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Parking in Hatch End

In Harrow, you can’t park across a driveway, on the pavement or grass verge. If you see this happening you can report it to the Council. Sending in a photo is also helpful. The easiest way to report violations is via Harrow Council website: : https://www.harrow.gov.uk/parking-permits/report-illegal-parking. But they can also be reached by phone on 020 8424 1858, Monday to Saturday, 8am-7pm. There is an out of hours number too: 020 8863 5611. And there is an email address:  parking.operations@harrow.gov.uk.

Sheila Reid 17/5/23

Local Events

If you want to find out what do or see in the local area, take a look at our Local Events page where you will find many interesting plays, talks and exhibitions.

If you would like your organisation’s event published please contact us via this website or at editor@hatchend.org.

Riverside Park

Hatch End Riverside Park

The Hatch End Association in conjunction with Harrow Council and the Harrow Arts Centre are in the process of creating a new Riverside Park. We have initial funding but require the support of local residents to help design the Park and support the area when completed. We plan to call the volunteers ‘The Friends of the Riverside Park’. If you would like to participate in the Friends’ Group, email heacoms@aol.com or leave message on the website.

See below a link to Newsletter 1 (July 2022), Newsletter 2 (August 2022), Newsletter 3 (October 2022), Newsletter 4 (April 2023) and Newsletter 5 (July 2023)of the Friends of the Riverside Park.

Friends Newsletter – issue 5 (July 2023)

Friends Newsletter – issue 4 (April 2023)
Newsletter issue 3 (October 2022)

Friends of Riverside Park Newsletter 2 – 220819

Friends of Riverside Park newsletter 1 010722


Fly-tipping is a problem throughout the borough of Harrow. Joe Hannon, Enforcement Officer at Harrow Council has produced a Q&A video on YouTube on fly-tipping that the HEA thinks might be useful for residents of Hatch End.
Log on to https://youtu.be/oOAfzK27_5w to tune in.

The takeaway message is report any fly-tipping on the council website. This enables Joe to build up a map of known trouble spots and target them strategically.
February 2021

Pinner Library

After being closed during lockdown, Pinner Library has reopened but with new opening hours, some restrictions and some services that will not be available.

Opening hours
Monday: closed
Tuesday: 10am – 2pm
Wednesday: 10am – 1pm
Thursday: 10am – 2pm
Friday: 10am – 1pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Sunday: closed

Services NOT available
Full browsing
Study space and research resources
Meeting room space
Library events
Public toilets and baby changing facilities
Newspaper and magazines

Services available
Order and collect: members can request up to 10 books based on their reading preference which will be selected by library staff. You can give a preference, eg preferred authors, genres, subjects, age ranges. Only titles in stock within Harrow will be available. Once the order is ready, you will be contacted by a member of staff to arrange a date and time to visit the library.
Ready reads: Library staff can also prepare collections of 6 books that will be mixed fiction, genre fiction, cookery, gardening biographies. These will be put in carrier bags and members can take a lucky dip of a bag. However, titles can’t be swapped for others.
Reservation service: This is still in action from the library catalogue. Log on to: https://llc.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/harrow

How to order
Orders can be placed by email, phone or in person to Pinner or Stanmore libraries.
You need to give the following: name, library membership number, contact phone number and preferences.

Contact Pinner and Stanmore libraries
Pinner: 020 3714 7718 and pinner.library@harrowlibraries.org.uk
Stanmore: 020 3714 7728 and stanmore.library@harrowlibraries.org.uk

Schools Street Projects

Harrow Council is going ahead with developing four ‘school streets’ to enable low traffic conditions by implementing restrictions on traffic entering streets leading up to schools during the opening and closing times. The aim is to enable more safe walking and cycling at and around schools and improve the public health of children, the school community and local residents. One of the projects is Grimsdyke School in Sylvia Avenue.
Sylvia Avenue will be restricted to road traffic between Colburn Avenue and Lyndon Avenue , 8.15am to 9.15am and 2.45pm to 3.45pm, creating a pedestrian and cycle only zone.
How it works:
Residents within the restricted area are exempt from these restrictions. Blue badge holders, emergency vehicles and carers will also be allowed vehicular access. However, to limit road danger and maximise space for physical distancing, the council asks that you try not to drive in the school street(s) during the times of the restrictions.
How to apply for an exemption:
The school street will be camera enforced and signage has been installed warning drivers of the closure times. Non-registered vehicles will be fined if they enter the school street during restricted hours. You will need to register all vehicles which you would like exempt from the restrictions by visiting www.harrow.gov.uk/SchoolStreets. If you have carers visiting your home at the time of restrictions please ensure you register their vehicle as well.
See below the Traffic Management Order and map of the designated area from Harrow Council.

2020-13 TMO Plan Grimsdyke School

Traffice Management Order 2022-01

S6 Made Notice

3 February 2022

Litter Pick-Up 2023

The Hatch End Litter Pick-Up is run jointly by 1st Hatch End Scout Group and the Hatch End AssociationPlease join us for the final date in October.

Saturday 7 October

Details as follows:

  • 10am-12 noon – but you don’t have to come for 2 hours. If you can only make half an hour, it is still worth it.
  • Start outside 1st Hatch End Scout Group HQ, off the car park between Leeway Close and Grimsdyke Road (behind Kwik Fit), HA5 4JB
  • Collect a litter picker, gloves, a bag and tabard, or use your own equipment if you have it
  • Pick up litter wherever you like in the local Hatch End area
  • Return bags to designated place (TBC) for collection by Harrow Council
  • Refreshments are kindly offered by Fr David, vicar of St Anselm’s Church from 12 noon onwards at St Anselm’s Church, Westfield Park, Hatch End HA5 4JL

Please come and help – all are welcome. Help us keep Hatch End a pleasant place to live and work.

Julian Maw – Chair

Sponsorship of planters on The Broadway

Hatch End – The Broadway

The planters on The Broadway are blooming – thanks to the generous sponsorship of businesses in Hatch End and its environs.We are delighted to say that all the planters have sponsors now. The names of the sponsors are attached to the planters and troughs on the railings.

1/8/22 – Sheila Reid, Gardening sub-committee, Hatch End Association

Harrow Arts Centre



HAC will be holding its first fringe festival in August and would like to hear from creatives who have either been making work for less than 5 years, are over the age of 18 with a background in creative arts or missed out on a performance at Edinburgh Fringe, Vault Festival, or other arts festivals. Applications close on 7 March. Successful applicants will be announced in mid-March and tickets will be on sale in April. For more information on how to apply visit https://harrowarts.com/boiler-house-festival-2023.



The HAC and Harrow Council have been successful in their bid for the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund and has been awarded £760,000. The HAC would like to say a massive thank you to all those residents who came to the consultation meeting last June to help with the bid. The bid description is as follows: “The project will improve the civic and cultural infrastructure on the HAC site. It will increase participation in culture, improve the public realm, support job creation and business growth. We will masterplan the HAC site to realise its regeneration potential, for arts, workspace and leisure. In the interim we will convert empty buildings into meanwhile workspace, and replace dilapidated portacabins with modular classrooms. We will expand our outreach and consultation to deliver new provision and increase participation.”

JUNE 2018
Harrow Council and Harrow Arts Centre are making a bid for the GLA Good Growth Fund to invest in the future of Harrow Arts Centre. If successful, the funding will allow Harrow Arts Centre to undertake essential building work to  site in Hatch End, including conversion of derelict parts of the site into affordable workspaces for creatives, refurbishment of the Elliott Hall building as well as replacing dilapidated outbuildings with  new learning and activity spaces.
The HAC is holding a Project Meeting on Friday 29th June from 6.30pm-8pm at Harrow Arts Centre. This is an opportunity to hear about the proposed bid and for the Council to get your feedback and ideas.
Good Growth Fund Project Meeting
Friday 29th June
Hatch End Suites 1 & 2, Harrow Arts Centre

Cabinet Meeting Thursday 13 October 2016
The question and answers at Cabinet are recorded and will be available by Thursday 20 October on the Council website via Windows Media Player and Quick Time on Apple.

Question for the Chair and Cabinet
“The Hatch End Association was very disappointed to read that the council had not been able to agree the future of the Harrow Arts Centre and Headstone Manor with Cultura London. The council press release, we are pleased to note, states services will continue as normal on both sites. However it also states that the Council will explore a ”Different direction” for the Harrow Arts Centre. The HEA and the 6,000 signatories to petitions for maintenance of the Harrow Arts Centre and Headstone Manor are concerned for their future and duration of the ‘Normal Service’. What is the council’s plan for fully consulting the residents of Harrow on any proposed changes to the sites’ estate and usage?
Julian Maw, Co-Chair Hatch End Association”

Response summary
All relevant Stakeholders will be fully consulted

We have a promise to be fully consulted on future plans.

Supplementary question
The Harrow Arts Centre contains listed building  and is surrounded by important green belt connecting the Old Redding to Oxhey strip London perimeter with Pinner Park Farm area. Is it the Council’s intention to build housing on this green belt land or on the developed area of the present Arts Centre and Headstone Monor sites?

Summary Response
All possibilities will be considered will be considered for the future directions for the site.

Housing for the site and adjacent green belt is not excluded.

September 2016
Failure of Harrow Council and Cultura London to agree handover terms.
Please see below the press release sent out by Cultura London explaining why the Harrow Arts Centre is now in jeopardy.

* Harrow Council and not for-profit charity Cultura London have been unable to agree final terms for the spin out of Harrow Arts Centre
* Cultura London proposal for £17m development will now not go ahead.
* Final deal fell through when Harrow Council were unable to offer unsullied lease for HAC which would allow the charity to access grants and commercial loans.

* The-not-for-profit Charity Cultura London formed in 2015 to take on Harrow Arts Centre, Headstone Manor and Harrow Music Service with no management fee from Harrow Council.
* Cultura London’s plans for Harrow Arts Centre were estimated to bring an estimated £66M boost each year to the local economy.
* Cultura London Chair Andrew Welch said “We are all incredibly disappointed that, at the final hurdle, we will not be permitted to save the arts centre and to really put Harrow on the cultural map”

  • Cultura London Chief Executive Sandra Bruce Gordon said “We have worked tirelessly to save Harrow Arts Centre for local residents. The Charity were prepared to take considerable risk and liability to make this happen”.* Harrow Council originally proposed to close Harrow Arts Centre in 2014 when it made losses of £500,000-800,000 each year. Harrow Council then agreed to a stay of execution in 2015 after a 16,000 signature petition from local people.
    * Cultura London’s plan to take on the arts centre with no management fee and to deliver a 4 phase £17m masterplan from external funding was accepted by Harrow Council Cabinet in January 2016.
    * There was to be a new multi-screen cinema, a new 600 seat theatre, new art gallery, new state of the art cultural and rehearsal spaces built in four phases.
    * Harrow Cabinet agreed to spin out services to the charity by 1 April 2016 subject to due diligence agreements.

January 2016
Harrow Council Cabinet Decision on HAC
Harrow Council’s Cabinet agreed this week to hand over the running of Harrow Arts Centre to Cultura London, an independent charitable trust. The charity’s vision is to transform the Arts Centre into a “Southbank Centre for North London” with cinemas, galleries, restaurants, bars and a new, larger theatre to complement the historic Elliott Hall. Cultura London is aiming to raise £3.5 million in the first phase to begin the Arts Centre’s redevelopment. This phase would demolish some of the temporary buildings and bring the cinemas to the site. The local fundraising campaign is a vital element and has already raised more than £30,000 towards the first phase of the development out of a target of £250,000 from this source. If you would like to pledge money to Cultura London’s fundraising effort, call in at the Box Office, phone the pledge line on 8938 3720 or visit www.spacehive.com. You can also find out more by visiting www.culturalondon.uk. All contributions are welcome.

December 2015
HEA support for Cultura London and the way forward –
The Association has today pledged £10,000 in support of Cultura London and the plans for the independent Arts Centre in Hatch End. This major donation meets the objectives of the Association to support the interests of the local community. These interests where clearly expressed by more than 6,000 signature on our petition for the continued provision of an Arts Centre in Harrow. We won a stay of closure for a 12-month period to let independent proposals to be put to the council.

The Association’s Pledge is timed to show the continued local support for the Arts Centre at this critical time. We strongly advocate individual and organisational pledges should be given now to make sure we continue to have an Arts Centre in Harrow.

Update, December 2015
Following the public’s tremendous response to the suggested closure of Harrow Arts Centre and Museum last year, the Arts & Heritage service was given time by Harrow Council to set up a company to manage the services in future. A company, Cultura London, has now been set up with proposed charitable status. It held drop-in sessions for the public to view plans so far and find out how the public can help. Times of public open days were:
Morrison’s, Hatch End
Saturday, 5 December: 3-5pm
Harrow Arts Centre
Wednesday, 9 December: 6-8pm
Thursday, 10 December: 10am-1pm
Thursday, 10 December: 3-5pm

If you didn’t make the drop-in sessions, please take a look at the short film about the project on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93XyFEuEwAE
or take a look at their brochure on this link: CL brochure_v2

A further £250,000 needs to be raised from the community towards the overall target for Phase 1 of £2.5m. If you feel you want to support the project, you can do so at the HAC Box Office, online at www.culturalondon.uk or by phoning 020 8938 3720.

For more information on Cultura London,visit http://www.culturalondon.uk/

Update, May 2015
The business plan for the Harrow Arts Centre was approved at the Council Cabinet meeting on 21 May. A Charitable Trust will be set up to manage the Arts Centre, the Museum and the Music Service. During this financial year, the Trust will be undertaking preparatory work and raising funds. The Council will review progress in October and January.

If all goes to plan, work will start next spring (2016) on Phase 1 – to demolish some of the ancillary buildings and to build a new 240-seat, two-screen cinema with a bar and café, with an aim to open the cinema by the end of the year. In Phase 1, the hall remains as it is.