Pinner High Street War Memorial Remembrance Sunday Service

On the morning of Sunday 12th November a crowd of many hundred people of all ages defied the cold weather and gathered at the top of Pinner High Street to participate in the annual Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial, observe the two minutes silence, and watch over forty wreaths being laid by a wide range of service and local community organisations and schools.

The Annual Remembrance Service is organised by the Pinner United Services Club, assisted by The Pinner Association.  We are particularly grateful to Alex Mote and Caroline Ennis who volunteered to undertake major roles in the administration and running of the event this year, as well as all those who participated and attended, including the Pinner Police and our local fire fighters.

Thank you Caroline and Alex.

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Benches at Pinner High Street War Memorial Repaired

The two benches at the War Memorial, which were installed as a part of the Pinner High Street Civic Improvement Scheme in 1970, had, after 47 years in the wind and rain, shown signs of their age.  On each of the benches one of the wooden slats had broken, making the benches a potential health and safety hazard.

The Pinner Association High Street Committee were pro-active in drawing the attention of Harrow Council to the sorry state of the wood on the benches, and also contacted the Pinner Ward Councillors about the repairs needed.  We asked whether the benches could be made safe and sound before the Remembrance Sunday Service on the 12th November.  With the much appreciated assistance of Cllr. Steve Wright and great co-operation from the Public Realm officers at Harrow Council, the benches have now been repaired.

As you can see the benches now look as good as new, with all the wooden slats having been replaced and new fixing bolts.  The donor’s plaques from 1970 have been re-installed on the back of the benches.

Thank you to everyone who has made such an difference to the area around our War Memorial.

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Statement regarding Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent

 

       

The Pinner Association

(Registered Charity 262349)

Statement regarding Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent

On the 25th October 2017 Harrow Council’s Planning Committee refused consent to Greene King Pub Partners to convert the first floor of their Grade II Listed pub at 31 High Street, Pinner (known as “The Queen’s Head”) from a residential flat into five hotel rooms. Later that evening a Facebook post by The Queen’s Head was published, critical of Harrow Council and The Pinner Association.  The Pinner Association has published this statement in order to correct some factual misunderstandings.

The reasons for Harrow Council’s refusal of the Listed Building consent are:

“The proposed works, by reason of the removal of historic doors including those dating to 1700 and 1800, the cutting through of a stair tower dating to circa the 16th/17th Century (including a historic window and timber framing), and the insertion of multiple en-suites (which would conceal historic timber framing, undermine the historic floor plan and increase risk of damp and decay to exposed historic fabric including timber framing) and insertion of front extract vents, would cause harm to the special interest of 16th Century timber framed listed public house extended/altered in the 17th, 18th and 20th centuries. There is not clear and convincing justification for the harm (including consideration of clear less harmful alternatives) or public benefits to outweigh the harm (including consideration of optimum viable use),……….”

The Pinner Association supports the applicant’s aim to provide hotel accommodation in Pinner, but agreed with a well-respected local historian who objected to one aspect of the submitted design, cutting through the wall of the 16th / 17th century stair tower, because of the irreversible adverse impact it could have on this historic building.  We also supported her suggestion for what we believe to be a feasible design modification to remove the need to cut through the ancient fabric of the building and allow the first floor to be brought into use as hotel rooms.

Harrow Council turned down the submitted plans on many more grounds than the Pinner Association’s sole objection.  It is the pub’s history and heritage that make it one of the best-loved buildings in Pinner and the Council’s view is that the proposals would cause considerable harm to the special nature of the building.

The pub was previously granted permission in 2009 to build a block of 4 guest accommodation hotel units at the rear of its car park, behind the building, but this has never been built.  The Pinner Association was supportive of that proposal.  Although that planning permission has now lapsed, it would be open to Greene King to submit it again.  Having been approved once it is likely that it would be approved a second time and if so would enable the pub to offer guest accommodation without causing irreversible damage to the historic building.

Issued by The Pinner Association

9th November 2017

Note:     We estimate that Harrow Council receives around 450 planning applications a year from Pinner (i.e. Pinner and Pinner South wards).  The Pinner Association is routinely notified of all of these and, like any member of the public, has the opportunity to submit objections and statements in support to Harrow Council.  The Association only considers applications whose impact extends beyond the building/site of the application.  We take particular interest in those falling within the designated Conservation Areas and those affecting Listed Buildings, as such features contribute significantly to Pinner’s special character.  Where the Association submits an objection, it only does so following detailed discussion and approval by its Executive Committee.  The Association only objects to around 13 applications a year on average, i.e. less than 3% of all those submitted in the Pinner and Pinner South wards.

The Association is keen to recruit new members onto its Executive Committee – please email us at [email protected] if you are interested.

 

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“Lest we forget” – Pinner’s Acts of Remembrance

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Harrow Public Transport Users’ Association – “Meet the Managers” – 15th November 2017

Change of Date

The November HPTUA Meeting “Meet the Managers” has been changed from 8th November to now be held on Wednesday 15th November 2017:

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Temporary Reprieve for Pinner Police Station

The new MOPAC – MPS Access Strategy has been published today (1st November 2017).  In this it is stated that the local community will be re-consulted on whether Pinner Police Station front counter will remain open, manned, as now, by volunteers from our community.

Of course, if the front counter does remain open the building cannot be shut and sold off – so watch this space for more news of the re-consultation and make your views known when that opportunity arises.

The Pinner Association submitted a detailed response to the MOPAC – MPS recent consultation on their new “Public Access Strategy”.  Our response was acknowledged by our Nick Hurd, MP, Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, in his letter of 11th October 2017 to Sophie Linden, London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime:

 

The new MOPAC – MPS Access Strategy has been published today (1st November 2017) – https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/public_access_strategy_nov_2017.pdf

The parts of the document that particularly relate to policing in Pinner and Pinner Police Station are:

“This strategy sets out the current state of public access and where we want to get to. Our public access offer to Londoners brings together the existing telephone contact methods, which accounts for the majority of police contact, with new online ways of reporting; at least two Dedicated Ward Officers in every community, based closer to their wards and equipped to work and engage with the public on the go and at notified times and places; and one 24/7 front counter in every borough.”

“During the consultation process it became clear that local operational police decisions had been taken to operate Ruislip and Pinner police stations as volunteer-led front counters. As such, these did not appear in our original list of front counters, we were proposing to close. Our proposal will be to close these front counters due to the reasons previously provided. Although we did receive some representations about them during the consultation process, we will re-consult locally in those communities prior to making decisions about them.”

“Where front counters are closing, we expect to close them on 14 December, in line with the commitment we made in the draft strategy to implement changes quickly in order to provide certainty and maximise savings. For those where we are committing to further local engagement – Pinner and Ruislip – front counters will stay open.” 

Further information will be posted as soon as this is available.

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Bluebell Planting in Pinner Village Gardens

Bluebell Planting – Saturday 21st October

Compton Copse in Pinner Village Gardens

10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm

This event, organised by The Friends of Pinner Village Gardens, is for young people (16 and under) and/or parents who would like to plant one, two or a few more of the first 500 bluebell bulbs.

If you have gardening gloves please bring them with you, if you haven’t small disposable gloves will be available.

Further information:     https://www.friendsofpvg.org.uk/

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Pinner Panto Evening – Volunteer Stewards Needed

Volunteer Stewards Needed for Pinner Pantomime Evening

Please volunteer for a shift as a Steward lasting an hour on the evening of 30th November for the twentieth Pinner Pantomime evening.

Without sufficient volunteer Stewards this very popular annual Pinner event will not be able to take place.

Contact Committee member: Lecha – email: egsteward@waitrose.com

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Rejuvenation of Pinner Station Garden Borders

Pinner Station Gardens – October 2017

The garden borders on the southbound platform of Pinner Station are admired by many commuters, and indeed in 1966 received an award – see:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinner_tube_station.

For many years The Pinner Association have maintained these well loved features as an amenity for all who use our Metropolitan Line station.  However, mature and exuberant planting has been causing some problems and the borders need refreshing.

At the back of the borders some plants have grown excessively tall (and broad) and have had to be shortened, as they were blocking the TfL CCTV camera visibility of the platform.  Shrubs that have grown too high in front of the “PINNER” signs have had to be pruned or moved.

At the front of the borders, many plants, including some of the lavenders, had spilled far out over the edging of the borders onto the platform and are having to be cut back as they could have been a potential trip hazard.

The lavenders are so much loved [with commuters surreptitiously stroking them as they await their train] that more lavenders and scented shrubs [e.g. Rosemary and Choisya] will be dotted in as the borders are refreshed.

And in the middle of the borders, some plants have just reached an age when they need replacing.

Over this summer some tidying has been done and some plants replaced including replacing some old and tired roses with new roses [“Louisa Stone” and “Spirit in the Sky”], Nepetas [“Summer Magic”], and Heucheras [Blowed If I Know the variety- aka “BIIK”].

Elsewhere in the borders herbaceous planting has been renovated with Phlomis russeliana, Salvia forsskaolii, Geranium “BIIK”, and Verbena bonariensis.

This is not an “all change” operation. The borders hold many excellent plants that simply require sympathetic pruning.

There will be occasional further reports from our Pinner Association volunteer gardener as the borders develop.

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Pinner Library Gadget Surgery – Free IT Advice

There is to be a free “Pinner Library Gadget Surgery” run by Harrow Council’s IT suppliers, Sopra Steria,  Pinner Library, Marsh Road, on Monday 9th October between 11.30am and 4pm.

Five volunteers from Sopra Steria will host a drop-in to help any member of the public with their IT queries and issues – from everyday basic IT tasks such as using the internet, sending emails and uploading photos to more complex issues that you might have with your technology.

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