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.

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