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More than £65,000 raised to transform centre of Rayners Lane after donations from Mayor, council and betting shop

The campaign to transform the centre is just 10% away from hitting target

A community crowdfunded project to rid Rayners Lane of rats and transform the centre is just 10% away from hitting its £73,000 target.

Harrow Council has pledged £40,000 towards the ambitious plan, which promises to create an active, beautiful public space at the crossroads, outside the station.

Other top backers include the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who offered £15,000, and Labrokes which gave £10,000 to the cause.

The project needs another £7,255 to hit the target of £73,052 by September 24.

The new triangle will get rid of the tired, neglected, dark shrubbery there now, and hopefully the crime, antisocial behaviour and rats that have plagued the area.

Harrow Council say the project will create a “host” structure at the centre of Rayners Lane, used for pop-ups and creative projects, surrounded by a well-designed public space that designs cut out antisocial behaviour.

A crowdfunding bid hopes to transform the centre of Rayners Lane(Image: Google Maps)

The project aims to provide better lighting, safety improvements for cyclists and pedestrians, trees and flowers, according to the local authority.

The crowdfunder is driven by the London Business Partnership alongside the Young Harrow Foundation and has won backing of thousands of pounds from the Mayor of London, Harrow Council and dozens of Rayners Lane businesses and residents.

Members of the community who support the project spoke on a Harrow Council video about what regeneration will mean for them.

Anyone wanting to donate to the project can do so by visiting the fundraising page.

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