First stage of St Ann’s revamp complete

Harrow Council has completed the first phase of a £2m town centre revamp.

St Ann’s Road is being improved for the first time in 25 years to support the town’s economic growth by making it more attractive and pedestrian friendly.

In the first of three phases, the council have laid new paving and added benches in the stretch between Katie’s Statue and Havelock Place. They have also removed unnecessary street clutter and reduced the number of BT phone booths.

Tree pits have been created to line the entire road and trees will be planted once the whole project is close to completion in November.

Work is now underway on the second phase between Havelock Place and the entrance to St Ann’s Shopping Centre. The third phase covers the area between St Ann’s and St George’s Shopping Centre.

The project, which began in March, is due to be substantially completed in November. There will be a small pocket of work by Argos which will be completed after Christmas and security measures, including electric bollards and additional CCTV, will be installed in the New Year.

Mark Billington, Harrow Council’s Head of Economic Development and Research, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to respond to the request of traders and bring forward the completion date for much of this work in order to welcome shoppers from November onwards.”

A £1.9m budget has been set aside to pay for the St Ann’s project from the Council’s Capital Programme from 2012 to 2014. This has been supplemented by a further £182,000 for Havelock Place from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund (OLF).

Harrow Town Centre provides one fifth of all jobs in Harrow and is home to over 900 businesses in retail and in the office space surrounding the centre.

St Ann’s is one of three major projects that Harrow Council is planning to rejuvenate and draw crowds into the town centre. They will build on the town centre’s economic success which has seen empty shop rates drop.

Harrow Council is also consulting on the designs of a new public space at the junction of Lyon Road and St John’s Road. It is also overseeing the £1.28m transformation of Lowlands Recreation Ground into an urban park and outdoor performance space.

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