Take part in consultation on cuts at next HCRA meeting

HCRA members will have a chance to find out more about a major consultation on proposed cuts to local services at the association’s next meeting this Thursday.

Representatives from Harrow Council’s Take Part consultation will be attending the meeting at 8pm at an address in Woodlands Road.

The council is looking for ways to save £25 million from next year’s budget. Proposals include cutting some services for elderly people and children, reducing street cleaning and charging for some bin collections.

For more details about Thursday’s meeting please email chair@hcra.org.uk or call deputy chair Jo Stephenson on 020 8427 4121. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information about the consultation click here.



Plan to turn bingo hall into church

A Christian group has announced it intends to apply for planning permission to turn the bingo hall above the Safari Cinema into a church.

The Victory to Victory group currently operates from temporary premises in Wembley but said it was looking for a new permanent base.

As well as establishing a place of worship, the group hopes to run a range of community services including language and technology courses, leadership programmes for young adults and offer rehabilitation for ex-offenders.

The group is consulting local people before submitting its planning application and is staging a drop-in session on Tuesday, September 30 at Victoria Hall in Sheepcote Road from 4pm to 8pm.

For more information call 020 3435 4208 or email info@iceniprojects.com

Major consultation on budget cuts

Harrow residents are being asked their opinion on proposed budget cuts that could see services to vulnerable people reduced as well as the scrapping of some street cleaning and bin collection services.

Proposals up for discussion in the Take Part consultation include the closure of Harrow Museum and closing Harrow Arts Centre and moving it elsewhere.

The plans also include getting rid of extra street cleaning near shopping areas and charging for the collection of garden waste currently collected for free in brown wheelie bins.

Other ideas include reducing Harrow’s environmental health team to a skeleton service, which would mean getting rid of a service for residents to report noise problems on Friday and Saturday nights.

The plans are part of an effort to save £75 million over four years with £25 million to be sliced from the budget for 2015-16.

Key services under threat include children’s centres for families with young children, respite breaks for children and carers and support for older and disabled people.

Residents can take part in a survey on the first round of cuts here. For more information click here.

Road closures for Freedom Parade

Woodlands Road will among roads to be closed when Harrow stages its first Freedom Parade in 18 years.

The event, to celebrate Freedom of the Borough being granted to Harrow air cadets and members of the Girls’ Brigade, will take place on Saturday, September 20.

It will involve a procession from Harrow town centre to the Civic Centre in Station Road featuring serving soldiers and veterans from the Royal British Legion.

Also taking part in the parade will be the Band of the Royal Engineers and Glen Trew Pipe Band plus local army, sea and police cadets, scouts and guides.

Residents can expect roads and traffic to be disrupted from about 8.30am to 1.30pm, according to Harrow Council.

Woodlands Road, Fairholme Road and High Mead will be closed with partial road closures in place elsewhere along the route.

For more information click here.