Harrow’s £2m Town Centre revamp has taken a step forward with paving work from Katie’s statue to Havelock Place complete and the next stage well underway.
Harrow Council say their project has progressed well since building work began in February. This week new lighting columns will replace the old ones along the entire length of St Ann’s Road and high quality paving will continue to be laid.
To create a more streamlined look the area has been cleared of street clutter including outdated benches, a reduction in the number of BT phone booths, and the removal of the police kiosk. Tree pits have been created to line the entire road and trees will be planted once the work is close to completion in mid November.
The Council is also working with St Ann’s Shopping Centre to look into a new canopy design to be fitted directly outside the entrance in St Ann’s Road. Work will begin in Havelock Place to complement the changes early next month which will see the area redesigned and improvements for vehicle and pedestrian access made in Greenhill Way.
Havelock Place and the surrounding area is a vital service delivery route and walkway for pedestrians.
Harrow Council Portfolio holder for Regeneration and Planning, Cllr Keith Ferry, said: “The Town Centre continues to go from strength-to-strength with our local economy, vacancy rates for empty shops, and business growth rates all bucking national trends.”
St Ann’s Shopping Centre Manager, Jeff Jackson, said: “The investment Harrow Council is making in the town centre is being well received by traders who all recognise that the town centre’s profile will be raised by this work which can only attract more shoppers.”
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).
The St Ann’s regeneration project is one of several interrelated projects to improve the network of public spaces in and around Harrow Town Centre as part of the ‘Heart of Harrow’ project which also includes the regeneration of Lowlands Recreation Ground, by Harrow-on-the-Hill Station.