Waste and fly-tipping among keys concerns raised at AGM

Neighbours shared their concerns about local issues at HCRA’s annual general meeting last night.

The meeting, attended by 18 residents from Rosslyn Crescent, Frognal Avenue and Woodlands Road, featured reports on the association’s achievements in 2013.

HCRA chair Brett Lake-Benson thanked members for their hard work.

“It may not always feel like we’ve achieved much but people notice what we do and people appreciate what we do,” he told the meeting.

“We have all stepped outside our comfort zones by joining new people to do things towards the good and improvement of our three roads.

“It doesn’t take much effort, and we spend as little or as much time as we like. In doing so, we have made and will continue to make a positive difference to our neighbourhood, as Harrow Civic residents.”

The meeting, which was held at local business Seeds of Italy, was also a chance to set goals for the year ahead. Members agreed three targets, which include staging the ever-popular Dump Run event in April.

The two other goals were to plant at least three new trees in 2015 and increase regular contact with residents by email, text and social media.

Elections to the HCRA committee were followed by a lively neigbours’ forum where key issues included problems with bin collections, ongoing fly-tipping, broken pavements and rats – all of which will be addressed in more detail at future meetings.


Come to our annual meeting!

Harrow Civic Residents Association is holding its annual general meeting (AGM) on Thursday, January 22 and everyone who lives in our three roads is invited.

The meeting starts at 8pm at Seeds of Italy – a business based at the Phoenix Industrial Estate in Rosslyn Crescent.

It will include elections for roles on our committee, reports about our activities in the past year and is a chance to set goals for the year ahead.

After the formal business of the meeting there will be a chance to raise issues of concern to residents in a short neighbours’ forum.

Above all, the meeting is a chance to find out more about the association and what we do and to meet your neighbours.

The organisation is made up entirely of volunteers and is always looking for more people interested in playing an active role.

For more information about the meeing email chair@hcra.org.uk or call 020 8427 4121.

Plan to charge £75 for green waste collection

Harrow residents would pay £75 a year for the collection of garden waste under plans put forward by Harrow Council.

The new fee is just one of the changes proposed as part of a major cost-cutting exercise to slash £75million from the council’s budget over the next four years.

As part of the plans, residents are currently being consulted on cuts to the council’s environment department.

By charging for green waste collection the council estimates it could save more than £2.6million.

Food waste would be collected separately for no extra charge and households would be given a new small bin.

Other proposals include reducing the frequency of grass cutting in public spaces like verges by the side of roads and reducing park maintenance.

The council says it could save £150,000 by reducing street cleaning in some shopping areas – not including Harrow town centre.

The out of hours noise service would also be scrapped, saving £50,000.

Residents are being urged to have their say on these plans via an online survey here.