Review of the Year: April

Harrow Times: The start of the save Broadfields campaign The start of the save Broadfields campaign

April saw the start of a campaign to save some of the borough’s playing fields from being turned into a caravan site.

Plans had been submitted to Harrow Borough Council to use field at Broadfields, in Headstone Lane, for 75 pitches for touring caravans, as well as a shower and toilet block.

More than 160 people logged on to the council’s planning website to raise objections to the plans from owner of the site Richard Gabriel.

Those living near the site were concerned the site would be built on green belt land and would lead to a loss of sports facilities.

News also broke in April that Harrow Council would offer to pay social housing tenants up to £20,000 to move abroad.

The then opposition Conservative group attacked the initiative and others proposed by the council as ‘deeply worrying’.

The council said the authority had an ever-increasing demand for social housing but had one of the smallest stocks in the London and needed to free up homes for families in need.

Tributes were paid to a woman who died in a shed fire in Kingsbury during April.

Mother-of-two Sharon Cherrie was pulled from the burning garden shed in Manor Close, on Sunday April 14, but was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mrs Cherrie was a NHS health visitor for Brent Primary Care trust and her colleagues paid tribute saying she was committed to her family and worshipped her children.

April was also the month Joanna Witos and Apeksha Patel trekked it to Everest Base Camp, raising more than £4,000 for people with Multiple Sclerosis.

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