Fantasy tales

5:15pm Thursday 28th August 2014

In last week’s edition of the Harrow Times, Jeremy Zeid, writing on behalf of UKIP, beguiles us with fantasy tales of parrots like a wide-boy’s spiel disarming his clients’ caution (‘Four years of ‘Polly-tics’, Your Views, August 21).

Trying to fudge the issue

5:13pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Councillor Barry Macleod-Cullinane completely failed to address the points raised in my letter (‘Local services being destroyed’, Your Views, August 14) apart from acknowledging that Government grants have been cut (‘Taxpayers face the third highest bills in London’, Your Views, August 21). He then does the classic political trick of trying to fudge the issue.

We need these A&E departments

5:11pm Thursday 28th August 2014

It’s hard to think of anything worse – local accident and emergency departments are about to close without proper replacement services.

'What matters is the level of council tax'

Harrow Times: Cllr Macleod-Cullinane says the council will "struggle" to meet housing targets

1:48pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Councillor Barry Kendler writes that during the election voters told him “they want the highways repaired, the streets cleaned, the parks maintained and rogue private sector landlords dealt with”. If these are voters’ priorities, why has Labour announced plans to cut street cleaning?

Four more years of 'Polly-tics'

Harrow Times: A ringnecked parakeet.

1:43pm Friday 22nd August 2014

This year’s mild winter and wet spring has seen a dramatic increase in green parakeets flying around Harrow's skies.

Having no chief executive is risky

Harrow Times: Harrow Civic Centre

1:38pm Friday 22nd August 2014

There are good reasons why local councils have a chief executive. and Harrow is missing out if it tries to struggle on without one.

The high price of low pay

Harrow Times: Thanks for all your support

12:55pm Friday 22nd August 2014

This week, we found out that Harrow has the highest proportion of jobs paid below the living wage in London. One in three people working in our borough don’t earn enough to pay the bills.

Harrow Central Mosque: all local people should benefit

Harrow Times:

12:48pm Friday 22nd August 2014

I am a regular attendee of Harrow Central Mosque and therefore know what is happening at the mosque.

Pinner Park Farm: country park would improve access

Harrow Times:

12:39pm Friday 22nd August 2014

I was impressed by the proposals to allow greater access to this large area of land by making it into a country park.

Impossible to lead a normal life in Israel

12:34pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Regarding MP Bob Blackman’s visit to Israel, I can assure you he tells it as it is, there are constant rockets leaving Gaza heading for cities in Israel and if it wasn’t for the ‘iron dome’ defence system there would be thousands of people killed and maimed in those cities.

Israel: MP recognises the true picture

12:32pm Friday 22nd August 2014

I could not disagree more with the vilification of MP Bob Blackman.

Harrow's happy early links with India

12:25pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Your review of India and its independence began in 1757, when the East India Company began to control India.

Harrow Tories stay silent on effect of cuts on local services

3:51pm Thursday 14th August 2014

For four years we have been told by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Harrow East MP that reductions must be made in public services because of the size of the national debt in 2010/2011.

Don’t waste our council tax payments

3:49pm Thursday 14th August 2014

It beggars belief that anyone could try to reinstate a position on Harrow Borough Council where there is no responsibility, and at the astronomical salary of £183,097 a year — more than the Prime Minister.

Bid to curry favour with voters leaves nasty taste in mouth

3:47pm Thursday 14th August 2014

I am writing to comment on Susan Hall’s letter about Harrow carer champions.

There could have been peace in Gaza

3:40pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Your correspondent noted the disproportionate loss of life in Gaza and Israel, but omitted to note that as no Hamas operative wears a uniform, nearly all losses of life are reported to be civilian deaths.

Well done Bob and thank you

3:38pm Thursday 14th August 2014

I write in support of Bob Blackman’s recent visit to Israel.

Appalled by ill-informed letter

3:37pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Until I sold my home in Stanmore in March I was a constituent of Bob Blackman MP. Currently I’m living in my holiday home in Tel Aviv where I have been subjected to a daily bombardment of rockets from Gaza.

Lead the way in future elections

4:04pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Democracy, we are told, is a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally.

It’s a well-worn phrase, but if you know where to look, there’s always something going on in Harrow

4:01pm Thursday 7th August 2014

We were recently fortunate enough to attend the grand final of Jack Petchey’s ‘Speak Out’ Challenge at the Piccadilly Theatre — a public speaking competition for 18,000 young people.

Drains are neglected

Harrow Times:

3:55pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Firefighters having to clear blocked drains after flash flooding was no doubt to clear the blockage that had caused the flash flooding.

Why did Israel visit go ahead?

Harrow Times:

3:50pm Thursday 7th August 2014

I was horrified to discover that, while Gaza burns under Israeli bombing, Harrow East MP Bob Blackman was one of several MPs enjoying a free relationship-building trip to Israel, including tours of its military facilities.

Kumon gives children means to grow

4:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Last month, 150 local families celebrated the achievements of Kumon students at the Kenton and Harrow Study Centre.

Learn first aid in workplace

3:58pm Thursday 31st July 2014

On Friday, August 8, Voluntary Action Harrow (VAH) is running an emergency first aid at work (EFAW) course for anyone wishing to gain a basic understanding of first aid.

Councillor's job to fix clock

3:52pm Thursday 31st July 2014

I had to read Labour Councillor Phillip O’Dell’s letter twice.

Hold a proper inquiry

Harrow Times:

3:46pm Thursday 31st July 2014

It is not a new or a subtle technique to use a survey giving only the choice of two similar undesirable actions to justify taking one of them.

Leave our farm alone

3:40pm Thursday 31st July 2014

We need Pinner Park Farm — there is no choice.

Then & Now: Station Road

3:54pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I am trying to find out about Harrow and the history of its high street during the 1980s — particularly around 342-350 Station Road.

Don't deprive us of this lovely piece of countryside

3:03pm Thursday 24th July 2014

The footpath from Wakehams Hill to Letchford Close across Pinner Park Farm is a lovely piece of countryside.

Last vestiges of rural Pinner will be lost for ever

Harrow Times:

2:59pm Thursday 24th July 2014

As a lifelong resident of Pinner, a member of the Pinner Local History Society and one who often walks or cycles through Pinner Park Farm, I protest most strongly about Harrow Borough Council’s proposal to evict the farmer and convert the farm into a country park and residential accommodation.

Listening to the issues faced by unpaid carers in Harrow

Harrow Times:

2:46pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I write in response to Derek Baker’s letter regarding carer champions (“Listening is at heart of change”, Your Views, July 17).

Look again at traffic study

Harrow Times:

2:33pm Thursday 24th July 2014

At last week’s Harrow Borough Council meeting, I asked Councillor Keith Ferry, Labour’s portfolio holder for planning and development, if he would consider all the evidence on the impact of the Anmer Lodge development, including the views of local residents, before he gives final approval to the plans.

Party outdoors for a good cause

4:17pm Thursday 17th July 2014

We are encouraging people to hold outdoor events from picnics to parties to combine fun with raising much-needed funds.

Festival is a must for cider fans

4:14pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Cider fans will be able to enjoy a range of draught ciders from across the UK during a cider festival running at five pubs in the borough intil Sunday, July 27.

Don't work against us in social care reforms

4:12pm Thursday 17th July 2014

I warmly welcome the new Labour administration’s commitment to listening and engaging.

Fly-tipping problems mount up after binmen strike

4:10pm Thursday 17th July 2014

I find it unbelievable that the bins not emptied on July 10 will not have a chance to be emptied till the next time they collect the blue bin.

Taxpayers stay bottom of pile

Harrow Times:

4:01pm Thursday 17th July 2014

I would like to register a strong complaint against Harrow Borough Council for delaying our blue bin collection until July 24.

Call to arms to protect ‘oasis’

Harrow Times:

3:57pm Thursday 17th July 2014

I am writing as a supporter of Friends of Pinner Park Farm.

Questions to answer over future of Pinner Park Farm site

Harrow Times: Mr Strick’s photo of Pinner Park Farm

3:54pm Thursday 17th July 2014

I attended the public meeting where the Pinner Park Farm options and feedback were on the agenda.

Repair War Memorial Clock once and for all

Harrow Times:

3:47pm Thursday 17th July 2014

After reading about a project to leave a lasting legacy to the borough’s war dead, it reminded me that the people of Wealdstone can already read the names of those from the parish who fell during the First World War.

Join campaign

8:42am Friday 11th July 2014

The EU is secretly negotiating a trade deal with the US that would give big business the right to sue the UK Government over legislation they believe might reduce their profits.

Blaming Tories is misleading

8:40am Friday 11th July 2014

Regarding the proposed changes to council tax benefit which featured in your paper last week, (“Tax benefit consultation’, Harrow Times, July 3), it’s worth pointing out that Harrow Borough Council’s Labour administration could fund this benefit if it wanted to.

Moving makes good sense

8:38am Friday 11th July 2014

Moving the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) to a better accommodation and conducive learning atmosphere at the former Bentley Day Centre makes good sense considering that the PRU is not just a caring place but an educational establishment with a deliberate attempt to create the environments where disaffected pupils can be kept safe and healthy and learn through an alignment of service provision and support services.

Do something amazing

8:37am Friday 11th July 2014

The community at the newly-established Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury is running its second blood donation session at its new premises on Sunday.

Going for the outright untruth

8:34am Friday 11th July 2014

Hannah David’s letter (“NHS improvements can be seen”, Your Views, June 26) prompts me to make two points The first is that her enthusiasm for the NHS reminds me of the fact that at its inception in the immediate post-war years by the Labour government, the Tories voted against it.

Let me share laughable emails

8:29am Friday 11th July 2014

I am writing to share copies of emails to and from Harrow Borough Council regarding my half-emptied, brown bin, which may be of interest to your readers.

What is going on at Pinner Park Farm?

Harrow Times:

3:47pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Having attended both the Pinner Park Farm consultation exhibition and the recent open day at Pinner Park Farm, I am very confused as to what is happening.

Write to your MP urging politicians to give support

4:20pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

At Harrow Foodbank there are caring and responsible volunteers who are feeding people in our community who need it. Foodbanks are here because our welfare system isn’t working, and it needs to — for everyone.

Concert of diverse music

4:19pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Stanmore Choral Society is joining the award-winning Epsom and Ewell Silver Band for an evening of exciting music at its next concert in St Mary the Virgin Church in Kenton on July 12 at 7.30pm.

Community event for all

4:16pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

I am writing to let Harrow Times readers know about a community event in West Harrow Park. The free event takes place in West Harrow Park on Saturday, July 19, from 2 to 5pm.

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