Investing in Harrow and protecting services: A message from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Osborn

Cllr Paul Osborn

One-hour free parking on-street has proved very popular with residents and businesses.

This week we reached the milestone of half a million free hour sessions since the discount was introduced in August.

The numbers show that more and more of you are rediscovering your high street and shopping local in the run-up to the festive season.

In late January we will extend one-hour-free parking to include every council car parking space in the borough. It's another boost to business just when it's needed most.

Prudent investment in things like this, that make a real difference to people's lives, is possible only with careful management of our finances.

Just as your household budget is affected by rising costs, so the council's budget is also under pressure. In these challenging times we must be very disciplined and make sure we maximise every pound of public money we spend.

Our draft budget for next year sets out how the council will live within its means, minimise the impact of increased costs on tax-payers and protect those services on which the most vulnerable in our society depend. See how to have your say in our budget consultation.

Finally I'd like to wish all our Jewish residents a happy Chanukah, which is celebrated over eight nights, this year starting on 18 December. I hope you have a very special time with friends and family.

Published: 16th December 2022