Garden waste collection services in Harrow have been suspended until further notice in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Harrow Council confirmed it would not be carrying out collection services for garden waste – which were due to start in April – while new applications are not being accepted.

It explained that this is in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has forced it to rethink its priorities.

In a statement, the council said it had taken the “difficult decision” to suspend collections to focus resources on other services.

It added that the details around refunds and extra collections would be assessed and made available at a later date.

Recycling and general waste collections will, for the time being, continue as normal but residents are advised to follow updates on the council’s website.

Cllr Adam Swersky, who is responsible for emergency response at Harrow Council, told a cabinet meeting earlier this month that services would inevitably be affected by the virus.

He explained that key services, such as adult social care and those affecting young people, would be prioritised as the council tries to protect the borough’s most vulnerable.

In neighbouring Brent, the council wants to “minimise disruptions” to bin collections as much as possible.

It explained that services are currently “running as normal” and that it would inform residents of any changes.