Public Consultation on the Proposal for a new Pedestrian Crossing in Love Lane Pinner

Harrow Council are consulting the public on a proposal to install a new pedestrian “zebra” crossing in Love Lane Pinner:

The proposals include the following:

• Footway widening – wide eastern footway to improve visibility between pedestrians and oncoming vehicles

• Re-arrange Pay & Display bays – remove one Pay & Display bay from outside no’s 9-11 to accommodate the zig-zag marking on the approach side of the proposed crossing. This is necessary to improve visibility for safer pedestrian crossing

• Re-locate Disabled bay – relocated disabled bay from outside no’s 7 to outside St Luke’s Catholic Church

• Loading bay – reduce the length of loading bay outside no’s 8-10 from 12m to 10m to accommodate zig zag markings on the exit side of the crossing• Associated lining and sign works – road markings and traffic signs will be amended accordingly to reflect these proposals

Link to consultation information on Harrow Council website:  https://consult.harrow.gov.uk/consult.ti/lovelane/consultationHome

The Public can submit any comments by using the questionnaire on-line by visiting     www.harrow.gov.uk/trafficconsultations    which will direct you to a page containing the survey named ‘Love Lane, Pinner – Zebra crossing Proposal’. You may be asked to register your details before completing the survey.

The consultation closes on Friday 13th September.

HS2 Tunnel Boring Machine Supply Cable Works – Update 27th July 2019

Thanks to Cllr Richard Almond, who has attended meetings with representatives from HS2 Ltd., we have been updated about the proposed works through Pinner South to install a high capacity electrical supply cable from the Farm Avenue sub-station to Rushdene Road, and hence on to West Ruislip, to provide the power for the HS2 tunnel boring machine.

The route through Pinner South:

The trial holes along the route for these works will be approximately 1 metre square and will be dug and covered over in one day each in the week beginning 11th August 2019.  In Harrow borough they will be in Farm Avenue by the sub-station, Rayners Lane at the junction with Dukes Avenue, on the bridge over the Yeading Brook in Whittington Way, half way along St. Michael’s Crescent, and in Cannonbury Avenue near the entrance to The Croft.

The main work of trenching for the cable conduits is intended to begin in January 2020.  This work will be done in 50 metre stretches and several will probably be done at the same time with each taking about four days to complete. The trench will be about 1 metre wide and 1.5 metres deep containing a plastic pipe through which 2 cables (1 a back-up) will be pulled when the entire trench is complete.

It is intended to hold drop-in sessions for representatives from HS2 Ltd to discuss these works with residents in Harrow borough, and Cannon Lane Methodist Church Hall is a possible venue for these meetings.   Further information about any meetings will be posted as soon as this is available.

Planning Application for flats in Bridge Street.

Planning application – Harrow Council Planning Services reference P/0311/19 – Re:  21b and 29 – 35 Bridge Street Pinner HA5 3HP 

Redevelopment To Provide Part 4 / Part 6 Storey Residential Block At Rear Comprising Of 35 Residential Units (5 X Studio 20 X 1 Bed And 10 X 2 Bed) (Use Class C3) ; Change Of Use Of Ground Floor Commercial Units (Use Class A2 And A3) To Retail Unit (Use Class A1);  bin and cycle stores.

The Pinner Association has submitted the following comments to Harrow Council Planning Services with reference to this planning application:

Whilst The Pinner Association has no objection in principle to demolishing some the existing buildings on this site, which are in a poor condition and do not form a coherent pattern of development, we do have the following objections about this application.  The Pinner Association does not object to development that adds to the local environment and the enjoyment and amenity of current and future residents, however from our review of this planning application it is clear that this proposal will not meet those criteria

Our objections are:

  1.  The proposed density of the total of 35 two bed, one bed and studio flats in this application on this small site of only 0.11 hectare (applicant’s own measurement) is significantly higher than the guidance in the current London Plan for a location with a PTAL of 3.  The impact of this very high density can be seen in the application drawings which show poor quality design and poor quality residential accommodation.  These points are explained further below.

Poor quality design:

2.  The infill in the Bridge Street elevation (archway adjacent to 29 Bridge Street) to create an enclosed residential access may be considered to improve the street scene in Bridge Street.  However, the rest of the design pays no respect to the adjoining buildings and the character of the area.  In particular, the large and bulky six storey block proposed for the rear of the site would be detrimental to the street scene in Bridge Street and would also have a detrimental impact on the neighbouring buildings.  This is evident from the perspectives that are contained in the applicant’s Design and Access Statement.   The maximum height of the buildings in this part of Bridge Street is four storeys and any plans for new structures should respect and reference the size and scale of the surrounding structures.  The excessive height and bulk of the proposed new block would be intrusive to the street scene, not respect the character of the area and therefore would be greatly out of scale with the existing buildings.

3.  The submitted drawings do not show any rooftop plant or the exhaust flue from the central gas boiler; these should be added to show the true position when the development were completed. 

4.  The material chosen for cladding this block would sit uncomfortably with the neighbouring buildings. 

5.  There would be poor vehicular access to the site.  The privately owned service road to the rear would experience a large increase in traffic if this application were to be successful.  The surface of this road is already in a very poor condition and this would only worsen with the increase in traffic.  The road is also not designed to accommodate multiple deliveries to a large number of individual residences and this could result in dangerous traffic conditions including ‘stacking’ of delivery vans in Chapel Lane at peak times.  There are existing designated parking bays along the service road for the businesses for which this road is the access and these could be adversely affected both during the construction of a substantial new block of flats and after the flats were occupied.  This could adversely affect the viability of local businesses and this should be taken into consideration as these provide employment opportunities for residents of the borough.

6.  For the reasons stated above this application does not meet the criteria set out in the Council’s Local Plan policy DM1 – Design and Layout.

Poor quality residential accommodation: 

7.  The proposed residential accommodation would not comply with the Mayor of London’s Guidance and the Council’s policies DM24 – Housing Mix, DM27 – Amenity Space and DM28 – Children and Young People’s play facilities.  Specifically the proposed development would be single tenure and provides no affordable housing;  the majority of the units would be single aspect and many of them would be north facing; there would be no children’s play area and the applicant’s attempt to reduce the impact of overlooking within the courtyard would be ineffective.  The residential accommodation would be further compromised by the small size of the units many of which would have poor internal layouts.

8.  The limited amount of amenity space proposed to be provided at the first floor level would be predominantly north facing and would provide a hostile environment.  Similarly, the amenity space at the higher level on the roof of the four storey section of the proposed development would not provide an attractive environment as it would overlook a busy road and traffic intersection.  The plans show no provision for private amenity space.

9.  Policy 3.8 section [d] of the current London Plan requires that ten per cent of new housing meets Building Regulation requirement M4 (3) ‘wheelchair user dwellings’, i.e. is designed to be wheelchair accessible, or easily adaptable for residents who are wheelchair users.   The submitted plans and documents for the new building proposed in this application do not demonstrate how it would comply with this requirement.

Parking issues:

10.  Such are the constraints of space on this site in the designated primary shopping area of Pinner there is no proposed provision of off-street parking for the residents of the new flats, nor would there be any visitor parking provided for deliveries to the block of flats or the ground floor businesses.  As the public highways around this site are already congested with traffic and subject to extensive parking and waiting controls, and at the rear the access road is privately owned, we request that should this application be granted then it should be designated as “Residents’ Permits Restricted” – i.e. no residents’ parking permits for the Pinner CPZ should be issued for any resident of the new flats – and that this condition is enacted and enforced in practice.

Planning, The Pinner Association.  17th May 2019.

Man charged with the murder of Pinner shopkeeper.

A man has been charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of a shopkeeper in Marsh Road Pinner early on Sunday, 24th of March.

Alexander Stephen Gunn, aged 31 and of no fixed abode, was charged on Thursday, 4th April with the murder of 54-year-old Ravi Katharkamar.  He was also charged with robbery.

Gunn appeared  in custody at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 5th April.   He had previously appeared at the same court on Monday, 1st April charged with burglary, theft from a motor vehicle, possession of an offensive weapon and driving whilst disqualified.

This arrest follows an investigation by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, Metropolitan Police.

We commend the Metropolitan Police in making this arrest, and our thoughts continue to be with the family and friends of Mr Katharkamar at this tragically sad time.

Waxwell Lane Car Park to be used by Film Production Company – 28th March to 1st April.

The Pinner Association has been informed that the Waxwell Lane Car Park is being hired as a filming unit base (BBC – Silent Witness) to facilitate filming in the area as from 18:00 hrs on Thursday 28th March 2019 until 22:00 hrs on Monday 1st April 2019.

Harrow Council have agreed that a row of bays in the car park will be made available to business permit holders and disabled parking badge car users during this time.  The production company have also agreed to release bays if they are not in use during the day if available.

Harrow Council apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and advise members of the public to utilise the Chapel Lane car park as an alternative parking option, or use the pay and display bays along nearby Bridge Street.

Harrow Film Service (Harrow Council) apologies for the short notice of this use of the car park,  which is due to the late confirmation by the production company and various schedule changes.

Centenary of Armistice Day – 11th November 2018

Knitted Poppies display at west door of Pinner Parish Church.

The Centenary of Armistice Day on which World War I ended fell on Remembrance Sunday on 11th November 2018.   The parishioners of the Parish Church of St John the Baptist had already decorated that ancient building with thousands of knitted poppies to commemorate all those from Pinner, and more widely, who fell during WWI.

Knitted poppies around the lych gate of Pinner Parish Church, itself a War Memorial of “The Great War” (WWI).

The sun shone brightly on a huge crowd of Pinner residents and others who had assembled at the Pinner War Memorial at the top of Pinner High Street for the traditional Remembrance Sunday Service, which is organised by the United Services Club, assisted by The Pinner Association.  The two minute’s silence was observed during which the distance sound of maroons echoed the falling silent of the guns on the fronts of WWI exactly 100 years previously.

Clergy from local churches and synagogue participated in the Remembrance Service at which the youth of Pinner were represented by the Guard of Honor from the Sea Cadets, the bugler from Nower Hill School, and the representatives of local Scouts, Guides and schools who laid wreaths.  Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the armed services, and many national and local organisations.

Caroline Enniss at the War Memorial bearing the wreaths that were laid in memory of all who lost their lives in both World Wars and in subsequent contests.

The Pinner Association wish to thank Geoffrey Wheal and Caroline Ennis who undertook much of the administration of the Remembrance Sunday Service on our behalf.   An event which an estimated number of 1,000 people attended takes a great deal of organising and liaison with the local authority, local police and fire service, and St John’s Ambulance, all of whom the Pinner Association thank for their contribution.

Knitted Poppies Displays at The Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Church Lane, Pinner

Over 70 Parishioners and Friends of The Parish Church of St John the Baptist have been have been knitting poppies in Remembrance of those from Pinner who lost their lives during World War I.

The initial aim was to knit 148  poppies to represent one poppy for every Pinner person who did not return.  The 148 poppies were completed within the first two weeks of the project so the volunteers kept on knitting.   

With over 2,500 completed poppies there will be three displays seen from Friday 2nd November.   The display around the font will be to represent the 148 Pinner men, while the outside displays will be at the Lych Gate and the West Door.   

We will remember them.

Poppy Wreath Laying Ceremony

“Lest we forget”

Wreath Laying Ceremony 

in the Peace Garden

 Pinner Memorial Park

2 pm for 2.15 pm, Tuesday, 30th October

As is done every year, The Worshipful The Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Kareema Marikar, will lay a poppy wreath on the Dove of Peace Memorial in the Peace Garden, Pinner Memorial Park, West End Lane, at 2.15 pm on Tuesday, 30th October.  This is in remembrance of all those from Pinner and the Borough of Harrow who lost their lives in WWI and WWII and subsequent conflicts.

Pupils from West Lodge School will be present at this short, secular, Remembrance Ceremony, as will members of the Pinner Association, and all residents of Pinner are also warmly invited to attend.

 

Pinner Fair 2018

The annual Pinner Fair is taking place today – Wednesday 30th May – in Bridge Street, Marsh Road and the High Street.  Despite the cloudy weather the streets were full of families enjoying all the fun of the fair this afternoon.

Swanning around in the High Street.

Many new large structures appeared in Pinner – it is amazing how all the attractions are erected and removed so quickly –  they will all be gone tomorrow morning.

The “Crazy Circus” will be gone tomorrow – however Pinner’s new “sky scraper” will remain.