I would like to start by offering my deepest condolences to the family of Jeremy Jeeves, who sadly passed away last Friday. Jeremy has worked as a Librarian for Harrow Council since the 1980s, and was dedicated to serving the residents of Harrow. As a Trade Union representative he was a strong and passionate voice for staff and he will be sorely missed.
I would like to congratulate Cllr Krishna Suresh for being elected as the new Mayor and Cllr Rekha Shah for being elected as the new deputy Mayor. The Mayor making ceremony was a really successful evening, with a positive atmosphere and engaging speeches from all sides of the Chamber. I would also like to thank all the guests who came, some of whom travelled a very long way to be part of the celebrations.
I look forward to working with our new mayor and joining him on visits to the community. I know that Cllr Suresh’s energy and passion for the community will make him an extremely popular and well-respected Mayor.
The Council has been involved in some key community events recently; from the celebration of the Leisure Centre’s 40th anniversary to the on-going Leader’s Surgeries with residents. I In April and May I visited the wards of Pinner South, Rayners Lane, Hatch End and Marlborough. I have also had meetings with residents associations and community groups such as the Pinner Association to see how we can work together to protect our services from the Central Government cuts. In addition I spoke at the staff conference with over 200 managers in attendance.
I would also like to congratulate staff for their excellent efforts in conducting a well run election process and count. Elections involve lots of hard work behind the scenes and long nights in the run up to Election Day. All of the staff involved were professional and it is a credit to them that everything ran without a hitch.
It is nearly a year since the Labour administration took over the running of the Council, and we can already be very proud of what we have achieved as an organisation.
We have already fulfilled our key pledges; such introducing a period of free parking in our district centres and introducing on the spot fines for spitting and littering. We are also well on the way to fulfilling our pledge to support our young people into work, having helped 98 young people into work, training and apprenticeships – this is just some of the highlights out of all the positive work that has happened over the past 12 months.
Cllr David Perry
Leader of the Council