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HS2 : Near the track, can you claim for ground settlement?

We were speaking to Lottie Jones from who has campaigned on the issue of HS2 for some time.  And Lottie made an interesting point that we wanted to share with you…

There are properties in South Ruislip that are eligible for settlement deeds. ( it’s taken 6 years of fighting to make sure residents above tunnels benefit from this deed agreement with HS2Ltd)
However of 273 properties in Ruislip only 36 have responded and the window for applying is closing soon.
We don’t believe that everyone who is eligible has been contacted and we want to ensure everyone has an opportunity to obtain deeds.
HS2Lt’s information and how to apply
Maps of properties that are eligible
The HS2 help desk is the first port of call
Unfortunately, we have residents who have been given the wrong information or haven’t had their enquiries followed up so if anyone needs any help or advice please ask them to contact us either through me on this email or our resident support group Facebook Page.
Our latest newsletter
Lottie Jones

Hillingdon HS2 Residents Support Group : Update directly from Hillingdon Against HS2

“Dear Supporters,

The last year has proved to be one of the strangest and most difficult of times and unfortunately we are still in the midst of a global pandemic and national crisis. So we hope that you and your families are staying safe and well.
While our lives are put on hold and our economy is in dire straits, HS2 seems to be exempt, as main work construction steps up a pace with an endless pot of £billions of government spending available for the project.

Over the years we have aimed to keep you up to date with as much campaign news as possible. You will have noticed that these newsletters have become less frequent. Most of our time is now spent negotiating with HS2Ltd, fighting for mitigation to reduce the impact of local work and ensuring they and their contractors are working within the confines of the HS2 Hybrid Bill and the law. We will continue to work with Hillingdon Council to challenge and hold them and their contractors to account.
However we feel the time has come to reduce these newsletters further and in future we will only update you if there is a significant major change to the project.

LOCAL UPDATES & NEWS

There is now simply too much local HS2 activity taking place to be able to cover in newsletters as the construction timetable changes week on week and covers such a large area of Hillingdon.
We strongly advise you to check this HS2Ltd website dedicated to Hillingdon news. This is a website with  information provided by HS2Ltd so whilst it will keep you updated with local news, please be aware that it also comes with the usual project propaganda and PR spin.
On the top right hand side of the page you can sign up for email alerts to notify you of upcoming work, road closures etc. and what to expect in your area.
We will continue to support residents and anyone affected by HS2. Working with representatives from Ruislip,Ickenham, Harefield and surrounding areas, together we are the
Hillingdon HS2 Resident Support Group.
We remain committed to representing you in our dealings with HS2Ltd, and in meetings with local MPs. We are also in regular contact with the HS2 Resident and Construction Commissioners, The Minister for HS2 as well as Directors and the CEO of HS2Ltd. We can voice your concerns, but it’s really important that you raise issues yourselves too.

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

Over the years we have secured many changes and improvements to the way in which HS2 is to be built. Not only have we ensured that part of the route is tunnelled underground through Ruislip, we were able to influence an improve the compensation schemes in Harefield and Ickenham as well as putting pressure on HS2 to provide settlement deeds for properties above tunnels. We have helped improve the community engagement with HS2Ltd which still isn’t great, but we are now able to have direct contact with contractors to help influence better mitigation and reduce impact of the project locally. For instance getting plans for a concrete plant changed and the redesign of sections of the overground route which have resulted in a reduction of HGVs on our roads and less environmental impact. It has also included ensuring disruptive work is minimised where possible, like timing work during school holidays when traffic is lighter. We have ensured the reuse of felled timber, keeping pedestrian footpaths open and in usable condition, making sure HS2Ltd adhere to the code of construction practice and there are now enforcements in place to stop them using certain local roads for their HGVs, and sanctions in place if there is evidence of mud and debris on roads. HS2Ltd are also having to take responsibility for maintenance and repair of roads they have damaged. Most recently we helped halt work on Harvil Road that breached legal noise levels and have ensured the contractors are now using less invasive methods of sheet piling. We are in the process of securing more environmentally friendly working practices including dispensing with diesel generators to prevent air pollution. We continually put pressure on HS2Ltd to be more considerate of our environment and communities and whilst it is an uphill struggle, we will challenge them at every opportunity. We don’t win every battle but we do believe we are making a significant difference. It really helps us to help you if you can let us know any situations where you believe HS2 are not treating people fairly or following best practices and by making official complaints.

COMPLAINTS AND PROBLEMS
If you are unsure of any aspect of HS2 please send an enquiry to the HS2Ltd Help Desk.
Freephone 08081 434 434
Please also always register any concerns as formal complaints using the HS2 Helpdesk first and then escalate through the complaints procedure if you are not satisfied with the outcome. Very few complaints are officially recorded in Hillingdon compared to what we know is the reality. We understand there is little faith in the process but we can’t represent you and take the complaints to a higher level if they go unreported.
The process to follow is here
Or Freephone 08081 434 434
Please ensure you ask for your enquiry or complaint to be registered and ask for a reference number – so it is properly recorded.
Please copy us in – info@hillingdon-against-hs2.com
And for more effect please also copy your MP.
David Simmonds (Ruislip,Ickenham & Harefield)   david.simmonds.mp@parliament.uk
Boris Johnson (South Ruislip) boris.johnson.mp@parliament.uk

Also if you believe HS2Ltd are guilty of any wildlife crime, please do report it here
https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-to-report-crimes/

UPCOMING HS2 WORK
There is simply too much to list here and whilst a lot of the construction work continues within the confines of the work sites that have already been taken over by HS2Ltd, there is so much more to come that will directly affect residents. From land take to road closures, traffic disruption, increased HGV traffic, to noise and light pollution.
HS2Ltd claim to be ‘a good neighbour everyday’ so if you have any evidence that this is not the case – please report it or freephone 08081 434 434

Please sign up to HS2Ltd’s email alerts for news about the full closure of Harvil Road, intermittent  closures of Breakspear Road South and New Years Green Lane. UKPN cable laying between Harrow and West Ruislip.Utility surveys and subsequent months of works and lane closures on Victoria Road and West End Road. Sheet piling, tunnel boring, vegetation clearance, and sadly much much more.

SETTLEMENT DEEDS
After many years of delay HS2Ltd have finally started issuing Settlement Deeds for eligible properties. More information here. Any property that is within 30 meters of the planned tunnels may be affected. If you live or have property above the HS2 tunnels, you may be concerned about possible damage to your property during construction. Not all properties will qualify for ‘before and after surveys’ but if you have not already, you should make sure you apply for settlement deeds. The window for doing so is closing soon.
The eligibility criteria for a settlement deed is complicated but explained in this document.
The proposed line has recently changed and more properties fall into this category now. Please check the maps here and if you believe you are eligible contact HS2Ltd  or freephone 08081 434 434

If you have applied for your deeds – or have already received them, you have 21 days to have the documents signed and return them. However this has been extended due to the Covid lockdown restrictions. HS2Ltd should have been in touch to inform you but their communication is notoriously lacking so again please do contact them if you have an issue or freephone 08081 434 434

LOCAL ENGAGEMENT
HS2Ltd have a local ‘Community Engagement Team’ (CET) with whom we meet every month (now virtually) and we are in direct contact with them on a regular basis.They usually hold  ‘Drop Ins’ for Hillingdon residents at our local libraries but these have been suspended during the Covid lockdown. If you would like to speak to a member of the CET or an engagement manager for one of their contractors, please call the Helpdesk 
or freephone 08081 434 434
There are various upcoming webinars and virtual drop in sessions planned that you can join in so please keep checking their website for more details.

COMMUNITY FUNDING
There are very few benefits to HS2 in Hillingdon – if any at all.. however there is a national scheme running to help offset the impact that HS2 has on communities. So if you are associated with a community group or business – no matter how big or small, you can apply for a share of these funds. Hillingdon has the lowest uptake for these funds nationally, so it would be good to see more applicants coming forward. Find out more about how to apply here
HS2Ltd’s contractors are also obliged to contribute back to the community and can offer various help with local groups ( schools, scout groups, sports clubs etc) such as providing resources and labour for small community based projects. If you’re interested in finding out more, please email us

WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO
Please stay engaged with HS2 issues and help us to highlight all the negative impacts to the powers that be. The best way to do this is to keep up with the latest HS2 news on social media.
Follow the HS2 # on Twitter
Our Facebook page is updated daily
Information can also be found on our website 

If you feel strongly about what’s happening with HS2 locally – perhaps you think the NHS is more worthy of funding than HS2 – especially during the Covid crisis, or perhaps you have concerns about current construction work, please do write to your MP.
David Simmonds ( Ruislip,Ickenham, Harefield) david.simmonds.mp@parliament.uk
Boris Johnson ( South Ruislip,Uxbridge) boris.johnson.mp@parliament.uk

There are always petitions to sign – this one is particularly important and set up by environmentalist Chris Packham and should trigger a parliamentary debate.
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/300170

MOVING FORWARD
We hope you will continue to engage with us. We have a strong community in Hillingdon and never more so than during difficult times. Even from a distance, we can still come together and support each other and our voice will be much louder collectively.

We continue to work with the national Stop HS2 group to lobby government and highlight the negative aspects of the project as much as we can.

We also continue to work alongside Hillingdon Council who have always opposed HS2 and together we are challenging HS2Ltd at every opportunity.

Once again we’d like to thank you for your ongoing interest and support and we hope to engage with you more on-line and via our social media.
Or write to us at
info@hillingdon-against-hs2.com

Kind regards
Hillingdon HS2 Residents Support Group”

LOOK CLOSER CAMPAIGN

Our Safer Neighbourhood team are launching the LOOK CLOSER CAMPAIGN again this year. This is a focus on the issue of child abuse and exploitation, which continues in Lockdown. The police and the Children’s Society want to engage the community in keeping a watchful eye, but clearly our awareness of this issue continues throughout the year. Greater public vigilance – watching out for things which don’t seem normal is important.
Our Safer Neighbourhood team are launching the LOOK CLOSER CAMPAIGN again this year. This is a focus on the issue of child abuse and exploitation, which continues in Lockdown.

https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work/child-criminal-exploitation-and-county-lines/spotting-signs

 

SRRA August Special Newsletter!

Cue Trumpet – Please see our latest newsletter. We had some fabulous contributions for the newsletter. It looks different to our normal newsletter but I hope it is useful to residents. The back pages as you can see explain what has given residents a lift in these very difficult times.
This online version replaces our delivered version which we are avoiding distributing to protect one another.
Please share with your neighbours if you talk to them in a suitably socially distanced way.
Enjoy the bank holiday!

April SRRA Newsletter

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.

SRRA April 2020 Newsletter

 

Helping the South Ruislip Environment : Tree Planting

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!

https://www.treesforcities.org/fieldendrec

South Ruislip Planters

The South Ruislip Planters are in.  These have been organised by contributions from Lagan, who are the builders of the RAF Northolt runway who have funded the planters in the first year, the South Ruislip Councillors Ward Budget, the  South Ruislip Chamber of commerce and yours truly the SRRA.

In total the SRRA are contributing £1,200 over three years to the planters, as voted on at the last SRRA public meeting   So enjoy the planters and let’s all take pride in South Ruislip!

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, Manor Farm in Ruislip is hosting a two-day family event, from 10am to 5pm

Plenty going on at Manor Farm this weekend over the Bank Holiday!

Sunday 5 May


All day  Classic cars: A special vintage car show displaying a host of classic cars.

All day  To and Fro exhibition: Methods of transport in Hillingdon during the 1930s.

All day  Cart sheds: Skilled craftspeople will be making and selling handmade goods.

11am to 1pm  Storytelling: Hear fascinating recounts of wartime tales and life on the home front.

11am to 1pm Start your victory garden: Plant tomato seeds, take them home to watch them grow.

10am to 3pm Duck Pond Market: 50+ stalls offering different foods.

Monday 6 May


All day To and Fro exhibition: Methods of transport in Hillingdon during the 1930s.

All day Cart sheds: Skilled craftspeople will be making and selling handmade goods.

All day Food Stalls: Linnets Kitchen & Funky Elephant plus Coffee!

10am to 3pm Storytelling: Hear fascinating recounts of wartime tales and life on the home front.

11am to 3pm Face Painting

12pm to 2pm Live Swing Music

11am to 4pm Evacuee Experience: What it was like living in the borough during this time.

11am to 4pm Start your victory garden: Plant tomato seeds and take them home to watch them grow.

2pm to 4pm Tea Dance: In the Great Barn, playing famous jazz hits, run by Terry’s Tea Dance.

Quarterly Meeting 24th April 2019 Minutes

Quarterly Meeting Held at St Marys Church Hall, South Ruislip Wednesday 24th April 2019  Annual General Meeting

Present: 11 committee members, 5 local Cllrs (Barnes, Lavery, Makwana, Tuckwell and Kauffman) and 69 residents

Apologies: Jenny Hunt, Cllr Hurhangee. {Post meeting just wanted to add that apologies were received from PC Solanki for not being able to make it… the team had been put onto 12 hour shifts and had been tasked to deal with a traveller eviction at the time of the meeting at short notice.}

1. Meeting opened at 20:00

Sid noted that this was the 80th Anniversary of the SRRA today – which started in 1939.

Opening AGM today.

Minutes of the last meeting – no issues raised.

2. Election of officers

 The following officers were duly proposed and seconded and votes were held in favour of the following officers.

Secretary – Jeremy Wasden

Treasurer – Colin Hook

Chief Road Steward – Geoff Taylor

Vice Chair – Sid Jackson

3. Beautiful South Ruislip

This endeavour has been rolling on for a few years and with the SIL funds from ARLA the area has been improved.  But keen to continue to improve and make the area a little greener.

So Cllr Kauffman, Sid Jackson, Lynne and representatives from the SR Chamber of Commerce have looked at the options with advice from Hillingdon officers.

Installing baskets to sit on barriers and railings the only option was at SR station and this was felt to reduce visibility and potentially be hazardous.

Hanging baskets – The lampposts in the area without existing signage is too much spread for these to make an impact

Three tier planter.  Could work – looking at 7 in total. Going to sponsor the first year – from Lagan who are the builders of the RAF Northolt runway.  This will be a three year project so after the first year this will be supported with Ward Budget and funds from the SRRA.  Cost to the Resident Association after contribution from Lagan and Ward Budget will be £1200 to cover three years.  Put to a vote and a significant number for and no against.  So the motion to pay towards the planters was approved.

4. RAF Northolt

Runway

Runway work to improve and upgrade the runway at RAF Northolt has started, the purpose is to continue operations at RAF Northolt for the next 15 years.

Sarah Lo and Will from Lagan spoke on the impact of the work. Project scope – full resurface. Same position and to remove ponding and cracks.  Update the arrester beds. Also upgrading to LED lights, cabling and drainage.

As of 15th of April construction work is ongoing until the 15th of October.  The peak of the work will be May to August.  Impact will be to traffic.  They are trying to reuse the material rather than sending material off-site – this will be 1500 movements. 8000m³ of soil that is going to be reused.

Stone, cement and bitumen will need to come in – circa 65 movements per day – will try to do these between 9.30am and 3pm outside peak hours and will use the White Gate and the A40 to M25.

Dust and noise – dust mitigation on-site – use water suppression.  Lorries covered and vehicle washing. No heavy demolition – using noise monitoring.  Currently undergoing the noisiest phase.

Asphalt plant – located centrally and the vapour will be water.  They will monitor air quality.

Work is Monday to Friday – 7am to 6pm.

Air Space Change Proposal

Large countrywide consultation process for all airports started earlier in our area by Heathrow.   Looking to modernise as designed route in 50’s and 60’s.  Looking to move to a GPS system from a map based system.

Air Traffic control officer.  Air space modernisation strategy – how it is modified to allow for greater capacity.  CAP 16/60 process to conduct the design process.  Will be carried out in conjunction with the other airports and this will be affected by the air changes.

Working on generic principles initially and finally noise related issues. Trying to get the design principles right.  An example of a principle.  Should it be one or two or four or more routes. Should the flights affect more or affect less people more.

Putting in the change and want the feedback so can take note of local residents feedback on movements.  To come back by 12th of May.

[Please see separate website post with more detail]

Questions raised

Dudley Drive – Jet Engine running for some hours – why so?  Needed for testing on changes or replacement of engines.

Can the planes land more steeply as come in very low?  Do need to land but if you have feedback please contribute in the design process

Planes, do they dump fuel as they land?  No – effect seen is caused by vortices as water comes off the plane.

SL Tenniswood asked for responses to the consultation from local residents.  SRRA to publicise.

5. Reports from Treasurer

Current account £934 and Reserve £13,385.  Outstanding £195 newsletters, Public liability insurance £159 and committee expense £8.50.

As the AGM the annual accounts were discussed and presented by Colin Hook.

6. Chief Road Steward

Happy to report a full complement of Road Stewards

7ASDA

Trolley abandonment issue raised – ARLA developer to speak to ASDA

8. Civic Centre Hillingdon Traffic Meeting – Victoria Road

Going to measure traffic again.

Not willing to remove verges, remove trees.  Free drop kerbs?  Response was residents still park on the road. Disappointed.  Not going to do anything.

Cllr Kauffman – understand the cost issues – but it will amount to hundreds of thousands.

If took out 40 trees would that be something we wanted.  Want to look at limited residents parking – on Victoria Road between Brian Tree and ASDA.

Will Find out how many commuters park there.

9. Long Drive

Speed tables rejected on Long Drive as 85% comply with law – residents disappointed.  94% of residents in favour.

10. Tea Break

11. Constitution Updated

Updated constitution which the SRRA Executive Committee would like to formally adopt as distributed. Overwhelming support for the new document as previously publicised.

12. Allotments

Jeff advised that some plots available at Field End Road. So if interested contact the allotment man Bob Weeks.  Contact info in the YouTube video Jeremy has made about the Field End road allotments, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM3iv36rq00

13. Councillors Corner

Allan Kauffman – The Boxing club opens on 4 June and two football pitches will follow at a cost of £250K

Fencing by Bonnell’s AK has spoken to a member of staff who will have a wall built this year.

Bridge at South Ruislip  Council has half of the money and are Chasing TFL for their half.

Daffodil bulb planting will be extended along the Victoria Road in 2020. Rachel Felstead was the resident responsible for the idea.

ARLA problems with ASB – groups of children causing or problems.

Young person club not being used fully at present – Allan felt this was due to changing demands from younger people

Lidl 278 agreement and council want to look at sew.e.res/ culvert etc before the road is changed.

Teji Barnes – Street surgery coming up.

Ward budget available for scouts etc.

Have been undertaking speed checks on Field End Road with the police

Edward Lavery – Have been working on the Eastcote area improvements and planting to start.

Road now fully completed and better journeys should ensue.

Lynne Kauffman added Eastcote car park is full of litter and suggest they cover the area on a litter pick scheme or encourage this to be done.  Eddie agreed to follow this up

14. Any Other Business

Colin grateful thanks to John Davey for auditing the books and thanks to Jeremy for assistance and to Allan K for the printing of the accounts

Lynne and Colin when to a borough Police meeting on knife crime and youth engagement. Well attended by people south of the borough and we need more support from people in the North of the borough.

Many issues affecting the south of the borough are similar to those in the north.  Criticism of Police dial 101 and increases in residential burglary.  Aggravated burglary is now taking place in the north of the borough. So people from the north of the borough are needed to attend.

A major message was the need for youth engagement was clear.

Colin, Lynne is arranging a litter picking session once a month and more people can go on the third Saturday of every month.

Cllr Steve Tuckwell – raised a new initiative from youngsters aged 16 to 18  who would like to join the litter picking group but struggled to attend on a Saturday.

Some young people have expressed the need for a nice environment.

Francis – litter picking needed on Field End field playing fields and could young people be involved

Flower festival at St Marys Church 4th May 7.30pm.  Welcome to attend

Colin Hook asked what is happening to the land by the pizza place in Great Central Avenue,  Allan K to look into this.

Camera going in at right hand turn on Victoria road by Aldi into West Mead.

15. Meeting ended at 09:50 pm