Harrow fire chief Richard Claydon is borough's 1,000th neighbourhood champion

This Is Local London: Leader of the council Susan Hall and London Fire Brigade borough commander for Harrow Richard Claydon Leader of the council Susan Hall and London Fire Brigade borough commander for Harrow Richard Claydon

The commander of Harrow’s fire service has become the borough's 1,000th neighbourhood champion.

Richard Claydon, London Fire Brigade borough commander for Harrow, is the 1,000th person to join the scheme, which was launched by Harrow Borough Council in 2009.

The Neighbourhood Champions scheme allows people to report anti-social behaviour in their street or area to the council, which then works with police to resolve the issue.

The council is currently aiming to recruit a volunteer for every road in the borough.

At the Neighbourhood Champions conference on Wednesday evening ten other fire officers also signed up to the scheme, meaning the council is half way towards its goal.

Mr Claydon said: “The Neighbourhood Champions scheme has been a great success and London Fire Brigade in Harrow is a key part of this. Becoming champions ourselves is a way of showing how committed we are.

“We already work closely with the council, police colleagues, and serving as champions just brings us closer to the people we serve and will enable us to be able to raise the profile of fire safety in the community.”

Council leader Cllr Susan Hall said: “It is fantastic news that we have now gone through the 1,000 barrier for Neighbourhood Champions.

“This is a scheme which has clearly captured the imagination of Harrow people and is proving a major help to both the council and the police in making our borough cleaner and safer.

“We’re half way to our goal of a Neighbourhood Champion on every one of Harrow’s streets.”

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12:15pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Husain Akhtar says...

More and more headline opportunities!
More and more headline opportunities! Husain Akhtar
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4:01pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

The Neighbourhood Champions Conference was a great success and was well attended by people from all over Harrow.It was particularly good to have ALL three partners and their heads present and participating actively with the audience.

The presence of the Borough Commander of Harrow Police,Chief Superintendent ,Simon Ovens,along with the Fire Borough Commander for Harrow,Richard Claydon as well as the Leader of Harrow Council,Cllr Susan Hall sent out a powerful message that they mean business and are totally committed to making us the safest borough in London,over three years.

They were individually quizzed.It was obvious people would have carried on doing this longer such was the level of interest.We were rather pleased to hear that crimes have come down during the last twelve months in Harrow ,for which the Police Borough Commander thanked all those present.He believes it is definitely our contributions which have helped in the fight against crime.He is certain that with our help he will,in due course,get harrow to be the safest borough in London.

The Leader of the Council encouraged us to go out and get more of our friends and colleagues to sign up and help make our borough even safer.The Fire Chief enrolling as our 1000th Neighbourhood Champion along with a team of ten went down a treat!He will now be able to identify some vulnerable persons and save them from becoming victims of fire!

Our Neighbourhood Champions take looking after their neighbourhoods very seriously and are keen to empower themselves with more knowledge to enhance their personal residential areas plus share their experience with so many others who are equally enthusiastic on this count.This was very much in evidence and one found the evening extremely worthwhile and interesting.Time simply flew!

There were many stalls displaying what help is available from the partners mentioned above which we all appreciated.It was good to see that refreshments included vegetarian as well as healthy options ie fresh fruit.

Of course,it was primarily an opportunity to measure the progress and performance of these voluntary members in our community who have given up their time and committed to helping "police"their neighbourhood so that we live in a cleaner,safer and crime free area.

Another very useful thing we learnt was that the web-site has been developed in a manner which is really user friendly.This will also be huge bonus for our Police for sending out urgent messages to so many Neighbourhood Champions to help fight crime more effectively and also to help prevent it.Inspector Brownlee seemed very excited by this new development.

All in all,Neighbourhood Champions is an excellent initiative which many London Boroughs envy ,having seen our "results".It is an extremely valuable resource and must be nurtured carefully so that it continues to go from strength to strength.Come and join us and be part of the action!
The Neighbourhood Champions Conference was a great success and was well attended by people from all over Harrow.It was particularly good to have ALL three partners and their heads present and participating actively with the audience. The presence of the Borough Commander of Harrow Police,Chief Superintendent ,Simon Ovens,along with the Fire Borough Commander for Harrow,Richard Claydon as well as the Leader of Harrow Council,Cllr Susan Hall sent out a powerful message that they mean business and are totally committed to making us the safest borough in London,over three years. They were individually quizzed.It was obvious people would have carried on doing this longer such was the level of interest.We were rather pleased to hear that crimes have come down during the last twelve months in Harrow ,for which the Police Borough Commander thanked all those present.He believes it is definitely our contributions which have helped in the fight against crime.He is certain that with our help he will,in due course,get harrow to be the safest borough in London. The Leader of the Council encouraged us to go out and get more of our friends and colleagues to sign up and help make our borough even safer.The Fire Chief enrolling as our 1000th Neighbourhood Champion along with a team of ten went down a treat!He will now be able to identify some vulnerable persons and save them from becoming victims of fire! Our Neighbourhood Champions take looking after their neighbourhoods very seriously and are keen to empower themselves with more knowledge to enhance their personal residential areas plus share their experience with so many others who are equally enthusiastic on this count.This was very much in evidence and one found the evening extremely worthwhile and interesting.Time simply flew! There were many stalls displaying what help is available from the partners mentioned above which we all appreciated.It was good to see that refreshments included vegetarian as well as healthy options ie fresh fruit. Of course,it was primarily an opportunity to measure the progress and performance of these voluntary members in our community who have given up their time and committed to helping "police"their neighbourhood so that we live in a cleaner,safer and crime free area. Another very useful thing we learnt was that the web-site has been developed in a manner which is really user friendly.This will also be huge bonus for our Police for sending out urgent messages to so many Neighbourhood Champions to help fight crime more effectively and also to help prevent it.Inspector Brownlee seemed very excited by this new development. All in all,Neighbourhood Champions is an excellent initiative which many London Boroughs envy ,having seen our "results".It is an extremely valuable resource and must be nurtured carefully so that it continues to go from strength to strength.Come and join us and be part of the action! Sonoo Malkani
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10:49am Sat 29 Mar 14

jackdaw says...

With Fire Chief Richard Claydon and Harrow Police Borough Commader, Simon Ovens at the helm things are definitely improving in Harrow. Any chance that both of these men could be cloned as we need more of their calibre in Harrow to lead organisations.

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meaning the council is half way towards its gaol.

Why does Bruce think the Council are heading for gaol - see articlel above.?
With Fire Chief Richard Claydon and Harrow Police Borough Commader, Simon Ovens at the helm things are definitely improving in Harrow. Any chance that both of these men could be cloned as we need more of their calibre in Harrow to lead organisations. Quote: meaning the council is half way towards its gaol. Why does Bruce think the Council are heading for gaol - see articlel above.? jackdaw
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