With government cuts, there is a proposal to reduce the number of councillors across Hillingdon from 65 to 53. This means there will be a balancing of wards across the borough to make for roughly 4200 citizens per councillor in Hillingdon. Whilst some wards are unchanged some will disappear and some will go down to two councillors.
The proposal is that South Ruislip would retain three councillors and grow taking the roads currently in Cavendish ward such as Torcross, Queens Walk, Mount Pleasant, Hunters Hill. The exception is Parkfield Crescent which would move to an adjacent Hillingdon ward.
Parkfield aside, this makes sense with the Yeading Brook being a natural barrier.
The ward will fit better with the area the SRRA covers so makes sense to us. But having been established in 1939 we have seen our fair share of boundary changes and as these wax and wane the area we cover remains the same.
What about Cavendish Ward?
However, Cavendish ward will disappear with sections of it going to different expanded wards such as South Ruislip, the Manor and Eastcote. On a personal note I can’t help but feel for the uncertainty that respected established Cllrs in Cavendish such as Cllr Lavery and Barnes will face but such is politics.
What do you think of the changes?
Please have your say on the review at the following link. There are only a few days left for this first stage of consultation but another opportunity to comment will come next year:
Ruislipians, fancy a bimble in Ruislip Woods on New Years Day? Your wish is our command. as the Ruislip Woods Trust have let us know about this event. I am sure the guided walk will be very informative!
Tuesday 1st January 2019
New Year’s Day Walk – 11am
Meet outside the Woodlands Centre by the beach at Ruislip Lido.
The walk takes approx. 2 hours and there will be a stop in one of the Woods
for hot mince pies and mulled wine or soft drinks.
South Ruislip residents Costas and Roberto are opening their garden as part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS) to raise money for nursing and cancer-related charities.
It’s a compact garden with an exotic feel that combines hardy architectural plants with more tender ones. A feeling of a small oasis with plants like Musa Basjoo, Ensette Montbelliardii, tree ferns and black bamboo. Potted Mediterranean plants on the patio include herbs, a fig tree and two olive trees.
Refreshments including home-made cakes and savouries will also be on sale as well as plants, home-made jam and biscuits.
Do go along and help Costas and Roberto raise money for the NGS’s charities!
There is an opportunity to meet Santa on Thursday the 14th of December at Elliots Estate Agents on Long Drive. There will be hot chocolate, coffee, hot dogs and mince pies.
The event is free but organised by the South Ruislip Chamber of Commerce and a number of shops are taking part in the events which include a raffle. Donations if people would like to a SRCoC nominated charity.
The Boundary Commission have responded with changes to the constituency of Uxbridge and Hillingdon (note the change in name from Uxbridge and South Ruislip) by moving Harefield to the Ruilsip and Pinner constituency and adding more of Ruislip to the constituency.
The controversial move to include two Ealing Council Northolt Wards in the revised Uxbridge and Hillingdon constituency remains unchanged.
Maps of the proposed new Uxbridge and Hillingdon constituency can be found at the Commissions website link below.
Councillor Douglas Mills commented, :
“The Boundary Commission have accepted the argument that South Ruislip needs to be linked with Cavendish & Manor wards but the latest proposals from the Commission continues to miss the chance of bringing most of the Ruislip area under one MP. Indeed only 9,035 Ruislip residents are actually going to be in the seat with the Ruislip name. These will be those who live in West Ruislip ward and the part of Eastcote ward that covers East Ruislip.”
19,630 Ruislip residents living in Manor, Ruislip Gardens and South Ruislip including those in Cavendish ward will have no recognition of Ruislip in their proposed new constituency. Which will be called Hillingdon & Uxbridge even though the two Ealing Northolt wards are still included!”
Do you think the boundary changes are a good idea, grounded in common sense or pragmatism? Or are you against the proposal like Cllr Mills?
The consultation is once again open to the public until 11th December 2017. This changes the political landscape until the next review so whatever your point of view we would suggest that you comment on the proposals.
Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church On Wednesday 25th October 2017.
Apologies for Absence.
Minutes of Meeting.
Reports: Chairman, Treasurer, CRS, Secretary.
Reports from Ward Councillors.
Any other Business
NEXT QUARTERLY MEETING ON 24th January 2017 AT ST MARY’s CHURCH HALL THE FAIRWAY 8 PM
Vice Chairman Sid Jackson chaired and opened the meeting at 8pm. Sid welcomed everyone to the meeting.
In attendance were 59 residents and 9 committee members. Councillors present Cllrs Barnes and Kauffman.
Apologies for absence
Apologies were received from: Kate Fennel, Hazel Hook, Frances Jones, Geoff Quantock, Jagjit Sohal, Jenny Hunt, Cllr Lavey and Cllr White, Cllr Kelly and Duducu, Geoff Quantock.
No comments on the last minutes
PC Maz Solanki spoke at the meeting and initially listed crimes in the area, in the last three months:
17 Assaults with injury, 6 Burglary non residential, 19 Burglary, 15 Common assaults, 28 Harassment
29 Other crimes notifiable, 24 Other thefts, 9 Drug related crime, 27 Motor vehicle thefts
15 Shoplifting, 1 Bike Theft. 189 in total.
The ward crime team in South Ruislip is down to one officer and one PCSO with a further PC joining the team this week. Much lower than the five the ward used to have, which the officer lamented.
What are the clear up rates? Unknown. Low clear up for motor vehicle without CCTV not investigated without further evidence 9 out of 10 times it gets closed.
Closure of police station. Not informed when closed but expects shortly for Ruislip and Uxbridge especially as no custody suite at Uxbridge. [Update subsequent to meeting MOPAC is looking to retain Ruislip with a North of borough presence and close Uxbridge in favour of Hayes station]
They are likely to merge three boroughs police forces to cut costs.
How will you travel? 3 unmarked vehicles in Ruislip. Not enough for the number of officers. Likely to cycle.
There are not enough vehicles to support the officers. Who use cycles, quite possibly to cycle from Hayes. They are likely to start off in local areas and march out from the library. They don’t know where their locker rooms etc will be.
Cllr Teji Barnes raised the recent meeting at the council with MOPAC. The entire borough does not want this initiative. Discussed MOPAC initiative to shut Ruislip and Uxbridge police station. Lynne Kauffman praised a number of people who responded to the proposal and suggested people.
The PC raised concern about any of the police stations which will impact on response times.
What is causing much of the issues at the moment?
Worse issue is kids on cycles causing issues. A lot of cycling on the ARLA Dairy site especially at ASDA. Distraction thefts. Are they local children? They come from Hayes, Harrow, Ealing and the ramp and cinema are attracting them in. The police have seen a large influx. The PC has visited the parents of the children.
Cycle crime is more of an issue in the neighbouring wards than moped crime.
Disappointed with the response from security at ASDA.
Are you getting more officers to help support? No.
Getting seven or eight calls a day from the site. The onus is on security at the site. The police don’t cover the site as private land.
Reports from Vice Chairman – Sid Jackson
Introduced Rebecca and Sophie from Brunel who are Students journalists writing articles about South Ruislip
Norfest went very well and Sid thanked the committee members who attended.
ALRA development award from RICS for the site, the award goes forward to a national prize.
Treasurers Report – Colin Hook
Current account £991.44 and £12,366.43 in the reserve. Expenses to come at £215.
Complaint about vehicles being unloaded for sale on the site and set for sale from Victoria Road. Seen as not adopted by council so not their issue.
Open before March. No move on this. Further roadworks to be done.
What about the building used for worship behind? Still seeing movement in the area. But not large groups seen. Planning and appeal for worship at the site rejected.
Work started. Drilling bore holes for the tunnels in the area Harvil Road, Rabournmead, Bridgewater Road, Sainsburys Car Park, Great Central Avenue and Herlwyn Avenue. Expect to start work properly at the end of next year.
10.0 RAF Northolt – James Tenniswood.
What is happening? Many flights, due to Brexit, 5 people went to Caribbean moving the aid packages and water.
No plans to expand the commercial operation out of RAF Northolt and no plan for bigger aircraft and no increase in cap for flights.
There is a change in the resurface work on the runway which will now take place from July to November/December. Fixed wing traffic will cease. Rotary aircraft (helicopters) will stay and may increase when moving VIP’s around.
Whilst working on the runway they are improving the arrester bed at end of the beds. Really looking at strengthening the beds. Main work is strengthening the middle part of the runway where it is weakest.
Discussed the wider uses of the site. Varied environment 32 supported units, map making, two bands, Queens colour squadron, BFOS Post office, bomb disposal and many more. Service prosecuting authority. About 2000 people there and only 600 are RAF. The runway is only 5% of the services at RAF Northolt.
Not able to accept scheduled flights. Not geared for it. As a military base they have to be able to cancel flights as it is used by specialist agencies this would not work with scheduled flights. No customs, gates, terminals, parking to cope etc or fire crews.
They will have large military aircraft in such as the C17.
They believe there is a crashed WWII Hurricane which they will try to recovered and excavate but pressure to complete the runway ASAP.
Very good of James Tenniswood to come in on his own time.
Open Evening last week, applied for planning permission for change to a sports club. This will be opposed by Hillingdon Council and ourselves. The officer opposing is keen to show any experiences that they have that highlight issues that you have had. Please send via email to the SRRA and we will forward on.
12.0 Cllr Teji Barnes – Resurface and Fly Tipping Cavendish
Funding aside for roads, Broadhurst, Whitby Road around the shops, Hunters Hill, Southbourne and Greencroft and a limited number of pavements in the area. Mount Pleasant, Ridgeway, Oxford Drive and Newnham Avenue.
Looking at getting the clock working at Field End School following Frances Jones suggestion. This will be done using the ward budget. Looking to keep the original design.
Regular fly tipping at Church near Whitby Road. Keen to report the action. Cllr Barnes keen to use mobile cameras to tackle the issue.
13.0 Report from Chief Road Steward – Geoff Taylor
Three Road Stewards are retiring. Looking for people for Mount Pleasant. One for Palace Road and Diamond Road and one for 76-170 Long Drive and Fairview.
By the way – subs do not include free teas!
14.0 Cycling on Pavements – Doug Lewington
Disappointed by cycleway merging with pavement as proposed by the council from Station Approach to Polish War Memorial. Designated as joint path bikes and pavement. Petition raised by Doug Lewington, with around 140 signatures going to be presented to Democratic Services by Cllr Kauffman to have this reconsidered. Concern it is dangerous, the footpath is not wide enough.
The SRCoC traders needed to pull together to combat the threat from the new trading site and to speak to the council together so have just launched the South Ruislip Chamber of Commerce.
Sarah discussed their passion to bring Christmas to South Ruislip, with a carol service and Father Christmas in the parade outside the shops. The wanted help with car parking especially the public car park next to Sainsburys.
The car park is used by commuters. Keen for spaces to be used for people who will shop locally. Cllr Allan Kauffman said this was work in progress to change 15 bays for local shopping.
Discussion on keeping the road and pavement clean. The council are not sweeping after replacing the pavements whilst this dries out. Concern a heavy sweeper will disrupt the paving slabs.
Lynne mentioned that there is a monthly litter pick scheme if people wanted to join this. They promoted cleaning the paving in front of the shops encouraging owners to take ownership for these areas.
16.0 South Ruislip Improvements – Cllr Allan Kauffman
On the subject to South Ruislip improvements, Cllr Allan Kauffman then went on to detail the improvement scheme to the shopping area of South Ruislip which is in three phases. From the nursery to the chip shop then under the bridge and to the plumbing centre finally. The improvements to the area include benches, bins, trees and other improvements.
Further from the Cllr: Christmas lights, set to improve this year: Spending £13,300 Ruislip £8,000 and £13,017 in South Ruislip. 36 columns being decorated. Installed on the 6th and 7th November and switch on the 13th November.
Road will be resurfaced. Queens Walk, Fairway and Victoria Road and Station Approach. Contact Allan if any roads missed.
Consultants working on the bridge improvement plans at South Ruislip including such as cladding, light and walkway raised.
Noted a further strike on the bridge, this time by a lorry from Spar.
Victoria Road. Sid has written to Cllr Burrows (Traffic) Proposal for parking on the road to be unveiled following plans by the council. Sid thought that the only way forward is to widen the road space and allow parking in the verges.
No right turn into West Mead and the filter into the ARLA site not working. Raised as an issue within the council.
Sid as Chair thanked the SRCoC for attending.
Colin promoted the litter picking on a Saturday morning once a month in the area. Colin picked up two bags of litter in a short distance. Concern about fly tipping in the car park opposite the Middlesex Arms.
Sid mentioned Greggs bags dumped by Queensmead students on the way to school.
Will the tip at South Ruislip open again? No, too expensive for Hillingdon after the costs were increased by operators
Geoff Taylor suggested when the runway is closed work can be done at West End Road. Should be resurfaced by TFL then suggested to Cllr AK.
Traffic headed to West End Road on Station Approach – facing long delays. Lights will be reviewed by council as part of the whole process as the ARLA centre is opened and Cllr AK said they will be improved.
12th of November Polish War Remembrance Service. RAF Padre to take the service. All welcome. Choir from Bourne School, drama students and other people coming. Service start 10.30am, arrive at 10.15. Details on the website.
There are a number of residential roads not covered by Neighbourhood watch in the area. The coordinator will send a list of these to us and we will ask for support from our members.
Discussion on Boris Johnson attending the SRRA meeting in the future. Pencilled in for 2018. It is likely to be a 4pm start on a Thursday or Friday. We will prioritise the regular attendees to come to the meeting.
Meeting Closed at 9.40 pm.
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