‘Bear Grylls might appreciate overgrown parks, but Harrow residents don’t’

16:33 10 October 2013

Bear Grylls might like wilderness parks, but Harrow residents don

Bear Grylls might like wilderness parks, but Harrow residents don't, according to the council. File picture: Ian West/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Parks in Harrow which might delight “Bear Grylls but no one else” will be tidied up as part of a £500,000 cleaning blitz in the borough.

The previous ‘wilderness parks’ approach will be overturned, with £100,000 being spent on improved maintenance of parks, and parks will also benefit from a £60,000 rapid response team clean-up team.

Harrow Council, which says the measures will come into force in the next few weeks, will also spend £80,000 on a five-person blitz team and dedicated street cleansing team to tackle litter hot spots, environmental eyesores and support volunteer intiatives, and there will also be a recycling team to help support businesses and individuals.

Cllr Susan Hall, leader of Harrow Council and cabinet member for the environment, said: “It is no secret that local people are fed up with litter-strewn streets, unsightly eyesore areas and parks so overgrown they might be a delight to Bear Grylls but no one else.

“It is time to clean up the borough and return it to being a clean and safer place to live.”

The council will also spend £50,000 to support the Neighbourhood Champions scheme, a project set up in 2009 with the goal of having a champion for every street in Harrow – 2,068 in total. There are currently just under 1,000 champions, who report litter, graffiti, potholes and low-level crime back to the council or the police.

Cllr Hall said: “People in Harrow will start to see the difference in streets and open spaces over the next few weeks. We are going to put the pride back into our status as one of the greenest boroughs in London.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London politics news

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Lots of people have been left scratching their heads after arguments made by pro and anti-Europe campaigners (Picture: London24 / Getty)

There has been no shortage of radio, television coverage and column inches devoted to the EU referendum on 23 June.

Monday, May 23, 2016
Mr Cameron and politicians from different political parties are campaigning to remain in the European Union ahead of the referendum on June 23. (Photo by Jack Taylor - Pool/Getty Images)

David Cameron made an early morning trip to a supermarket in Hayes yesterday along with Labour MP Harriet Harman.

Monday, May 16, 2016
Big Ben will stop ticking for months (Picture: Getty)

One of London’s best loved landmarks, Big Ben, is about to fall silent after hundreds of years bringing in the hour at Westminster - and you will be able to watch it not chiming every single second of every day.

Monday, May 16, 2016
Donald Trump and Sadiq Khan don't seem to be friends (Picture: PA Images / London24)

Donald Trump made an ominous-sounding statement as he continued his war of words with London Mayor Sadiq Khan on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today.

Monday, May 16, 2016
Protestors marching on Holloway Prison to demand the prison site is replaced by council housing and community facilities (Picture: Ken Mears)

Jeremy Corbyn joined protesters for a march on Holloway Prison in protest at the government’s housing bill.

Monday, May 16, 2016
Commuters travelling on the District Line during a Tube stirke in 2014 (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Union leaders are calling for urgent talks with new London mayor Sadiq Khan to discuss issues they warn pose the biggest threat to transport services in the capital.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Read more
Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport