Monday, 23 September 2013

Spitting feathers under the bridge near Pinner Station

I have noticed for some time that the council have neglected cleaning up the railings and pavement under the bridge by Pinner Station. This is on both sides.  The dried up droppings and feathers on the pavement and railings are a terrible eyesore, and health risk.

Has the council been negligent or is it Transport for London that need to make sure Pigeons cannot roost under the bridge?

Overall feral pigeons, not wood pigeons, need to be eradicated from buildings in Bridge Street and bridges over Chapel Lane, and the bridge near the station.

Clear this mess up, it is being trodden into trains and peoples homes................... we are at risk, and we do not deserve such messy streets!

 It is even on the railings - total and utter negligence by Harrow Council and or/TFL

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Are we over the "Hill" and going to get a more efficient council and cleaner Pinner and roads fixed now?

In the Harrow Observer it is reported that Susan Hall of the Conservatives has taken over the lead in Harrow Council.  How extremely un-professional both Labour and Conservative allowing political wars to take over the council.

Let's hope that Susan Hall gets the birds mess under our bridges cleaned up, and roads like Ashridge Gardens resurfaced. That road has a concrete surface which is cracking up - it looks a real mess!

Also let's hope she sorts out the extremely silly Public Realm Department who merely use the internet reporting forms to pass information on the "their back office".

The Harrow Observer article from their site:

Political coup sees Tories take the reins of Harrow Council

susan hall neighbourhood champion
A CONSERVATIVE-orchestrated political coup has given Harrow Council its first female leader - Councillor Susan Hall.
The Labour and Tory groups combined to vote out leader Councillor Thaya Idaikkadar, and with him his minority Independent Labour administration, at tonight's extraordinary full council meeting at which the two rivals similarly joined forces to suspend several key constitutional powers such as the Mayor of Harrow's ability to adjourn the meeting.
Ms Hall then won the subsequent new vote to take the reigns of power against Labour group leader Councillor David Perry by 31 votes to 24, with five abstentions.  
She told the Observer afterwards: "First female leader of the council? I'm absolutely delighted.
"There's gaps in the budget we'll be looking at. The residents are complaining that the roads are filthy and the parks unkempt.  
"The reality is I want the Conservative vision: a cleaner, safer and fairer Harrow."  
Ms Hall will announce her new cabinet and deputy council leader tomorrow but told the meeting she would honour the arrangement of having opposition non-voting members of the cabinet to stimulate debate and "keep portfolio holders on their toes".  
She and deputy group leader Councillor Barry Macleod-Cullinane were the two non-voting members on Mr Idaikkadar's cabinet committee of six, and used their position to regularly query and question the minority administration's executive decisions.  
"It's not going to be so funny when we're on the other side," she said after her victory.  
The people of Harrow voted Labour into power in the 2010 local elections with 34 councillors to the Conservatives' 27 before this May incumbent council leader Mr Idaikkadar led a splinter Independent Labour breakaway group who ruled as a minority.  
The electorate now, following tonight's unprecedented mid-term shake-up, have a Tory-run council although both the Conservatives and Labour have 25 members each, with eight for Independent Labour, three Independents, one Liberal Democrat and one UK Independence Party member.
Labour activist Uma Kumran, of Pinner, took to Twitter in wake of the decision and said: "Tories didn't win 2010 election in Harrow. Tonight they're in power in Harrow. #NoMandate."  
Chief reporter Ian Proctor filmed key portions of the meeting, and will be uploaded throughout the day along with all the latest reaction including the announcement of a new Conservative cabinet.

Monday, 16 September 2013

The Pinner Show this weekend

Top marks to all those involved in organising the show.  Thankfully the weather stayed reasonably dry for the entire duration of the show.

The animal experience in the park was superb, although they have left a mess behind in the Park. The lady who gardens the Park so well, and feeds the birds, does her best,

I also enjoyed speaking to the Punch and Judy professor who did several shows there. I got a superb music book for 50p at the Rotary Club stall.

Here then are some pictures of the event - fair rides for the youngsters as well!

Thanks to the animal people for leaving the Memorial Park in this mess

Beggars the same ones ignored by police and public apart

Beware these two characters, they lower the tone of Pinner:  Sorry but the picture is rather blurred.

Unless people complain to the police about them swearing, spitting or being racist, there is nothing more that can be done other than them being moved on.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Many things

Harrow council are absolutely useless when it comes to getting things done. They have a contact centre called Public Realm. One simple request a a few months ago keeps going round in circles. Public Realm say they deal with enquiries by phone first and email when they have time! They do not automatically acknowledge emails like some councils do, the email goes into a void. I complained on the phone a week or so ago and the contact assistant said she was "Sending and email to the department about this"! I asked if she could speak to the official, and blow me down with a feather she said that they were not allowed to!

A few weeks ago I walked back from some friends down the lovely High Street. It was a mess that the manypubs and restaurants had generated. I put some bottles in the bin as I passed.  Surely the council could go round on a Sunday and tidy things up. Or will the people who enjoy our pubs and restaurants please behave themselves and take their rubbish with them!

 We were treated to a French, or European Market this Saturday. The cheese counter generates a shocking aroma. I appreciate that some may find it very interesting, but why can't the traders charge some down to earth prices? Do we really need a market in Bridge Street, do we really care?

One place in Pinner High Street that they cannot knock down is the Flower Shop in the High Street, abandoned and sealed by the landlord.   So sad to see Pinner shops going down the pan.  Please support your local shops!

Our local library will soon be run by a contractor - let's hope that his will lead to some improvements.