We are grateful to Chris Playll for this update on HS2 in South Ruislip.
On 29th October I visited an HS2 engagement event at Ruislip Golf Club. There were a number of information boards on display and representatives of the HS2 project were present to answer questions about them. The information boards can be seen on the HS2 website at:
The HS2 railway will run underground throughout South Ruislip. The only permanent feature affecting our area will be the ventilation shaft located behind the B&M and ASDA stores in Victoria Road. This is not just a shaft but contains ventilation plant and a staircase to enable emergency personnel to access the railway tunnel. The 4th chart on the website shows the shaft in detail.
The 3rd chart shows the route that will be used to remove the soil dug from the shaft during construction and the number of expected lorry movements. These will be outside peak hours. The other work that will affect us is the utilities programme planned to protect some sewers that the rail tunnels will run underneath. This work will be staggered as shown on the chart, but there is no start date.
HS2 will run in a tunnel all the way from West Ruislip to Euston station, except for a station in North Acton called “Old Oak Common” which will have a connection with Crossrail and the Great Western line from Paddington. Long railway tunnels require regular ventilation and emergency access so, in addition to the shaft in our area, there will also be shafts just east of Northolt station, east of Greenford station, and west of Hangar Lane. Two tunnel boring machines will start digging the two railway tunnels in West Ruislip and head east under South Ruislip. At the same time another two tunnel boring machines will start digging two tunnels at Old Oak Common and head west. The tunnel boring machines will meet each other at the Greenford shaft.
Soil dug out of the tunnels under South Ruislip will be taken out via the tunnel entrance in West Ruislip. This soil will be loaded on to railway wagons for removal.
Public Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church Hall, The Fairway, On Wednesday 24th January 2018 8pm.
Apologies for Absence.
Minutes of Meeting.
Reports: Chairman, Treasurer, CRS, Secretary.
Reports from Ward Councillors.
Any other Business
NEXT QUARTERLY MEETING ON 24th April 2018 AT ST MARY’s CHURCH HALL THE FAIRWAY 8 PM
Vice Chairman Sid Jackson chaired and opened the meeting at 8pm in the Vice Chair’s absence. Sid welcomed everyone to the meeting.
In attendance were 60 residents and 8 committee members. Councillors present Cllrs Barnes, Kauffman and Lavery.
Sid said he had received a letter from St Mary’s stating someone ‘representing the SRRA’ had been at a St Mary’s supported meeting and had made prejudiced offensive remarks. Sid stated categorically that the SRRA was welcoming to all and any remarks contrary to this could not be and would not be tolerated. Any such comments are the responsibility of the individual and do not reflect the views of the SRRA committee, officers or members.
Apologies for absence
Apologies were received from: Kate Fennel, Colin & Hazel Hook, Frances Jones, Geoff Quantock, Jagjit Sohal, Cllr Kelly and Duducu, Margaret and Alec Wallis.
No comments on the minutes
PC Solanki spoke at the meeting and initially listed crimes in the area, in the last three months.
Assault with injury 8, common assault 1, shoplifting 33, theft of motor 13 damage to others 9 and other crimes 21.
He warned home owners to keep UPVC doors double locked without keys in them. Keep vigilant for burglary and take sensible precautions.
Pc Solanki discussed the tri-borough initiative. This involves the Hillingdon Borough merging with Hounslow & Ealing. Ward officers may be shifted depending on operational requirements.
In response to a question PC Solanki confirmed shop lifting is not being investigated on the ward where below a minimal value. Such cases are passed to a high volume department. The reason for this is the low return on the time spent for the police.
Discussed people turning right into West Mead up Victoria Road toward Ruislip. A concern. A review is planned of the signs and the rest of the junction.
Drop in surgery information to be confirmed, but will take place regularly at the South Ruislip Library and have a Cuppa with a Copper at The Rumbling Tum.
Secondly Ward Panel is made up of members of the community and in addition the police are setting up a virtual ward panel to reach a wider section of the community. They are seeking the names and addresses etc of people willing to join. Three or four time a year e-volunteers will be sent an email questionnaire on policing priorities locally. To join write to SouthRuislip.firstname.lastname@example.org email address. They will also to add you to the newsletter distribution.
Doing weapon sweeps in parks locally. Happy for the SRRA to join.
Lidl Henry Neal
Henry Neal thanked residents for their patience and support. The store opens tomorrow 8am. Employed 45 people, clear majority locally. Re Landscaping – they are still planning on planting trees and hedgerows. Not done yet, utilities in the area need to be moved and then the landscaping will be completed.
Still some highway works to come about. Highway entrance off Victoria Road. All need to work on that together (council, utilities and Lidl) and placement of the island on Stonefield Road.
Apologies for disturbance of the lights locally. These had been left on by contractors and they will go off when the shop is shut at night.
A contractor blocked the entrance causing traffic problems. Apologies.
The store is designed with energy efficiency in mind. Opens from 8am to 10pm. Concern expressed re exiting the road onto Victoria Road.
Chief Road Steward
After Road Stewards to deliver newsletters and collect subs for Palace Road and Diamond Road. Hardy Avenue (28 properties) and Glebe and Weldon Av.
£1064.41 and in the deposit account £12,367.46.
Cllr Teji Barnes – Cavendish Ward
Field End School. Part of the ward budget to be spent on the clock at the school being redeveloped. Going to restore it back to original feature. School pleased. Redevelop their library, to make reading attractive to pupils. The school applied for Chrysalis fund money and they were offered this.
Whitby Road has a mobile CCTV camera. Looking to prosecute fly tippers.
Resurfacing work. Hunters Hill, Oxford Drive, St Andrews, Essex Close, Queens Walk and Mount Pleasant.
Don’t condone protests at Harefield as concern to safety.
Breakspear Road South will do enabling work. Will be one way traffic. Feb and March 2018.
Work in South Ruislip likely 2019.
Are Carillion the constructors? Yes, but there are many sub-contractors who simply be gone directly to.
Traffic Congestion on Victoria Road
Council aware there is a problem. But the fix is not simple. Only two options. One is to make the road wider or a resident only parking scheme. David Seaman wanted a copy of the letter we wrote to the Council. Sid was happy to provide this and the reply. Frustration expressed by participants with the delay. Was expecting a briefing from Cllr Burrows who was expected to attend (but unfortunately he couldn’t attend the meeting for personal reasons).
Cllr Allan Kauffman – South Ruislip Ward – Improvements to South Ruislip
Where works done, the area looks far better with the new pavements and the road improvements. We have seen Improvements with the Christmas lights this last festive period.
Where pavements have been changed, have seen trucks driving on and vans on pavements. Mostly with Windmill Plumbing. Cllr Kauffman expressed disappointments that facilities like cigarette towers are not being used adding to litter. Bollards, bins, and trees are going to be added which will reduce on pavement parking.
Looking at making improvements at the Bridge at South Ruislip. This will take time though as work involves three railway companies. Work planned includes cladding and more art being used.
Presentation from SKLP
Proposals from SKLP. Martin Evans Architect. Tina Patel. Kanji Harrari and Ian Roberts transport and highway consultant for the SKLP project.
Tina Patel gave an overview of the site and its place in the SKLP and the wider community as well as SKLP’s aspirations for the site.
Their history was based on a commonwealth community who moved from India to W African and then to UK. Settled in UK and set up a community centre. Mostly made up of people 24 villages in India. The site is currently used by community for sports. The SKLP team want to open to wider community. The aim since 1972 has been to unite people and they are a registered charity. Work includes support for the elderly and a nursery, including language and community lessons. Sports clubs with local success. They are keen for local residents to participate.
They are looking to consult on planning for a proposed redevelopment of the site demolishing the existing building and replacing with a modern purpose built air conditioned unit, which will house more people and reduce noise for local neighbours.
Change in the balance in sports and community. The brief for the development is sports based. With back up facility that a sports facility will use. It will incorporate sports events. 12 badminton courts for example.
Occasionally used for weddings in 5 hour slots. They have 1 big event a year, the Mela. Attract 7-8000 people per year. Then dancing 10 days.
Most of the time the venue is a sports facility. The aim is to add a second cricket field, football, badminton, make the Gym more commercial. They intend on spending eight to ten months looking at demand. Carrying out work and assessments on Highways, parking, trees and landscaping. Mostly with Ealing council.
Acoustics? Site is green belt so limited in action to be taken but the development will help. Will help contain noise.
Extend awning out for an event.
Will submit to planning and will go to committee stages.
Sid said that we will oppose the expansion of the site. The facilities will attract more people. Road around suffers very badly at times of peak use and the residents locally especially in Harvey Road have suffered a blight of anti-social and nuisance behaviour from the site. Many of the complaints include parking in Harvey Road, blocking vehicle access and potentially impeding emergency vehicles. There has been parking on A40 slip road which is dangerous.
Sid continued, the noise has been terrible disturbing residents for twenty years with a fundamental lack of engagement from SKLP and willingness to address residents of Harvey Road’s concerns. Although matters were much better in the last season the distrust is such that Sid said there was concern that this was just to help with the planning application this year. Although events cease at 11pm noise carries on far longer for residents when people leave.
SKLP representative said that they are working to improve traffic management and they use parking at a local farm to mitigate the impact. The new building would dampen sound and has been designed to do this. Sid was concerned that this would have little impact when the doors are opened in the heat and the event is opened out to marques etc outside.
New flood lights planned
One day Mela event. Once a year 6000-7000 a year attending. A couple of marquees go up now. 10am to 6pm. On a Sunday. The ten to twelve day event takes 1500 to 2000 people. Has to stop at 11pm.
The building will accommodate the dance festival. Has a full surround of hay bales at the moment and these changes will have a positive impact. The dances take place. 8pm to 11am. Will take place inside the building.
The marquees will cease to exist.
People will be 500 to 1500 during the dance events.
Need a traffic management plan. More discussion on the noise levels.
Meeting close 9:58
Next SRRA Meeting Wednesday 8pm 24th April 2018 at St Mary’s Church Hall, The Fairway, On Wednesday
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.
Here is the latest full newsletter sent by ‘Hillingdon Against HS2’ on 13th March 2017.
It has been sometime since our last news update, largely because the last few months have been such frustrating times. We are sure by now you are aware that HS2 has received Royal Assent in parliament and the project has been given the final approval to go ahead.
Hillingdon Against HS2 have worked hard over the last 6 years, to campaign on your behalf against HS2 at every opportunity. We have engaged in every official parliamentary process, all consultations,meetings,court cases and even petitioned The House of Commons and The House of Lords. We have lobbied MPs and prominent politicians, held countless public meetings,organised protests, marches and publicity stunts, gaining much media coverage along the way.
You can listen to our reaction to the news of Royal Assent on BBC Radio London HERE
However all of our efforts have not been in vain, whilst we may not have achieved our goal of stopping HS2, Hillingdon Against HS2 have secured major changes to the project, to help our local area and those affected by the construction of the line.
Since the original plans were released back in 2011, Hillingdon Against HS2 have helped secure tunnelling of the line through Ruislip and subsequently Northolt, Greenford and Perivale. We instigated the scrapping of the ‘Heathrow Spur’ part of the route, saving a whole swathe of our borough, not to mention millions of pounds being wasted. We also helped win changes to the compensation boundaries which has allowed residents in Ickenham and Harefield to be included in compensation schemes.
Hillingdon Against HS2 are very proud of these significant changes to the project, much of which we achieved with the help of Hillingdon Council and we are grateful for their ongoing support of our action group and their opposition to HS2.
So what of the future?
We are continuing to work with Stop HS2 and HS2 Action Alliance, who are dedicated to exploiting every and any futureopportunity to stop HS2.
Just because Parliament has given HS2 the go ahead, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will definitely happen. No business Case, No Environmental Case and No Money To Pay For It. This has always been the campaign strap line and it is even more true today than ever.
With the NHS in crisis, ongoing public sector cuts, concerns over Brexit and the British economy, we still hold out hope that common sense will prevail,somewhere in government…
For now, it is clear that Hillingdon Against HS2 will be kept busy on everyone’s behalf but we will have a slightly different focus. With preliminary ground investigation works already starting and the threat of construction creeping nearer, we will be monitoring local activities and developments and aiming to keep HS2Ltd on their toes.
We will continue to work with Hillingdon Council and liaise with the appropriate bodies to respond where and when we can.
Currently there are two important issues we need to bring to your attention:
If you live or have property within 30 meters of the the HS2 tunnel on plan, then your property will have been ‘sub surface safeguarded’ and you may be concerned about possible damage to your property during construction of the tunnels, or the running of the railway line. Not all properties will qualify for ‘before and after surveys’ but if you have not already, you should make sure you
pre-register your interest in a ‘Settlement Deed’ .
The eligibility criteria for benefitting from a settlement deed is complicated but this document may help HERE
At this stage we would urge you to make sure you register your property.
Send an email to HS2settlementdeeds@hs2.org.uk
Write to “HS2 Phase One Settlement Deed pre registration”
HS2 Ltd, One Canada Square,London, E145AB
Simply include your full name and the address you wish to register, with your full contact details for future communication.
For more information see our website page HERE
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS FUNDS
There will be many hundreds or us that will be affected by HS2 locally, who don’t qualify for any compensation for the disruption that 7-10 years of construction will cause.
Whilst we fought hard for as much mitigation as possible ( and we are continuing to put pressure on HS2Ltd to do more) many parts of our communities will still suffer disruption or financial losses.
To help offset this, HS2Ltd have set aside £40 Million, in 2 different national funds which are available to apply for now.
This is an opportunity for community groups, schools ,charities, sports clubs,
local businesses,resident associations, etc. to put in bids for a share of these funds.
This is a rare opportunity to find some benefit from HS2 and it shouldn’t be passed up!
If you have a connection to any group or business who you think might be eligible, PLEASE encourage them to apply and share this information on.
There is more information and detail to help you HERE
If you have any concerns or complaints about any aspect of HS2 work there are some important contacts listed below. If you do have a need to contact HS2Ltd – and particularly if you have a complaint – please remember to copy in your MP ( and us!)
Calling them meeting minutes gets a little dull. But if you want to know whats happening with Lidl Planning or a devious thief in B&M/ALDI or whether HS2 building has started, it is all below!
In this age of the demise of newsletters it’s probably one of the best sources of local South Ruislip information…
Minutes of the South Ruislip Residents Association
Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church On Wednesday 25th January 2017
In attendance were 52 and 14 committee members. Councillors present Eddie Lavery, Judy Kelly, Michael White, Allan Kauffman and Teji Barnes. Henry Neel of Lidl and South Ruislip SNT Sgt James Wright.
Apologies were received for Mrs Val Blacker and SRRA committee member Geoff Taylor.
1.0 Opening Remarks & Welcome & Matters Arising from the Minutes & Signed Minutes.
2.0 Police by South Ruislip SNT Sgt James Wright
The meeting was joined by South Ruislip SNT Sgt James Wright. Discussed recent crime figures with concern over burglary and car crime. Assaults put down to police recording of even playground scraps where informed.
Burglary the police feel there are two teams operating on the area, one has been disbanded with arrests made and they are working on the second. They are working in Thames Valley and the Met mixing this up with vehicle crime.
Theft of personal property also high due to retail parks. Police disappointed B&M and ALDI are not paying for security. Local police targeting a prolific female thief in B&M/ALDA, with thefts “almost daily”. Sgt Wright suggested not taking whole bag there only credit cards which can be replaced with little loss.
They are working on the robbery in Victoria Road. The perpetrators left behind vehicle forensics and items dropped which have created a number of leads for the police but they are waiting on those forensics results.
3.0 LIDL Henry Neel
Have planning consent at committee on the 11th January. They are discharging planning conditions, agreeing S106 and 278 highway works. The next stage for confirmation of the build is from the Mayors office/ GLA an then Hillingdon will give Lidl formal confirmation. Approval is expected and they look to start on site April and open by Christmas.
Question regarding S106 spend. Henry Neel suggested looking online for full report on planning website. But the exact details of the planned costs are still being agreed with London Borough of Hillingdon officers.
As at 30th December 2016 current account £247.24 Reserve account £13,365.46. Full accounts at the AGM but we made a small surplus.
5.0 Chief Road Steward Report
Thank you to Lynne Kauffman for organising with distribution of this month’s newsletter with various members of the committee and to the Road Stewards for their delivery.
We are seeking Road Stewards for Station Approach, Bourne Court, Melthorne Drive, Queens Walk, Queens Walk Terrace, West End Road and Wingfield Way
6.0 ARLA Site
Handed over with fit out expected by May. Small delay caused by a power cut.
Developers hope to host an open evening event, which we will make open to SRRA meeting attendees, if we can.
Sid keen to look at the cinema as it built so following that closely.
Citygrove has purchased a sculpture which they will unveil.
Bellway housing opening on a different timescale. The walkway to open linking to Station Approach as the commercial site opens. 7.0 HS2
Looks like it will go ahead. Work to start at the end of the year. HS2 forced to reveal data on housing purchase and compensation deals to make a more level playing field for people.
Tunnel from old oak common.
Need to dig up for sewers on Long Drive/Station Approach/Bridgewater Road/West End Road. Concern the work will take a couple of years rather than just months. The impact will be massive as Allan pointed out to parliament at HS2 hearing.
8.0 London Green Belt Council
22nd July is the date for the family day only a little flying. Circa 8000 tickets, meant to be a local event. £5 adults £3 children.
10.0 Community Voice
Linda typed up the minutes from the last meeting of Community Voice and we will circulate. [Secretary – see the post here]
11.0 Youth Centre
Update from Allan and Lynne Kauffman.
Now organised by Dettie Quirke (who is running youth centres across the borough) who is actively seeking to regenerate activity for local children and aim to get the children back in with a series of targeted activities. Open evening there tonight. Youth workers will be full time over summer holiday.
“The centre is gradually starting to come back to life.”
On a day to day basis four youth workers at the moment. Lynne Kaufman confident in roving care taker, Bill who looks to take pride in the centre.
Seeking Youth volunteers. Dettie Quirke will come and talk to us at a future date.
12.0 Improving South Ruislip
After hearing a rumour from Sainsburys staff at SR that the store might close, Sid rang the David Mills Property Manager who said that it was a good store, trading well and not closing. Sid asked him about improving the store, and offered some suggestions and he will hopefully come back to us.
From Cllr Allan Kauffman. Looked with officers at the parade as the area looks poor compared to the modern Dairy Development. The trees to be pollarded or replaced and new pavements with more trees and seating. Lots of planters by the railings and modular flower display – possibly paid for my SRRA. Price set to be around £200,000. Paid on S106 and TFL funds. Should happen in this year.
Concern expressed that once work done it will be dug up again and ruined by work such as HS2 and ARLA in the area. Sid said that contractors would be obliged to return the site to the same condition.
Good Christmas lights next year. Asked for green, white and red rather than colder blue and white ones.
Bridge works. Plans drawn up to clad the brickwork, with a higher walkway and better lighting. Taken up with TFL. Cost is circa £350,000. Allan to continue to work on this.
Positive response to road changes at the junction of Long Drive and Victoria Road but request for better signage and consideration for speeding the southerly route onto West End Road from Station Approach. Discussed difficulty in doing that and the knock on effect of heavy traffic and poor road layout at the Target roundabout.
Cars on Victoria Road, concern with parking both sides of the road. Looking at changes to either one side of the road or both. Likely to lose trees but will replant.
13.0 Great Central House, Great Central Avenue Opposite Station.
Aware of planning and councillors aware but it is not on planning schedule as yet. Concern re overcrowding in the area. Ex-Fireman expressed concern about buggies etc left in the stairway as it is a means of escape route and should be clear at all times. Councils responsibility under the regulatory reform order. It’s a protected route. Allan said he would follow this up with enforcement officers.
14.0 SR Chamber of Commerce Update
Buying flowers in the parade on Long Drive, Sid asked in the Florist about the chamber of commerce and said that the response was so enthusiastic he was greatly encouraged.
Next meeting of the Chamber in Feb. Plenty of space for meetings without over reliance on the Ramada. We support and Sid will attend a future meeting. Sanjay chair been trading for 30 years in car repair and we know he is very keen on the area.
Nursery expanding into adjacent buildings with positive trading.
Historically disruptive to neighbours. Not so bad last year. Revitalise efforts and awareness amongst police and Hillingdon council officers when close to festival season.
16.0 Brackenbridge House – Slip Road
Corsa being sold from the area. Illegally running a business. Plan to block the area with no parking between 10am and 12am to stop vehicles being left there, such as the van advertising the hand car wash which does not seem to have moved in 5 years. It is also bad for the nursing home at Brackenbridge House. Parking changes have gone to consultation.
17.0 Alleyway Royal Crescent and Field End Road
Road resurfaced, part of this is due to work by David Seaman campaigning. Needs bollard placing to stop cars cutting through in a somewhat dangerous fashion. This element to be done at residents cost by a resident builder. Resurface work paid for by the Chrysalis fund.
18.0 Boundary Changes
Keen to stay with rest of Ruislip rather than split off with Ealing wards and Hillingdon area. Lady wrote asking what is happening. We await the Boundary Commission’s recommendations in due course but it will take a while as due to affect 2020 elections.
19.1 Scam Email HMRC
From Cllr Teji Barnes – Watch out for scam emails which contain promises of tax refunds. Such as this one.
19.2 Building to rear of Lidl Columbus House
Allan Kauffman – Bought by a worship group in 2013. They put in a change of use to change to worship use and a retail use below. A tiler currently works below. This was refused for numerous reasons, mainly as an industrial area not for worship.
If they got planning permission it would add traffic and block the road.
[Secretary : It sounded like the application was not formally refused for change of use.] They’ve also set up marques and events (non-permanent) which we would expect them to hold license for to operate.
Sid wanted to know what they could put in a petition against Lidl who is trying to act correctly legally and they stopped planning (albeit temporarily). Can’t the council refuse the petition because it comes from a body operating illegally? Why are planning enforcement officers not following this up on it?
Cllr Lavery spoke (as a councillor who chaired the planing committee meetings). They were presented with a valid petition (which just needs 20 Hillingdon residents signatures to be valid regardless of anything else) at the meeting but it was never considered or explored as Lidl agreed to make changes to the plan to move things around. However the committee can only rule on the proposition that is presented not one changed. Thus the planning decision was deferred. The meeting did not get further to consider the decision.
Lidl came back with a revised scheme.
The councillors will follow up on the Columbus House site. “It is being actively followed up on.”
19.3 Thank you
Thank you for the tea and coffee and the all the help getting the newsletters out.
19.4 Meeting Closed
Next SRRA Quarterly meeting is the AGM Wednesday 26th April 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
On 23 March the HS2 Hybrid Bill was voted through at third reading in the House of Commons by 399 votes to 42. This means that it will now move to the House of Lords for consideration.
This message for those of our supporters who live near the route of Phase 1 of HS2 and are therefore entitled to petition in the House of Lords.
Timing in the House of Lords
The HS2 Bill had its first reading in the House of Lords on 23 March (a procedural stage where there was no vote) and the House of Lords Petitioning period has now begun. It commenced on 24 March and will end at 5pm on 18 April.
Petitioning Process – what can you do?
The House of Lords petitioning process works in the same way as the House of Commons process in that those people who are affected by the HS2 project can submit a written document – a petition – setting out what you would like to see changed in terms of better mitigation or compensation in your area. Once you have submitted a petition you can either appear in person in the House of Lords to ask the House of Lords Select Committee to implement the changes you are requesting or you can appoint someone else to appear on your behalf. This can be any individual such as a local representative, councillor, member of your local action group etc. We would recommend that the most effective way to make your case is to appear in person and explain to the committee what you would like. Technical expertise is not required and the Select Committee will be very sympathetic and helpful to individual petitioners appearing and making their cases. However if you can’t be there in person it is still better to submit a petition and have someone else represent you than submit nothing.
How do I submit my petition?
The good news is that the rules in the House of Lords are slightly different to the House of Commons in that it is now possible to submit petitions by email or by post and you are no longer required to submit it in person or via your MP. You still have to pay a fee of £20 – even if you have petitioned already in the House of Commons. For a full guide to petitioning please click here to review advice provided by the House of Lords
This also includes a template petition to which you can add the points you would like to raise. Please note that if you send a petition by email you must also follow it up with a paper version sent by post (but this can arrive after the 18 April deadline).
Can I petition on the same topics I petitioned on in the House of Commons?
Yes you can. If the mitigation or compensation which you requested in your House of Commons petition was not addressed or granted then you can petition on the same topic in the House of Lords. Whilst the House of Commons Select Committee did make some changes to the HS2 project by granting additional tunnelling/deeper cuttings etc in some areas we believe that there are still a great many areas where the plans remain deeply unsatisfactory and further changes are required to effectively mitigate this project. If you believe that the points made in your first petition were not addressed you can even use the same wording in your House of Lords petition.
The House of Commons Select Committee didn’t listen when I petitioned, is it really worth petitioning again?
We believe that it is because the House of Lords Select Committee is a totally separate body which will be new to the issues. Often members of the House of Lords are experts in their fields and they are also less confined in terms of being “whipped” to vote for a government project. We believe that there is a good chance that the House of Lords may be more independent minded and open to making changes than the House of Commons.
This will be your last chance to achieve any changes to Phase 1 of HS2. The deadline is 5pm on Monday 18 April.