Neighbours work together to clean up our streets

dump run

Neighbours worked together to shift 5.27 tonnes of rubbish on Saturday as part of HCRA’s annual Dump Run event.

The team took eight van-loads of rubbish to the town dump including old mattresses, sofas and fridges.

Volunteers also weeded more than 40 tree pits, planted summer bulbs and handed out sunflower seedlings for HCRA residents to grow in their gardens.

Once again HCRA teamed up with the RSPCA to ensure good quality items went to charity instead of the dump.

The event was supported by Harrow Council including staff at the dump and the Harrow Pride team, which supplied gloves, vests, brooms, weed scrapers, and litter pickers.

Neighbours also helped by providing food and refreshments to the working party.

In total the event raised £370 in donations and annual subscriptions, which will go towards the hire of the van, new trees and flowers, and community events.

“The Dump Run is always popular and this year was no exception,” said HCRA deputy chair Jo Stephenson.

“We shifted loads of rubbish and cleared a lot of weeds, helping make our neighbourhood a nicer place to live.

“I’d like to thank everyone who helped organise the event and volunteered on the day plus the many people who supported us with donations, equipment and refreshments. A special thanks goes to Preeti who once again made us all lunch.”

HCRA still has plenty of sunflower seedlings to give away. We’d like to see as many as possible growing in front gardens this year so so get in touch by emailing


Get ready for dump run day!

HCRA’s annual Dump Run Day is nearly here!

The event on Saturday, April 26, will involve a team of volunteers taking junk to the town dump as well as picking up litter and clearing weeds.

All residents in our three roads have to do is leave their rubbish on the pavement outside their homes in the morning.

The event is free but if you can afford it then we do ask for some kind of donation towards the hire of the van. If you have loads of junk to get rid of then please give generously!

This year we’re also collecting good quality unwanted items in aid of the RSPCA. You will get a special RSPCA charity bag through your door so please fill it with unwanted clothes, books, DVDs and ornaments.

Leave bags on the pavement on the morning of Dump Run Day and helpers from the RSPCA will collect them. If you need more bags then email:

When it comes to junk, we will take most things to the dump but cannot dispose of builders’ rubble, tyres or oil.

If you have a bulky item like a fridge or sofa you want to get rid of then please contact us in advance by emailing or by calling 07980 854097

Everyone is welcome to take part on the day – the more, the merrier. Meet in Woodlands Road at about 9am. Call the number above if you need any more information.

We’ll also be collecting the annual £3 per household subscription to HCRA and gathering email addresses for a new email newsletter.


Charity appeals decision on former court building

The charity that now owns  the former magistrates’ court in Rosslyn Crescent is appealing against a planning decision that means it will have to restore parts of the building it destroyed.

The Grade II listed building was turned into a support centre for elderly Asian people after it was bought by the Jaspar Foundation.

However, the transformation involved the removal of many original features without permission.

When the charity applied for retrospective planning permission, this was turned down by Harrow Council’s planning committee.

The charity has since made an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. Local people have until May 15 to comment.

The appeal documents can be viewed via Harrow Council’s website at using the reference P/0955/13/4540

Comments can be made online here quoting the reference APP/M5450/E/14/2216141

HCRA teams up with animal charity

HCRA is once again teaming up with the RSPCA for its annual “dump run” event.

The partnership means that as well as getting rid of rubbish, householders can also dispose of good quality items that could be of use to someone else.

HCRA will be distributing RSPCA collection bags that will be collected on the same day as the “dump run” on Saturday, April 26.

The charity is appealing for old clothes, books, DVDs, ornaments and other re-usable items.

Look out for more information through your door.


Campaign to ban spitting

Harrow Council has launched a campaign to ban spitting in public places across the borough.

The plan is to introduce a by-law that would mean anyone caught spitting in public could be fined.

The council is gathering support from residents in the form of an anti-spitting petition.

The document can be signed online here, at any of the libraries in the borough or at the Civic Centre. The closing date for signatures is April 30.

Healthy Harrow Day

Health leaders in Harrow are staging the first ever Healthy Harrow Day tomorrow.

The free event, which is open to all, will take place at the Civic Centre from 2pm to 8pm and includes the chance to meet local health and social care providers.

It will also feature a Question Time-style debate about the future of services in the borough, starting at 6.30pm.

The event has been organised by Harrow Healthwatch working with Harrow Council’s public health team and local GPs. For more information click here.