Statement from Harrow Council Leader, Cllr Graham Henson

"With another lovely bank holiday weekend of good weather expected, I hope you enjoy getting out and about and enjoying the best Harrow has to offer - but please remember to keep social distancing.

"Drivers might want to think about avoiding Wealdstone, however. This is because of both a  burst water main restricting traffic flow and also the reopened Recycling Centre causing tailbacks of two hours on some days.

"I recommend essential car use only round that neck of the woods please! Maybe think about waiting until next week if you have only a few items to get rid of.

"Great to see the Recycling Centre up and running again though, and I’m pleased to report residents have been sensible. Thank you for your cooperation. I’d also like to thank our staff who have been fantastic in allowing you to dispose of waste safely and quickly.

"Next week is half term, although for many it probably won’t feel very different to every other weekend for the last few months.

"I wanted to take this opportunity to reassure parents that our biggest priority is the safety of our residents – and that includes school children. With the government’s announcement to re-open schools, it is natural that parents will have a level of anxiety and worry.

"I am so proud of the way our schools have operated throughout this crisis and I want to thank all our teachers and staff who have worked so hard to ensure children can continue their education in a safe environment during what has been a challenging time.

"We have made it clear to schools that we expect them to open when they are ready and feel that it is safe to do so, and they have my full support. Their preparations to increase the number of pupils attending will be based on a thorough assessment and to a timetable that they will judge is safe for our pupils.

"Fittingly, this newsletter comes to you at the end of Mental Health Awareness Week - a chance for us all to think about our wellbeing and check in on others around us. These times are challenging but we are all in this together and, as you can see in our Mind over Matters article below, there's so much advice and information to keep us all feeling ok.

"It only remains for me to wish you all a lovely bank holiday and Eid Mubarak for those of you who will be celebrating with family and friends, albeit differently to how you usually would."

Published: May 22nd 2020