HCRA to host Jubilee street party in Rosslyn Crescent

Harrow Civic Residents Association is planning a street party to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The event is set to take place in Rosslyn Crescent on Sunday, June 5 and will involve part of the road being closed.

HCRA held similar events in Frognal Avenue and Woodlands Road to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016 and Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

This will be the first street party to be staged by the association in Rosslyn Crescent.

Details of the event are still be finalised but residents will be encouraged to bring and share food for a community lunch. There will also be activities and games for children.

Anyone who would like to get involved or has any suggestions can email chair@hcra.org.uk

Watch this space for more details!

HCRA volunteers shift tonnes of junk

A team of residents helped clean up our neighbourhood by shifting truckloads of junk at HCRA’s Dump Run.

The event on Saturday, 23 April, saw volunteers clear mounds of fly-tipping and dispose of many unwanted items from people’s homes.

This included moving piles of rubbish that had been illegally dumped in the passage that runs between Rosslyn Crescent and Woodlands Road.

The event was supported by Harrow Council who supplied equipment and provided access to the dump.

HCRA hired a truck and borrowed a van from local businessman Paolo Arrigo who runs Franchi Seeds based at the Phoenix Business Centre in Rosslyn Crescent.

Residents provided refreshments to the volunteers who also picked up litter and cleared weeds.

The popular event is usually held every year but was put on hold due to Covid, which meant rubbish had mounted up.

The team continued working on Sunday to get rid of it all.

HCRA chair Brett Lake-Benson said: “The Dump Run was a real team effort and everyone worked really hard.

“A big thanks to everyone who took part, gave donations and supported the event.”

The next HCRA community event will be a street party in Rosslyn Crescent on Sunday, June 5, to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.





HCRA is once again offering residents the chance to get rid of unwanted junk with the return of its popular “dump run” event.

A team of volunteers will be collecting rubbish and ferrying it to the dump on Saturday, April 23.

The event, which is supported by Harrow Council, is a chance to have a good old clearout and dispose of bulky items that can be hard to get rid of if you don’t have your own transport.

The service is free although we will be collecting donations towards the hire of a tipper truck as well as annual subscriptions to HCRA, which cost just £3 per household per year.

Residents who wish to get rid of any junk are asked to leave it outside their properties – but NOT on the pavement – the night before the event or first thing in the morning.

We will be collecting rubbish between 9.30am and 3pm.

Please label items to be dumped and ensure any items you DON’T want us to take are also clearly labelled.

We are keen to recruit people to help out on the day, even just for a short time. If you are able to join in then the team will be meeting at 9am in Woodlands Road.

We cannot take commercial waste, rubble, car tyres, batteries, oil or hazardous materials.

If you have a particularly large or awkward item you want to dispose of then please call or message Sonia Moore in advance on 07516 402025 to see if we can help.

Residents invited to switch-on of new festive lights

Residents are invited to attend the switch-on of new festive lights in Wealdstone high street on Wednesday, December 8.

The event will be held at Wealdstone Square, High Street, Wealdstone, from 5.00pm with the big switch-on timed for 5.30pm.

Mayor of Harrow – and Greenhill ward councillor – Ghazanfar Ali will be pressing the button. The event will also featuring dancing and drumming.

Walk-in Covid jabs available at Civic Centre this weekend

Residents can get Covid vaccinations and boosters at the Civic Centre this weekend – without having to make an appointment.

The walk-in service is open from 9am to 6pm on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of November.

People can either get their booster jabs or their first or second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The pop-up service is open to those who are 12 and over and have not yet had their first or second dose. Or those who are 40 and over and have not had their booster jab.

Those seeking a second dose must ensure it is 8 weeks or more since their first jab.

Anyone wishing to get a booster must be 40 or over and it needs to be 5 months or more since their second dose.

All vaccines on offer at the centre are Pfizer.

People can just turn up with no need to make an appointment. Parking is free.

Greenhill residents urged to get Covid vaccine

Residents are being urged to get vaccinated after it emerged take-up of the Covid-19 jab in some parts of Greenhill ward was low.

Harrow Council is calling on all residents living in our three roads to get their first and second doses of the vaccine in order to protect themselves, family and friends from severe infection.

Vaccination is free and you don’t have to be registered with a GP.

Those aged 16 or 17 can walk in to any vaccination site. The nearest vaccination centre to HCRA’s three roads is at Byron Hall in Christchurch Avenue.

Those aged 18 and over can walk in or book their vaccination online via the NHS website.

All vaccines on offer are Pfizer.

Children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a single dose vaccine through their school.

Meanwhile some people – including those who are older or have an existing health condition – will be invited to get a booster jab this winter.

The council said it was important for those who have got their first job to get their second dose to ensure the best protection from Covid.

“Millions of people have been safely vaccinated with no or minor side effects, such as sore arm, headache or tiredness,” said a council spokeswoman.

“It is also safe if you are pregnant and does not affect your fertility. The Covid vaccine has been rigorously trialled on people from all backgrounds.”

More information on vaccination in Harrow is available via the council’s website.


New sponsorship scheme for street trees

Residents are being invited to sponsor trees in local streets as part of a scheme supported by Harrow Council.

Under the Harrow – Sponsor a Street Tree scheme, families can pay for a tree to be planted near their home.

Residents can choose where the tree will be planted – as long as the location is suitable – and will be encouraged to look after their tree.

The cost of sponsoring a tree is £195 if you take on the job of watering it.

Or you can make a sponsorship donation of £295, which means Harrow Council will water the tree.

The sponsorship package includes a 3-4 metre staked tree with a wire mesh tree protector.

Council launches consultation on first news flats at Civic Centre site

Harrow Council is to consult residents on plans to build 42 new homes on the site of a council car park and offices as part of a major redevelopment of the Civic Centre.

The proposals – which are due to be unveiled in full next week – will see flats built on the site of council car park on Milton Road and the Civic 9 building on the corner of Station Road.

A leaflet sent to residents said the site was set for a ‘radical transformation’ that would involve the creation of ’42 high quality affordable homes’ as well as ‘pleasant green space’.

The development is the first phase of a plan to build at least 400 new homes on the  Civic Centre site with the council moving to new offices in Wealdstone.

The council said it would start to discuss plans for the rest of the site – which has been renamed Poets Corner – with the local community next year.

Members of the public will be able to view the Milton Road plans and share their views online from Monday, August 2

The council is also hosting a drop-in consultation event at Milton Road car park – also known as Car Park A – on Thursday, August 12. The event will take place from 3pm to 8pm.

The aim is to submit a formal planning application later this year.

Warning about Covid vaccine scams

Greenhill ward residents have been warned by neighbourhood police to be on the lookout for Covid-19 vaccine scams.

Criminals have been taking advantage of the pandemic to con people keen to get vaccinated against coronavirus.

Scams include text messages asking people if they want the vaccine, phone calls requesting money or bank details and fraudsters knocking on doors pretending to be from the NHS.

The coronavirus vaccine – which is free of charge – is only available from the NHS and residents may be contacted by the NHS, their employer, a GP surgery or a local pharmacy about getting the jab.

Recipients will never be asked to pay or to provide bank or card details, passwords or PIN numbers.

The NHS would never arrive unannounced at someone’s home to administer the vaccine or ask people to prove their identity by sending copies of personal documents like a passport or driving licence.

Click on this link for more information and guidance on how to avoid Covid-19 scams.


Free Covid-19 tests available in Harrow town centre

Harrow residents are being invited to book free Covid-19 tests at a new testing facility at St Anns Shopping Centre.

The rapid lateral flow tests are available to people aged over 16 who do not have symptoms of the virus and can be booked online at harrow.gov.uk/test

The tests take a few minutes to be administered with results sent to your phone or email address.

People who do have symptoms of coronavirus should self-isolate at home and arrange a test via www.nhs.uk or by calling 119.

More testing sites are due to open across the borough.