In attendance were 52 residents and 10 committee members. Councillors present Cllr Kelly, Kauffman and White.
Apologies were received from: Cllr Lavery & Cllr Barnes.
- Meeting Opened 20:03.
Minutes signed off.
- Reports from the Chairman
Collecting emails for invites to the opening of the cinema. Going to give details to Citygrove with the hope that they invite the attendees of this meeting.
Will discuss HS2, ARLA and Victoria Road and traffic congestion later.
Any comments on the newsletter following the change? Yes, please make sure we add the date and time of the meeting. Did you like the mast head with the Polish War Memorial? Positive reply. This is our local landmark. Some more work to tidy it up and improve the presentation.
- Secretary Report
Noted that the meeting is recorded for the benefit of the minutes.
- Treasurers Report
As at last night current account £505.94 and Reserve £13,365.79. Out-standing is a cheque for insurance for £156.75.
Colin placed on record thanks to John Davy for auditing the accounts. Accounts accepted by the meeting.
John said thank you for not claiming expenses to the committee.
- Chief Road Steward
Vacancies for road stewards in West End Road (side that backs onto Wingfield Way)(12), Bourne Court and Station Approach (6), Cavendish Avenue and Dudley Drive (13) and part of The Fairway, odd numbers (19). Not an onerous task; Delivering four times a year and collecting subs. Have taken on a few Road Stewards recently.
Going to deliver newsletters to the flats on the ARLA site to encourage them to join the resident’s association.
- Election of Officers
|Vice Chairman||Sid Jackson|
|Chief Road Steward||Geoff Taylor|
Officers were duly proposed and seconded. All voted in with approval of the AGM.
Mr Sohal asked Sid whether he would become Chair. Sid mentioned he felt he was unable to attend to meetings at the council and similar activities which meant that he could not do the job of chair with 100% commitment.
Question from the floor. Did Sid not take the Chair role and stay Vice-Chair so that he didn’t have to remain neutral as a Chair should do? Sid said he was unaware of such a rule. Secretary commented that it is better to be impassioned and take a view to move the association forward but we would always give both sides of the argument the opportunity to put their case (within reason).
- ARLA Site
ASDA opens 22nd of May. Looking to recruit within 5 miles of the store. Manager did say he was coming to speak tonight but has clearly forgotten. Nando’s has opened. The Cinema will open in July. Looking to invite members to the opening.
- Has applied for license to sell alcohol until 3am.
Live music, dance and recorded music and food until 5am. More like a nightclub than a cinema.
Judy was the only complainant previously and encouraged people to write in to the panel and complain.
Might be hard to object when the restaurants and the BP have a license. But reason to be concerned with the nightclub elements. Have approached Cllr Kauffman for a form to object. A concern about anti-social behaviour and planning permission creep.
Agreed to raise a petition against (which was done with 54 signatures).
Question from the floor. What licencing committee would allow that variance? The government changed licencing laws, with more freedom of the sale so can only really object to poor behaviour after the permission has been granted. When rejected from the council licence committee they have then appealed and gone to a magistrate who has accepted the conditions and granted the application. Very hard to stop the agreement, only get refused later after complaints.
The council would put on conditions which help restrict this, such as two trained staff needed at BP to sell alcohol at night.
Do the Cinema need to change their planning use? Cllr Kauffman said they would go back and follow up with the council officers.
The Comet building has gone. Bensons of Bed’s is still trading and construction work is ongoing.
Sid attended a meeting with HS2 staff about the amenity work. They have appointed contractors Costain and Skansa who will work between 8am and 6pm. Due to start March 2019 digging up the roads. Will drill small bore holes for samples along the route. Dig up the road between Sainsbury’s and the Fishing Net and under the bridge and at Bridgewater Road bridge and along West End Road.
Sid has written to the chair of the HS planning committee to ensure that the window for works is large enough to complete the works without running at the same time.
The lorries will be circa 50 lorries a day as they remove spoil from the vent shaft at the ARLA site.
Looks to be a computer modelling exercise for the planning rather than carefully planned locally on ground.
Read in paper Brexit may delay and if delayed by a couple of years it may kill off HS2.
- RAF Northolt Open Day
22nd of July. Some tickets still available £5 each. As a resident’s association we will be at the show. Enough people to man the stand. We have pictures to use. Will hand out newsletters and a perhaps a canvas bag.
- RAF Northolt Runway
They have the go ahead for the replacement for the runway which will mean the runway is closed between April to October next year to fix wing aircraft. Still open for helicopters.
Carried out scans on the remains of the crash spitfire from WWII. It is not a war grave. Looking to excavate during the refurb of the runway.
Large amount of people on the site. BFPO, Central Band, RAF Band, some thirty units there. Quite a complex base with a fair amount of scale there.
Response from the Cllrs to Ealing’s proposal to but 20,000 houses on the site. – Can you imagine what the impact would be? Total no no. Last surviving Battle of Britain airport. They have a restriction that they can’t take scheduled flights, nothing that gets in the way of short term needs of the military. Can’t take any airplanes over 28 seats.
Is there a relationship with London Docklands airport? No only shared management of VIP area.
Sid saw the commitment of the runway refurb as positive, but no guarantee.
- Improvements to South Ruislip
Field End Recreation ground. Proposal was to add two buildings, but stopped as ceiling for boxing ring is 12ft. Going to be rebuilt now. Will be a car park, fencing and MUGA pitch there. Sports hall, changing facility, canteen and office. All covered by CCTV. Cost will be £1.4Million plus £400k for the pitch.
Good use for field only used once a year.
Skateboard Park. On the Field End Rec near the road, but far from housing. Funding in place.
Road resurfacing. Victoria Road to Eastcote Arms. Station Approach to West End Road. Then footpaths. The Fairway and Queens Walk to receive the attention. Pavements are more expensive than roads to do. Quicker to do via tarmacs. 400 miles or road in the borough and around 800 miles of pavement.
Break for tea
The Fairground at Field End Road. If crime can’t be controlled the fair will be stopped.
Great Central Avenue. Not many objections raised to addition of further flats and petitioners did not turn up.
Concern over what is left at the bottom of the stairs. Based on information from a former fire chief will look at the law and Allan will check it out.
Bonnells Electric Contractor. Fenced off pavement and dumping cable reels in the front of the building. Concern about it looking a mess and parking on the front yard.
Eastcote Arms. Looking to be turned back into a pub, planning application in with Harrow to turn into 16 flats.
- Victoria Road Traffic Parking and Traffic
David Seaman’s speech. He thanks the council for the resurfacing of the area between Field End Road and Royal Crescent.
“Due to cars parked in Victoria Road between South Ruislip and Ruislip Manor it can be difficult, if not impossible to pass a large vehicle, coming in the opposite direction. Not long ago I personally experienced what can happen when large vehicles come head to head and cannot find enough room to pass each other, and are unable to reverse due to the traffic that had quickly built up behind them. As result of this a large number of motorist had no option but to do a u turn in Victoria Road in order to find another way around this obstruction. How this blockage was resolved I have no idea as the large vehicles were still head to head when it came my turn to leave the scene by doing u turn. What would happen if an emergency vehicle would want to go down there?
Both our Vice Chairman and Councillor Kauffman have told me that the council are aware of this problem and that the council intend to do something about it, but nothing seems to be happening.
In view of the inaction may I request that our association writes to the council on a formal basis asking them. “What and when do they propose to do something about this problem?”
Sid followed up the Cllr Burrows and the council have looked at various issues with the road, widening, parking, the trees and it’s a difficult problem which they don’t want to tackle in his opinion.
Linda raised a petition about the parking some 15 months ago, so it being looked at as a parking issue rather than a vehicle access. Sid wrote to say that the road is not fit for purpose as an HGV access route to South Ruislip.
Kris – same problem in Great Central Avenue.
Cited as a good example, Eastcote Road in Harrow, seems to have worked. Have removed the trees countered Allan.
Sid keen for the council to walk the site at Victoria Road.
ALDI/B&M Removal of superstore sign. Needs to be either give way or filter light. Concern still of people turning right into West Mead.
- Cllr Judy Kelly
Attended petition hearing from two years ago. Part of the pavement to be divided on West End Road cycle road. Still looking for a crossing over the A40 for children from Harvey Road. Historic objection from TFL for zebra crossings on the A40 slip road. Concern for speed.
- Extend lanes on two lanes on West End Road
Suggestion following the improvement in to junction at The Fairway and Victoria Road. Up to TFL to develop the area. Glebe Farm owned by an offshore insurance company. Pinch point at Glebe Farm. Might ease traffic into West End Road.
- Pavements Being Broken by large lorries in the area
Encourage residents to take photographs where possible and the council will prosecute and make for example builders pay for it.
Complaints about vehicles parking on pavements and grass verges.
16.3 Bus Bin West Mead
Needs to be on the other side, located against solid wall with advertisement.
- Flower & Plant Sale Ruislip Lions
6th of May at the Rugby Club, West End Road.