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Traders concerned about 'filthy' adverts in Station Road, Harrow
Traders in Harrow are concerned that “filthy” advertisements in the area’s phone boxes will deter shoppers.
Traders on Station Road have spoken out about the prevalence of handwritten “massage” advertisements in the shopping street.
Ryan Clark, manager of Harrow Fisheries, said: “It’s not something you want to see.
“You don’t want to walk down the street and see things like that stuck in phone boxes.
“People who live here get used to it but it doesn’t look good to new people visiting the area.
“It will put people off coming to shop here."
Staff at Hair Connections, in Station Road, are also concerned.
The company’s director, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s not nice really. It’s bringing down the area.
“There have been some dubious activities going on around here. Harrow has changed a lot – it’s not like it used to be.
“It is full of filth now and we just don’t need it.
“It is keeping people away from the town centre at a time when we need all the help we can get.”
He added: “This could lower the tone of the whole area.”
In a statement Harrow Borough Council said: "Harrow Council can confirm that it does not routinely inspect or clean telephone boxes as all telephone boxes in Harrow are the property of British Telecom who regularly maintain and clean them.
"If a Harrow cleaning operative comes across a telephone box which is obviously unsightly they will remove the cards unless to do so would cause damage."