Review of the year – November

The former leader of Haringey Council called for a street name that has been linked to racism to be changed in November.

Joseph Ejiofor said the “offensive” Black Boy Lane in Haringey should be renamed “La Rose Lane” by February after claiming the council’s latest proposals risked pushing a decision “into the deep grass”.

In June last year, then Labour leader Cllr Ejiofor announced a review of monument, building, place and street names in the borough to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Black Boy Lane was singled out as needing “immediate review”.

Cllr Ejiofor, who was ousted as leader in May, told the council’s corporate committee he was “very disappointed” with the progress of the review at a November meeting.

Controversial plans for a huge banqueting hall on the site of a former golf course were booted out by councillors over fears they would lead to traffic chaos.

Harrow Council planning bosses unanimously rejected the plans for a 500-plus guest facility at the former Stanmore and Edgware Golf Centre in Brockley Hill.

Developer Sairam Holdings wanted to build the hall on the golf course as its current site in Wealdstone town centre is set to make way for the new Harrow Civic Centre.

The application was met with strong opposition from neighbouring residents with at least 750 objections submitted. They said it would have a damaging effect on the area.

Primary school pupils in Borehamwood were evacuated over fears there was a bomb on the school site.

Summerswood Primary School says the children were moved away from the school because of a voicemail message which contained a bomb threat.

Police confirmed a call was received from the school about a voicemail that had been left overnight on the school’s answerphone.

The pupils at the school were cleared to safety with officers arriving as soon as possible.