Minutes of the South Ruislip Residents Association Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church – Wednesday October 28th 2015

Minutes of the South Ruislip Residents Association

Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church On

Wednesday October 28th 2015

In attendance were 62 residents and 10 committee members.  Councillors present Allan Kauffman & Teji Barnes.

Apologies were received from: Cllrs Judy Kelly, Gem Duducu, Michael White and Eddie Lavery.  Lynne Kauffman, Colin Hook, Hazel Hook, Kris Borucka, Geoff Quantock, Mrs Josie McFadden, Mrs Wills

1.0  Opening Remarks & Welcome & Matters Arising from the Minutes & Signed Minutes. 

Amendment to last minutes of 22nd July 2015  From “2.0  ARLA.  Judgement in favour of building the ARLA development and against Sainsburys…”. To “Judgement in favour Sainsburys development….”  [Apologies Secretary]

2.0  Newsletter/ Chief Road Steward

Apologies for the delay in getting the newsletter out.  With Henry moving away, the move, in the end, all happened very early for our Chief Road Steward.  He has worked very hard to do a great job for a number of years and SRRA greatly appreciate it.  With the speed of the handover there were some delays with taking over the system so apologies for any wrong numbers, miss-deliveries etc.

We are looking at a new team for the Chief Road Steward’s role and will update on progress as we go.  Thank you to the committee for pitching in and helping get the newsletters out and especially to Lynne Kauffman for spending a couple of days organising the newsletters to go to

A couple of people have agreed to help, maybe working as a team.

3.0  Police

Sgt Kerr, appealed for email addresses from the audience so that he can keep them informed of local activities.  Follow on Twitter @MPSSouthRuislip. Dispersal notice made in Bradfield Road where a joint operation was held with immigration services.

Local traffic checks with a number of drivers charges for driving at 40+ in a 30mph zone.  5 not wearing seatbelts and a number of other offenses picked up.

They attended the Polish War service.  As well as Knife crime talk at youth club and bike marking at Victoria Road retail park.

Burglary still looking at.  More police in high vis-jackets.  Burglaries are currently approx 50% of last years rate in South Ruislip.

Theft from motor vehicle.  Don’t leave Sat Nav, mobile phone and laptop on display.  Don’t leave Bluetooth on in cars as thieves use to detect items.

Anti Social Behaviour, at the moment mostly from vehicles.  If you see ASB from someone in the vehicle take details and pass to Sgt Kerr.  He will write to offenders and threaten confiscation of the vehicle in future.

Rolling out Smartwater use in South Ruislip.  Free and well worth taking if offered by the police.

From the audience question about advise about cyclists on the pavement and being advised to muzzle the dog walking with it.

Police Ward Panel for South Ruislip.  Looking for ward panel members.  Need a few more people increase the variety of opinions.  Meeting important to discuss what the priorities are.

4.0    Shirley Kirk from Dementia Friends

Discussion from Shirley Kirk discussing the benefits of greater community awareness of issues of dementia.

People as young as thirty have dementia and it’s not a natural part of aging, not inevitable.  It is caused by diseases in the brain.  It’s a set of symptoms.  Not a disease itself.

If the mind is like thousands of fairy lights.  Dementia makes the lights go out, which lights will be individual. Alzheimer’s is a common cause.  It’s progressive.  Worth knowing the type of dementia someone has so have an idea of the course.

Emphasis is on living with dementia not suffering.

More information at https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/

Shirley happy to run sessions to train Dementia Friends for local groups.

5.0    Smart Water

Presentation from officer Sgt Webber.  One in seven households will get a pack of traceable water, Smart water   This is applied to property and the Met routinely will trace stolen items using UV light and the manufacturers lab assistance.  It is strong evidence to link the robber with the address.

For quantities across the borough they will receive 10k, then another 18k.  Where are the kits?  Pushing kits towards the North of the borough.  Worth taking if offered.  Roads either side of addresses with Smartwater also see reductions.


6.0    Chairman’s Report

6.1    ARLA

Work has started at the site on the commercial side.  Bellway Homes has submitted an increase in housing for the site.  An extra 30+ residences.

As a group we dislike the changes and increase in density.  Have organised a petition to be signed at end of meeting.  Also dislike the low density of parking.

Sid met with managers from Bellway homes and are looking to get rid of overlooked gardens and replace with these with flats.

6.2    Library South Ruislip

Site by the library to be developed for circa 30 flats which will pay for the library and youth centre.  Other sites being looked at by the council for possible development.

6.3    Sainsburys

Discussion with Sainsbury held re tidying up some of area by Station Approach. Meeting with head of PR there.

6.4    LIDL

Plan to develop the Rover Motor Sales room.  There was a planning application, now a road traffic survey entered in.  Two referral points.  Now to be heard at Major applications on 18th November. [Editor: Which as passed]

6.5    HS2

Hybrid bill plodding along.  Committee report stage now.

7.0    Treasurers report

Balance £781.74 and Reserve Account £12,358.25.

8.0    RAF

RAF Open day.  Will be purely RAF families next year.

9.0    Community Voice

The last meeting was held with the chairs of the local Clinical Commissioning Groups.  As the second largest borough in London, Hillingdon, wants to improve service especially with added health with higher birth rates and migrants.  They are keen to improve hospital hubs and have identified 5 possible sites.


10.0    Doug Lewington Spoke on Biggin Hill

Re Letter to residents associations from Biggin Hill.  Which stated that the RAF’s expansion of civil flights was anti competitive.  Sid Jackson pointed out this had been subject to a judicial review and findings on the RAF Northolt website.  Biggin Hill is a commercial argument which the SRRA does not plan to get involved with.


11.0    Mrs Nurse

John Clifford sadly announced that Mrs Nurse, an active member of the SRRA including previously  died in tragic circumstances.  Mrs Nurse was taken to Hillingdon Hospital.  Funeral arrangements to be announced.

12.0    Stonefield Park

Children’s play area there is in need of renovation, Elaine made a request for signatures to secure resources from Chrysalis Fund.  Elaine was seeking adventure playground development to make it more suitable for 8-10 years olds.

13.0    Remembrance Service

Parade at the Polish War Memorial 10.30 and finishes at 11.15.  08/11/2015

14.0    Litter Collection

Litter pick 3rd Saturday of the month.  About 15 members taking part.  Starts at the library in South Ruislip.

15.0    Waste Food Caddy

Councillor Allan Kauffman brought in a food caddy to demonstrate it’s use and how fox proof it was.

16.0 Nurses at the Surgery on Thursday in South Ruislip

Discussion re no nurses on Thursday at South Ruislip Doctors.  With no nurses patients with bandages etc needing daily changes have to go to Mount Vernon as Dr’s not providing them.  Noted that the doctors provide the level of care so it their decision rather than NHS as a whole.  If not happy with service could be worth taking up with Primary Care Trust CQC who police the surgery.

17.0    SKLPC Complaints 

Iris Ellis a resident of Harvey Road brought up issue of SKLPC complaints. When festival in place again parking difficult on the S bend.  Very intrusive with music and floodlights.    Thanks to Allan for getting police over and Antoi Social Behaviour sport from the council andpolice but took a long term and Iris was expecting an improvement over last year when numerous discussion with Hillingdon Council had taken place.

Suggested to involve Boris Johnson and visit at a constituency surgery held every fortnight.

Meeting Close at 21:48