Jul 26 2012 by Rob Searle, Harrow Observer
Where are these phantom signs?
HARROW Council has dreamed up phantom parking time plates in Worple Way, off High Worple in Rayners Lane. There are no time plates there, so beware innocent drivers. This is a warning for you all.
I received a penalty charge notice (PCN) in March, after I left my car in Worple Way one morning.
I have appealed many times since and the department always reply that my appeal has been refused because my car was parked when ‘the restricted hours that apply to the above mentioned street (PCN headed Worple Way) are between 10am to 11am, Monday to Friday inclusive, ‘as shown by adjacent time plates’.
Where are these plates Harrow Council? Get away from your desks and come to look for yourselves.
You are still issuing penalties to innocent car drivers. This is ethically wrong.
I am a pensioner and the fine is a lot of money to me, and to other hard-pressed members of the public.
Stop saying to me that ‘the council is satisfied that the penalty charge notice was correctly issued, so there is no justifiable reason to cancel it’.
Please Harrow Council, don’t dream up any more phantom parking notices.
If you want to fine the good citizens of Harrow, make sure you have the correct informative notices showing which will then give proper guidance to us.
You should also refund us our money with an apology forthwith.
l Harrow Council’s portfolio holder for environment and community safety, Councillor Phillip O’Dell, responded: “A controlled parking zone is in operation in that area and is clearly signposted for motorists to view on entry. Controlled parking zones throughout the borough and across London are signposted in this manner, to prevent roads from becoming cluttered with signs.
“If additional parking restrictions were required, signs would be displayed every 30 metres where there are yellow lines but, at present, the controlled parking zone runs from 10am to 11am to prevent congestion and parking problems for residents in the area.”
Hospital gave us genuine care
OVER the years, all you seem to hear is bad things about Northwick Park Hospital.
Well, I speak from experience along with all my family and would like to say a huge thanks to the A&E department and a special thanks to Hardy Ward nursing staff – in fact, to all staff on that ward.
For several years, we have been paying for private nursing care for our mother and, until she was admitted to Northwick Park Hospital, we can honestly say that we then saw ‘real’ nursing care. Although they were often understaffed, they were kind, caring and compassionate and the nursing care was above and beyond anything we had received in the private care home.
It made us humble to witness the dedication as all the staff went about their everyday jobs.
For two weeks, we saw the wonderful nurses coping with their day-to-day routines while still finding the time to comfort the patients that needed it and often going without a break. The ward was clean and tidy and the bedding changed daily. I have nothing but praise for all they did.
Unfortunately, we lost our mother on July 7 at St Luke’s Hospice which, again, was the most wonderful place in its nursing and caring roles. As a family, we want to say a huge thanks to these wonderful people, who just do not get enough praise.
They say money buys everything, well it certainly does not. The home our mother came from was far from caring, certainly not clean and the nursing was, to them, just a job.
It says a lot when you have people in the local hospital, and other nurses in a donation-reliant establishment, who show the real meaning of ‘care’ and allow patients to keep their dignity to the very end. Thank you NPH and St Luke’s.
SUE GARDNER AND FAMILY
Green lines but potholes remain
HAVING read Mr Lynes’s letter about green lines (Drawing the line over potholes, Observer letters, July 19), maybe Mr Lynes is not aware that there is a secret portfolio holder of green lines.
I know because, in an emergency, a gentleman who I assume was said portfolio holder of green lines turned up to assess the dreadful state of the road outside my house.
He was correctly attired in his rather natty, smart, yellow jacket and sprayed a generous quantity of green paint in the road and on the pavement.
Now that some weeks have passed, the green paint has faded away. No sign of any road repairs.
It is in my humble opinion that this new portfolio holder of green lines has a target and needs some boxes to tick. He has a budget to achieve and, if he ensures that no calls are made to repair the roads, he can then call back and repaint the roads.
Also, said portfolio holder can ensure that the green paint supplier is able to fulfil his contact.
Green paint spotter
Our pavements are in a poor state too
I READ with interest the letter from Jack Lynes (Observer, July 19) regarding potholes in the road. I would like to mention the appalling state our pavements are in too.
Cars and vans are regularly parked or driving over them, while others use the pavement as a building site. This has left footpaths in a dangerous state, with cracked and broken slabs. These are then left, with nobody seeming to care about repairing them.
I don’t suppose the inconsiderate people responsible for the damage realise how dangerous it is for blind people and wheelchair users. The pavement is supposed to be for pedestrians, not motor vehicles.
Does anyone know Speechley family?
I AM trying to find anyone in Eastcote who new the Speechley family of Boundary Road, Eastcote,
I used to come up to Eastcote as a child and stay with my aunt and uncle, Charles and Nancy, and became very fit, as Charlie was a walker for Middlesex Harriers.
I am looking for old photos of him and his only son, Norman, who passed away before his parents.
I’m not sure if he was still married at the time, but he had two sons.
Norman’s wife remarried and no longer lives in the area. I do not know his ex-wife’s name or his sons’ names. They, of course, will be about 10 or 15 years younger than me, and I will be 66 years old in November.
I have several items I would like to give to the two sons of Norman that belonged to their grandfather, Charles.
I worked in Pinner from 1991, at Pinner Park Farm, until my enforced retirement after an accident in 2006, so my mobility is not so good.
And in this day and age we live in, I am sure people may be wary if I walk up to their doors asking questions about ex-neighbours.
If any of your readers can help, they can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org, call me on 020 8427 8884 or write to me at the address below.
3 The Cottage
Pinner Park Farm
George V Avenue
Middlesex HA5 4SU
Hill forum’s views were considered
I AM saddened by the reaction of the Harrow Hill Forum (Pressure to make a parking U-turn, Harrow Observer, July 19), as we have listened closely to their views and explained the proposals in detail over a six-month consultation.
We made sure the changes the forum wanted to see were included where possible before a final decision was made, and they agreed that these changes are necessary so refuse collection and emergency service vehicles can access roads.
If we do not clearly mark roads where parking is restricted, some motorists will ignore regulations and these problems will continue.
We are all proud of the beauty and cultural significance of Harrow on the Hill and do everything we can to minimise any aesthetic impact on this conservation area.
COUNCILLOR PHILLIP O’DELL
Portfolio holder for environment and community safety
Banks must insure against going bust
WITH the problems in the eurozone, the government has made all British registered banks participate in a scheme to safeguard the first £85,000 of savings you have, in case your bank goes bust.
From September, these banks must display posters and stickers letting customers know they are insured against going bust and giving details of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
Conservative MEP for London