Plans to block access to anti-social behaviour hotspot

HCRA is working with local police to look at ways to stop drug addicts and drinkers gathering in a secluded passageway that runs behind homes.

Association members met with Greenhill ward’s neighbourhood policing team to look at options for limiting access to the car park and adjoining passageway behind Mobility World – at the same time as maintaining historic rights of way for residents.

New metal gates to the car park entrance were recently installed as well as a wooden gate for pedestrians. But the area can still be accessed by a small alleyway leading from Station Road.

One option could be to gate off the alleyway and have keycode locks for both that gate and the other pedestrian entrance.

Then police team is going to discuss this option and other possible security measures with Harrow Council officials.

Meeting to tackle security issues

HCRA members will meet with local police tonight to discuss problems with anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping.

Residents will meet officers at the site of some of the worst problems – the car park at the back of Mobility World.

The car park – and passage between the backs of homes in Rosslyn Crescent and Woodlands Road – has previously been a magnet for fly-tippers and drug-users.

The owners of the car park recently installed new gates in an effort to halt the problems but there are concerns over residents’ right of way.

The meeting starts at 7.15pm. All residents from Woodlands Road, Frognal Avenue and Rosslyn Crescent are welcome to attend.

Decision due on magistrates’ court building

Harrow Council’s planning committee is due to make a decision on unauthorised changes to the former magistrates’ court building at a meeting tonight.

The building in Rosslyn Crescent is now owned by Asian charity the Jaspar Foundation which has applied for permission for a series of alterations to the Grade II listed structure, including the removal of walls and original features.

Residents and historians were shocked by the scale of the changes, which were carried out contrary to rules designed to protect listed buildings

An application for retrospective listed building consent will again be considered by the committee this evening, after members delayed making a decision in order to visit the site.

 

Changes have caused “substantial harm” to listed courthouse

Changes made to the former magistrates’ court in Rosslyn Crescent may have to be reversed after its new owners removed historic features without permission.

In March this year the Grade II Listed building was bought by local charity the Jaspar Foundation with the aim of turning it into a day centre for elderly members of the Asian community.

But it emerged alterations made to the inside of the building, including the removal of original court fittings, doors and radiators, may have breached planning rules for listed buildings.

The charity has applied for retrospective planning consent for the changes, which also include removing doors and radiators, and replacing parquet flooring with carpet.

But a report to Harrow Council’s planning committee said the adaptations caused “substantial overall harm to the special interest of the courthouse” and recommended permission be refused.

Committee members decided to defer making a decision until they had a chance to visit the building.