We gathered outside the main entrance to the Civic Centre to show support for a Liveable Neighbourhood in Harrow.
A Liveable Neighbourhood should be pleasant and walkable, and include a cycle network with safe, convenient routes separated from motor vehicles. Our proposal would transform central Harrow to make it a healthy, people-friendly place to live, work and visit.
Our London Assembly member, Navin Shah, and five councillors and councillor candidates attended:
Sue Anderson – Greenhill ward (Labour)
Madeline Atkins – Greenhill ward (Green)
Chris Noyce – Rayners Lane ward (Liberal Democrats)
Pietro Rescia – Rayners Lane ward (Liberal Democrats)
Linda Robinson – Stanmore Park ward (Green)
The following councillors and candidates did not attend but provided messages of general support for cycling:
Sumit Chadda – support removal of through traffic from residential areas but not segregated cycle lanes along main roads or a controlled parking policy
Graham Henson – Roxbourne Ward, portfolio holder for the environment (Labour)
Manjibhai Kara – Belmont ward (Conservative)
Sanjay Karia – (Liberal Democrat)
Phillip O’Dell – Wealdstone ward (Labour)
Swati Patel – Roxbourne ward
Adam Swersky – West Harrow ward (Labour)
Emma Wallace – Greenhill ward (Green) – fully support
Georgia Weston – Headstone North ward (Independent) – fully support
Jeremy Leach, chair of London Living Streets, spoke of the welcome aim for a more sustainable transport mix in the Mayoral Transport Strategy, but that this needs to be implemented – which means that boroughs such as Harrow need to develop high quality Liveable Neighbourhood proposals.
The rally was followed by a bike ride around central Harrow led by Veronica, which included some small pieces of cycle infrastructure but showed how much work was needed to make Harrow cycle friendly.