Council - Thursday 28 September 2023 6.30 pm

Venue: Harrow Arts Centre, 171 Uxbridge Road, Pinner, HA5 4EA. View directions

Contact: Alison Atherton, Senior Professional - Democratic Services  Tel: 07825 726493 E-mail:


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Yogvivekdas Swami, Head Swami of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (‘Neasden Temple’), will open the meeting with Prayers.


Council Minutes pdf icon PDF 12 KB

That the minutes of the Annual meeting held on 18 May 2023 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

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Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of disclosable pecuniary or non pecuniary interests, arising from business to be transacted at this meeting, from all Members of the Council.


Procedural Motions

To receive and consider any procedural motions by Members of the Council in relation to the conduct of this Meeting.  Notice of such procedural motions, received after the issuing of this Summons, will be tabled.



To receive any petitions to be presented:


(i)            by a representative of the petitioners;

(ii)          by a Councillor, on behalf of petitioners;

(iii)         by the Mayor, on behalf of petitioners.


Public Questions

A period of up to 15 minutes is allowed for members of the public to ask questions of members of the Executive, Portfolio Holders and Chairs of Committees, of which notice has been received no later than 3.00 pm two clear working days prior to the day of this Meeting.  Any such questions received will be tabled.


Leader and Portfolio Holder Announcements

To receive a presentation from the Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holders on business since the last ordinary meeting, followed by a question and answer session.  The item is allotted 20 minutes.


Recognition of Long Service - Councillor Simon Brown pdf icon PDF 13 KB

Report of the Interim Director of Legal and Governance Services

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Community Safety Strategy 2023 - 2026 pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Recommendation I: Cabinet

                               (29 June 2023)

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Pension Board Annual Report 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 24 KB

Recommendation I: Pension Board

                               (12 July 2023)

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Information Report - Use of Urgency Procedure - Council pdf icon PDF 13 KB

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Information Report - Remuneration Packages of £100,000 or greater pdf icon PDF 13 KB

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Questions with Notice

A period of up to 15 minutes is allowed for asking written questions by Members of Council of a member of the Executive or the Chair of any Committee:-


(i)            of which notice has been received at least two clear working days prior to the day of this Meeting; or


(ii)          which relate to urgent matters, and the consent of the Executive Member or Committee Chair to whom the question is to be put has been obtained and the content has been advised to the Director of Legal and Governance Services by 12 noon on the day of the Council Meeting.


Any such questions received will be tabled.



The following Motions have been notified in accordance with the requirements of Council Procedure Rule 15, to be moved and seconded by the Members indicated:


(1)           An active transport strategy for Harrow Motion



To be moved by Councillor Eden Kulig and seconded by Councillor Paul Osborn:



This Council acknowledges that all Harrow residents, whether they drive or not, have a shared interest in ensuring that a range of active travel options exist across the borough, and that supporting residents to make active transport choices where possible has beneficial effects for individuals, neighbourhoods and the borough as a whole.

Council Notes:

·       The Leader’s statement on 10 January 2023 that he wishes to see a ‘more unified cycle network’ across the borough and welcomes this commitment to improving the borough’s cycling infrastructure.

·       The Leader of the Council is the appointed representative on the Harrow Cycling Hub.

·       According to TfL statistics, 31% of Harrow households do not own a car.

·       That according to Harrow’s Annual Public Health report of 2021, 54.8% of Harrow residents are overweight or obese, and 24.6% of adults do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week, and that the most effective way for Harrow Council’s Public Health team to support increased physical activity for these groups would be to promote ways for them to incorporate walking and cycling into their daily routines.

·       That as per the Education Act 1996, all local authorities in England have a statutory duty to support active travel choices for school children.

·       That many residents face challenges to incorporate cycling into their daily journeys around the borough due to factors including a lack of safe and unified cycle routes, and a lack of storage space for bikes within or near their homes or at tube stations.

·       That the administration has pledged in its flagship actions to create safe and secure cycle parking at Harrow-on-the-Hill by May 2024.


Council believes that:-

·       Supporting residents who choose to make active transport choices for short journeys around the borough will reduce air pollution, ease traffic, reduce pressures on parking and make our streets safer for children and more peaceful for all residents.

·       Walking and cycling is a significant contributor to public health and wellbeing, and with NHS guidelines advocating that all adults take moderate exercise each day, the easiest way to achieve this is through individuals incorporating walking and cycling into their daily routines.

·       Harrow’s cycling infrastructure is not currently sufficiently unified, and that it would be beneficial for cycle routes across the borough to be better linked, more separate from roads, and with their signage improved.


·       That a lack of secure storage for cycles can discourage people from owning and using a cycle.

This Council resolves to:

•Request that officers:

• Work in consultation with groups such as Harrow Cyclists, Healthy Streets for Harrow, and the Harrow Cycling Hub, to investigate the feasibility of creating a more unified cycling network across the borough, with cycle routes better linked across the borough, more separate from roads  ...  view the full agenda text for item 13.

Data Protection Act Notice

The Council will record the meeting and will place the recording on the Council’s website.


[Note:  The questions and answers will not be reproduced in the minutes.]