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    Introducing Harrow

Living and Working in Harrow

Situated in the North West of the capital, ten miles from central London, Harrow is the 12th largest London Borough by area and is one of the most diverse local authorities in the UK. Harrow borders the surrounding countryside with a high proportion of green space; one fifth of Harrow's total area is green belt land. Half is owned by the council and accessible to the public. The town centre is among the 10 largest retail centres in London. (Diagram illustrating business benefits in Harrow)

Heart of Harrow

‘Heart of Harrow’ is one of London’s first Housing Zones (GLA) (diagram illustrating community benefits in Harrow). Housing is crucial to meet demand posed by Harrow’s increasing numbers. With talk of HS2 and Crossrail, West London could see new infrastructure, with well-connected Harrow at the heart of developments. Opportunities for shared ownership are available across Harrow. The quality and range of housing, schools and open spaces attract all ages. (Diagram illustrating an increase in the development of the west of Harrow)


There are 62 schools in Harrow: 45 mainstream primary; 12 High Schools; 2 special primary; 2 special secondary and 1 alternative provision/pupil referral unit. 15 of these are Academy and Free Schools. Our schools achieve excellent results (with 85% inspected since Sept 09 judged to be outstanding). 100% of schools inspected in the last academic year achieved good or outstanding for safeguarding practice. 16 Capital projects are in place to expand schools.

Transport Links

Harrow has excellent public transport links. It's served by the Metropolitan Line (London Underground), Watford DC Line (London Overground), and also by the National Rail services - Chiltern Railways, London Midland and Southern. Harrow Wealdstone station has a fast frequent train service with a journey from Harrow Wealdstone station direct to Euston taking just 13 minutes, and onward via nationwide links. There are easy Airport links to Heathrow, City, Stanstead, Luton & Gatwick.

Elected Members

In May 2014, 63 Councillors representing 21 electoral wards were elected to the Harrow Council for a four-year term of office until May 2018. The political composition of the parties is currently: 34 Labour, 26 Conservatives, 1 Liberal Democrat, 2 Independent. The Labour Members form a majority group and the political administration of the Authority. The Executive comprises of the Leader of the Council and nine other Portfolio Holders who meet together as the Cabinet. All the Cabinet members are Labour (majority group) Councillors.

A Vibrant Suburb

Harrow is one of London's most economically and culturally diverse, attractive and vibrant suburbs. Harrow is a vibrant part of the London economy with over 10,000 businesses located here. We are the largest employer in the borough employing over 5,000 people. It is an area that combines the fast pace of a lively business and commercial centre with the peace and quiet of the countryside. The borough of Harrow comprises the town of Harrow itself, together with communities including Harrow on the Hill, Hatch End, Pinner, Harrow Weald, Rayners Lane, Stanmore and Wealdstone. There are areas in Harrow where families and individuals are adversely affected by deprivation. The majority of indicators are either in line with or above the average or statistical neighbours. But the community is changing. Discover what makes Harrow so compelling and find out more about our £1.75 billion regeneration plans. (Diagram illustrating training and investment in Harrow)