Relaying paths in Pinner parks.

Thank you to Harrow Council and their Highways Infrastructure Team for relaying the paths in Pinner Village Gardens and for now working on the paths in Pinner Memorial Park.

The paths in these parks had become very worn and uneven and as these parks have been heavily used since the first Covid lockdown in March the resurfaced paths will be welcomed by park users.

Immediate action required as Harrow Borough moves to High level Covid alert

Immediate action required as London moves to High level Covid alert – A message from the Leader of Harrow, Council Cllr Graham Henson:

“Cases of Covid continue to rise rapidly across London, as well as in Harrow where they have nearly doubled in the past couple of weeks. Because of this London will move to tier 2 lockdown tomorrow.”

“I understand this is a difficult and worrying time for our communities, residents and businesses but these new restrictions are essential to keep Harrow safe. If we are to slow the spread of this deadly virus, we must all take action now.

“The move to tier 2 now means more restrictions around social distancing in London and Harrow to control the spread and save lives: we must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless we live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. This includes private homes, and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.

“Although the new restrictions come into place from midnight tomorrow (Friday 16th October) across the whole of London – I urge you all to start following the guidance now.

“As the Council we stand together with the rest of London in the fight against Covid-19 – I am working with London Council Leaders, the Mayor of London and the Government to balance the public health, economic and social impacts of this virus. London Councils and the Mayor are asking the Government for economic support for London’s businesses to ensure they survive this pandemic.

“None of us want to stop seeing our family and friends, but by following the Public Health rules, helping each other and working together we can get through this, just as we did during the lockdown earlier this year. We must all play our part to avoid further restrictions and keep Harrow safe.

“Please stay safe and take all necessary precautions to do so.”

The following also remain in place:

  • Nurseries, schools, colleges and universities will stay open.
  • Work from home, if you can. If you cannot work from home, you should continue to attend your place of work. Only use public transport when necessary and walk or cycle where you can.
  • Pubs, bars and restaurants continue to close at 10pm and operate table-service only, except for takeaways.
  • Informal childcare arrangements may continue.

It is essential that we all follow the hands, face, space mantra:

  • Wash your hands, or use hand sanitiser, regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your face, when using public transport or in busy spaces like high streets or shops where it may be more difficult to keep your distance
  • Keep a safe distance from anyone not in your household or support bubble.

If you develop symptoms of the virus, please immediately self-isolate – people who fail to self-isolate will face a fine of up to £10,000.

If you have one of the three symptoms book a free test online or call 119.

You can now get tested at a local testing centre:

  • South Harrow walk-through testing centre at Brigade Close Car Park, HA2 0LQ (opposite South Harrow Police Station) – open daily 8am to 8pm. No parking available at this site.
  • Edgware testing centre at Watling Community Centre, Orange Hill Road, HA8 0TR – open daily 8am to 8pm.
  • Mobile testing site (cars only) on selected days, 10.30am to 3.30pm at Harrow Civic Centre and Northwick Park Hospital.

Key Messages from Harrow Council re Covid

Key Messages from Harrow Council re Covid:

  • Stay at home – Office workers should work from home again where possible
  • Download the App, Find out more and download the app today
  • Get the flu jab if you’re in one of the ‘at risk’ categories, visit https://www.harrow.gov.uk/flu.
  • If you have Covid symptoms main symptoms of coronavirus, you must get a test – call 119 or visit nhs.uk/coronavirus You should then stay at home where you, and members of your household, should isolate. You should not invite anyone to your house or leave your home yourself.
  • If you don’t have symptoms, don’t get a test.
  • We all need to play our part to protect the NHS Test and Trace service for those who really need it.
  • We all need to continue to wash our hands, wear face coverings and social distancing where possible. Remember the Hands, Face, Space mantra.

 

As a result of the rise in infections it has meant that this week the country moved to Covid-19 alert level 4. Transmission is “high or rising exponentially” and one level away from the possibility of a “full lockdown”. Because of this, on Tuesday the Prime Minister announced new and strengthened measures to try to curb the spread of coronavirus. The key changes are:

  • Office workers should work from home again where possible – although workers in “key public services and in all professions where home working is not possible”, such as construction and retail, should continue to go in
  • All pubs, bars and restaurants must be table service only and be closed by 10pm – but delivery services can remain open
  • The requirement to wear a face covering has been extended to staff in retail, people in taxis and everyone using hospitality services
  • A maximum of 15 people can now attend weddings
  • A maximum of 30 people can go to a funeral
  • The rule of six people meeting has been extended to indoor sports teams
  • Phased reopening of stadiums for sports clubs has been cancelled

This includes keeping to the ‘rule of six’ and wearing a mask where required. From Monday, the fine for a first offence will double to £200. Repeat offenders will have their fines doubled. Shops, restaurants and other hospitality businesses risk closure or penalties of £10,000 if they do not obey the rules around maximum group sizes, contact tracing and mask-wearing.

There has also been a further announcement that London will be added to the watch list of local authority areas of concern. This is a list published every Friday morning by Public Health England and although there are no new restrictions as part of this announcement, it should unlock further testing capacity which is very welcome news for London and for Harrow.

Testing

The key messages around testing remain the same and are repeated again in the key messages at the end of this email. In addition, we are currently engaging with local residents and ward Councillors about a new walk-through testing centre which will soon be in operation in Northolt Road, opposite South Harrow Police Station, so those without a car can get tested. Appointments must be made in advance and will be for people arriving on foot or bicycle only. We will be able to update more on this when we are in a position to launch the service.

Launch of the NHS App

The NHS Covid-19 Track and Trace app has now been launched and will be an essential tool – from helping pubs and restaurants stay open safely, to offering advice and checking our local risk level. It makes it easier for customers to safely check in to businesses and venues using a QR code, and be alerted if they’ve been in contact with someone with coronavirus. All businesses must now display their QR code. Find out more and download the app today

Flu vacinations

The criteria for a free flu vaccination this year are as follows: all those over 65, carers of older or disabled people, children aged between 2 and 11, pregnant women, families on the Covid shielding list and anyone with an underlying health condition. If you know anyone in one of these groups, please encourage them to book an appointment with their doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible. For more information about flu and the importance of vaccination, visit https://www.harrow.gov.uk/flu.

 

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PCSO Lee O’Brien nominated as a Harrow Hero.

Congratulations to our PCSO Lee O’Brien of the Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team for being nominated as one of Harrow’s Heroes 2020.  Lee is well known to many in Pinner and has supported our community events.

Harrow Council
@harrow_council
PCSO Lee O’Brien – nominated for making the community in Pinner feel safe – speaking to residents, listening to their concerns and giving appropriate advice when there is a crime in the area. #HarrowsHeroes

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Safe Use of Parks and Open Spaces – Covid-19 Advice and Restrictions

Safe Use of Parks and Open Spaces – Covid-19 – Statement from Harrow Parks Forum – 28th March 2020:

“It is very important for people’s mental and physical well-being that they should be able to get out and exercise if they possibly can,”

“Many, many people do not have access to private green space where they can do that.”

“That’s why parks and open spaces are so crucial.”

Boris Johnson

We are so lucky that at this stage most of our parks remain open while the parks in many European cities are closed, but if we want to keep them open, we have to follow the relevant rules. You’ve probably seen this link a hundred times – I make no apologies for posting it again.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

On the day I write this enclosed sports courts in Harrow parks are being secured with chains and padlocks to prevent entry.

In the short term it is less easy to secure many childrens’ play areas – it’s easy to lift a child over a low fence into a playground….
But why would you?

The hazard tape round outdoor gyms is no barrier and it’s easy to tear off and use the equipment….
But why would you?

Besides the issue of not meeting in groups, laboratory tests show that the corona virus can last for several hours, even days, on hard surfaces. Outside laboratory conditions, outside in a park, that time is much shorter, but still potentially measured in hours….
Why would you take this risk?

Can I also ask, on behalf of all the Friends Groups, that you take all your own litter home with you. Harrow Council has asked that we suspend all litter picks, again to reduce the risk of infection and, as council staff are redeployed to other vital operations, the emptying of bins and collection of rubbish from parks will become less frequent.

Cutting of grass within the parks will also be reduced, maybe to zero – they will start to look a bit unkempt, but the benefit to the plants and animals will be incredible. Coupled with improvement in air quality due to reduced traffic, your walk in the park will turn into a mini safari – take pictures of what you discover and post them here – we’ve got a team of experts who can identify them for you.

We will be able to continue to use and enjoy this valuable resource as long as we stick by the rules – the probability is that further action will be taken if we do not. And that would be so sad.

Stay Safe

Ian Pearse
The Secretary   
Harrow Parks Forum

Information from Harrow Council on Support and Actions re Covid-19

MyHarrow COVID 19 Update: Leader’s message; Saving lives; Supporting the vulnerable

27 March 2020

A message from Graham Henson, Leader of Harrow Council

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The Leader of Harrow Council wants to thank everyone on the frontline during these changed times – from the NHS workers and volunteers to those who keep our services going.

Cllr Graham Henson says our dedicated care workers deserve a special thank you as they continue to work round the clock to support those in need.

Meanwhile, a community hub phone line will soon be up and running to to allow Harrow’s most vulnerable to contact the council for support, he adds. Look out for details on the council website soon. Read Cllr Henson’s full statement


We’re all saving lives

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We must all play a part in supporting the NHS as it deals with the coronavirus crisis, says Simon Ovens, the Queen’s Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Harrow.

‘As Her Majesty The Queen said, following the rules of staying home and keeping your distance from people is for everyone’s good and will save lives,’ adds Mr Ovens. Read his letter to the residents of Harrow.

For the latest health news and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit the NHS website or GOV.UK.


Extra support for those in need

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Some 6,400 households in Harrow will benefit from a £150 discount to reduce their Council Tax.

The funding is given to everyone who gets Council Tax Support and is of working age. Find out more

See other funding measures available to the most in need in the community on the government website


Beware scams: Stay vigilant

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Scams should be the last thing people have to worry about right now. But please be aware of:

  • People offering miracle cures or vaccines.
  • Strangers offering home cleaning services or payment upfront to do shopping or collect medication.
  • Emails for a tax refund or similar.
  • Mobile phone apps claiming to give virus updates.Don’t share personal details. Find out more at the National Crime Agency or  Friends Against Scams

Service closures to stop the spread

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Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and sports courts in all our parks closed this week as we play our part in trying to stop the spread of the virus.

They followed the closures of Harrow Recycling Centre, Harrow Leisure Centre, Bannister Sports Centre and Hatch End Swimming Pool. We are trying to make sure essential services for vulnerable people remain accessible. See latest details about service disruptions.


Business: Self employed

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Measures to help the self-employed and businesses were announced this week by the government.

The Covid-19 Self-employment Income Support Scheme allows you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended. Read more

Retail, hospitality, leisure and childcare businesses also get a 12-month business rates holiday. Find out more


Volunteer to give a helping hand

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Would you like to help vulnerable people in the borough get the support they need during these uncertain times?

You can donate money or join Harrow volunteers. Find out more You can also sign up to goodsamapp.org/NHS to become NHS Volunteer Responder to:

  • deliver medicines from pharmacies.
  • drive patients to appointments.
  • bring them home from hospital.
  • make calls to check on people isolating at home.

Northwick Park: A hospital to be proud of

Northwick Park Hospital

Seeing our nearest hospital on the news at the forefront of the NHS effort to save lives may be unsettling.

Rest assured, Northwick Park Hospital is part of a group of hospitals chosen to care for coronavirus patients.

It has experienced doctors, nurses and staff capable of dealing with this type of infectious disease, as well as special facilities to keep everyone safe. Read more


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