Plan to turn former mosque into nine new homes

Harrow Central Mosque has submitted plans to turn its former base into nine new homes.

The two houses in Station Road – numbers 36 and 38 next to the new mosque building – would be extended at the back and converted into nine flats.

Two of the new dwellings would be used for the Imam and caretaker for the mosque while the other units would be “affordable housing” with the mosque acting as landlord.

To view the plans go to Harrow Council’s website and use the planning search. The planning application number is: P/3199/12

Bogus caller warning

Police are warning residents to be wary of a group of bogus callers who have been targeting homes in the area.

The group, who may be “Irish travellers” and are of “stocky build”, according to police, have been knocking on doors claiming there is damp in the loft and asking for a deposit of £2,000 towards the “machinery” they’d need to check for any problems.

They have also been telling householders that their drains are blocked and offering to fix the problem for £50.

The group ask for a phone number and say their manager will be in touch.

Police have warned residents not to hand over any money or let these people into their homes.



HCRA AGM – call for committee members

Residents in HCRA’s three roads are invited to attend the association’s annual general meeting on Thursday, January 31.

The meeting, which kicks off at 8pm sharp, include elections to the HCRA committee.

We’re keen to hear from anyone from Rosslyn Crescent, Frognal Avenue or Woodlands Road, who might be interested in a committee post.

Committee posts include chair, deputy chair, secretary, treasurer, events co-ordinator, and newsletter and website editor. You can also be an “ordinary member” of the committee without a specific role.

If you are interested in putting yourself forward for a committee post or would like more details about the meeting then email or call chair Helen Webster on 020 8621 5436 or email deputy chair Jo Stephenson at or call her on 07980 854097.


Swap your clothes!

Harrow residents are being invited to trade in old clothing for a whole new wardrobe at a clothes swapping event on Saturday, January 26.

The “Swishing” event at Gayton Library is being run by Harrow Council with West London Waste and is seen as a cheap and eco-friendly way of getting new clothes.

Anyone who wants to take part must bring at least one good quality item of clothing, shoes or accessories, which are swapped for tokens that can then be used to get “new” items. You can trade up to 10 things.

People can drop off clothes from 11am and then have their pick of the clothing from 1pm to 2pm. Read the “rules” of the event here.

For more information email or call 020 8736 6030.