Harrow London Borough Council

All of the seats in Harrow were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 35 Total councillors 35 Change+1

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 28 Total councillors 28 Change+2

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 0 Change-2

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 0 Change-1
Councillors change compared with 2014

Most Recent

  1. Make cycling in Harrow safer, council urged

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Cycling groups in Harrow have called for improved cycle routes and better education for drivers to allow more people to feel safe on their bikes.

    Veronica Chamberlain, representing Harrow Cyclists and Healthy Streets for Harrow, told a council traffic and road safety advisory panel (TARSAP) that it should recommend an urgent “strategic overview” of the borough’s road network.

    It comes as the council continues to monitor recently implemented ‘Streetspace’ programmes, including low-traffic neighbourhoods, safety measures near schools, and new cycle lanes on key roads.

    Ms Chamberlain welcomed these initiatives but suggested the council could go further still by extending the cycle lanes to cover all junctions and introducing more schemes to make cycling more attractive.

    “People would cycle more if they feel safe,” she said. “This comes from safe, direct cycle routes and better driver behaviour.”

  2. New cycle lanes in Harrow to remain for 18 months

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    New cycle lanes put in place across Harrow to encourage active travel and social distancing could be in place for up to 18 months, despite criticisms from councillors and drivers.

    Harrow Council confirmed the measures in Honeypot Lane, Queensbury, Sheepcote Road, Greenhill, and Uxbridge Road, Harrow Weald, will be reviewed after six months.

    This came as deputy leader Cllr Keith Ferry decided to uphold recommendations made by the council’s traffic and road safety advisory panel in relation to its ‘Streetspace’ projects.

    Following this review, the cycle lanes will either be removed, maintained for a further year, or made permanent, based on the council’s assessment of their impact.

    This is despite concerns raised by councillors, who called for the immediate withdrawal of the lanes in Honeypot Lane and Uxbridge Road, and several residents, who have described the set up as “shocking” and “an accident waiting to happen”.

    Cycling groups supported the measures, with Harrow Cycle Campaign (HCC) calling for the “reorganisation of road space” in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Anoop Shah, of HCC, said this would discourage people from “switching to driving” as they look to avoid the use of public transport.

  3. Potential cuts to Harrow Council services, warns boss

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    Harrow Council's chief executive has warned the authority could resort to cuts to services if it does not receive additional financial government support to counter the impact of Covid-19.

    Sean Harriss told a council overview and scrutiny committee meeting that it would “need to act” by early autumn if more funding does not arrive.

    He said he is “optimistic” the Government will step forward to support local authorities but said he would be “extremely worried” if it does not.

    So far, Harrow Council has received £13m of government support to help tackle the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    However, it estimated that the crisis will cost around £35m when additional spending and loss of income is considered.

    Mr Harriss explained that government funding has eased the situation in the short term but warned that a lack of further backing would “leave a hole in this year’s and next year’s budget”.

    Responding to a question by Cllr Kiran Ramchandani about the state of the council’s finances, he noted that its future is entirely dependent on decisions made by ministers.

    “I think it would be difficult for any Government, of any political persuasion, not to provide the funding,” he said.

    “If it does come through then I’m not worried, but, if it doesn’t come through, I’m extremely worried.”

    Mr Harriss said the council would need to prepare for a tough situation if sufficient funding were not forthcoming.

  4. Car park closed after distancing rules flouted

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    Harrow Council was forced to shut a car park after people continued to flout government rules around social distancing.

    It took the decision to close Old Redding Viewpoint car park after people were seen “gathering in groups” and behaving anti-socially.

    It explained that some had been driving over grass while others were clearly going against government guidelines that are in place to try and stop the spread of coronavirus.

    “Sorry we’ve had to do this – been happening too many times. We will review again but in the current emergency crisis and to reduce the spread of virus it will remain closed,” the council tweeted.

    It noted that the area will remain open for residents to use as part of a daily exercise routine and reminded people to obey social distancing guidelines.

  5. Sprawling fly-tip cleared after 'years of misery'

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    Welldon Crescent fly-tip clear up

    A sprawling fly-tip that caused misery for “years” has finally been cleared up following interventions by the council, police and politicians.

    The mess, in Welldon Crescent, Harrow, resulted in several complaints from neighbouring properties and passers-by.

    Located by a row of garages, the site was blighted by irresponsibly discarded waste, including furniture, shopping trollies and clothes, with some residents reporting evidence of rats.

    Yesterday, Greenhill Police confirmed the area was being “cleared and secured”.

    “We won’t miss this horrendous fly-tip and we bet the neighbours won’t either,” they posted on social media.

    Harrow Council explained the rubbish build-up was on private land and, in October, a notice was served to the responsible party – who was living overseas – ordering them to clear it up.

    At the time, a spokesman for Harrow Council said: “This is a result of the landowners not taking responsibility or maintaining their land.

    “No one should have to put up with this sort of behaviour, and nor should the taxpayer clear up their mess.”

  6. Anger after 'perfectly healthy' tree felled

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    Lyon Meade tree before
    Image caption: Lyon Meade tree before it was cut down

    A man was left “devastated” after a “perfectly healthy” tree was cut down near his home.

    Jerry O’Sullivan mourned the loss of a tree in Lyon Meade, Stanmore, that was felled, in his view, without “any rationale”.

    Mr O’Sullivan said the removal of the tree has changed the entire landscape of his road.

    He said the tree was in “perfect condition” and criticised Harrow Council for removing it without notifying neighbours.

    “I’m so upset by this, it’s an absolute sin. There was no reason to cut it down and it’s been done in such a sly manner – they didn’t even let us know it was happening,” he said.

    “The street looks completely different now – it’s barren, it’s cold and it just looks so empty.”

    Mr O’Sullivan urged the council at least to remove the stump and think about ways that replacement trees could be planted in the area.

    A council spokesman explained that the tree had to be removed as part of an insurance claim from another property on the road after it was linked to structural damage.

    He added that, as a rule, local residents are not notified when it comes to single fells.

  7. Women's centre to close after funding dries up

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A women’s centre is facing closure after failing to secure financial support to continue its services.

    Harrow Women’s Centre, in Andrews Close, is set to close its doors tomorrow.

    Catering for around 1,400 people each year, the centre has offered several support services to women in the borough since 1992.

    A spokeswoman said service users were “devastated” with the news, after those running the centre announced there were no plans to carry on in the immediate future.

    Some service users launched a petition to Harrow Council urging it to support it financially to enable it to continue.

    The petition stated: “The centre has been beneficial to woman who are victims of domestic violence and abuse, rape, homelessness, loneliness and isolation.

    “Women need a safe haven to better their lives and Harrow Women’s Centre has been that for these women who are displaced and distressed.”

    Harrow Council said it was “sympathetic” to the situation at the centre but explained that money is also tight at local government level.

  8. Caution urged over plans to axe three Harrow car parks

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    Plans to build hundreds of new homes on three London Underground station car parks need to be “seriously thought through”, according to several councillors.

    Harrow Council’s major development panel expressed concerns about the loss of commuter parking spaces if the schemes are given the green light.

    Transport for London (TfL) hopes to build more than 500 new affordable homes on Rayners Lane, Stanmore and Canons Park station car parks.

    Working alongside housing association Catalyst, it gave a presentation last night outlining the initial proposals for the programme.

    All three developments are set to be car-free – to promote sustainable transport and improve air quality – and provide affordable housing in well-located areas.

    But councillors are worried certain aspects, particularly the loss of parking spaces, will have a negative effect on Harrow.