£500,000 investment to clean up Harrow announced

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A push to make streets cleaner and restore parks to their former glory has been announced with a £500,000 investment.

Harrow Borough Council announced the half-million pound boost today as part of the new leader's pledge to make the borough a cleaner place to live.

Money has been earmarked for a number of areas including £100,000 for improved parks maintenance and £80,000 for teams to blitz litter hotspots and support volunteer initiatives.

Leader of the council, Councillor Susan Hall, said: “It is no secret that local people are fed up with litter-strewn streets, unsightly eyesore areas and parks so overgrown they might be a delight to Bear Grylls but no-one else.

“It is time to clean up the borough and return it to being a clean and safer place to live. That’s what residents rightly expect the council to do and we will deliver on that.

“People in Harrow will start to see the difference in streets and open spaces over the next few weeks. We are going to put the pride back into our status as one of the greenest boroughs in London.

“This investment is also good business sense. The aim is to make the recycling team self-funding if we can get enough waste recycled rather than going to landfill, where the authority has to pay fees.”

Up to £50,000 has been set aside to encourage people to take part in the Neighbourhood Champions scheme and they will be offered training and support.

Money will also be spent on extra town centre sweeping, on keeping parks and cemeteries locked at night and £90,000 will be spent on the creation of a recycling support team.

The start dates for the different parts of the scheme are yet to be announced but it is expected they will come into force in the next few weeks.

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12:27pm Tue 8 Oct 13

SeaBee says...

Not investment, expenditure.
Not investment, expenditure. SeaBee
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3:02pm Tue 8 Oct 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

Great to hear we are headed to being a cleaner,safer and more welcoming borough which in itself will attract more visitors,customers and business back to our prestigious borough.
A well looked after borough sends out the message loud and clear that people here CARE about where they live and work.
Harrovians deserve and demand a quality of life which we know can be achieved once we set our minds on it.We just want to feel proud of our assets ---our world-famous schools,leafy streets,green parks, open spaces safe streets, both in our neighbourhoods and in any part of our borough.
For this we must work side by side with all our partners and get our borough back on the map of London as one of the leading ones if not THE leading one.A lot of blood, sweat and tears will be needed and committment from the public as well as the Local Authority and relevant partners.

Already we have won some awards from the Mayor of London's office for some really great parks but there is much more to be done to make us among the top ranking London boroughs.

Monies set aside for improvements listed above are definitely going to impact favourably on the image of our borough.In reality people will feel the benefits of living in a well cared for environment.

Very encouraging Neighbourhood Champions first launched by Cllr Hall has also received a shot in the arm and is being revived in a fitting manner.Our Neighbourhood Champions are worth their weight in gold.Proper training and support plus a sustainable project of this type is most beneficial to local citizens and a huge advantage for our local police who work in tandem with them.

Of course,much higher amounts of recyling waste makes more economic sense so we don't end up throwing precious tax-payer pounds on the scrap heap paying for landfills.

Bearing all this in mind,it would be a false economy to think of the monies ear-marked for the above purposes as mere"expense" when we are actually investing in making Harrow among the very best!
Every single citizen can help in their own way to keep Harrow tidy and safe and make it the envy of all eyes.

I am sure we can get our schools on board and encourage our youth to also join in schemes which will help them develop into fine citizens,blossoming into responsible future caretakers for our own lovely borough.
Great to hear we are headed to being a cleaner,safer and more welcoming borough which in itself will attract more visitors,customers and business back to our prestigious borough. A well looked after borough sends out the message loud and clear that people here CARE about where they live and work. Harrovians deserve and demand a quality of life which we know can be achieved once we set our minds on it.We just want to feel proud of our assets ---our world-famous schools,leafy streets,green parks, open spaces safe streets, both in our neighbourhoods and in any part of our borough. For this we must work side by side with all our partners and get our borough back on the map of London as one of the leading ones if not THE leading one.A lot of blood, sweat and tears will be needed and committment from the public as well as the Local Authority and relevant partners. Already we have won some awards from the Mayor of London's office for some really great parks but there is much more to be done to make us among the top ranking London boroughs. Monies set aside for improvements listed above are definitely going to impact favourably on the image of our borough.In reality people will feel the benefits of living in a well cared for environment. Very encouraging Neighbourhood Champions first launched by Cllr Hall has also received a shot in the arm and is being revived in a fitting manner.Our Neighbourhood Champions are worth their weight in gold.Proper training and support plus a sustainable project of this type is most beneficial to local citizens and a huge advantage for our local police who work in tandem with them. Of course,much higher amounts of recyling waste makes more economic sense so we don't end up throwing precious tax-payer pounds on the scrap heap paying for landfills. Bearing all this in mind,it would be a false economy to think of the monies ear-marked for the above purposes as mere"expense" when we are actually investing in making Harrow among the very best! Every single citizen can help in their own way to keep Harrow tidy and safe and make it the envy of all eyes. I am sure we can get our schools on board and encourage our youth to also join in schemes which will help them develop into fine citizens,blossoming into responsible future caretakers for our own lovely borough. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -1

10:09pm Tue 8 Oct 13

SeaBee says...

Sonoo. you are living in cloud cuckoo land. For some parts of the borough, nothing short of a nuclear weapon would be required to improve them. We have one world famous school. Apart from Headstone Manor and Stanmore Common there is little to attract visitors, our shopping centre is second rate and our 'modern' commercial facilities are a joke.

Investment are made with a view to a return, the £500000 will not generate a return, it is a tiny sticking plaster on a gaping wound. I wish the new administration well but the previous incumbents have a lot to answer for.
Sonoo. you are living in cloud cuckoo land. For some parts of the borough, nothing short of a nuclear weapon would be required to improve them. We have one world famous school. Apart from Headstone Manor and Stanmore Common there is little to attract visitors, our shopping centre is second rate and our 'modern' commercial facilities are a joke. Investment are made with a view to a return, the £500000 will not generate a return, it is a tiny sticking plaster on a gaping wound. I wish the new administration well but the previous incumbents have a lot to answer for. SeaBee
  • Score: 2

8:16am Wed 9 Oct 13

jayjoe says...

How is this being funded Mrs Hall? What essential services are you cutting to give your Hatch End neighbours a cleaner drive to the train station in their 4x4s?
How is this being funded Mrs Hall? What essential services are you cutting to give your Hatch End neighbours a cleaner drive to the train station in their 4x4s? jayjoe
  • Score: 1

11:42am Wed 9 Oct 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

Please let us stop talking down our borough and make whatever improvements we can before we write it off in a defeatist manner..If one doesn't aim high then inevitably one will be doomed to failure.I don't believe in giving up,period.Therein lies the difference in our viewpoints.I beg to differ most vehemently.Of course,some funds will be moved out of existing pots to make this happen.There is no printing press to pay for these services!

Whilst I fully appreciate one has to be realistic there is no need to descend into abject pessimism.We must fight for the good of our citizens and stop carping.Let us focus our energies on POSITIVE ACTION and try to transform areas which have seen neglect.

This is not just about Hatch End being spruced up .It's a WORTHWHILE ASPIRATION to try and tidy up the WHOLE borough.A challenging task,no doubt, but not impossible.Never mind who did what to whom!The public is not interested in a post-mortem.They simply want to see RESULTS.We want a decent borough to live and work in.

I firmly believe "if at first you don't succeed try,try again"I know some might find this hard to digest but what would you prefer---to allow Harrow to look like some neglected dump ---and then go on criticising all and sundry for doing nothing?!I think not!!

POSITIVE minds and hands are needed to get us back on track.Please let us,the people of Harrow combine our efforts and do whatever it takes to turn our borough around.It is PERFECTLY POSSIBLE,once we all muck in!

It is not just about money but what we ASPIRE TO ACHIEVE.
Please let us stop talking down our borough and make whatever improvements we can before we write it off in a defeatist manner..If one doesn't aim high then inevitably one will be doomed to failure.I don't believe in giving up,period.Therein lies the difference in our viewpoints.I beg to differ most vehemently.Of course,some funds will be moved out of existing pots to make this happen.There is no printing press to pay for these services! Whilst I fully appreciate one has to be realistic there is no need to descend into abject pessimism.We must fight for the good of our citizens and stop carping.Let us focus our energies on POSITIVE ACTION and try to transform areas which have seen neglect. This is not just about Hatch End being spruced up .It's a WORTHWHILE ASPIRATION to try and tidy up the WHOLE borough.A challenging task,no doubt, but not impossible.Never mind who did what to whom!The public is not interested in a post-mortem.They simply want to see RESULTS.We want a decent borough to live and work in. I firmly believe "if at first you don't succeed try,try again"I know some might find this hard to digest but what would you prefer---to allow Harrow to look like some neglected dump ---and then go on criticising all and sundry for doing nothing?!I think not!! POSITIVE minds and hands are needed to get us back on track.Please let us,the people of Harrow combine our efforts and do whatever it takes to turn our borough around.It is PERFECTLY POSSIBLE,once we all muck in! It is not just about money but what we ASPIRE TO ACHIEVE. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -1

12:47pm Wed 9 Oct 13

jackdaw says...

I like, probably most of the residents in Harrow, find the continuing soap opera of daily insults between councillors incomprehensible and tiresome. We are fed up with the scheming and plotting and this applies to all political parties. Residents are, however, interested in a cleaner and safer Harrow.
A vision of Harrow as a cleaner and safer borough seems a good idea to me. If people who are not resident in Harrow keep reading in the press that this is a terrible borough in which to live and work why on earth would they come here?
Instead of running the borough down perhaps the detractors could provide some constructive suggestions as to how they would go about making improvements. Signing up as a Neighbourhood Champion would mean they could ensure their street is kept clean.
Jayjoe. your comments sound like inverted snobbery to me. Why would you gleefully deny Hatch End council tax payers the right to a clean and safe environment? You pose a question about the cuts affecting people but surely even the vulnerable residents of Harrow deserve a clean and safe environment. Or are you saying you wish to deny these people along with the council tax payers of Hatch End the right to a clean and safer Harrow. Perhaps you could lead by example and sweep and pick up the litter outside your property as it would make a monetary saving to services and more would be released to spend on other services?
I like, probably most of the residents in Harrow, find the continuing soap opera of daily insults between councillors incomprehensible and tiresome. We are fed up with the scheming and plotting and this applies to all political parties. Residents are, however, interested in a cleaner and safer Harrow. A vision of Harrow as a cleaner and safer borough seems a good idea to me. If people who are not resident in Harrow keep reading in the press that this is a terrible borough in which to live and work why on earth would they come here? Instead of running the borough down perhaps the detractors could provide some constructive suggestions as to how they would go about making improvements. Signing up as a Neighbourhood Champion would mean they could ensure their street is kept clean. Jayjoe. your comments sound like inverted snobbery to me. Why would you gleefully deny Hatch End council tax payers the right to a clean and safe environment? You pose a question about the cuts affecting people but surely even the vulnerable residents of Harrow deserve a clean and safe environment. Or are you saying you wish to deny these people along with the council tax payers of Hatch End the right to a clean and safer Harrow. Perhaps you could lead by example and sweep and pick up the litter outside your property as it would make a monetary saving to services and more would be released to spend on other services? jackdaw
  • Score: 1

11:35am Fri 11 Oct 13

Harrow Rani says...

I would welcome this. As a tax payer I want my money to be spent on providing a cleaner area for me to live in. At the moment, I litter pick outside my home everyday and am doing the council's job for them,. I don't know why we don't address the problem of people dropping litter in the first place. The issue has got worse over the years and I see more and more adult offending and down Masons Avenue, have seen people throwing a bag of rubbish onto the road. Currently Harrow does look like a poor Borough and therefore I am not surprised there is little new investment here. Ironically. I moved here years ago from Ealing because I thought it was cleaner and greener here in Harrow!
I would welcome this. As a tax payer I want my money to be spent on providing a cleaner area for me to live in. At the moment, I litter pick outside my home everyday and am doing the council's job for them,. I don't know why we don't address the problem of people dropping litter in the first place. The issue has got worse over the years and I see more and more adult offending and down Masons Avenue, have seen people throwing a bag of rubbish onto the road. Currently Harrow does look like a poor Borough and therefore I am not surprised there is little new investment here. Ironically. I moved here years ago from Ealing because I thought it was cleaner and greener here in Harrow! Harrow Rani
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