X Factor star to perform at Christmas lights switch on

X Factor contestant Kye Sones will return home to Harrow to sing at the switch on of Harrow town centre’s Christmas tree lights on Saturday, December 1.

The singer from Pinner will perform four songs from a stage outside the Royal Oak pub at the festive event, which will kick off with some music from Radio Northwick Park at 4pm.

Harrow singers Mitsotu, who also appeared on this year’s X Factor show, will warm up the crowd before Kye takes to the stage.

Mayor of Harrow Councillor Nizam Ismail will switch on the Christmas Tree lights at 5pm.

Free insulation for your home

Harrow residents can have a free assessment of their property and may qualify for free loft and wall insulation under a scheme designed to ensure all Londoners live in energy efficient homes.

The scheme is designed to ensure local people benefit from funding from energy companies for free insulation, which is available up until December 31 this year.

The Mayor of London and Harrow Council are working with the company Willmott Dixon to offer the service in this area.

It involves a visit by a qualified assessor who will survey for loft and cavity wall insulation and heating grants.

Households where the existing loft insulation is below 60mm are eligible for their entire loft to be insulated for free while free top up insulation is available where the existing insulation is above 61mm. Other homes will be offered discounted rates.

If you are on benefits you may be entitled to £100 cashback if you have insulation installed while other homes may qualify for free energy saving and water saving devices.

You can book a home energy check online by clicking here or by calling 0800 612 8879.

Proposed changes to parking in Frognal and Rosslyn

Harrow Council is asking residents for their views on a series of proposed changes to parking restrictions in Rosslyn Crescent and Frognal Avenue.

The suggestions include creating a new 24-hour Controlled Parking Zone that would mean drivers would need a permit to park in the two roads at any time.

Other proposed changes include some new double yellow lines to stop people parking at road junctions, a slight extension to the parking meter bay outside the Probation Office in Rosslyn Crescent and a new “loading bay” outside the CostCutter shop in Rosslyn.

Residents have been asked to fill in a hard copy or online questionnaire to give their opinion on the plans, which Harrow Council says will make the roads safer, reduce congestion and mean more residents can park outside their own homes.

The deadline for comments is November 26th. You can respond to the consultation online here.

The council says it will analyse results and publish revised proposals taking into account locals people’s views.

Anyone who wishes to discuss the plans further can contact Roberto Martinelli at Harrow Council on 020 8424 1988.