Cllr Graham Henson: Please enjoy our parks responsibly

The latest statement from Cllr Graham Henson:

With the summer holidays coming, there is no better time to enjoy the great things happening in Harrow. There are lots of events and activities taking place including South Asian Heritage Month and Love Parks Week. From our parks and museums to our Art Centre or even virtual events by Harrow based organisations – there are lots of things you can get involved in this summer.

It’s also a great time to enjoy the outdoors now with the sunshine showing signs of staying a while – and of course enjoy the weather at a safe distance if you’re meeting friends and people outside your household.

I am glad that many of you are using our beautiful parks and open spaces sensibly since the easing of some restrictions.

However, it is important to remember the virus is still around. None of us wants a second wave or local lockdown, so please keep doing your bit by following the guidance to keep yourself and others safe. Remember that barbecues are not allowed in our parks, for everyone’s safety.

On the topic of parks – it’s Love Parks Week! (starting 24 July). We have 84 beautiful open spaces in Harrow for everyone to enjoy and plenty to see and do. From our nature reserves, walking routes and restoration works, to our playgrounds, play areas, cafes and activities arranged by park user groups. These are just a few of many things that our parks and open spaces offer and we’ll be highlighting these throughout the week on social media.

While we love seeing our parks busy, sadly there has been a lot of littering. Our parks staff have been working flat out with limited numbers as the team has also been affected by covid. Despite this, they have been emptying bins more frequently. However, that isn’t enough and we cannot do it alone - everyone has a role to play. You’ll soon notice signs around our parks as part of our campaign to stop people from fly-tipping and littering.

Littering isn’t just disgusting but, in the current climate, potentially dangerous as it could help spread the virus. I ask everyone to do their bit to protect the community, and keep the parks at their best. So, if you’re eating or drinking in the park, please take your rubbish home with you.


Published: 24th July 2020