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Campaign Update and House of Lords Deadline
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.
From Lottie Jones, organiser of Hillingdon Against HS2. Lottie’s email came with an HS2 leaflet which discusses the event….
Hi,You may be aware that HS2Ltd are putting on an event for Hillingdon at Ickenham Village Hall on 8th March.HAHS2 will have a stand outside the hall and we’re hoping the event will attract as much attention as possible.Please can you share the information with any of your members – this event will be the only one in Hillingdon and should be an opportunity to catch up on all the changes since petitioning.We’re also looking for volunteers to come and help out on our stands throughout the day.It would be good to see you there.Best WishesLottie
The latest newsletter written by Ruislip Against HS2…
The minutes are below. Good meeting!
Minutes of the South Ruislip Residents Association
Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church Hall On Wednesday July 22nd 2015
In attendance were 53 residents and 11 committee members. Councillors present Eddie Lavery, Allan Kauffman & Judy Kelly.
Apologies were received from: Cllr Jem Duducu, Michael White and Teji Barnes and committee member Francis Jones
1.0 Opening Remarks & Welcome & Matters Arising from the Minutes & Signed Minutes.
Judgement in favour of building the ARLA development and against Sainsburys. Sid had asked Sainsbury’s if they will appeal against the judge’s decision. Said that they wouldn’t. Development feted to start early September.
3.0 Newsletter in New Format
Thank you for the new format Lynne.
Amendments Stonefield Park, more detail requested on the litter pick, which goes ahead on the 15th August 2015 meeting at 10am starting at South Ruislip Library.
Full Colour newsletters – Prize if you get one!
3.1 Rats / Sainsburys
Pest Control in Sainsbury’s – rats reported, keen to have litter removed. This has been reported to the council.
In agreement with the SRRA, Cllr Allan Kauffman presented at HS2 hearing in London. As we were only there to discuss mitigation rather than the principle of HS2, main concerns raised over the digging in the ARLA site and the vent shaft, the volume of traffic with 200 lorries a day leaving the site.
Second issue with closing Station Approach, West End Road, Bridgewater Road and Long Drive. Lynne and Allan counted the businesses there 91 businesses affected then there is the LIDL, B&M, housing, so more of an issue with traffic.
Concern raised that they are planning this as a paper exercise rather than dealing with realities. Proposing to access with in one place an location which is currently blocked so asked for a review in more detail.
Allan and Sid have received a letter from the Chair of the committee saying that they will take our concerns into consideration.
5.0 Treasurers Report
Current account £620.74 and reserve £12356.70 as at 30th June.
6.0 Chief Road Steward
Letters were late this time. Thanks for getting them out on time.
Henry moving South, he will be around for a few months. Looking for a new person to take over as CRS.
Henry mentioned talk from victim support. Voluntary organisation, they will come and support you with assistance. They are looking for premises in the area.
PCSO’s are finished. No more coming in future.
Sid recounted his frustration with police, after a HGV delivery driver damaged a number of cars and the police didn’t turn up. Discussion of a lady who was burgled and had a slow response.
Suggestion to write to Nick Downing. General dissatisfaction. Ask him to come to the next meeting. People welcome to write to SRRA if they have had issues where they feel the police have not followed up.
Burglary, lack of contact from the police. Not enough resources for the police.
8.0 Community Voice
Next meeting in September. Discussion will be on the transfer of care from Hospitals to the community, especially at GP level.
9.0 RAF Northolt
Sid had a meeting with Ops at RAF meeting. Nothing has changed from before re the discussion on flight path changes or planes flying over the Mahlon Avenue area.
Biggin Hill have said they have taken legal action against RAF/MOD due to more flights at RAF Northolt. Sid said that this was a commercial action and not something we would like to be involved with.
One gentleman left the meeting. Sid commented that it was difficult to mediate between two intractable positions, there is little room for mediation.
10.0 South Ruislip Library
Great children’s section. Members extolled the virtues. Great service getting in books, quiz. Much more than just collection point for new recycling bags. Recycling bags can also be ordered from the council on a standing order basis and they deliver each quarter.
11.1 HGV Access to South Ruislip Estate
Large lorries rumbling around the area an issue. Seeing more and more on The Fairway and Long Drive. Look at estate having a 7.5 ton limit, except for access. Roads – drop Allan a line to have more signs on local streets. Sign in middle of road for Torcross, too late.
11.2 South Ruislip Bridge
Notices and restrictions. Three hits on the South Ruislip Bridge recently. What can be done to improve the safety of the access.
Cllr Kauffman suggested the council will look at spending Section 106 and SIL contribution from the ARLA money on the site to improve the bridge so it becomes an asset but there are a number of warning devices and signs up already. One gentleman commented that his van was detected as being over height but was well under the limit..
12.0 Beautiful South Ruislip
12.1 Chamber of Commerce South Ruislip
Sid apologised to Lynne for not being invited to talk at the last meeting on the subject of Beautiful South Ruislip. Working on getting members for a chamber of commerce so they can act as a group, especially with the commercial threats from ASDA as well as Sainsburys.
12.2 Rover/MG site, Victoria Road
The site at Rover/MG site is being cleared, concern about rubbish at the site but it’s starting to be cleared. Lidl going for planning permission for their store.
12.3 Victoria Road, Parking/Red Route
Victoria Road, parking up causing traffic flow issues. Discussed possible Red line route status for the road.
13.0 Stonefield Park
Elaine Haynes: Playing area is breaking up, rubber matting will be sorted for the 28th July, would like it renewed altogether though.
14.0 Any Other Business
14.1 South Ruislip Bike Parking
Cycle chain to rail at South Ruislip on the bike. To be removed.
14.2 Proposed Zebra Crossing on Victoria Road
Refused, no further action. Suggestion of barriers being put in place to flow people to the crossing. Cllr Kelly would look at that.
14.3 Long Drive Rubbish
Complaint from residents about rubbish being left out too early and on the wrong days that foxes are opening and spreading. Cllr Kelly said that she would look into this. [Added at time writing minutes: Judy wrote to advise that the council leafleted the area informing residents of responsibilities and correct process]
14.4 Bin Collection/Recycling
Dissatisfaction expressed bin collection and spreading of mess. Also leaving green waste bags in the road. Tightening up needed.
14.5 Ivory Dental Service Bin
Reminder of request for reason why that was removed made of Cllr Kauffman.
15.0 Meeting Closed
From local campaigners against HS2 Ruislip……
Please find a recent update on HS2 from “Ruislip Against HS2″….
Hillingdon Conservatives,Bay Lodge,36 Harefield Road,Uxbridge,Middlesex,UB8 1PH
You can read more about our meeting and his statement in these articles.
Ruislip and Hillingdon Against HS2
We distribute the SRRA newsletters ahead of the Quarterly meetings which take place in January, April, July and October each year. Please find at the link below the October 2014 SRRA Newsletter. Much has moved on as we discussed at the meeting on the 22nd October. Time, tide and South Ruislip wait for no man. October 2014 Newsletter
Please note the next meeting is on the 21st January 2015 not 28th as mentioned in the newsletter.