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It was an underwhelming turnout at a Harrow council question time tonight.

 Around 30 residents turned up to the public event at Harrow Arts Centre  to quiz cabinet members on everything from tax rates to parking restrictions and dangerous dogs.

 The council have put on some ten of the events in the past, where locals are invited to submit questions to cabinet members in advance and on the night.

 Council leader, outgoing Conservative Councillor David Ashton told Stanmore Politics that it was no bad sign turnout was so low.

 “We publicise this very heavily and it’s the right thing to do,” said David Ashton.

 “But if we’re doing things wrong people would be here. We take it as a positive sign.”

 However Akil Dhalla, Conservative candidate for Wealdstone, said there could have been more publicity. “The number of people coming to these events has gone down,” he said.

 “I want the public to be involved more. The more people here, the more legitimacy the council has.”

 “I think it’s very nice that they give residents the opportunity to meet them in a more informal way” said audience-member, pensioner Barry Harris.

 Michael Burton, editor of the MJ, the management journal for local authority business, hosted the evening. He praised the session, saying: “Not many authorities do bring the cabinet out to face the public.

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It might not have Cannes’ great weather or the celebrity appeal of Sundance, but Harrow’s first ever film festival looks set to be a memorable event.

 Featuring work by some of the boroughs talented young people as well as historical cinema, the Harrow Arts Centre festival will run for three days next month.

 Women in wartime Britain and drug addicts in the suburbs will be just two of the subjects tackled in the programme. One film to be screened is Burning An Illusion, a piece looking at the life of a young black woman on the verge of marriage.

 Backed by the UK Film Council, organisers hope the festival will be educational and help build up stronger communities in the borough.

 Councillor Jean Lammiman, in charge of Community and Cultural Services, said the event would be a fantastic opportunity to see films not usually available to view.
She said there would be a film for every taste:

 “We are planning to showcase the work of young people and local film makers, along with a historical look at the area 70 years ago and stories of black and ethnic communities.”

 The festival will run between Friday 5 and Sunday 7 February at the Harrow Art Centre. Click here for more information about the programme or to purchase tickets.

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