A time for local and national pride: from Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Osborn

Cllr Paul Osborn

I knew when I became Leader of the Council just under a year ago that I wanted to restore pride in Harrow and put residents first.

I want our borough to be a place that is clean and safe and where those in need are supported.

We’ve been working hard ever since and I’m very pleased with the things that we’ve achieved so far. We've made a number of important commitments for the future and I'm very conscious that there is still much more to do.

Some significant changes that are already having a positive impact include the introduction of one-hour-free parking across Harrow and the opening of our new customer services receptions in the town centre.

Other things you may notice include our ongoing work to tackle potholes and our use of enforcement powers, including investment in mobile CCTV to catch fly-tippers. In the longer term we want to offer more support to families, improve the availability of affordable homes and protect our suburbs from inappropriate development.

I think it’s very important that the Council’s Cabinet is visible and accountable to the public for our work. We’ve now completed a series of videos in which each of us talks about the things we’re passionate about achieving for Harrow. We know these are the things that you care about too and we’ll keep you updated as we continue to make progress.

This coming weekend the nation will celebrate the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and there’s a lot happening locally to mark this very special moment in the life of our country.

Harrow always celebrates in style and I know many of you will be planning street parties and other get-togethers. There will also be Civic events, a town centre parade, events in our libraries and a special celebration day at Headstone Manor and Museum – for further details see Celebrating the King's Coronation.

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Published: 2nd May 2023