Whitmore School Steel Band at Pinner Memorial Park

Despite the “wrong type of weather”. Those that ventured forth into Pinner Memorial Park were treated to some wonderful music by the Whitmore School Steel Band.



The talented players bought a ray of sunshine to the park, and we were royally entertained.

Thank you to the resilient audience for coming and sitting in the rain. Hopefully the weather will be better for Fats Rollini Jazz & Blues Band next week.

See you there next Sunday.

Road Words – Marsh Road and West End Lane

Marsh Road, Pinner, Harrow
30 July — 02 August
Delays likely Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: J/W WEST END LANE
Responsibility for works: THAMES WATER
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: MU026008107PPCS—000002

Marsh Road, Pinner, Harrow
30 July — 02 August       
Delays likely Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: J/W HIGH STREET            
Works description: SEWER CLEANING – REACTIVE…        
Responsibility for works: THAMES WATER           
Current status: Planned work about to start       
Works reference: MU026008107PRYY–000002  

West End Lane, Pinner, Harrow
31 July — 03 August
Delays possible Traffic control (two-way signals)
Responsibility for works: Affinity Water
Current status: Planned work about to start

Filming along High Street, Pinner: Thursday 26th July 7 pm – 10 pm

We have received the following notification from Harrow Council


On Thursday 26th July filming will take place on the High Street, Pinner between 7 pm and 10 pm.  A film crew will be filming a car positioned on a low loader vehicle travelling up the High Street towards Paines Lane as part of a Vauxhall car commercial.

In the interests of safety and to facilitate the filming, the Council have approved the use of Traffic Diversions during the filming period to prevent cars from travelling along the High Street.  Diversionary route signage will be in place to divert traffic around the High Street. 

Stop / Go points will be positioned at the following locations; at the junction of Bridge Street and the High Street, Grange Gardens, Church Lane and Paines Lane and at the junction of Paines Close.  The film crew have been authorised to hold traffic for a maximum of 5 minutes only between 7 pm – 10 pm to allow the filming sequence to take place. Compliance with the 5 minute holds will be closely monitored by a member of Harrow Council’s Highways department. 

Under Traffic Order, all bays along the High Street have been suspended between the hours of 12:00 and 23:00 on the 26th July.  As an alternative the public are advised to use the pay and display car park at Chapel Lane.  To reduce the inconvenience the film company have agreed to support any disabled car user wishing to use the disabled bays along the High Street and filming marshals will be on site from 11 am on the day to support this. 

Finally, a row of 12 bays has also been suspended for filming use only in Waxwell Lane car park all day on Thursday.  The rest of the car park is available for public use. 

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Kind regards

Harrow Film Office, Harrow Council


Road Works – Waxwell Lane

Maybe at the third attempt – this will actually happen this time!

17 July — 21 July
Delays possible Traffic control (two-way signals)
Responsibility for works: Cadent
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AZ0071000736606

Grove Estate Development – Our Response

From The Pinner Association’s Response to the Second Public Consultation on the Proposals to Build Additional Housing on the Grove Estate Pinner:

Comparing the proposals presented at the second public consultation, in June 2018, with those presented at the first consultation, it is difficult to reconcile the plans presented on the second consultation display boards with the indicative plans displayed at the first consultation.

In particular, the feedback that:   “You Raised Concern With: • Height and Mass of Proposed Buildings   • Loss of Trees” does not seem to have been addressed in planning the proposed development.   The proposed footprints of the new buildings have been increased significantly from those outlined in the first consultation, with a concomitant greater proposed loss of mature trees. For both the “South Site” and “East Site” the existing trees on the boundary of and within the Grove Estate form an important role in screening the existing flats, to the benefit of both the residents of the flats and those residents with properties adjacent to the Grove Estate or to users of Pinner Village Gardens. Many of these trees would be lost if the development was to go ahead as currently proposed.

South Site: The orientation of the proposed town houses would result in actual overlooking of the private rear gardens of properties in Hereford Gardens and Cannon Lane. This unacceptable intrusion into the private amenity space of the existing dwellings has been recognised by the proposal for the design of these new houses to include: “South facing elevation – designed to mitigate overlooking issues by diffusing views from windows through the use of fins or louvers”.  

The proposed seven townhouses would intrude into the area currently occupied by mature trees, as well as using the area currently occupied by garages, hard standing and storage buildings. This is not what was shown on the indicative plan displayed at the first public consultation, where only the previously developed area was shown to be built upon.

If, despite the problem of building homes that would directly overlook rear gardens, it was to be decided to build town houses on the orientation shown, then all should be of the three bedroomed, mono-pitched roof, design with small obscured glass windows serving only non-habitable rooms such as bathrooms on the south elevation. These would then effectively be one storey on the side backing onto existing properties in Hereford Gardens / Cannon Lane to mitigate the already identified overlooking issues.

Fewer townhouses should be built so as to allow the existing screening trees to remain in situ, i.e. building should be restricted to the footprint of the existing developed area. The proposed design does not address the concerns raised at the first public consultation about the height and mass of the proposed new buildings, nor the concern about the loss of mature trees from the Grove Estate.

East Site: The proposal for a six storey block immediately adjacent to and visible from Pinner Village Gardens would be greatly detrimental to the amenity value of that park, whether of the design proposed in Scheme 1 or Scheme 2. If it is deemed absolutely imperative to build a large block of flats on the site, the design should be restricted to a maximum of four storeys to respect the current height of the buildings on the estate.   This would have the concomitant effect of allowing the new building to be constructed further from the eastern boundary of the Grove Estate, as not so much separation from the existing flats building would be required to allow sufficient light to reach the existing flats. As shown, both schemes would result in a very large, tall building being sited immediately adjacent to the boundary with Pinner Village Gardens.

Area Leaders Wanted!

The Pinner Association is in need of a new Area Leader, the link between our many Collectors and our Membership Secretary. As there are too many Collectors for one person to handle, Pinner is divided into five areas.

Not only is it an essential task – without the Area Leaders The Villager could not be delivered – but it is also an interesting task, and I can vouch for this, as I was one once. I got to know many local people, whom I may not otherwise have met, all of whom, are of course, most charming or they would not have volunteered to be Collectors in the first place!

If you are already a Collector you will be aware of your Area Leader’s existence because of the thrice-yearly visits with the magazines and the wherewithal to collect the subs. Why not move up the hierarchy and become an Area Leader?

His or her duties involve delivering the Villager magazine three times a year to the Collectors, ensuring that all the subs are eventually collected and keeping a record of the subs, which the Collectors will have paid into the Bank. (You do not have to handle the money.) Having a computer is an advantage. Also a car is really essential as distributing several hundred Villagers can be a weighty task. That said, one Area leader has trained her Collectors to collect their Villagers from her!

Volunteers should form an orderly queue outside Jill Cock’s house at any time, but possibly phoning 8868 5795 or emailing [email protected] might be easier.