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Harrow Council to make a ‘range of improvements’ to our high streets

As we rebuild from the Covid-19 pandemic Harrow Council is investing in our high streets.

Edgware, North Harrow, South Harrow and Rayners Lane are set to receive funding for a range of improvements to high streets.

The High Street Fund is money provided by Harrow Council to support local district centres make improvements to the high street. We’ve been working with ward councillors and the local community to drive forward this change.

The fund offers an opportunity to refresh the high street area creating a safer, more vibrant, and more pleasant environment for all.

An initial consultation with all four district centres was carried out in the spring, to seek local residents’ views on the proposed improvements.

The results are now available to view at www.harrow.gov.uk/highstreetfund

Initial feedback on the proposed options for improvements, indicated strong support for Festive Lighting and Paved (Copenhagen) Crossings across three of the four areas, with the fourth choosing Painted Lamp Columns and Paved (Copenhagen) Crossings.

Residents also said, that in addition to the road safety improvements and creative features, they wanted greener, environmentally friendly spaces on their high street.

In response to public feedback from the initial consultation, the Council has confirmed it will progress with implementing the more popular choices and has rejected the bottom three options for each area, that were unpopular amongst local residents.

The council is listening to residents and will continue to do so, to ensure that designs can evolve with the local community in mind.This starts with a series of drop-in sessions over the next few months and further public consultation in the autumn before any final decisions are made.

The drop-in sessions will take place at the following locations and on the following dates:

Saturday 7 August 11am-4pm,
Monday 9 August 11am-6pm,
On the picnic benches outside
Red Cup Café

Saturday 7 August 11am-4pm,
Tuesday 10 August 11am-6pm,
Outside the old Police Station on Whitchurch Lane

Wednesday 11 August 11am-6pm,
Saturday 14 August 11am-4pm,
Outside entrance to South Harrow Market

Thursday 12 August 11am-6pm,
Saturday 14 August 11am-4pm,
On the picnic benches on Rayners Lane

There will also be further drop-in sessions in the autumn.

Leader of Harrow Council, Graham Henson said: “It is vitally important that the views of local residents, businesses and communities are heard throughout this process. The survey has helped us understand local priorities and aspirations for each area. The Council won’t implement anything without the clear support of local people, it’s their high street, so they should have their say.”

The feedback and insights gained will be used to shape designs for local improvements.

Source: Harrow Council