Petition launched to save Harrow Borough Council's community festival Under One Sky

Harrow Times: The parade at last year's Under One Sky event The parade at last year's Under One Sky event

A campaign has been launched to save a community festival - despite Harrow Borough Council's leader stressing it has not been cancelled for good.

Harrow Labour group has started a petition against proposals from the council to cancel its Under One Sky event.

Council leader Councillor Susan Hall says this year's festival will be incorporated into the borough’s celebrations to mark its 60th anniversary.

In a statement on the petition, the Labour group said: "The 'Under One Sky' festival brings communities together to celebrate culture, diversity and community cohesion.

“Each year the festival attracts both young and old people, families, community organisations and charities to celebrate together.

"Harrow is one of the most diverse and vibrant places in London, with a cohesive and strong community and this should be celebrated.”

In response, Cllr Hall said: “This is the year of Harrow’s 60th anniversary as a London borough, so it seems quite proper that the focus this year is on a family event in the town centre which celebrates that landmark through a range of activities.

“Parts of Under One Sky will be incorporated into the 60th celebrations – for example performances by young people – but the overall focus will be delivering on one outstanding 60th anniversary event, which is also designed to compliment separate ceremonies to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

“There is only a limited budget allocation for civic celebrations, and I am sure people would agree it is sensible to use that money to concentrate on one event in this special year.”

The campaign to save the event has also received support from the Wealdstone independent group led by Cllr Husain Akhtar.

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11:08am Fri 24 Jan 14

Husain Akhtar says...

Wonder what is the independent position of the 'Independent Labour Group' regarding this important community issue?
Wonder what is the independent position of the 'Independent Labour Group' regarding this important community issue? Husain Akhtar
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1:28pm Fri 24 Jan 14

pjBeynon says...

Why does "Under One Sky" need financial support from the Council? It charges for admission, whereas the Roxeth Show, which does not charge for admission, does not depend on a Council grant.

It would be an even better demonstration of communities getting together if they co-operated to organise the event on a voluntary basis.
Why does "Under One Sky" need financial support from the Council? It charges for admission, whereas the Roxeth Show, which does not charge for admission, does not depend on a Council grant. It would be an even better demonstration of communities getting together if they co-operated to organise the event on a voluntary basis. pjBeynon
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6:29pm Tue 28 Jan 14

pravinshah1 says...

There would be no other position for the Independent Labour Group then Susan Halls as that group sold the community to the Tories.
There would be no other position for the Independent Labour Group then Susan Halls as that group sold the community to the Tories. pravinshah1
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7:29am Wed 29 Jan 14

diligaf says...

Why do we need this? just another exscuse for the dregs of society the wealdstone crew to come along and cause mayhem for the locals and Police as if the Police arent stretched enough as it is, they dont have the time inclanation or resources to deal with this...
Why do we need this? just another exscuse for the dregs of society the wealdstone crew to come along and cause mayhem for the locals and Police as if the Police arent stretched enough as it is, they dont have the time inclanation or resources to deal with this... diligaf
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