices on application For Appointments and payments Tel 0208 901 2600 Credit/Debit cards only accepted

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Do you know a Harrow Hero?

Harrow’s Heroes is the council’s annual awards ceremony to thank the many volunteers for the valuable work that they are doing in the community. Trophies and cash prizes of £100 for their chosen organisation are awarded for several categories honouring sports, community, international and environmental volunteers. Anyone who has carried out voluntary non-salaried work within the borough of Harrow in the last 12 months is eligible to be nominated for an award, and there is no limit to the number of categories that you can nominate your Hero for. Volunteer lawyer Anita Patel

Thank you for volunteering

All nominees will be invited to the ceremony at the VIP Lounge on 8 November where the winners will be announced. To nominate your Hero or for further information, please visit or ask for a form at your local library. To find out more about how to volunteer go to

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your local community and make a real difference to the lives of others. Organisations across the borough depend on volunteers to provide and support their services - from charities who need people to run a shop for an hour or two a week, to a local sports coach, a community gardener, a local fundraiser, or someone who drops in to visit an elderly neighbour once or twice a week.

that I’d ever be chosen for something like this.

South Harrow resident, Anita Patel, 22, volunteers at Harrow’s Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and has been put forward by her colleagues for the ‘Young Volunteer of the Year Award’ at this year’s Harrow’s Heroes Awards.

“I first started volunteering at the CAB for one day a week when studying for my law degree. It was a chance for me to learn more about the whole field of law, but at the same time, it was an opportunity to really help people. I didn’t want to be one of those solicitors that just sits in the office, does the job and earns big money. I wanted to see the other side of things and learn how the law can affect people in their day-to-day lives. That’s why for me, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau is the perfect place to be.

“It’s amazing!” Anita said after hearing she had been nominated. “I never thought

“The work of the CAB is very important as we are providing a service for people to

help them out with the everyday problems that they may have. We are the people that they can turn to, that they can trust, and we can help by giving them free legal advice. “The issues that people come to us with do vary a lot, ranging from benefits and housing to problems with bailiffs and debt. It’s been a great experience, especially working with family and employment law - it’s been an area that I’ve really enjoyed and am now considering specialising in. “Volunteering is something that I would really encourage people to do, as you really do get out of it what you put in.” To contact your local CAB go to Your Harrow, your stories

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The People’s Mayor This month, Harrow People had an enlightening discussion with Cllr Mrinal Choudhury, Mayor of Harrow, about why he enjoys being Mayor, local projects and his love of yoga. Mayor of Harrow Mrinal Choudhury starts his day with half an hour of yoga, meditation and a cup of his favourite Darjeeling tea. “Yoga and meditation are an essential part of my life. I enjoy practising them because it’s a great way to nurture the mind and body. “This philosophy helped with my decision to choose the charities I will support in my Mayoral year. Harrow Mencap and Harrow Association of Disabled People (HAD) are both very worthwhile causes that represent the ethos of caring for and looking after the mind and body so they are at peace. They also recognise our need as human

beings to treat each other equally.” Cllr Choudhury, who is originally from Calcutta, India, and is a retired electrical engineer, has a host of activities to look forward to over the coming year in his ambassadorial role as first citizen of the borough. He already has a considerable interest in the voluntary sector and is associated with a number of community groups in the borough. Cllr Choudhury added: “Our mind and body are the only real assets we have. These are what we need to live a peaceful, honest and simple life with everyone. This is the message I plan to share with the people of Harrow during my year as Mayor.”

How you can help the Mayor’s charities Harrow Association of Disabled people HAD provides the following services with the aim of creating a fully inclusive society where disabled people enjoy equality of opportunity as a right, not a privilege. They offer information on any disability related, welfare benefits, direct payments support and deaf services. Chief executive Angela Dias, said: “We see over 8,000 people each year, and there are always waiting lists for our services, so all donations from the Mayor’s appeal will extend our ability to support disabled people in Harrow. “ For more information go to www.had. or call 020 8861 9920. Harrow Mencap Harrow Mencap runs sports clubs and groups, such as photography, football, snooker and arts & crafts as well as supporting families and carers. Their aim is to ensure that those with learning disabilities have the opportunity to pursue their goals and are treated equally in their everyday life. If you would like to get involved with fundraising or volunteering for Harrow Mencap call 020 8582 1529.

Mencap volunteer Deepika Mathur, 50 (above) said:

to Donate r’s o the May by s charitie calling 4 020 842 1232

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“I have been volunteering my time for Mencap since 2007. I think it’s a great way to help other people and give something back to the community. “It’s also a great boost to my confidence and a lovely experience. I meet all sorts people and build great relationships.” Your Harrow, your stories


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your essential guide to your area Summer Camps at Playgolf Northwick Park Playgolf Northwick Park, a multi-sports leisure facility, is now offering activity days for kids. Introduce your child to the exciting world of golf! The summer camps include tuition on the range, short game area, baseball, mini golf and more. Kids will learn the basics of golf with top PGA qualified professionals; have a chance to participate in exciting competitions and win prizes under supervision of friendly staff. Camps start on 28th of July, every Tuesday and Thursday, for half or full-day. For more information, call 020 8864 2020 or email enquiries. northwickpark@playgolfworld. com. Booking essential. Playgolf Northwick Park, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 3TZ.

“Sam” (MA, PGCE), as seen at the Royal Opera House! Discover the basics of this beautiful artform. Learn to clap flamenco rhythms; flamenco hand movements; and blast away those tired feet with some furious footstomping! Get fit and have fun! Complete beginners welcome! Tuesday, 7.30pm-8.45pm. At Harrow Arts Centre. £10. Contact: sam@ Tap dancing for adults Tuesdays. 11am to 12pm. Harrow Arts Centre, Hatch End. Senior fitness Nifty fifty active Wednesdays. 10.45am to 11.45am. Wealdstone Methodist. Church, Locket Road, Wealdstone. Bums & Tums 8pm to 9pm. 19th Harrow

Scout Hall High Road. Harrow Weald. (nearest side road Claremont Rd). For more information on other classes contact 07979 952277. www. Adult street dance class New adult street dance courses at Fresh Vibes, The Copthall School, Mill Hill. Starts Thursday 9th June at 8.15pm. Average age on courses is 29, but all welcome regardless of age, size, ability. Just bring your passion for dance and a friendly attitude and get fit at the same time. To reserve your place go to yasmin.php or call the office now on 07951 921682. Play Tennis Vagabonds Tennis Club welcomes new members of all standards. Adults and

juniors. Call 020 8866 6832. www.vagabondstennisclub. Zumba A fun and easy fitness workout program combining dance moves and aerobics. You will experience an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorieburning and body-energising session! Mondays, 8pm and Saturdays 10.30am at North London Collegiate; Tuesdays, 7.30pm at Zoom Leisure, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7.30pm at Harrow Arts Centre. Call 07852 692517 for times and venues or go to Fists Taekwondo School Classes every Thursday at St George’s Church Hall, Pinner View from 4pm. Run by former Olympic competitor and English national coach Chris Sawyerr. Call 07956 325268 for more information.

Harrow in LEAF Show On Sunday 28th and Monday 29th August 12pm – 6pm. Cost: £2, free to under 12’s. The largest horticultural show in the borough with marquees featuring vegetables, fruit and flowers, crafts, painting, photography, cookery, beer and wine – all produced by local people. Harrow Beekeepers will be displaying their honey, mead and beeswax products. Fun and entertainment for all the family with rides, a petting farm, live music, archery, juggling and much more. Plenty of stalls and refreshments, plus a raffle and tombola. The ‘Queen’ will open the event and the Mayor will visit and present prizes. At Harrow Museum and Heritage Centre, Pinner View, Harrow HA2 6PX. Free parking available. Visit for more information. Flamenco Fever! New Flamenco Dance class with professional dancer 24

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Get snap happy Som Yagya in Harrow Harrow hosts one of the most elaborate of Hindu rituals held from 20th - 25th July at the Kodak Sports Ground on Harrow View. Called the “Som Yagya”, this ritual has been practised for over 3,000 years by India’s ancestral royalty for the wealth, health and happiness of their subjects. More than 20 specially selected Brahmins (high priests) will perform this six-day activity as it was practised in ancient India. For more details, please call 0800 977 8702.

Get out and about in Harrow’s parks this summer and enjoy all they have to offer from playgrounds and ball courts, to nature trails and gardens. While you are there, get snap happy and enter our photo competition. Any Harrow resident can enter and you can take your photo on a mobile phone, instant or digital camera, or film. The closing date is 2nd September 2011. Your entry will have the chance to win great prizes from our sponsors, in three different categories: adults, children up to 11, and young people aged 12-17. Further details are available at

Entries will be showcased on our Flickr gallery, website and publicity material. Email your photos to angela.hart@harrow. or send in prints to Angela Hart, Communications, Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XF. All entries should include your name, address, age and name of the park where the photo was taken.

Activities at Whitmore High School Community Plus at Whitmore High School, Porlock Avenue, Harrow, HA2 0AD 020 8869 4884 communityplus@whitmore. Boxercise Mondays, 6.30pm-7.30pm. £4 per session. Street Jazz Tuesdays, 5.30pm-6.30pm. 5-11 years old. £3.50 per session Badminton Court Hire Challenge family and friends to a friendly game! Courts can be booked as one-off or block booking. Mondays. From 6.30pm onwards. £9 per court. Inclusive Badminton Club Young people with disabilities are encouraged to attend to experience quality coaching from qualified Badminton England coaches! Fridays. 4pm-6pm. 11-19 years old. £4 per session. Back2Netball Thursdays. 6.30pm-7.30pm (club). 7.30pm-8.30pm (casual play). 18+ years old. £4 per session.

! N I W Gear up for the Olympics Harrow Leisure Centre, Hatch End and Bannister Sports Centre will be celebrating one year to go until the start of the Olympic Games by holding a weekend full of activities on 23rd and 24th July 2011. Activities will be FREE and will allow the local community to try trampolining, swimming, squash and athletic events as part of the celebration. A series of master classes will also be held by the up and coming athletes who use the facilities. Participants will have the chance to win one

year’s free membership in the Championing Harrow Prize draw to be held at Harrow LC on Sunday 24th July. If you would like more information please go to or contact one of the centres: Harrow Leisure Centre: 020 8901 5980 Hatch End Pool: 020 8428 8041 Bannister Sports Centre: 020 8428 7931 Your Harrow, your stories

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harrow’s heritage

Fact Box Elena Baltacha has held the British number 1 title since 2002 The club has five courts, one of which is specially designed for young children The club has more than 100 child members, 70 fully paid members, and 25 veterans.

Elena Baltacha (centre) with local tennis hopefuls

Rally round for tennis

Membership costs from as little as £1 a month for under 8’s or £3.50 a week for full-members. New members can save and get 25% off the membership fee

Tucked away in a quiet part of Harrow Weald, the Lawn Tennis Club which was started by a Harrow family in the early twentieth century celebrates its 110th anniversary this year, but there is a little more to this charming, community-focussed club than meets the eye. Local resident and club member Gary Italiaander tells us more: “The club was set up in 1901 by the Rackham family and many of the people connected with the club today, 110-years later, are the grandchildren and great grandchildren of that original family. “It’s very much a family orientated place, our secretary has been at the club since he was a baby – people have grown with at the club.

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“At one stage, the site of the tennis club used to house a theatre where George Arliss, the first British actor to win an Oscar in 1930, used to perform. He is known to have bought houses for his mother and sister in the area, one of which was on College Road. He died a few years later and is buried in All Saints Church yard in Harrow Weald.

“We held a tennis day earlier in the year to celebrate our special anniversary, but we will also be holding another event later in the year when our five courts have been re-surfaced which will be attended by our patron, Elena Baltacha, British tennis’ number one. “The club today continues to go from strength to strength, but we are always looking for new members of any age or ability to join us. A warm welcome is guaranteed.”

For further information on the club, please visit or call 020 8427 0301.

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Back to School Get ready for term time with St Anns Shopping, Harrow where you’ll find all your back to school essentials...

From £5.00 Bhs Junior unisex ‘v’ neck jumper.

£6.99 WH Smith Berol assorted coloured ink fibre tip pens, 12 pens.

£1.99 Shoe Zone Shoe bag.

£26.00 Clarks Junior SwerveHit black leather boys sports shoes.

From £5.00 Bhs


£2.00 Tiger Mini stationery set.

A huge range of children’s schoolwear in-store now.

3 pack junior unisex polo shirt .

FREE Events at St Anns St Anns’ Got Talent Saturday 23rd July, from 12.00pm Back to School Activities Saturday 27th August, 11am - 4pm Opposite

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If you are a small business you may be entitled to up to 100% Small Business Rate relief until 30th September 2012. Don’t wait until it is too late. Apply now and any overpayment can be refunded to you to help with your bills. Slightly bigger business? Don’t worry. For those with a rateable value between £6,001 and £12,000 there is also relief on a sliding scale. For full details and to download a form go to and search for ‘small business rate relief’. Harrow Council is trying to make the pennies count. Go to and type in ‘business support and advice’ for more information.

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