Calls for action to improve 'forgotten' Grange Farm housing estate

People living in council homes in Harrow have called for action to transform their 'forgotten' estate.

The Grange Farm Residents Association has called for the redevelopment of the site following a similar successful scheme in Rayners Lane.

The blocks of flats on the border of South Harrow and Harrow-on-the-Hill were built in the 1970s and are Harrow Borough Council properties.

Sarah Naran, chairman of the Grange Farm Residents Association said: “I think the estate is an eyesore for the whole area and it needs to be torn down and rebuilt.

“All the money which is being put into repairs is being wasted by the council and in the long run they need to start again.

“There is a great community here but it feels like we have been forgotten about. This was in a worse state before they started work on Rayners Lane and still nothing has been done here.

“Hundreds of people live here and they could make it a lot better. We just want to see some action taken.”

Kim Flynn, who has lived on the estate for ten years, said: “The whole estate is quite depressing to look at really.

“There’s a great community here and when people see other estates getting attention and work done they ask why has Grange Farm been over looked. What about us?

“These buildings are past their best. Something needs to be done.”

Councillor Glen Hearnden, who represents Harrow-on-the-Hill, says refurbishment may bring only minor improvements, and is calling for the redevelopment of the estate.

He said: “There have been steps in the right direction for Grange Farm but it has been untouched for a long time and people on the estate will wonder why nothing has happened.

“The housing officers do a fantastic job helping and communicating with people. I understand money is short at the moment but something needs to be done.

“There needs to be a positive and practical plan for the redevelopment of the estate that residents will see the benefit of and to make sure it happens, regardless of who is in charge of the council."

Harrow Borough Council last month announced it would be looking into regenerating several estates, including Grange Farm, as part of the Homes for Harrow plan.

It said the regeneration of these estates could take up to five years to complete and the authority says the plans are in the very early stages.

The Harrow Times has called the council and is awaiting a reply.

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