The Harrow Observer has, in recent months, written some well-balanced articles on the major project to redevelop the North Harrow Assembly Hall, a key site in Station Road, North Harrow.
However, I feel that your readers should know that it is not just 'some'
North Harrow residents who strongly object to the proposed building, but the vast majority of local people who are opposed to it, and this on purely planning grounds.
Our long-standing association has also formally objected to it at the request of hundreds of local members who consider that it would be both a gross overdevelopment and a totally inappropriate building for what is, essentially, a well-established and well-defined residential area. This position would seem to have been duly vindicated by the council's planning department, which recommended refusal of the scheme to the council's planning committee.
It was interesting that the majority of supporters of the project to be seen outside the Civic Centre last Thursday evening were not actually residents of North Harrow at all and we can but be thankful that political decisions in this country - at both local and national level - are not yet taken on the basis of a relatively small number of people waving yellow pieces of paper.
Mrs M Ashton, chairman of the council's planning committee, was, in our opinion, most gracious in allowing her committee's decision on the project to be deferred, thus giving the applicant(s) more time to try and overcome the professional planners' seven main reasons for recommending refusal.
Hononrary chairman Headstone Residents' Association
Gloucester Road Harrow