We have received notice from HS2 of work at the site. As we know, HS2 passes under South Ruislip via a tunnel, and this site will be a vent shaft of some scale. Further details provided can be found in this document.
The Legion is inviting all its members to join together in encouraging people of all generations and communities to take part in the activities on 8th May and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation. As society faces some of the most challenging times since of the Second World War, it is now more important than ever to unite in recognition of service to the nation, just as communities did 75 years ago.Royal British Legion Schedule1100-1102 – Two Minute Silence1115-1200 – The Royal British Legion VE75 Livestream2000-2110 – VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration, BBC One2100 – ‘We’ll Meet Again’ SingalongTwo Minute SilenceThe Legion is calling on people to join in a national moment of reflection and Remembrance at 11am on Friday 8th May and pause for a Two Minute Silence, not only in recognition of the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation, but also to reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.People are invited to take part in the Silence in whatever way they feel appropriate be that standing at their window, stepping outside their home, whilst remaining distanced from others, or taking the opportunity for a quiet moment of reflection. To build momentum towards this important moment, please share this with your communities and encourage everyone to come together in Remembrance at 11am.The Royal British Legion LivestreamFollowing the Silence the Legion is hosting a VE Day livestream, sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War. The Legion is inviting people to grab a cup of tea and join us for the livestream as we bring the World War Two generation together with today’s generation to chat about their experiences.Hosted by TV presenter Sonali Shah, the programme will feature contributions from social historian Julie Summers and cook and influencer Melissa Helmsley. The stream will be live from 11.15am on the Legion’s website rbl.org.uk/veday75 and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPoppyLegion.VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration BBC ONE: 20:00 – 21:10To mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, in these unprecedented times, the BBC in partnership with The Royal British Legion will honour and celebrate the World War Two Generation with an evening of memories and music. Featuring some of those who remember this historic day, together with Britain’s favourite performers who will entertain us with popular songs of the era. In a fitting finale at 9.00 pm we will see the nation unite for a very special rendition of “We’ll Meet Again” as we all give thanks to our veterans and remember our loved ones.
‘We’ll Meet Again’ SingalongLyrics available on The Royal British Legion website https://www.rbl.org.uk/stories/ve-day-singalongVE Day 75 Learning PackDesigned for 7-14 year olds the learning pack includes first-hand accounts from the Second World War generation, veteran interviews and a range of activities to allow families to explore and commemorate VE Day 75 together. People can follow the activity on social media using #VEDay75 and #VEDay75Live during the livestream.There are many parallels between the struggles of the Second World War and what the world is going through today, and looking to the Second World War generation, their resilience and determination, helps inspire today’s generation in these difficult times.Dimitra NikolakopoulouRoyal British Legion Headquarters Membership Communications Officer
With Covid-19 we had planned to delay the April AGM meeting fairly early on. But as movement restrictions were applied we realised we could not and would not want to ask our Road Stewards to make journey’s out and about to deliver the newsletter.
As always Lynne has produced the first e-newsletter from the SRRA. Is this the future? Quite possibly.
Please enjoy and feel free to share electronically with your neighbours.
Last night the Executive meeting of the SRRA as a result of the current Covid19 concerns, decided that it would be in the interest of our residents to postpone the meeting due to be held Wednesday, 22nd April 2020 until 22nd July 2020.
The 22nd of July will be the AGM meeting.
We have taken a cautious approach due to the timescale involved in informing all residents of the decision as many will hear via the newsletter which takes a month to write, print and distribute.
Car Meets in the car parks have been a blight on the area for some time. The screech of tyres not being the most restful mood music to our Friday/Saturday nights.
The police and local council are looking at taking action against landowners where the meets take place and want more information to build a stronger case.
Have you been affected by this issue at Victoria Retail Parks?
If so the Safe Neighbourhoods Team in South Ruislip would like to hear from you. At this stage they simply want you to email them SouthRuislip.firstname.lastname@example.org :
Name Email Home Address Telephone
They will pass your details on to the Anti-Social Behaviour Team to discuss with you.
Many thanks for your help with this issue.
Trees for Cities are working with Hillingdon Borough council to plant a new woodland in Field End Recreation Ground. This woodland will be focused on further improving the biodiversity of the site, and Trees for Cities are planning to plant over 20 species in this woodland to create a diverse and welcoming environment for wildlife.
Trees for Cities are planning to plant in the area of long grass on Field End Recreation ground, the woodland will be planted to create areas where the canopy will grow to different heights, this will allow for a great view across the site from the viewing points from around the edges of the site. A diagonal walkway has been planned in to allow people to continue using the site and view the woodland as it grows.
This woodland is for the community and Trees for Cities would love for as many local people as possible to be involved with this project. As part of this, we will be holding a community planting day on 29th February 2020 and a series of workshops aimed at local schools and community groups in the week leading up to it.
Representatives from the SRRA will be there and we look forward to seeing some of you there too!
Present: 10 committee members, 5 local Cllrs (Barnes, Lavery, Makwana, Tuckwell and Kauffman) and 22 residents Apologies: Hazel Hook, Geoff Quantock, Jenny Hunt, Mr Phillips and Joy Warner & Cllr Lavery and Cllr Hurhangee
Meeting opened at 20:02
Apologies for the lack of newsletter from Sid due to committee illness. It was felt that this had impacted heavily on attendance this time.
No RAF today and no police.
Sadly, Teenager stabbed outside Harrow Lighting in Eastcote. Police following up.
2. Treasurers Report
Current £248 and Reserve £13,105. Up to date with all debts except for the current newsletter of £117.
3) Chief Road Steward Report
Arthur Lewis, long time road steward and member passed away.
Need Road Stewards Angus Drive and part of Long Drive, even numbers.
Price estimated at £106bn. Looks like a white elephant. Aim to scrap. Sid stopped going to HS2 meetings locally as was consistently disappointed with the replies which lacked detail and accountability.
5) Victoria Road – Parking
At a meeting re Speed humps in Princes Ways meeting with Cllr Burroughs, Sid discussed with him re Victoria Road. Both issues are ongoing.
Right turn into West Mead. And right turn from Manor into ALDI. Two issues still need to resolve. All actions take a long time with the council but appreciate that all decisions have to be auditable. They working to make the junctions safer.
6) Lidl – 6 weeks work
Still ongoing. Had to shore up the culvert and it took a long time to resolve.
Cllr Allan Kauffman to advise whether there is an expected finish date. Stonefield Way to be 2-way for non-HGV’s to the point of entrance.
7) RAF Northolt
Harrow MP complaining of lack of planning permission for the reopening. Consultancy on the change of flight paths at the Link in Portal Way.
8) HUBB Meeting
Older people attending on a regular basis. Walking football event. Pearly Kings and Queens coming. Colourway session.
9) SRRA Area improvements
General improvement in the Area with Flowers and planters etc in the area. We should be proud of the area.
Quiet at the present time. No building work – expected 2021 for this to start.
11) Reports from Ward Councillors
Council will be sending a letter to people in Torcross re consultancy gating. 35% in favour and against 13%. Required support is over 95% so it won’t be carried through.
Woodands Avenue in Eastcote parking consultation
Police forum at The Great Barn in Ruislip High Street from 1pm police can answer questions.
New recycling bin to be installed at Whitby Road shops.
On OWL website informed that inspector has stepped down, Rob Bryan retired.
Bins over-flowing. People use bins for domestic waste. For example Jubilee Drive.
Push from the residents association to the council to encourage the schools to reduce rubbish around the area especially their schools
Discussion moved onto low level drug activity. Dealing.
12) Break for Tea
13) Cont’ of Report from Ward Cllr
Litter, Steve and Allan on an overview committee for rubbish. Education is a key issue. New residents. Civic pride. The meeting is on Youtube.
Chrysalis is the annual budget for community projects. From £200 to £100,000. Cllrs always on the lookout for suitable schemes. Looking for projects for 2021. Such as £12,000 to Queens Walk children’s centre and Deans Park CCTV and improvements. Bid for upgrade to Spider Park. Allotment work and CCTV upgrades.
Council Annual budget – £10 million in road improvements up from £8m
Climate emergency adopted by the council. Council carbon neutral by 2030.
Traffic monitoring in Long Drive following petition.
Chrysalis bid on Parkfield Crescent for playground facilities there.
Trees for Field End rec. Planting on the 29th Feb in the North East corner of the park.
ASB. Management company, names and addresses and if gates not closed they will take out enforcement.
The bridge at South Ruislip going to put in lighting etc. to start before the next financial year starts.
Acol Crescent development. Building has encroached onto the access drive. They have moved a boundary following complaints from residents. Pay attention to borders as developers will try to take it.
Colin raised concern over fraud by not using the full year date on legal documents. i.e just adding year ‘20’ could be changed to 2019 or 2021. So complete in full as 2020.
Enforcement of Princes Road parking restrictions between 12 and 2pm.
Yellow lines going in on West End Road to stop parking on there.
Meeting closed at 21:36
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