Nov 19 2012 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
COMMUNITY members celebrated the completion of the first phase of revitalising their town.
Members of the Harlesden Town Team and supporters met at the Amber Grill, Station Road, to highlight the changes made to the road and to look ahead to the next step.
They were joined by local filmmaker Louis Theroux, a member of the team who has supported the effort since the beginning.
Pavements have been widened and the street has been transformed as part of the pilot phase of the plan to change Harlesden town centre into a pedestrian-friendly and community-focused space.
Funding has been secured from Brent Council and TfL and another phase will be rolled out over the next 18 months.
Speaking at the event on Friday last week, Mr Theroux said: “It was all to do with the feedback we got from people about what they wanted for the public realm in the heart of Harlesden and the shopping areas, which were looking quite shabby.
“Traffic is a big problem and was having an impact on the fabric of the buildings. What strikes me is how much impact it can have when you bring traffic under control.
“The pavements and shopping areas will make it more of a place you want to stroll around.”
The team was formed in 2010 and came up with the Harlesden Town Charter, which gives a guideline for progress in the area over the next 15 years.
Vice-chairwoman Liz Carter said: “This is a great improvement but we need to get everyone in Harlesden involved with what we are doing. There is still a lot of work to do.”
Councillor Jim Moher, lead member for highways and transportation, said: “The vision to improve Harlesden is a wonderful example of what the council and the community can achieve when they work together.
“The changes are already having the desired effect, making the area look and work better.”