Expanded Stanmore eruv plan is approved

By Robyn Rosen, November 25, 2010

An application for an expanded Stanmore eruv has been approved by Harrow Council.

The original application was passed by the council in June of last year but the eruv committee decided to extend the north and south boundaries.

Additional streets include Hilltop Way, Fallowfield, Aylmer Close, Little Common, Abercorn Road, Belmont Lane, Oak Tree Close, Acorn Close, Golf Close, Courtens Mews and Wolverton Road. It will cover Stanmore Synagogue and some small minyanim and will border the Edgware eruv.

Around 90 people wrote to the council in support of the eruv, allowing Orthodox residents to carry or push certain items on Shabbat. The 37 opponents cited the impact on the community and environment, street clutter, potential vandalism and that it would serve only one part of a multicultural community.

Eruv committee chair Nigel de Kare-Silver said: "There have been many calls across the community for an eruv and it's taken five years of active work to get to this stage. We decided to extend the area after calls from members for their roads to be included.

"We hope building will start by the end of the year."

Nearby, the long-awaited Elstree and Borehamwood eruv is scheduled to go live tonight - weather and final inspections permitting - more than seven years after the original proposal. A string of planning-related problems have caused the delays.

Last updated: 2:06pm, November 25 2010