It’s been a busy few months for the Council.
We have successfully hosted the signing of the Council formally adopting the British Sign Language Charter – showing the Council’s commitment to equality for both our staff and our residents.
As part of our ambitious regeneration plans we hosted a regeneration launch inviting industry leaders to see our plans to build a better Harrow. Discussions took place with local and regional developers and companies as we begin our plans to build affordable homes, schools, leisure, community and entertainment venues across the borough. This is just the first step as our regeneration plans begin to build up steam.
We have also held our first residents panel, where we have bought together residents from across the borough, to represent all of our communities and to bring together a range of expertise to feed into our regeneration plans. As we redevelop the borough we need to be working closely with residents at all times, and this panel will be just one of the many ways in which we consult with residents over the coming months.
In other news, national decisions continue to have local consequences that will put all our local services at risk. These include, but are not limited to, pressures in the NHS caused by unrealistic ‘efficiency’ targets, proposals for £800m of further cuts to the Metropolitan Police which led London’s Chief Police officer Sir Bernard Hogan – Howe to say that ‘I genuinely worry about the safety of London,’ as well as the Council’s own cuts of £83m from 2104 to 2018. With this level of cuts in all public services we will be working collaboratively with all public services in Harrow to protect the services that our residents rely on.
Our housing department have also been busy drawing up mitigation plans to the Government’s increasingly destructive housing polices, that are driving up rents, forcing our residents out of the borough and are making buying a house unaffordable for all but the wealthiest. Our campaigns on these issues to stand up for local residents will continue in the coming months.
I would like to thank all staff for their continuing hard work, in what is a difficult time for Harrow.
Cllr David Perry
Leader of the Council