Please find below a link to a petition launched by the ‘Stop the Development of Canons Park Station Car Park Group’, calling for Harrow Council to reject planning application P/0858/20 for the development of 118 flats in three seven-storey blocks on the site of the station car park in Donnefield Avenue. The decision has been deferred to the next planning meeting in January 2021 as the councillors on the committee felt that a site visit was essential before they discussed the application, for which the Friends and the rest of the campaign group are extremely grateful. There is still time to sign our petition so that we can increase the numbers and show the depth of feeling locally about this development. Each person in your household can sign the petition, for which the direct link is: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/canonsprk
This pressure group strongly objects to the plans for buildings, which are far too high, bulky and totally out of character with the surrounding suburban area. They will have a detrimental effect on the views across Grade 2 listed Canons Park and the loss of 100 commuter parking spaces will have a major effect on the locality, especially on Wembley and local event days. This will be compounded by the application for the development of Stanmore station car park.
As well as signing the petition we ask you to forward it to friends, family and other contacts, together with the attached poster and a request for them to put it in their windows and/or display it wherever they can to spread the word amongst their neighbours.
We urge you to act now as we have no time to lose!
WE ARE SORRY THAT PARKRUN AND BIRDWATCHING WALKS ARE NOT TAKING PLACE IN THE PARK AT THE MOMENT DUE TO COVID-19. THE TOILET IS ALSO CLOSED, FOR THE SAME REASON, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE COUNCIL HAS ALSO DECIDED TO LOCK THE GEORGE V MEMORIAL GARDEN UNTIL NEXT SPRING EVEN THOUGH THE ORIGINAL REPAIRS HAVE NOW FINALLY BEEN COMPLETED. HOWEVER, IT NOW SEEMS THAT IVY AND OTHER VEGETATION GROWING AROUND THE OUTER WALLS ARE DAMAGING THE BRICKWORK AND THE PROCESS OF REMOVING THIS AND RESTORING THE 18TH CENTURY BRICKS WILL TAKE UNTIL AT LEAST SPRING 2021.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO VISIT THE PARK AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FRESH AIR AND WIDE OPEN SPACES, ALL OF WHICH ARE FREE TO USE - BUT KEEP YOUR DISTANCE TO A MINIMUM OF 2 METRES APART IF POSSIBLE.
AFTER A SUMMER WHERE ALL OUR EVENTS, INCLUDING FUN DAY AND CONCERTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED, WE WERE ABLE TO HOLD JUST TWO EVENTS IN THE PARK, BUT THEY WERE WELL ATTENDED AND WE THANK EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED US.
SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER LITTER PICK IN CANONS PARK Many thanks to all who attended! We collected around 30 bags of litter together with abandoned clothing, mattresses and camping gear.
SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 'OPEN HOUSE DAY' IN CANONS PARK Seventy five people attended this annual event and with extra tour leaders laid on we managed to fit in everyone who turned up to take a short tour around the historical aspects of Canons Park. Social distancing was observed throughout, with only five visitors taking each tour.
The Good Friends Cafe is currently CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS BUT WILL OPEN ON BOXING DAY, from 11am to 3.30pm, weather permitting, after which it will open again for takeaway only on 4 January 2021, serving a selection of food, hot and cold drinks, and delicious home made ice creams and lollies. Seating will not be provided whilst social distancing rules continue. The cafe will be open every day from 11am to 3pm and until 4pm on weekends (rain permitting!).
Shaw Trust, the Harrow branch of the nationwide horticultural charity, is now based in Canons Park and is closed until 4 January, after which it will open on weekdays until further notice to sell bedding plants at very competitive prices.
Canons Park is nestled between the borders of Edgware and Stanmore, it has a fascinating history dating back hundreds of years. The park boasts wide open spaces for walking, sports, picnicking; shady woodland walks with wonderful displays of spring bluebells and wild garlic (from late April to early May).
It has a family friendly area with an adventure playground, supersized climbing boulder, basketball hoop and outdoor exercise gym.
INVOLVING THE COMMUNITY IN CANONS PARK
If you’re looking for a way to get more involved in the park, why not take part in some of the regular events that take place throughout the year, like our annual Kids' Fun Fair Day , monthly bird watching walks, and volunteer Gardening Club work days in the stunning George V Memorial Garden - all of which we hope to resume some time in 2021.
PARK SAFETY We are regarded as a safe and friendly park but incidents do happen, as in any park in the country. If you do not report it, the police will never know and can do little to help. Harrow Council does not employ a dog warden but if you witness an incident regarding dogs that are out of control please try to take a photo, as long as that does not endanger you or your companions. This will help the police to identify the dogs and their owners so that they can take appropriate action to apprehend them.
PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT CONTACT NUMBERS AND ADDRESSES BELOW.