Redevelopment of Grange Farm estate will be looked at says councillor

The cabinet member for housing says a feasibility study for the redevelopment of an estate is under way.

The comments from Harrow Borough Council come after calls from people living on the Grange Farm estate who want the area redeveloped and new blocks built.

Cllr Barry Macleod-Cullinane said: "I'm pleased to say that one of the first things I did when I became housing portfolio holder was add Grange Farm to a list of feasibility studies for redevelopment, and I'm grateful to Cllr Simon Williams for arguing the estate's case.

“We have appointed architects and consultation has already started, with an interim report planned for cabinet in April.

“Redevelopment on this scale always takes time, and we still have work to do to get the funding we need, but I'm very pleased to have got the ball rolling after Labour let Grange Farm stagnate under their watch.

“Labour are suddenly pretending to care about social housing tenants because there's an election on the horizon, but let me be clear; in three years Labour did absolutely nothing to progress the rebuild of Grange Farm.

“This is despite residents reporting problems ranging from water contamination and sewer backwash to rats and building subsidence."

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9:50am Wed 29 Jan 14

pravinshah1 says...

Tories suddenly pretending to care about housing tenants because May 2014 is in sight. Feasibility study takes time and once the residents have been hoodwinked and the election is over, nothing will be done. Cllr Susan Hall, with her side kick Cllr Barry Macleod-Cullinanem, is playing another game to win the next local election.
Tories suddenly pretending to care about housing tenants because May 2014 is in sight. Feasibility study takes time and once the residents have been hoodwinked and the election is over, nothing will be done. Cllr Susan Hall, with her side kick Cllr Barry Macleod-Cullinanem, is playing another game to win the next local election. pravinshah1

10:37pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

After the huge benefits which followed from the redevelopment of the horrendous Rayners Lane Estate ,it is only natural that the Grange Farm Estate residents would aspire to a similar improvement in their quality of life.It seems no matter what portfolio holders try to do to make headway, cynics will only harp on about the local elections.

Do they really think the public of Harrow do not know we are holding elections in May?We are a sensible,well- informed,knowledgeab
le community.Why must some insult our intelligence and go on and on about it.This is stale news!!

Of course,should any portfolio holder NOT respond they would be accused by the self-same people of not caring or even taking the trouble to respond to local people's pleas."You're damned if you do,and damned if you don't ----or so it seems.These things are bound to take time and need to be looked into properly before any firm plans are announced.

Surely,that is the common-sense route to follow.I am just an ordinary citizen and can work that out.Is it too much for better informed people to accept?

Let's be patient,wait and watch and see how this progresses.Let us be even-handed and reserve our judgement based on actions taken.I am very hopeful the Grange farm residents will see better days and crime be brought down as it was on the Rayners Lane Estate.
After the huge benefits which followed from the redevelopment of the horrendous Rayners Lane Estate ,it is only natural that the Grange Farm Estate residents would aspire to a similar improvement in their quality of life.It seems no matter what portfolio holders try to do to make headway, cynics will only harp on about the local elections. Do they really think the public of Harrow do not know we are holding elections in May?We are a sensible,well- informed,knowledgeab le community.Why must some insult our intelligence and go on and on about it.This is stale news!! Of course,should any portfolio holder NOT respond they would be accused by the self-same people of not caring or even taking the trouble to respond to local people's pleas."You're damned if you do,and damned if you don't ----or so it seems.These things are bound to take time and need to be looked into properly before any firm plans are announced. Surely,that is the common-sense route to follow.I am just an ordinary citizen and can work that out.Is it too much for better informed people to accept? Let's be patient,wait and watch and see how this progresses.Let us be even-handed and reserve our judgement based on actions taken.I am very hopeful the Grange farm residents will see better days and crime be brought down as it was on the Rayners Lane Estate. Sonoo Malkani

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