Date for your diary: Dump Run

HCRA will be carrying out its annual community clean-up on Saturday, April 27.

The association will once again hire a tipper truck to ferry junk to the local refuse centre as part of the popular Dump Run event.

The event is a chance for residents in HCRA’s three roads – Rosslyn Crescent, Frognal Avenue and Woodlands Road – to dispose of bulky items and other waste for free.

Householders are encouraged to mark the date on calendars and in diaries.

The event is run by volunteers and we need as many people as possible to lend a hand on the day.

We will be collecting annual subscriptions to HCRA during the event as well as donations towards the hire of the vehicle.

Look out for more details to be posted through your door.

Neighbours shift more than 7 tonnes of rubbish

A team of HCRA volunteers shifted more than seven tonnes of junk at the association’s annual Dump Run event.

The event on Saturday, June 24, saw truckloads of rubbish, including mattresses, fridges and sackfuls of garden waste ferried to the town dump.

The team also picked up litter and weeded around street trees as part of the popular community clear-up supported by Harrow Council.

Tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish were removed from local alleyways including the passage that runs between homes in Rosslyn Crescent and Woodlands Road.

A total of 7.21 tonnes of rubbish were taken to the dump.

Residents came out in force to support the event, including providing refreshments and making donations toward the cost of hiring the van. Rosslyn resident Priti cooked a delicious lunch for the volunteers.

Gloves, tabards and litter pickers were supplied by Harrow Council, which also gave permission to use the dump.

HCRA chair Brett Lake-Benson said: ‘This year’s Dump Run was a big success. It’s an example of what a community can achieve when it comes to together.

‘I’d like to thank everyone who helped organise the event including designing and delivering flyers and sorting out the hire of the van.

‘Thanks to all the helpers who shifted huge amounts of rubbish and those who donated money. Donations will go towards the hire of the van and help fund future HCRA events and activities.’

Residents gear up for annual Dump Run event

Residents in HCRA’s three roads can dispose of unwanted junk at our Dump Run event on Saturday, June 24.

The popular annual event is a chance to have a clearout with HCRA offering to take away your rubbish for free.

This year’s event will run from 9am to 3pm, starting in Woodlands Road.

Residents are asked to leave out unwanted items for collection first thing on Saturday morning from 7am to 9am.

Please note: we cannot take commercial waste, rubble, car tyres, batteries, hazardous materials or engine oil.

We will also be taking away fly-tipped rubbish cleared from the passageway between Rosslyn Crescent and Woodlands Road by HCRA volunteers.

All residents from Rosslyn, Woodlands and Frognal Avenue are welcome to join in the clear-up so please do come along and help out.

We will remove rubbish for free. However, we do ask those who can afford it to make a voluntary donation towards the cost of hiring the tipper truck.

If you have any questions please email or text Sonia on 07516 402025.




Volunteers clear fly-tipping hotspot

Volunteers spent two days clearing fly-tipped rubbish from a local passageway as part of efforts to make our neighbourhood greener and cleaner.

The action days on Saturday 15th and 22nd of May saw HCRA members turn out to shift piles of junk, rubble and green waste that had been dumped in the passage that runs between homes in Rosslyn Crescent and Woodlands Road.

The area has been cleared many times by local residents but continues to be used illegally as a dumping ground.

Items cleared included a mouldy mattress, bottles, cans, old toys, car parts and other pieces of rusty metal, broken garden furniture and ornaments, and car tyres

HCRA hired a chipper to help reduce dumped garden waste to mulch.

Rubbish collected at the top of the passage will be removed on June 24th when HCRA’s annual Dump Run event takes place.

“Everyone worked really hard and made a huge difference and I’d like to thank all those who took part,” said HCRA chair Brett Lake-Benson.

“There are many ways to dispose of rubbish legally in Harrow. The council will collect items of bulky waste for free and we are close to the town dump.

“We urge local residents not to dump more rubbish in this or any other local passageway – or in the street.”

To help combat fly-tipping and support those without their own transport, HCRA takes junk to the local dump for free once a year.

Look out for more details on how you can get involved in this year’s Dump Run.

Hundreds express concern about Tesco development

Hundreds of Harrow residents have signed a petition objecting to plans to build a tower block on top of a new Tesco store in Station Road.

The development – known as Greenmead Place – would create about 560 new homes on the site of the current Tesco store.

However, residents have raised concerns about the scale of the development, which will include a 15-storey tower block.

The proposals would see the size of Tesco shrink by 20% with the store spread over two floors. The amount of parking spaces for customers would reduce by 33%.

Local residents associations – including HCRA – have joined forces to protest against the plans.

Key concerns include the lack of truly affordable housing and the impact on local infrastructure, such as roads, public transport, schools and health services.

Nearly 1,500 people have so far signed a petition on the website objecting to the development.

Tesco and developers Notting Hill Genesis have yet to submit a formal planning application to Harrow Council but this is expected to happen in early 2023.

Enjoy Italian treats at tonight’s residents meeting

Residents are invited to have their say on local issues and enjoy some authentic Italian snacks at tonight’s HCRA meeting.

The annual meeting on Tuesday, November 1, is taking place at our local Italian delicatessen and seed company Seeds of Italy based at the Phoenix Business Centre in Rosslyn Crescent.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm and will include reports on HCRA’s activities during the past year and a discussion of local issues and concerns.

Seeds of Italy proprietor Paolo Arrigo has prepared flat-bread pizzas – known as piadine – specially for the occasion with meat, vegetarian and vegan options available.

The meeting will include elections to the residents association committee. We are always looking for people interested in taking a more active role in planning and organising our activities.

If you would like more information about attending tonight’s meeting please call Sonia on 07516 402025.

Seeds of Italy is Unit D2, Phoenix Business Centre, Rosslyn Crescent, HA1 2SP.

Come and meeting your neighbours at our annual meeting

Residents will have the chance to meet their neighbours and discuss local issues at HCRA’s annual meeting next month.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 1st at Seeds of Italy‘s premises in the Phoenix Business Centre in Rosslyn Crescent.

The meeting will start at 7.30pm and all residents from our three roads – Rosslyn Crescent, Frognal Avenue and Woodlands Road are invited.

The annual meeting is a chance to look at what HCRA got up to in the past year and identify priorities for the year ahead.

It is also an opportunity for residents to flag up any local issues or concerns and find out more about how they can get involved in HCRA activities.

If anyone would like more information please email or call 07980 854097

HCRA street party brings neighbours together

Residents of all ages enjoyed HCRA’s street party to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The event in Rosslyn Crescent on Sunday, 5th June, saw neighbours share food and take part in games and activities.

The road was closed for the occasion – with the permission of Harrow Council – with cars making way for marquees, tables and chairs.

Children enjoyed face-painting, arts and crafts and drawing on the pavements with chalk.

The event was attended by officers from Greenhill Safer Neighbourhood Team, local councillors and past mayor Ghazanfar Ali.

Games included several hard-fought rounds of musical chairs and a competition to make a royal outfit out of sellotape and brown paper.

Residents made or decorated cakes “fit for a Queen” and brought delicious home-made savoury and sweet dishes.

Heavy rain had been forecast but thankfully it stayed dry.

HCRA chair Brett Lake-Benson said the party had been a big success.

‘This was community spirit in action,’ he said. ‘I want to thank everyone who helped organise the event, who came along and supported it and helped clear away afterwards.

‘It was fantastic to meet new people and see children riding their bikes and scooters up and down the road. We hope to organise more events in the future.’

HCRA street party – what to expect

HCRA residents are getting ready for our Jubilee street party on Sunday, 5th of June. This is what is happening:

What time is the street party? We have permission to close a section of Rosslyn Crescent from 10am to 7pm. The party itself starts at 12.30pm and finishes at 5.30pm.

Do I have to move my car? If you live in numbers 6-38 or 39-79 please move your car out of the party zone the night before or before 10am on the 5th.

Who is invited? Everyone who lives in Rosslyn Crescent, Frognal Avenue and Woodlands Road plus friends and family.

What should we bring? Bring a table and chairs to help create a giant lunch table, if you can. Residents are also encouraged to bring food to share. If you have food allergies or special dietary requirements please bring food you can eat.

Can we light a BBQ? If you live in Rosslyn then why not have a BBQ in your front garden? BBQs should not be set up on the pavement or in the road.

How do I enter the cake competition? The cake competition is open to children and adults. There are no rules – all you have to do is bake (or simply decorate) a “Cake fit for a Queen” to be in with the chance of winning a £25 shopping voucher.

Will there be activities for children? Activities for children will include face-painting, a royal treasure hunt, pavement drawing and craft activities.

What happens if it rains? The street party will go ahead no matter the weather. We will be setting up a marquee so there will be some shelter from the elements.

Can you bake a cake fit for a Queen?

Residents have the chance to show off their baking skills in a competition to make a cake “fit for a Queen”.

The competition is one of the activities taking place at the HCRA Jubilee Street Party in Rosslyn Crescent on Sunday, June 5.

Would-be Mary Berrys are being asked to bake – or decorate – a cake to be in with the chance of winning a £25 shopping voucher.

There are no rules – only that the cake must be “fit for a Queen”. Any type of cake is acceptable, including cupcakes and tray bakes.

The competition is open to bakers of all ages and will be judged by HCRA chair Brett Lake-Benson.

The street party – from 12.30pm to 5.30pm – will also feature activities for children including face-painting and craft activities.

If you would like to get involved then please email

We are looking for local musicians and DJ interested in providing some entertainment on the day. If you can help, please get in touch.