Get your dancing shoes on and join Harrow Borough on 1 January 2018 for the London New Year’s Day Parade.
Harrow’s going all out this year and their Moulin Rouge float is going to be the biggest showstopper, guaranteed to blow your mind and get everyone in the party mood!
That’s right they’re bringing the beloved Parisian cabaret into the heart of London this New Year and with the theme of ‘Showtime’, be prepared to be dazzled! Handcrafted by volunteers from Wiseworks and Nower Hill High School, there’s no way you’ll miss Harrow’s Moulin Rouge inspired float. It features the iconic red windmill at an impressive 6 metres high, flashing lights and dancers all dressed up in the fiery theme!
Volunteers from Wiseworks and Nower Hill High School have spent the last three months designing and building the float and are now adding the final touches to what promises to be a showstopper! They will also be taking part in the parade and will be accompanied by Beverley School of Dance, the Kodak Football Club, and Cllrs John Hinkley and Jean Lammiman who have worked so hard in preparing and organising this year’s entry.
The London New Year’s Day Parade is a free event expected to feature more than 10,000 performers. It begins midday on Monday 1 January in Piccadilly and ends around 3.30pm at Parliament Street.
You can support Harrow’s entry by donating to the Mayor’s chosen charities Harrow Women Centre and Harrow Law Centre – for more information email The Mayor’s Office [email protected].
To find out more about the New Year’s Day Parade, the route and other things going on visit www.lnydp.com.
A planning application to redevelop the Waxwell Lane Car Park was published on 22nd December, just before the Christmas break. The proposal is for: “Redevelopment of Car Park to Provide 20 Three Storey Dwellinghouses (Use Class C3) (14 X 3 Bedroom Houses & 6 X 4 Bedroom Houses), Associated Car & Cycle Parking Refuse Storage, Landscaping & Replacement Boundary Treatment”. The plans show that there would be 20 parking spaces provided for the residents of the new houses, but there would be no public parking on the site.
The Pinner Ward councillors knew that this application was likely to be submitted very near to the “festive season” and managed to gain a concession from the Harrow Council Planning Services department such that 32 days will be allowed for public comment rather than the usual 21 days, due to the holiday period. This means the deadline for comments to be received will be 21st January.
Like many who live and / or work in Pinner, the Pinner Association Committee members hold a wide range of views on the merit or otherwise of the proposed development of the Waxwell Lane Car Park. Therefore, there will be no comment submitted by the “Pinner Association Committee” to this application. However, we do urge all those interested in the future of Pinner to submit their own, informed, comments. There have been several public “consultations” held on the plans for the car park over the past two years, and a “Residents’ Reference Group” has given their views on aspects of the development to the architects. To have the most impact, any comments should be based on the plans submitted and be on relevant “planning” grounds.
The full details of the submitted planning application planning application are:
Address: Waxwell Lane Car Park Waxwell Lane Pinner Ward: Pinner
Agent Details Agent Name: Az Urban Studio Limited Agent Address: 136-148 Tooley Street London SE1 2TU
Application Case Description Application Number: P/5680/17 Applicant Name: London Borough Of Harrow Application: PLANNING Date Registered: 21/12/2017 Application Type: Local Authority Regulation 3
Case Officer GRAHAM MANSFIELD
Proposal Redevelopment Of Car Park To Provide 20 Three Storey Dwellinghouses (Use Class C3) (14 X 3 Bedroom Houses & 6 X 4 Bedroom Houses) Associated Car & Cycle Parking Refuse Storage Landscaping & Replacement Boundary Treatment
The full (and many and large) documents may be viewed, and on-line comments left, via this link to the Harrow Council Planning Search website:
Nat West Bank have recently announced bank closures of which Pinner is one of them. Unfortunately Pinner isn’t the only local branch that will be closing. Below is the list of branches and their closure dates.
Pinner 4 June 2018
Hatch End 13 June 2018
Rayners Lane 27 June 2018
Northwood 27 June 2018
Below is the factsheet that Nat West has produced for Pinner Customers.
This year’s Pinner Panto organised by the “Pinner Panto Commitee” will certainly be one to remember. It was briefly interrupted by a car catching fire on Bridge Street – luckily no one was hurt and the police and fire brigade quickly bought the situation under control. Stewards were seen directing traffic to turn round using Station Approach to ease congestion as Bridge Street was closed to traffic.
The Mayor of Harrow started proceedings at 5pm by switching on the Christmas tree lights in the High Street and Bridge Street Pinner – the Pinner Association pays for all the festive lights in Pinner. MP Nick Hurd was also seen wandering around the Panto.
The Mayor, along with The Pearly King & Queen, judged the window dressing competition, which is sponsored by Northwood & Pinner Business Club. The winners were The Heath Robinson Museum, Robson Estate Agents & Andrew Pearce; four other shops got highly commended. It was wonderful to see new traders taking part.
The winners of the “Traders Fancy Dress Competition” that The Pinner Association sponsors saw Earth White, Dri & the trio of Lule Hair & Beauty, Eyesey & Osteria Modigliani (see photo) all win.
Visitors were regaled by different school choirs singing during the course of the evening.
It was great to see many different parts of the community volunteer as stewards including six formers from Hatch End High School. This event couldn’t happen without the army of volunteers and the hard work of the Panto Committee. Thank you everyone.
Whilst a lot of the festivities will be taking part on the High Street, don’t forget to wander up to the top of Bridge Street and into Love Lane. Speaking to the traders, I know some of the windows will be decorated and it will be quieter.
In Love Lane near “Little Ben” you will find wooden mushrooms. On the corner of Love Lane and Bridge Street and near the 183 terminus stop; pop in those shops for face painting. Christmas wreaths will also be available on the corner of Love Lane & Bridge Street. Further up Bridge Street, the bakers will be open.
At the top of Bridge Street, rumour has it that some of the traders have combined forces to put together a fun-filled evening. The theme will be a Mad Hatters Tea Party and there will be beautiful singing by Rapunzel, a young person’s photo opportunity in the Queen of Hearts castle, cookie decorating, hair braiding and glitter nail art for youngsters, plus Italian style sandwiches and beverages.
The Pantomime committee are very grateful for their joint participation in 2017 because in recent years the upper part of Bridge Street has not been visited as much as the more crowded parts of Pinner. So we call upon everyone attending the evening to respond to the invite, follow the white rabbit, and attend the Mad Hatters Tea Party. You will not be disappointed!
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.
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.
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.