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Review of the Year: November
In November there were calls for the reintroduction of a dispersal zone around a busy underground station.
Gangs had been intimidating traders and people living near South Harrow station with antisocial behaviour as well as drinking and urinating in the street.
Shopkeepers backed a bid by the area’s safer neighbourhood police team to reinstate the zone around Northolt Road from 9pm to 6am.
The zone would give police the power to break up groups and return people under the age of 16 to their homes, and failure to comply could lead to a fine and up to three months in prison.
Barnet FC and the Hive stadium were again in the headlines with announcement they would be appealing against Harrow Borough Council’s decision to refuse permission for a new west stand and floodlights.
The council had refused permission due to designs falling outside specifications agreed earlier, despite the club insisting the alterations were better for neighbours of the side.
In an exclusive interview with the Harrow Times, chairman of Barnet FC Tony Kleanthous said he hoped for a fair hearing for Barnet’s plans without council politics.
November was also the month Harrow’s Chief executive Michael Lockwood left his role following proposals from Conservative leader Susan Hall to axe his post.
Mr Lockwood, the council’s most senior officer, would be getting a £168,000 payoff after agreeing to leave his role in February 2014.
Cllr Hall announced in October a consultation over proposals to scrap the role of chief executive which could save the council tens of thousands.
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