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Harrow Borough Council U-turn on unlocked parks
Harrow Borough Council has announced a U-turn on controversial plans to leave the borough’s parks unlocked at night.
Today's announcement has come before a protest outside the civic centre after which people living near the parks were to present a petition to the council's cabinet.
Plans to keep parks unlocked at night were announced in the February budget and were due to be implemented this month.
Councillor Asad Omar, cabinet member for environment said: “This is yet again a clear example of the current administration listening to the people of Harrow.
“Lots of people have come forward since our original consultation and, in taking these views on board, we have decided not to progress with this proposal.
“Further to my decision to reverse the removal of dog waste bins by the previous administration, this proves that people’s views are heard in this administration.
“The significant pressures on local authority budgets mean that difficult decisions have to be made in order to cut our cloth.
“Residents should be assured that we will always take their views into account with these decisions. This is an example of how we are doing just that.”
Since the plans were announced people who live near parks have protested, voicing fears the measure will lead to crime, vandalism and anti-social behaviour.
The plans would have saved the council £80,000 a year, but the announcement means the authority will continue to keep 30 per cent of the borough’s parks and open spaces locked at night.
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