HARROW FLATS: New apartment block given go-ahead despite locals’ objections

Pinner – VIJAY SHAH via ADAM SHAW and Harrow Times

Local authorities in the north-west Greater London borough of Harrow have given assent to a new development of flats despite local residents of a busy road objecting to the project and vetoing it three times, the Harrow Times newspaper reported today.

The Northcote development, in the Pinner area’s Rickmansworth Road, will consist of eight brand-new flats in addition to an existing estate of 24 homes now at the site. The eight apartments will be housed in a single two-storey complex, and the plans were approved by Harrow’s council, the Times reports.

 

Pinner locals however have rallied against the proposed development, saying that there will be a loss of green spaces, as well expressing serious concerns about access issues for vehicles and the presence of extra council-issued refuse bin facilities that could attract vermin and create foul-smelling communal areas.

Harrow Council’s planning committee however rejected the residents’ objections for the third time in a row, saying that the area and Harrow in general needed more housing as its population continues to rise, a theme common to many outer London areas. Four of the council’s members spoke out against the Northcote development, but failed to sway the vote on the planning application, according to the Harrow Times. A total of 44 rejections of the proposal were counted by the council, with anti-development councillors appealing to the local government to take them into consideration.

One local resident who objected against the new flats, Majd Kilani, told the Times: “We don’t have the time and resources to keep battling these development attempts, which have caused significant stress.

‘It has taken away time and energy that would otherwise be dedicated to our families and the community.”

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Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984

Our Harrow, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/OurHarrow

“Harrow Council approves Pinner’s Northcote development” – Adam Shaw, Harrow Times/Newsquest (London & Essex) Ltd/Gannett (26 January 2019) https://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/17386271.harrow-council-approves-pinners-northcote-development/?ref=rss?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=sendible&utm_campaign=RSS

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FIGHTING DISCRIMINATION: London council launches hate crime helpline

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Harrow, UNITED KINGDOM
VIJAY SHAH

In the wake of a massive rise in reported hate crimes such as racist attacks and taunts following the outcome of the EU referendum in June 2016, a London local government body has launched a specialised helpline for its residents to report incidents and crimes of xenophobia, anti-Semitism and other forms of hate.

Harrow Council, in north-east Greater London, had set up the service after several people in the borough of Harrow came forward to report ‘low level’ incidences of verbal racial abuse, which the council’s iHarrow portal stated was “causing distress amongst community members” in the borough of 215,000, one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse among London’s 32 borough areas. The council also expressed concerns that while Harrow escaped the worst of the spike in hate-motivated incidents in the wake of Brexit, much of these crimes were going unreported to the police.

The new hotline, 0800 138 1625, which is free to call and runs 24 hours a day, was set up by the council in tandem with the Stop Hate UK service. The service is also being promoted across the borough to encourage people to speak about hate crimes affecting them, their families, friends and communities.

People who witness others being personally attacked or having their property attacked because of their disability, race, religion, creed, sexual orientation or gender identity and where it is not an emergency can call the helpline in strict confidence. People whose first language is not English can arrange for a translator to return their call within five working days by simply leaving their contact details.

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Half-Eaten Mind, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind
iharrow.com, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/iharrow
“Report Hate Crime in Harrow – 0800 138 1625” – iharrow.com (16 August 2016) http://www.iharrow.com/council/report-hate-crime-in-harrow-0800-138-1625/