Category Archives: General

Minutes of the South Ruislip Residents Association Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church On Wednesday 26th April 2017

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
Officer Person
Vice Chairman Sid Jackson
Treasurer Colin Hook
Chief Road Steward Geoff Taylor
Secretary Jeremy Wasden

 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.

  • LIDL

The Comet building has gone.  Bensons of Bed’s is still trading and construction work is ongoing.

  • HS2

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.

  • AOB
    • 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.

Meeting Closed.

Countdown to Christmas at the South Ruislip Library

Have you heard about the fantastic opportunity to visit Hillingdon Councils living advent calendar?

It starts on 1st December at Uxbridge High Street at 6pm.

All the libraries are taking part and there are some fabulous ticketed events across the borough every day up to 24th December

In our wonderful South Ruislip Library…

When our door is opened on at 4.15pm 6th December, please come and join in the singing and carols with Bourne School Choir, feast on delicious free Christmas biscuits and drinks and dip into our bran tub for a Christmas tree decoration for your own Christmas tree.

For details, see Nov/Dec Hillingdon People or the Hillingdon Library website..

Minutes of the South Ruislip Residents Association Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church On Wednesday October 26th 2016

 

srra-logo-hr

Minutes of the South Ruislip Residents Association Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church On Wednesday 26th  October 2016

20161026_200122

In attendance were 58 residents and 10 committee members.  Councillors present Cllr Kelly, White and Barnes. Apologies were received from: Cllr Kaufmann, Cllr Lavery, Cllr Duducu, Geoff Taylor, Iris Ellis and Hazel Hook.

crowd

1.0  Meeting Opened 20:02.

Minutes signed off.

2.0  Long Drive Traffic Lights.

Discussion on why the council notice in the Gazette mentioning long closures was somewhat overstated and with the use of TFL temporary lights contractors were able to keep the traffic lights operational minimising disruption.

collecting-road-stewards-subs
Taking Subs collected by the Road Stewards

3.0  Treasurers Report.

Balance £26.24.  Reserve £13,364.57

4.0  Secretary Report

Nothing to report

5.0  ARLA Development to ASDA, Cinema and Restaurants

The site is coming along.

Main issue is the West Mead turning.  Part of the problem is the lack of a right turn into West Mead.  Need a sign to say earlier no right turn into West Mead.  Also suggest change the keep clear to yellow box. Also issues with visibility at Angus Drive.

Sid and Cllr Kelly encouraged people to write to the council with their thoughts.  Write to Steve Austin; saustin@hillingdon.gov.uk

Residents on Victoria Road annoyed by people doing three point turns in order to go back to access West Mead..

getting-ready-for-the-meeting
Waiting for the meeting to open

6.0  LIDL

The second request for planning permission relating to expansion was on planning rota. However it was withdrawn as a petition was raised from a place of worship on the site.  So the application was put on hold whilst being considered.  However the place of worship doesn’t have planning permission.  The place of worship has been submitted with a change of use.  This may be refused.  It could follow the site is unsuitable given they have had to petition with safety concerns.

7.0  HS2

Vote in parliament so likely HS2 to go through.  HS2 action alliance now pushing on fair compensation.

Spoil will come out of the tunnels to the east or west.  Not via S Ruislip.  Technology will be the same as Crossrail for creating the tunnels.

talking-over-tea

8.0  Youth Centre

Now has a permanent Manager.  Putting a program together and so will come in January and talk to us about an update then.

9.0  Christmas Lights In South Ruislip

Bid in for them.  Lamp posts needed but as changing we will get much more.  Much more to follow next year.

thanks-jeremy-i-love-my-photo-taken
Sid Jackon, Vice Chair SRRA

10.0  Great Central Avenue / Great Central House

Planning application in for the expansion of the site.  Want to see if can defer as waiting to see about the unit growing too quick too quickly.

Raise a petition.  In planning you need to object on planning grounds.  There is concern about amenity space;  Lack of space for prams, egress safety grounds and a lack of parking spaces and rubbish provision.

animated-discussion-from-don
Animated Discussion from Don

11.0  South Ruislip Chamber of Commerce

From Lynne Kauffman; Taken two years to get people together to improve the shopping centre.  All the changes in the area have consolidated their efforts. Committee formed and looking forward.

Lynne thanked for her sterling efforts in driving this forward.

tea-break

12.0  SKLP

Matters look to be under control. But as ever need to watch going forward. Had to inform police of the events. Last year people were parking on the A40 slip road.

Concern over the location of parking on the SKLP site, which this last time was near to the residents in Harvey Road.

13.0 Brackenbridge House

Slip road full of garage cars and Corsa’s being sold. Going to put a one hour parking restriction in place.

14.0      Royal Crescent Alley Way

It is houses responsibility – but Cllr Kaufmann as arranged to resurface on the 10th or 12th of December.

15.0 Boundary Changes Proposed

Plan to change wards.  Agreed at meeting to support Hillingdon’s counter proposal.  We will post details on the website.

cllr-kelly

16.0  AOB

16.1  Request to return the bench outside the bus stop at ALDI. The bin has been replaced.

16.2  Victoria Road concern with parking issues all along the area from Aldi to the Manor. Petition raised. Council say they can’t do anything until the work for the ARLA site is done. However we have encouraged them to start the planning work.

16.3  When complete there is money to repave the pavements around junction of Victoria Road and Long Drive.

16.4  Waste bins outside shops in South Ruislip are over flowing on Monday morning.

16.5  Discussion on policing in South Ruislip.

16.6  Over height turn back sign causing delay at the South Ruislip Bridge.

16.7  Discussion on Sensor kits. We have monitoring in the West End Road.

16.8  Upgrade of Stonefield Park play facilities renewal. Letter to say work deferred until 2017/2018. Elaine has complained and asked for temporary works at least.

16.9  13th November invitation to the residents to join a service of remembrance. All welcome 10.30am at the Polish War Memorial.

Meeting Closed.

Minutes of the South Ruislip Residents Association Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church On Wednesday July 27th 2016

In attendance were 45 residents and 9 committee members.  Councillors present Cllr Alan Kaufmann. Apologies were received from: Frances Jones, Margaret Wallis, Cllr Kelly and Cllr Duducu

1 .0   Meeting Opened 20:02

Minutes signed off.  Item 3. Pedestrian access.  Walkway to be open when the commercial site is opened for access from Long Drive.

2.0   Police

Update from Ward Sgt James Burgess. Many moves in the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) for South Ruislip.  Insp Rob Bryan has been promoted to Chief Inspector in charge of SNT’s.  Sgt Burgess has three constables, new and all keen and adept.  Sgt Burgess has been in the police for thirteen years. Mostly in neighbourhoods.  Ward Sgt for 8 weeks.

Complaints about Field End Rd, Paddock Road, drug use.  3 drugs arrests including 70 wraps of heroin.  Also cannabis.  Also complaints in The Fairway.  Vehicle and knife seized.  Sgt Burgess said that they were successes as a result of information from residents, so please inform the police.  They want more information.  Personally to the SNT, by dialling 101, twitter and email. Don’t mind the route, just get them the information about local criminal activity.

Burglary figures.  In May, 11 down to 2 in June.  In a recent case a burglary was started, the alarm went off and the burglar was scared away by alarm.  First break in for a while.  The message from the police is take sensible precautions and reduce your risk.

One gentleman asked about cycling on pavements which Sgt Burgess explained was an issue he was hot on.

Discussed children riding on bikes recklessly in Queens Walk and Mount Pleasant.  Cllr Kauffman mentioned Kings College as a good diversion for attention and hinted at plans for South Ruislip for BMX course/skateboarding and things of that ilk. “Watch this space”.

No plans to reopen the satellite police station on The Runway in South Ruislip.  But plans locally to improve visibility of police by walking in the ward. Aim to be on the ward for shifts including on late shifts up to midnight.

Brackenbridge.  Issues with kids on motorbikes.  The police have seen this as well whilst walking in parks near West End Road and Bridgewater Road in the field.  Comments that they were gathering in White Butts.

Complaint about a noisy motorbike in the area.  Details taken by the police.

3.0   RAF Northolt

Hannah OC Operations and Squadron Leader James Tenniswood, Media and communications officer.

Round up of recent occurrences.  There are two thousand people on the unit.  The looked after the spare for Marine One which was brought in by C17.  They have been involved with Exercise Griffon Strike in Cornwall, taking senior MOD and ministers there via helicopter to watch the drill.

Keeping them most busy – flights for Senior Ministers and Royal Family.  Parliament in recess so a little quieter.  But there have been a lot of short notice flights recently.

Also they site the two helicopters for London Air Ambulance.  Their flying times are limited by sunlight.

Flight safety.  Concern about local drones activity.  Need users to stick to the CAA regulations.

Lasers.  Being shone on planes are a risk to the sight of pilots.  There are hotspots for lasers use in Field End Road and Long Drive.

Wingfield Way.  Hedges cant be cut at the moment due to nesting season.  Not cut April to July.  Can do it in August and they will do.

The station was awarded Station of the Year by RAF Benevolent fund, for raising funds, £53,000 for this charity and raised £230,000 in a year for all the charities.

Questions about a quirky and noisy plane which was identified as a Piago airplane.  Belongs to Italian air staff.

Comments that there are a lot of helicopter movements at the moment.  The RAF representatives said they felt the number of movements for them was low, but there the base has a helicopter lane route over RAF Northolt.  Apart from exercises not many there really.  Just fly over head.

Maintenance on runway to take place in the next two years.  But waiting and don’t know when.  It will close for 6-9 months for fixed wing aircraft.

Comment from the floor about Project ARC meaning RAF Northolt could take up to 50,000 movements at year. 12,000 cap per year is the remit subject to ministerial approval.

Operational tempo meant that the RAF Northolt open day is a staff only event.  However in 2017 the idea is a community open day so there will be a focus on local people getting tickets rather than plane/RAF buffs.  They will advise more at the next RAF/community meeting.

4.0   Reports Treasurer

Current account £329.24 and deposit account £13,362.89 in reserve at 25th July 2016.  Outstanding £140 for a newsletter and ID tags £15.

5.0   Chief Road Steward

Thanked the Road Stewards.  Vacancies for Exmouth Road (40) Queens Walk (22) West End Road (12).  Discussed Lanyard’s.  The lanyard was the expensive part of the fit out.

Mahlon Avenue & Hardy Avenue did not receive a newsletter from Kate.  Discussed the routine of the newsletters going out.

Geoff reiterated the need for up to date list of houses and the roads.

6.0   Ward Councillor – Allan Kauffman

Rubbish Bins.  Spate of domestic waste in waste bins.

Roads to resurfaced Brackenbridge Road, Abbots close, Down Barnes, White Butts and Stafford Road.  Next challenge is the pavements.  First is Long Drive.

Green Flags – most awards in Hillingdon in the country.  Awarded to parks for amenity and trees. Very proud of Hillingdon’s Green spaces and this award.

Bridge at South Ruislip Station Approach: Looking for a proposal from officers to improve the immediate area of the bridge, passed to TFL for £350,000.  Ruislip Manor work cost £11 Million.

Complaints about weeds on Rydal Way. Sent photos to Cllr Judy Kelly.   Comment on weed sprayer on a quad bike, being done at speed so possibly ineffective.

Complaint about bridge and pigeons at Ruislip Gardens.

7.0   Lidl

Lidl will be on major planning on 24th August.  Recommended for approval. Watch for the details on the website.  One of the issues was with Benson’s for Beds delay as an island in the car park.  Plan to open by end of March next year

8.0 ARLA Site

Cited to open one week before Easter.

Shopkeepers in The Fairway complained about spaces being taken up being used for spoil. Parking spaces to be returned for customer use from Allan.

Have started the road widening.

9.0   HS2

Action Alliance against HS2.  Cost currently £55 Billion.  Spent £1 and a quarter billion with nothing to show for it.  We believe part of Europe wide high speed rail link, but this idea is broken in London anyway.  Expected downturn in the economy and so anti groups are hoping HS2 might be a casualty.

Meeting Closed.

MINUTES OF THE SOUTH RUISLIP RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION QUARTERLY MEETING HELD AT ST MARY’S CHURCH – WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27TH 2016

SRRA Logo HR
SRRA Logo HR

Minutes of the South Ruislip Residents Association

Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church On Wednesday January 27th 2016

In attendance were 65 residents and 11 committee members.  Councillors present Judy Kelly, Michael White and Allan Kauffman.

Apologies were received from: Cllrs Jem Duducu, Teji Barnes, Eddie Lavery.  Colin Hook, Hazel Hook,Geoff Quantock, Frances Jones and Iris Ellis

SRRA Queuing for Tea at the break
SRRA Queuing for Tea at the break

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

2.0               Henry Neal – Representative of Lidl

Henry Neal (centre) talking to South Ruislip Residents
Henry Neal (centre) talking to South Ruislip Residents

Henry Neal (centre) talking to South Ruislip Residents

Henry gave thanks to the community for support for the application for the Lidl site on Victoria Road, on the site of the Rover building.  Given it took a long a time to get, during the time Lidl bought an additional piece of land which they will use to expand the store.  An extra 400 metres square of retail space and it will give a different entrance for the delivery to the back of the store.

In response to questions:

What will happen to the Benson Beds and the Comet site?

Comet will be built on.  Benson’s to remain.  Expecting a decision next month on whether the expanded development will be approved. 

When will people be able to shop there?

Start on site next month with demolition. Looking to open the shop by this Christmas.

Expecting any planning issues this time?

The two main issues last time were both highways issues.  Firstly the number of car parking spaces and secondly delivery vehicles having to reverse passed the entrance.  Feel that they can open the site and add more spaces and move delivery vehicles to the rear of the site makes for a strong case.  But nothing settled until planning permission granted.

How will vehicles be leaving?

Delivery lorries via Stonefield Way.  People parking at Lidl go onto Victoria Road via Stonefield quick exit.  Stonefield Way will allow cars both direction to accommodate ease of exit for vehicles.

What happens if planning refused?

Committed to this development rather than the original so if face issues with the council will push ahead with it.   

How will the Stonefield Way entrance work?

There will be a barrier there, a raised table to give equal rights to pedestrians.  Undulating to keep cars to one side (like Vine Lane, Uxbridge?).

What happens to Benson’s for Beds?

They will be a tenant of Lidl, will suffer some short term inconvenience but longer term hoped they will generate more custom from increased footfall. 

Worried about competition from four supermarkets in the area as will be?

No.

For more information go to http://lidlsouthruislip.co.uk/

3.0        Police Rob Bryan Inspector for North of the Borough

Inspector Rob Bryan
Inspector Rob Bryan

Keen to work with community members to help catch speeders in the area.  Running joint speed traps.  If you are interested email CommunityRoadwatch@tfl.gov.uk or see the community Roadwatch scheme online at www.met.police.uk/teams/transportnw/hillingdon for details.

Recent tests under ‘Operation Willow’ picked up 6 speeding vehicles, 1 vehicle seized and 1 arrest made.

Some changes of personnel on the ward however officers are increasing from 24 to 29 in the North of the Borough.

Police pleased with the joint initiative with RAF Police, with plain clothes work and anti-burglary.

Also worked on initiatives such as stay safe online at the GAA, Bourne Primary Crocodile Walk and Immigration checks on workers at Bradfield Road.

Question: Any burglaries locally?  One reported by residents at Braintree Road

Burglaries down 50% on last year, but very high last year.  Thieves targeting flat roof access, so secure ladders.  They have kicked in older UPVC doors at the rear,

Older residents.  If you see anything suspicious can call 101.  Three neighbours saw suspicious people but did not call it in and an aggravated burglary took place.  Burglary happened between 10 to 4pm.  Reports of people in yellow jackets looking like ‘workers’.

Free burglar alarms for over 65’s.  There is a waiting list.  Very simple and effective.

4.0        Chief Road Steward

Geoff being ably assisted.
SRRA Chief Road Steward Geoff being ably assisted.

CRS Geoff Taylor has taken over and stated that the SRRA is short of Road Stewards for the following areas:

East Mead, The Fairway, Princes Way, Diamond Road, Jubilee Drive, Palace Road, Royal Crescent, Wingfield Way, Primrose Gardens, West End Road, Bridgewater Road, Exmouth Road, Field Road, Queens Walk and Victoria Road.

If you live near there and are able to help it would be much appreciated.

Geoff requested list of members where we don’t have them.  Road Stewards please complete the census that Colin sent out.  Were we had one of the RS’s on holiday, we didn’t have a list of members.  So one road didn’t get newsletters.  Names and Addresses would be great for members and ideally how much subs normally paid £1 or £2.

The idea of ID tags for Road Stewards and Committee members at the Quarterly meeting discussed.  Broadly welcomed.

Tea break

SRRA Thank you for the Tea - your reward us having your picture taken!
SRRA Thank you for the Tea – your reward is having your picture taken!

5.0          Colin Russell – Head of Waste Services London Borough of Hillingdon

Cllr Michael White talking to Colin Russell
Cllr Michael White talking to Colin Russell

How big is waste in Hillingdon?

We have a weekly service – which is good.  There is commitment for weekly to continue and no wheelie bins.

No intention for charging.  However the council only has your money to spend.

What are the costs and how much is collected?  Black bag of rubbish.  Costs £10.2 million pounds a year to dump and £6m to collect.  47,000 tons in Hillingdon which is one of the highest volumes of waste in London but best in London for recycling.  22,000 tons of recycling.  Volume has increased but weight has not gone up.  Colin attributed that to manufacturers cutting resource costs.

Reasons for rejection of rubbish.  Unsafe food waste in the recycling.  Clean it a little – rinse through with food waste should be enough.

They renegotiate the contracts regularly to get best price but Grundons at Colnbrook takes much waste.

Broadly if in doubt about what to put in recycling put it in.  What causes most concern to Colin? Carrier bags – at the moment they are shipped to China for repurposing but currently being stockpiles.  Prices change for the value of waste.

Black bags cost £126 a ton to get rid of.  Recycling clear bags used to get £4.34 per ton.  Now pay £43 a ton to get rid of.

Food and garden waste 14,000 tons.  Limit 6 bags per property.  Cost £54 per ton.  Food with it gets a better recycled product with the end waste which is why it can be taken.

Financially better to recycle.

Garden Bags. They fly away.  Try to get them back to the right place but on a windy day it can’t be guaranteed.  Looking at possibly a higher weight of base to the bag to reduce this but can’t make them too heavy for the men who collect.

Add your house number and road to reduce change of garden bag going missing.

Nagging issues.  Mattresses.  Hillingdon has more mattresses than other boroughs.  30-40 a days.  Hayes and West Drayton mostly.  Good news is they get recycled.  Washed and used to stuff toys etc.

Picking up rubbish.  Dog waste is expensive.  2 tonnes every week.  Expensive as incinerated.

Fly tipping is an issue.  They tend to try and clear rather than argue about where the problem is but have to push back on private land.

Glass gets recycled.  Waitrose get a better price as split by colour but this would increase collection costs too much to split it.  They will take broken glass.

Bread and vegetable tends to make up the majority of food waste.  Should it be made compulsory?  Colin felt not.  Of the approx.34% who took the food waste kit, 75% still use it.

Any chance of South Ruislip waste centre opening again to the public?  Colin felt it extremely unlikely.  Costs rose from £250k to £415k to £469k to £715k over a relatively short few years making it one of the most expensive sites in London.  It was uneconomic to sustain.

Sid Jackson, Vice Chair SRRA
Sid Jackson, Vice Chair SRRA

6.0             HS2

HS2 still petitions being raised.  Internal audit for HS1 showed a recovery rate of 53% of funds used.  Making it uneconomic, however Sid said, there is a refusal to publish the details until Hybrid Bill goes through council.

7.0             ARLA Site

Work ongoing.  Where there is mud on the road and Sid has complained there has been a sweeper out in a few minutes.  Starting the work on the roads mid-March.  Will take until November to complete the roads.

Bellway Homes application to increase the build by 31 homes.  Corporate greed.  Amended petition to add more parking spaces.

8.0        SKPLC Site

As raised by Cllr Judy Kelly and Sid, please sign the petition for Harvey Road to support further council efforts to curtail invasive and anti-social disturbance by the SKPLC centre and it’s users which badly affects residents of Harvey Road.

9.0        SRYPC South Ruislip Young Person Centre

Cllr Allan Kauffman: The centre has run down.  He has spoken to the new director.  Lack of investment in the centre, however the borough has just employed 30 new youth workers across the borough.  Work orders have been given to repair the front wall and funds available to improve the furniture.  The Cllrs were perturbed to not sound recording equipment available for the centre purchases for £9k still sitting being unused.

They expect changes with the staff and work going into the centre and a full set of programmes to be given.  Up from the two nights a week the centre is currently being used by the youngsters

10.0      Car Dealer in Princes Road

Enforcement order given to Corsa cars to remove vehicles.  Will free about 30 spaces up.

11.0      Land Between Library and the Youth Centre

Likely to be tied up soon.  30 flats to be built – or that is what planning permission has been granted for the site.  Likely to be sold to a developer.

12.0      Parked Cars Field End Road

Just agreed double yellow lines.

13.0      Building Opposite Station: 18 Flat development

Cllr Allan Kauffman stated this site was going to be used to house homeless families to save the borough bed and breakfast costs.   Will be Hillingdon people rather than other authorities people.  Allan was unsure if going to be staff on site – said he would confirm.  Concern expressed but housing a transient population locally and the effects on the area and about the impact on parking in the area.

14.0      Double Yellow on Victoria Road.

Concern express that it’s ‘Becoming a car park’.  Suggestion for parking one side only.  Felt was a difficult issue but parking near the ARLA site is being looked at.

15.0      Clear the drains. 

Concern expressed about surface water on Victoria Road.  The borough do have gulley sweepers running routinely in the area.

Meeting closed 10:03 

Hillingdon Literary Festival 16th-18th October 2015

Hillingdon Literary Festival

Brunel University, Waterstones,  London Borough of Hillingdon and others are getting together to organise a literary festival next month at Brunel University.

Big name attendees include Will Self, Kate Mosse and poet Benjamin Zephaniah.

The Festival is taking place between Friday 16th October and Sunday 18th October.

Full details of the event including a packed schedule of events can be found at:

http://www.hillingdonliteraryfestival.com/

Hope you enjoy the event if you decide to go.

North Hillingdon Local Policing: APRIL circular‏

UPDATE FROM INSPECTOR ROB BRYAN:
Dear reader,
 
Thank you for the positive messages received in response to last months circular. Always nice for my officers to get praise, which has been passed on to them.
 
 
Changes to Local Policing
 
We all remember the old Safer Neighbourhoods model of 1-2-3 which meant a local bobby was often seen. That changed when we moved to the Local Policing Model a few years ago, which for a variety of reasons reduced the visibility of local officers on the beat.
 
I am pleased to say the Local Policing Model has been reviewed and a number of changes made. It is not an increase in resources but rather a more focused way of deploying those resources so they remain visible:
 
Local officers used to have to cover the Appointment Cars. These are four cars across the Borough, working a day shift and a late shift. The car attended incidents where the caller was happy for an appointment. That meant 8 local officers a day not being visible locally. That has now changed and the Appointment Car is covered by officers on the 24/7 Emergency Response Teams.
 
Local officers used to have to cover a variety of tasks which took them away from their beat (hospital guards, constant watches in custody, crime scene guards). Again, these tasks now fall to the Emergency Response Teams.
 
Dedicated Ward Officers are ring-fenced and that comes from the very top of the Organisation. They will remain on their beats.
 
The shift roster has been reviewed and local officers will now work more hours where they are visible to the majority of the community. 
 
 
What does that mean in reality?
 
For the North, it means you now have the following resources for every two wards:
 
One sergeant
 
Four PCs, two of whom are the Dedicated Ward Officers and cannot be abstracted.
 
Two PCSOs, both of whom are Dedicated Ward Officers and cannot be abstracted.  
 
The two non-dedicated PCs can be abstracted for aid, but not for those tasks listed above. You should see more cops on the beat.
 
Additional to these officers is the North High Visibility Team, a dedicated team of one sergeant and five PCs who are tasked to disrupt offenders in our area. They are very proactive – in one week in March they made the following arrests: six people were arrested for possession with intent to supply drugs, one person was arrested for disqualified driving, one person was arrested for stealing a car and one of our well known criminals was arrested and remanded in custody for two counts of theft. 
 
 
Bobby’s on the beat are not a thing of the past and I hope you notice the difference.
 
Yours,
 
Inspector Rob Bryan
North Cluster
Hillingdon Borough
( 020 8246 1816 | ( 07500097182 | 8 robert.bryan@met.pnn.police.uk
+ Ruislip Police Station, The Oaks, HA4 7LE
NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED
 
Follow us on Twitter @MPSHillingdon
Email XHMailbox.partnership@met.police.uk to register for crime prevention advice