Delisserie Opens In Hatch End

No sooner has The Rotisserie closed in Hatch End, with a refurbishment in between, then Delisserie has opened its doors.

We received this email yesterday:

Warm greetings from DELISSERIE Hatch End!! 

We are delighted to announce that DELISSERIE HATCH END OPENS TODAY!!! 

Have a look at our website and menu on

 Take advantage of our SPECIAL OPENING OFFER…

 for details of the offer go to our FACEBOOK PAGE at

 We look forward to seeing you soon.

The Delisserie Team


The Rotisserie restaurant closes on Sunday

The Rotisserie restaurant in Hatch End has sent out a Final Farewell email to registered customers, as their last day is Sunday 3rd July. The popular grill has been in Hatch End for nearly two decades, and it will be changing over to their other brand Delisserie. The same fate occurred to The Rotisserie in St Johns Wood earlier in April 2016.

Delisserie isn’t new to Hatch End – there’s been a branch across the road which was operational for a number of years. It then closed, then re-opened, and then closed again. Let’s hope the new Delisserie has a longer future.

San Mazanos Italian Pizzeria Closes “for refurbishment”

The Hatch End pizzeria, San Mazanos, appears to have closed for refurbishment. A hand-written note on the door, dated 4th May, has been spotted by locals. It was always going to be a tough business proposition as Hatch End is well served by pizza and Italian restaurants – Papu-Miya, Ask Italian transforming into Pizza Express in the last couple of years, and three other local Italians.

Speed Warning Sign Failed – Uxbridge Road

The Speed Warning Sign in Uxbridge Road near Paines Lane, as you travel towards Pinner Green, is no longer functioning. A Speed Warning Sign is one of those signs that flashes up if a vehicle is exceeding the speed limit – apparently useful for a short period of time after introduction. A ticket has been logged with TFL.

Paines Lane is one of the more difficult, and potentially dangerous, junctions in Harrow. Traffic on Uxbridge Road is potentially quite fast – despite the Speed Warning Signs. Additional factors include the bends on both sides of Paines Lane together with right-turning traffic out of Paines Lane. Nasty! My opinion is that a roundabout should be considered.

Wellington Road Potholes fixed – at least for now!

Many of the potholes reported in Wellington Road were filled in today – it’s certainly better than it was, but I don’t think it’ll last more than a year or so. It’s disappointing that Grimsdyke Road got a shiny new tarmac surface last year, even though the original road was fine, but poor old patched-up Wellington Road just gets more patching-up!

Some of the potholes haven’t been patched, so I’ll raise a new query with Harrow Council in the next day or so.

Wellington Road Pot Holes

Wellington Road has had four to five potholes down its length for a year or so, so I finally recorded it on Harrow Council’s website last friday. No automated email was received, so I was wary that my action had gone into an electronic abyss.

Gladly however, chalk markings have appeared around most of the pot holes, so hopefully they will be filled in over the course of the next week or so. Pot holes are inconvenient for drivers, and potentially fatal for cyclists.

Harrow Arts Centre – Campaign Starts To Save HAC

A5 posters have been dropping through letterboxes across Harrow outlining the campaign to save Harrow Arts Centre. Essentially, Harrow Council gave notice to the community a year ago that it was unable to keep funding the £500,000 a year subsidy in these difficult times for public finance.

More details can be found at the Cultural London website here

Fly-tipping in Hatch End

A tipper truck was seen in Hatch End this evening at around 6:05pm in what appeared to be dumping rubble and soil on Devonshire Court’s forecourt in Devonshire Road. The number plate was taken, and given to Harrow Council, and the Hatch End Association was notified.

I’m delighted to see that HEA have organised their first Hatch End Litter Pick-Up Day of 2016.

Heathrow Vs. Gatwick – Battle Of The Airports

All through 2015, the Evening Standard has frequently run full page advertisements from the Heathrow lobby, the Gatwick lobby, and even the alternative Heathrow lobby. It’ll be good for business, they say. Good for jobs. Good for the UK. And good for London. I’m sure some of it is true.

What I know is true is that from 4am most days, I “enjoy” the large airliners from Asia flying over my house in preparation for their final approaches into Heathrow. I get a brief respite during the morning, but by the afternoon into the evening – depending on wind direction – aircraft are taking off from Heathrow, and swinging over my town in their ascent.

All this Heathrow traffic is coupled with take-offs from Northolt, the airport that might have been Heathrow’s third runway. Only The Rich, The Royals, and the RAF use Northolt, but it’s still a busy airport that is growing rapidly from 7000 civilian flights a year – and military/governmental flights are uncapped.

I don’t often agree with Boris, but he was really on to something with his Boris Island proposal. It’s not beyond the British, surely, to build something far enough offshore that can be used 24 hours a day is it? A facility that can be have super-fast links to central London by train, and road connections onto the motorways of Essex and Kent. A brand new 21st century airport that will free up the 1200 hectares of land that Heathrow apparently occurs – which could be used to make a big dent in the supposed housing crisis in one fell swoop by providing a quarter of a million people with housing on Parisian urban densities.

In the UK, we’re spending billions on big infrastructure projects that don’t really matter: HS2; controversial smart meters; super-sewers. A new airport to the east, and vast amounts of new housing on the old Heathrow site, are the right infrastructure answers.