Anti-social behaviour zone demolished by council
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities, Development, Housing
Dozens of council-owned garages that have become a magnet for anti-social behaviour are to be demolished in Harrow.
Work began this week to knock down nearly 90 garages in the London borough following reports of problems with rough sleeping, fly-tipping and arson.
The garages, the majority of which are no longer used, are among hundreds in the area that Harrow Council is either tidying up to relet or demolishing to make better use of the space.
A consultation event was held for people who lived nearby and around 40 gave their views on the site's future, with the majority in favour of demolition.
The council is now drawing up a formal list of options for the site and will consult residents again on their preferred plan.
Around 500 disused garages across the borough are currently being assessed to see whether they can be restored or replaced.
Some sites will be earmarked for new housing as part of an innovative scheme to meet the growing demand for homes.
The council's deputy leader and portfolio holder for adults and housing, cllr Barry Macleod-Cullinane said: “This first demolition marks the start of an innovative scheme which will see hundreds of garages revived or replaced. Many of our garages can be repaired and re-let, allowing us to meet a growing demand from our tenants and leaseholders for secure parking spaces.
"However, the demand for some of our garage sites has fallen dramatically, with disused garages becoming magnets for anti-social behaviour and crime.
“We are therefore demolishing these and are planning to either replace them with much-needed housing or, where this is not suitable, to do something else that benefits the local community.”