Residents invited to HCRA annual meeting

Residents will have the chance to voice their concerns about local issues at HCRA’s annual meeting on Thursday, January 26.

The meeting will be at Seeds of Italy, Unit D2 at the Phoenix Business Centre in Rosslyn Crescent from 8pm.

It will feature Wix UK on the association’s activities in 2015 and will include an informal residents’ forum to discuss key local issues.

The meeting will also feature elections to the HCRA committee. Anyone can put themselves forward for a committee post.

The association is particularly keen to fill the roles of secretary, deputy chair, and newsletter/website editor.

Anyone interested in finding out more about what these roles involve should email chair@hcra.org.uk

Council unveils plans for 850 homes at Civic Centre site

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Harrow Council has unveiled plans for a major housing development on the Civic Centre site in Station Road.

 

The authority plans to retain ownership of the site and oversee the creation of about 850 homes, new shops and school with the civic centre set to move to a new home in Wealdstone.

Key concerns include the size and scale of the buildings, parking, green space and waste disposal.

The development – named “Poets Corner” after the housing estate that was demolished to make way for the Civic Centre in the 1970s – will include around 400 parking spaces, 100 of which will be pay and display.

It will also feature a new one-way service road, pedestrian route to Harrow and Wealdstone station and a “civic space” opposite Harrow Central Mosque, incorporating the war memorial.

A formal planning application is expected to be submitted in late Spring next year.

The development will be done in two main phases with work on the first phase starting by the end of 2017 if plans are approved. The rest of the scheme is scheduled for completion by early 2021.

HCRA members will have the chance to discuss the plans with members of the council’s regeneration team at a meeting at 19 Woodlands Road at 8.30pm on Thursday, January 19. For more information email jo@jostephenson.com

Remembrance Day parade

HCRA will be among local organisations laying a Remembrance Day wreath at the Harrow War Memorial.

A parade and service will take place on Sunday, November 13.

The parade will leave St Ann’s Road in the town centre at 10am led by the Glen Trew Pipe Band.

There will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial outside Harrow Civic Centre at 10.45am, attended by the mayor, other dignitaries and residents including representatives from HCRA.

Plans for huge HMO at top of Woodlands Road

Developers have unveiled plans for a large HMO (House of Multiple Occupation) with 32 bedrooms to be built at the top of Woodlands Road.

The new three- and four-storey building would be erected on the car park behind Kirkfield House.

Developers and planners claim it will create much-needed cheaper accommodation in Harrow for young professionals.

But neighbours fear the building could over-shadow neighbouring homes and create problems with parking and bins.

The proposed development would feature a reception area with 24-hour concierge. Some rooms would have kitchenettes while others would share two kitchens with dining and lounge areas.

It would reduce the total number of parking spaces for the HMO and Kirkfield House – which was recently converted into flats – to 17 spaces.

Residents would not be eligible for parking permits for Woodlands Road, according to the plans, which also say the number of occupiers with cars is likely to be “very low”.

HCRA members will be discussing the plans at a committee meeting this week – Wednesday, October 26. Everyone welcome – for more details email chair@hcra.org.uk

The plans can be viewed via Harrow Council’s online planning facility here using the reference P/4444/16

Developer SAV Group has already gained planning permission for a similar 33-bedroom HMO in Kenton Road.

 

Increase in robberies and thefts in Greenhill – but drop in burglaries

There were more robberies and thefts from people and cars in Greenhill ward and the town centre this August than last year, police figures show.

Figures from the Greenhill Safer Neighbourhood Police Team show there were five robberies during August this year compared to three in August 2015.

There were seven thefts from people up from five the previous year and there were four thefts from vehicles, up from three.

However the statistics show the number of burglaries dropped from 13 in August 2015 to eight in August this year.

There were fewer incidence of violence down from 52 last year to 40 this year.

There were also fewer bicycles thefts – three as opposed to four.

The police team said the disbanding of the Harrow Town Police Team was partly to blame for the increased incidence of robbery and theft, crimes which had gone up “despite our best efforts”.

Aggressive seagull warning!

Residents have been warned about “aggressive seagulls” who have reportedly followed and swooped down on an unfortunate victim in Rosslyn Crescent.

The man in question told local website Streetlife.com he’d been attacked on a number of occasions in the vicinity of Rosslyn and nearby Crystal Way.

“On one occasion one actually swooped down three times about two metres from my head,” he wrote.

“That’s as close as it came as I was lashing out at it with a long piece of wood I picked up from the pavement.”

The man claimed that several times up to three seagulls had followed him, circling above.

He suspected they may have been attracted by his “shiny, bald head” and compared the experience to Hitchcock film The Birds.

“I know it sounds hilarious but this is a warning to others especially children,” he added. “These creatures can be dangerous and can land you in A&E.”

 

Street party brings neighbours together

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HCRA’s street party for the Queen’s 90th birthday was a huge success, bringing together scores of friends and neighbours.

The event in Frognal Avenue on Sunday, June 12, was enjoyed by local residents young and old.

The street was closed off for the celebration – thanks to Harrow Council – allowing children to play in the road and adorn the Tarmac with chalk pictures.

Partygoers enjoyed a fantastic range of entertainment including live music and songs.

Children took part in games and races and enjoyed face-painting and cake decorating. Residents also had the chance to be immortalised by a caricaturist.

There was even the opportunity to be photographed with our very own “deputy Queen”.

There was plenty of food on offer including BBQ burgers, home-made pizza, jerk chicken and other treats cooked by local people.

Local shops and businesses donated some great prizes for the raffle with proceeds from this and collections on the day going towards the cost of staging the event.

The celebration was also given a huge boost by generous donations from worshippers at Harrow Central Mosque.

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Earlier in the day as volunteers set up gazebos in the rain, organisers feared the event could be a washout.

But thankfully the rain stopped and there was sunshine and blue skies for much of the afternoon.

HCRA chair Brett Lake-Benson thanked everyone who played a part in planning the event, those who set up and ran activities on the day and contributed equipment, prizes and funds.

“It was a fantastic day,” he said. “I want to thank everybody for all the hard work, the picking up and transporting of heavy and light stuff, the food and drink, the prep and the running of everything.

“It really made Frognal Avenue feel special.”

Get baking for street party cake competition!

Residents will be vying to create cakes fit for the Queen as part of HCRA’s street party to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

The event on Sunday, June 12 in Frognal Avenue will feature a cake competition with a lovely prize up for grabs.

Entries must be submitted by 2.30pm with judging taking place at 3pm.

The street party, which will get under way at 2pm and continue to around 6pm, will also feature live music from a number of confirmed acts.

There will be FREE BBQ food and a Pimms stall plus a raffle and facepainting and games for children.

Residents will be decorating Frognal Avenue with bunting in preparation for the celebration.

If you can help in any way please email chair@hcra.org.uk or call Sonia on 07516 402025.

Prepare to party!

Neighbours and friends will gather in Frognal Avenue for a street party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday on Sunday, June 12.

HCRA has applied for a special road closure from Harrow Council so both ends of the road will be sealed off and cars moved.

The event, which will run from 2pm to about 6pm, will feature food – including a FREE BBQ, plus games for children and music.

There will also be a raffle with the chance to win some great prizes, and other fun activities.

A group of volunteers has been busy organising the event but more help is needed with entertainment and setting up.

If you are in a band and would like to play a few songs or can help with activities like facepainting then please email chair@hcra.org.uk or eventsofficer@hcra.org.uk

Party-goers are also being asked to bring food to share.

Frognal residents can help by ensuring cars are moved to the Civic Centre car park by 10am on the day of the party.