Ambitious plans for the year ahead: From Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Osborn

Cllr Paul Osborn

At last night’s Council meeting, we made decisions about how we’ll spend our budget to support you and your family.

We will build on what we have already achieved and continue to put residents at the heart of everything we do. I'm aware that there's still a lot that needs improving, but I hope you've already noticed a positive change.

We want to improve the service you get from the council, make Harrow cleaner and safer, fix our roads and support those most vulnerable in our society.

Deciding where to invest and where to make savings is very challenging. We’ve taken the tough decisions that allow us to invest in your priorities and at the same time make sure the council lives ­­within its means.

We've done this while minimising the impact of price rises on hardworking tax-payers. We're being intelligent with our resources to bring you a 21st century council that puts residents first.

This week we mark one year since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This morning at 11am a national one minute’s silence was observed.

It was an opportunity for us to remember all those people affected by Putin’s terrible war and to restate our support for the Ukrainian people.

Their steadfastness in the face of Russian aggression has been truly remarkable. Our country will continue to stand with theirs.

That’s the commitment made by the UK Government and it’s been echoed right across the country by the thousands of families that have opened up their homes to welcome displaced Ukrainian citizens.

That includes many Harrow families and I’d like to thank them all for everything they’ve done to support our 266 new Ukrainian residents, who I know have worked very hard to overcome this incredibly difficult situation and make the most of their time with us.

I must also mention the work of the other agencies in Harrow that have helped to ease their transition to life in this country, most notably the Romanian and Eastern European Hub.

I know their support has made a huge difference.

Published: 24th February 2023