New centre for the elderly in former court building

A centre for elderly Asian people housed in the former Magistrates’ Court building in Rosslyn Crescent will officially open its doors next month.

Over the past few months the dilapidated court building has been transformed into the Jaspar Centre, which will provide support and services to the local Asian community.

The centre is owned and managed by the Jaspar Foundation, which previously ran some of its activities at Harrow Leisure Centre.

The listed building will now be a base for social activities and classes such as yoga, dancing and singing as well as lunches, clinics and other welfare support. Facilities will also be available for hire.

The centre will celebrate it’s official launch on July 22.

Parking measures agreed

New measures to improve traffic safety and limit congestion in Rosslyn Crescent and Frognal Avenue have been agreed.

Changes including tighter parking restrictions outside Harrow Mosque were signed off by the council’s portfolio holder for environment and community safety at a recent meeting.

The decision follows two consultations with residents and others. Local people rejected the idea of a 24-hour CPZ but wanted new double yellow lines and “no loading at any time” restrictions.

The new road markings will be done in the autumn at the earliest.

Council officials have told HCRA that the measures should help make it easier to enforce parking restrictions and tackle drivers who persist in parking illegally near the mosque.