It has been a real pleasure attending staff forums over the past few weeks, in a range of venues from the Civic Centre to Alexandra Avenue Clinic. Staff are the lifeblood of any organisation, and the more staff I meet and work with the more I am impressed by your professionalism and hard work, particularly given the enormous challenges we as a Council collectively face, and will continue to do so over the coming months and years ahead.
The Council continues to do fantastic work in supporting our communities. Following investment by the Council the Croft Pavilion in Pinner is now newly refurbished and fitted out with as a gym and training area, which makes it the perfect new home for the Harrow Boxing Club. It’s great to see the gym up and running and a massive thank you to all staff involved in bringing this project together.
I would also like to thank all the staff for their hard work in our submission to the Independent Healthcare Commission. I’m sure all staff are aware of the huge pressures faced by our local hospitals in North West London and our staff worked extremely quickly to set up community engagement events with a wide range of different groups to hear about our resident’s experiences. The final report identified a range of key issues that all local public organisations from the Council to the NHS need to address to give our residents the best possible access to healthcare in North West London; I am sure that it will be an important contribution to the final report which is due to be presented to the Secretary of State for Health before the end of Summer.
I want to end by drawing your attention to some key community events over the past few weeks. Harrow’s leisure facilities and parks have hosted some enjoyable community events from the 10th Annual Sports Day at Roger Bannister Sports Centre, hosted by the Sri Lankan Muslim Cultural Centre to the Harrow Vaisakhi Mela Sikh community festival in Byron Park.
It was also a pleasure to attend the Mayor’s Annual Civic Service at St Mary’s Church, Harrow-on-the-Hill, as well as the Annual Flag Raising Ceremony to give thanks to our residents who are currently serving in the Armed Services. These traditional events are rightfully an important part of Harrow’s calendar and I would like to thank everyone involved who attended.
Cllr David Perry
Leader of the Council