If you’re a long-time Harrow resident, you will no doubt be familiar with the Greenhill Way car park to the back of the town centre.
Due to the popular Debenhams department store and the market, there was a time when you’d have a better chance of winning the lottery than you would grabbing a Saturday space on this site; however, in recent years, the closure of Debenhams – and the subsequent failure of its replacements – means that the car park often stands empty, but not for long!
Harrow Council has recently announced that part of the Greenhill Way car park is to be repurposed to make better use of this valuable space. Work has now begun on turning part of this town centre site into a hub for startups and creative enterprises. Once up and running, businesses and individuals will be able to rent shipping container-style units from which they can run their operations.
The initiative is being funded by Levelling Up’s Future High Street – a post-pandemic resource created to help UK high streets by utilizing underused areas and spaces. Harrow Councillor, Christopher Baxter, says, “This will bring more welcome activity into this area, and more people being around for legitimate reasons are likely to reduce some of the negative behaviors currently seen in this area. Improving vitality can only be a good thing.”
Harrow’s got talent The Borough of Harrow is no stranger to entrepreneurship, having spawned a number of successful businesses, including Internet Of Artists, Whizz Solutions, and Ecologital, and a new affordable hub in the area will help to ensure that this continues; a sentiment which is mirrored by Cabinet Member for Business, Norman Stevenson, who said, “This is welcoming news. We are a borough that supports local businesses and entrepreneurs, and we are committed to keeping our borough clean and safe – this is exactly what this transformation will do. I look forward to seeing the works complete and invite local start-ups and creatives to take their business further.”
As part of the commitment to safety, the hub will be locked at night, and improvements will be made to the Undercroft pedestrian walkway, which links the site to Station Road, to make it lighter, brighter, and cleaner.
As well as business hubs, the site will be home to:
- Gallery spaces
- Micro-gallery spaces
- Event spaces
- Community workshops
Harrow shoppers needn’t worry as the Council has confirmed that the car park will still offer 200 spaces and will continue to offer one hour’s free parking.
With new opportunities for business, improved safety, and parking for shoppers, the Greenhill Way really is the way forward for Harrow in 2024.