Harrow remembers end of World War I

Harrow’s Remembrance Day parade is now the second largest in London, according to Harrow Council.

The annual parade, which culminates in a remembrance service outside the Civic Centre in Station Road, is believed to be second only in size to the remembrance event at the Cenotaph in central London.

Harrow residents can get involved in a range of remembrance activities as the nation marks the centenary of the end of World War on Sunday, November 11.

The annual parade, led by the Glen Trew Pipe Band, will start at St Ann’s shopping precinct in the town centre with servicemen and women past and present invited to join the march wearing their medals.

Relatives of those who have served in the armed forces can also take part and display the medals of family members.

The march will start at 10am and will arrive at the Harrow War Memorial outside the Civic Centre where there will be a wreath-laying ceremony.

The remembrance service will start at 10.45am, with two minutes’ silence at 11am.

Throughout the day there will be activities at Harrow Arts Centre, including the creation of a spectacular poppy war memorial honouring the soldiers from Harrow who lost their lives in the Great War.

There will be a recreation of a Western Front trench and the chance to find out more about the impact of the war on Harrow with staff from Headstone Manor and Museum on hand to answer questions.

The packed programme will also include an aeroplane-making craft workshop and a World War I sing-along session as well as music and dance.

There will be a closing ceremony of remembrance at the arts centre at 6.30pm, which will include The Last Post and the lighting of a beacon.

At 7.05pm church bells in Harrow will ring out as a fitting end to a day of contemplation and commemoration.

More than 50 new homes planned for Rosslyn Crescent

Developers have unveiled plans to build more than 50 new homes and new business premises on the sites of Lexus House and Miller House in Rosslyn Crescent.

Residents, who were made aware of the plans last week, have already expressed concern at the lack of parking for the proposed development.

The plans include the creation of 52 “high quality” one, two and three-bedroom flats as well as more than 1,000 square metres of commercial space.

Developers say the scheme will improve on the run-down business premises and offices currently on site as well as enabling other uses “more sympathetic to the residential character of Rosslyn Crescent”.

It includes a three-storey building fronting onto Rosslyn Crescent as well as a series of “modern” industrial units with commercial premises mainly accessed from Crystal Way.

New buildings would range from three to five storeys in height and the site would include 28 parking spaces plus 81 spaces for bicycles.

However, residents are worried the parking provision is insufficient for the scale of the development and the number of new households.

“Parking in Rosslyn Crescent is already becoming more difficult and the road is often very busy with cars – especially when large numbers of people attend the mosque at the top of the street,” said Rosslyn resident Jo Stephenson.

“Mosque users currently park in the Civic Centre car park but this is due to be turned into a major housing development so we are not sure where people will go.

“We’re seeing an increasing number of large-scale housing developments getting planning permission in Harrow without enough thought given to parking and unrealistic expectations that new residents will all travel by public transport.”

According to the developers, Miller House has already been approved for conversion into homes as has the Pavilion office building next door.

The site is located in a zone earmarked for regeneration and the creation of new homes by Harrow Council and the Mayor of London.

“The proposed scheme consists of a mix of residential and commercial buildings and proposes a residential element on the side facing Rosslyn Crescent,” said developers.

“This is consistent with the current uses along the street and will greatly improve the appearance and character of the streetscape.”

The developers have yet to submit a formal planning application but are inviting comments from residents via a dedicated website at www.lexushouse.co.uk