A COUNCILLOR has moved to play down fears over a cost-cutting measure that will see Harrow's public park gates left unlocked overnight.
In a bid to make £24million in savings over the next to years, Harrow Council's Labour Group, who had control of the council during February's budget, included in it the cutbacks to park maintenance.
The plan to leave 16 public parks across Harrow unlocked will save the council £80,000 a year. Neighbours of the parks have now collectively signed petitions against the plans however, with the number of signatures now reaching over 500.
Independent Labour's Councillor Asad Omar, portfolio holder for environment said: “We currently only lock 30 per cent of our parks and open spaces and we have very few problems with the 70 per cent that are left unlocked or are incapable of being locked.
"In implementing this change we will be mindful of any issues. We will monitor how the change is going and will review the plan in six months time."