Apologies, due to illness the newsletter is delayed. No change to the quarterly though which takes place on Wednesday at 8pm at St Mary’s hall as normal.
Present: 11 committee members, 5 local Cllrs (Barnes, Lavery, Tuckwell and Kauffman) and 46 residents
Apologies: Cllr Makwana, Claudia Gerrard, Adela Mann, Geoff Quantock, Jenny Hunt
1) Meeting opened at 20:00
Minutes of the last meeting – no issues raised
Addressed by Wing Commander Claire Adamson and Sat Co. Sqd Ldr Andy Edgecombe, who deals with air traffic controller. Andy explained that work on the runway by Lagan started in April this year and is now complete a week ahead of schedule.
The central part of the runway which needed reinforcement was dug out to a depth of a metre and the rest to 10cm only. The lighting was changed from tungsten to LED.
New arrester beds were installed, emas (engineered materials arrestor system). This is a foamed glass system. The arrester beds are longer, but the RAF are keen to point out the runway is still the same length. The black and white lines are still in the same position.
The runway will take the same aircraft as previously.
They dug up 25 tons of asphalt and reused 98% of it. 450 tons of milling was reused around the station. The expected to have provided 40 jobs locally + the planters.
1st November they will restart fixed wing activity.
At the moment RAF Northolt still takes government officials who are flown via an air bridge to RAF Benson.
Other activities on the station include a STEM event for local schools (inc Deansfield).
Air space change proposal for RAF Northolt has passed stage 1. Principals have been established. For the next stage RAF Northolt is holding open days at The Link on Portal Close on 19th Nov 3pm to 8pm and 25th Nov 9am to 2pm to go through the methodology.
Commercial flights will take place between 8am and 8pm weekdays, during the weekend (could not recall times) but there could be non-commercial flights at other times.
Asked about the larger planes there was not an expectation that visits from the likes of the C17 would increase post runway reopening.
Question from floor on Odyssey Business Park. What changes made – advised that they have moved a post for the new lighting.
3) Treasurers report
Current account £337, reserve account £13,098. With £175 owing for newsletter printing.
4) Chief Road Steward
Missing Road Stewards for Angus Drive, 18
Crest Gardens 16
Hunters Hill 28
Jubilee Drive 41
Long Drive 35
5) Dog Dirt
Sid exclaimed disquiet at the poor treatment of the poo bags which are often left to litter around the area rather than being disposed of properly in suitable bins.
Discussed applying for a retraining order for the site due to noise etc, however this will take time.
7) Fly tipping / Waste
Discussed this current issue. Sid thanked Cllrs Barnes and Kauffman for swift help in resolving a local fly tipping issue.
The council have recently purchased 27 new vehicles to assist with clearance and are issuing enforcement notices to people and businesses who dump commercial or domestic waste in street bins.
Work is to start this week by O’Hara to change the entry point, and will take circa 6 weeks. They will work to ensure the zebra crossing on Victoria Road remains very visible.
Community Voice remains closed with a lack of volunteers.
CV campaigned a long time to retain Mount Vernon Hospital as an asset for the heath of local people. Two Executive committee members from the SRRA are set to meet Boris Johnson at a future MP’s surgery [Ed: Written pre election]
10) Police Ward Panel
Felt that low numbers of police are impacting on crime.
Police and Neighbourhood Watch encourage members to sign up to OWL at https://www.owl.co.uk/
Keen to encourage people to sign up to the virtual ward panel to highlight priorities for the local police.
11) Parks Locally
Council continue to be well respected with national recognition. https://archive.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/34001/Hillingdon-parks-regarded-the-best-in-the-country
Concern raised that for example Dean Park is somewhat sterile, the council have planted Wild Flowers. Discussed a suggestion from Simon Green to try and make the local parks closer to wood land, to add more interest to flat plains (without impinging on playing areas etc).
More trees can be provided for people to plant in their own gardens from the Woodland Trust and the council.
Discussed Ruislip Lido and why people can’t swim in there. Due to it not meeting water quality standards.
12) Polish War Memorial Parking
Concern about parking raised on West End Road which has a detrimental effect on traffic flow. Council will look at issue but is a TFL road.
Uneven slabs in Princes Way. Cllr Kauffman explained that if they are a danger then the council have to repair them but there is a maintenance program which is slow but steady across the borough. So please report issues with dangerous paving slabs.
Resident David Seaman explained that he has had to road tax his pavement vehicle so he can drive it on the roads to avoid the uneven paving.
14) Victoria Road
Concern expressed and a request made for a camera to cover people making right turns into Westmead.
15) Cllrs Reports
1000’s of bulbs planted at the DFS and Curry’s site. Should be nice next year.
South Ruislip well represented in Green Flags with recent awards. In our area Polish War Memorial Remembrance Garden and Bessingby Park both hold these.
Remembrance service to be held on the 10th Sunday November at 10:20am at the Polish War and then onto the GAA
Further reports to be conducted on the SR bridge from TFL. Network rail pigeons off three of the spans they earn.
Have been spending the ward budget, with £600 spent at the 12th South Ruislip Scouts.
The council have recovered an unused disabled bay in Oxford Drive. Near to Venue 5.
Collins Drive installing tactile paving to assist visually impaired users.
East Mead Cllr Barnes advised on dumped rubbish which was collected by the council and names traced back resulting in a fine for the dumper.
Cavendish Tennis – tennis available for all. Play on the Saturday morning until the end of the year.
Litterpicks in Cavendish, Roxbourne and Bessingby Parks.
Sgt Damien Keyes is looking for members of the community to attend weapons sweeps. Meetings at the Link/RAF for training.
Torcross Road to be resurfaced.
On the brook side of Torcross looking again at an alley gate scheme. Will need respondents to carry any changes forward.
Parking in the ward. Looking at West Mead residents scheme parking.
CCTV upgraded across the board. Improving resolution to give better coverage.
Discussed flooding. If it occurs then do report to Thames Water. If not reported it does not get done.
Whitby Road/Torcross discussed parking.
Thanks to police and council for removing travellers in Bournecourt in 12 hours.
Safer neighbourhood teams and community payback team – worked on clearing some dumped rubbish in the area from alley gates scheme.
Christmas Lights up!
Clifford Road – petition on traffic calming and parking management.
New notice board at the allotments.
Quarterly Meeting Held at St Marys Church Hall, South Ruislip Wednesday 24th July 2019 Annual General Meeting
Present: 10 committee members, 5 local Cllrs (Barnes, Lavery, Makwana, Tuckwell and Kauffman) and 40 residents
Apologies: Hazel Hook, Geoff Quantock
1) Meeting opened at 20:02
Minutes of the last meeting – no issues raised.
2) Cllr Burrows LB Hillingdon Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Traffic, Planning and Recycling Etc
Petition heard for Victoria Road. Trees and grass verges won’t be removed. Not council policy to do that. There are other ideas such as residents scheme and petitions regarding speeding. However, roads did not have a major issue what was referred to as the 85th percentile. Only 15% of drivers speed so not enough grounds to put in traffic calming measures. Will keep them under review.
With consultations, once ward officers have reviewed the results they can make further suggestions. People have to respond to be considered in their opinion. Concern re bikes on Victoria Road. Where repetitive speeding data passed to policing and then action can be taken.
Concern re Victoria Road timing of test as during half term. Cllr Burrows said the survey will be checked to ensure it was fair.
Concern re junction West Mead. U-Turns but the camera can be used.
Victoria Road crossing. Rachel F concern reincreased use and cars not taking enough notice. Cllr Burrows said that an audit would have taken place on the local junctions. To be upgraded would need TFL to do that. Tree Planting – work to be done September and October. Miss use of the site at Wickes and Homebase due to car meet ups – Anti-Social Behaviour Team can be notified. Cllr Kauffman and SNT have spoken to the landlords.
Suggestion of extending the right turn into ASDA from Victoria Road.
3) Glebe Farm – Proposal
From agents for the site:
All activity should be lawful at the site if not report to council. Note the site is tidier now and an appetite from Trustees to take action on the site.
It is in Green Belt but previously developed. Looking at replacing the site with the commercial or residential scheme. Owners favour the residential scheme. Concern – perhaps more commercial bias however from council officers. Looking at 30 house development on site. Locally listed building in Glebe Farm but is not structurally viable. Question of parking. Density of the space is low so low number of dwellings on the site, parking spaces will be well inside regulatory requirement.
Show of hands – in favour of residential over commercial use.
4) Tea Brea
5) RAF Northolt
Russ Keen, standing in for PR Officer – new Nick Worrall new Station commander, took over in July this year. Lagan sent apologies. Now working on arrester beds. Will need to block cycle route for a limited time along south of A40. More trucks, but have used material from the site. Peak activity is now and from end of August and then will reduce traffic. Mid October will increase the air traffic.
Nothing found on the runway from the remains of crashed plane.
6) Treasurers Report
Current Account £1,105.80 and Deposit £13,391.87. Summer Flower planters contribution for this, but contribution from Ward Councillors Budget and Lagan and SRRA (Mostly Lagan initially)
Letter from them to build better relations. For an amicable meeting.
However Police shut down an event an hour earlier due to noise. We will request an ASBO to be issued to them to enforce better behaviour.
8) The HUBB
Church Hall event on the 13th of July – it was a well attended and pleasant event and an afternoon well spent. Weds 10th.
9) LIDL Site
Contacts let for works to complete the final stage of the works, culvert strengthening. 7 trees to be planted. Change in the entrance to the site, to be near Kwikfit
Zebra crossing – at LIDL site going to be resurfaced, Sid angling for bright paving to make it more visible. The service area will go.
11) Ward Councillors
Cllr Tuckwell. Smells from sewage near Raybourne Mead and the site has been inspected. If it continues report to Ward Councillors Around a dozen street signs upgraded. Half a dozen litter pickers from Queensmead School. Will do some more after the Summer Holiday. Pavement upgrade scheme still running? Yes but they are being prioritised on a rolling program.
Cllr Kaufmann. Bonnells have improved their driveway. 4th June Boxing club opened. 14th August Field End rec – open event. Allotments Raised beds near library. The bridge at South Ruislip. Work ongoing. 2 spans worked on. ARLA development. Anti-social behaviour. Going to gate scheme from Chrysalis fund. Rydall Way – hot spot for fly tipping.
Meeting Closed 21:57
- Monday 23rd September HS2 will be at The Barn Hotel from the 4pm and 7pm.
At the events you’ll be able to find out about HS2’s updated tunnel portal design, the tunnel boring machine cable programme, archaeological works in the area, and HS2’s construction activities until the end of the year, including lorry routes and movements.
If you can’t make Monday there are a couple of different days.
- Saturday 21 September, Harefield Community Centre, between 11am and 2pm
- Wednesday 25 September, Ickenham United Reformed Church, between 4pm and 7pm
More details on the HS2 website.
POLICE CRIME PREVENTION STALLS
These stall offer advice, leaflets and general information to secure your home and personal safety.
Friday 20th Sept 1-2 pm
Saturday 14 Sept 6-7pm
Thursday 26 Sept 3-4 pm
Residents can contact us using any of the following methods
Twitter : @MPSSouthRuislip for regular updates.
Upcoming Meetings: If you’d like to meet the team and discuss any concerns, we will be holding surgeries at the following locations;
Drop In Surgery
South Ruislip Library
Friday 20th Sept 12- 1pm
Thursday 26th Sept 12-1pm
Ruislip Lions Club
‘The Last Night of the Proms’
at the Winston Churchill Theatre
on Saturday 7th September 2019
at 7.30pm. Come and join us for a terrific night out –
full of quality entertainment from the British Airways Brass Band, Vocalist Ruth Fortey and The Signature Singers.
Join us for music, songs and much flag waving!
Tickets available from the Compass Theatre Box Office Open Tues-Sat 10.30am to 5.00pm:
Phone Booking Line: 01895 250 615
**Ticket Prices: Adults £13.50 Under 16s £10**
Bourne School have approached us as they are looking for new local governors. Do you have the necessary skills? This is an excellent contribution to local society and our collective future. If you are interested please contact the school after reading the file.
To the South Ruislip Residents Association,I am writing to you on behalf of the Governing Board of Bourne Primary School.We are hoping you might be able to help us recruit new governors for our Governing Board.It is important to the school and the governors that there is a link to the local community and for the children to take pride in their local area…If there is anything else you require from me or would like to discuss this further please feel free to contact me.Kindest regards,Amy DoodyClerk to the Governing Board of Bourne Primary School