Apologies, due to illness the newsletter is delayed. No change to the quarterly though which takes place on Wednesday at 8pm at St Mary’s hall as normal.
Present: 11 committee members, 5 local Cllrs (Barnes, Lavery, Tuckwell and Kauffman) and 46 residents
Apologies: Cllr Makwana, Claudia Gerrard, Adela Mann, Geoff Quantock, Jenny Hunt
1) Meeting opened at 20:00
Minutes of the last meeting – no issues raised
Addressed by Wing Commander Claire Adamson and Sat Co. Sqd Ldr Andy Edgecombe, who deals with air traffic controller. Andy explained that work on the runway by Lagan started in April this year and is now complete a week ahead of schedule.
The central part of the runway which needed reinforcement was dug out to a depth of a metre and the rest to 10cm only. The lighting was changed from tungsten to LED.
New arrester beds were installed, emas (engineered materials arrestor system). This is a foamed glass system. The arrester beds are longer, but the RAF are keen to point out the runway is still the same length. The black and white lines are still in the same position.
The runway will take the same aircraft as previously.
They dug up 25 tons of asphalt and reused 98% of it. 450 tons of milling was reused around the station. The expected to have provided 40 jobs locally + the planters.
1st November they will restart fixed wing activity.
At the moment RAF Northolt still takes government officials who are flown via an air bridge to RAF Benson.
Other activities on the station include a STEM event for local schools (inc Deansfield).
Air space change proposal for RAF Northolt has passed stage 1. Principals have been established. For the next stage RAF Northolt is holding open days at The Link on Portal Close on 19th Nov 3pm to 8pm and 25th Nov 9am to 2pm to go through the methodology.
Commercial flights will take place between 8am and 8pm weekdays, during the weekend (could not recall times) but there could be non-commercial flights at other times.
Asked about the larger planes there was not an expectation that visits from the likes of the C17 would increase post runway reopening.
Question from floor on Odyssey Business Park. What changes made – advised that they have moved a post for the new lighting.
3) Treasurers report
Current account £337, reserve account £13,098. With £175 owing for newsletter printing.
4) Chief Road Steward
Missing Road Stewards for Angus Drive, 18
Crest Gardens 16
Hunters Hill 28
Jubilee Drive 41
Long Drive 35
5) Dog Dirt
Sid exclaimed disquiet at the poor treatment of the poo bags which are often left to litter around the area rather than being disposed of properly in suitable bins.
Discussed applying for a retraining order for the site due to noise etc, however this will take time.
7) Fly tipping / Waste
Discussed this current issue. Sid thanked Cllrs Barnes and Kauffman for swift help in resolving a local fly tipping issue.
The council have recently purchased 27 new vehicles to assist with clearance and are issuing enforcement notices to people and businesses who dump commercial or domestic waste in street bins.
Work is to start this week by O’Hara to change the entry point, and will take circa 6 weeks. They will work to ensure the zebra crossing on Victoria Road remains very visible.
Community Voice remains closed with a lack of volunteers.
CV campaigned a long time to retain Mount Vernon Hospital as an asset for the heath of local people. Two Executive committee members from the SRRA are set to meet Boris Johnson at a future MP’s surgery [Ed: Written pre election]
10) Police Ward Panel
Felt that low numbers of police are impacting on crime.
Police and Neighbourhood Watch encourage members to sign up to OWL at https://www.owl.co.uk/
Keen to encourage people to sign up to the virtual ward panel to highlight priorities for the local police.
11) Parks Locally
Council continue to be well respected with national recognition. https://archive.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/34001/Hillingdon-parks-regarded-the-best-in-the-country
Concern raised that for example Dean Park is somewhat sterile, the council have planted Wild Flowers. Discussed a suggestion from Simon Green to try and make the local parks closer to wood land, to add more interest to flat plains (without impinging on playing areas etc).
More trees can be provided for people to plant in their own gardens from the Woodland Trust and the council.
Discussed Ruislip Lido and why people can’t swim in there. Due to it not meeting water quality standards.
12) Polish War Memorial Parking
Concern about parking raised on West End Road which has a detrimental effect on traffic flow. Council will look at issue but is a TFL road.
Uneven slabs in Princes Way. Cllr Kauffman explained that if they are a danger then the council have to repair them but there is a maintenance program which is slow but steady across the borough. So please report issues with dangerous paving slabs.
Resident David Seaman explained that he has had to road tax his pavement vehicle so he can drive it on the roads to avoid the uneven paving.
14) Victoria Road
Concern expressed and a request made for a camera to cover people making right turns into Westmead.
15) Cllrs Reports
1000’s of bulbs planted at the DFS and Curry’s site. Should be nice next year.
South Ruislip well represented in Green Flags with recent awards. In our area Polish War Memorial Remembrance Garden and Bessingby Park both hold these.
Remembrance service to be held on the 10th Sunday November at 10:20am at the Polish War and then onto the GAA
Further reports to be conducted on the SR bridge from TFL. Network rail pigeons off three of the spans they earn.
Have been spending the ward budget, with £600 spent at the 12th South Ruislip Scouts.
The council have recovered an unused disabled bay in Oxford Drive. Near to Venue 5.
Collins Drive installing tactile paving to assist visually impaired users.
East Mead Cllr Barnes advised on dumped rubbish which was collected by the council and names traced back resulting in a fine for the dumper.
Cavendish Tennis – tennis available for all. Play on the Saturday morning until the end of the year.
Litterpicks in Cavendish, Roxbourne and Bessingby Parks.
Sgt Damien Keyes is looking for members of the community to attend weapons sweeps. Meetings at the Link/RAF for training.
Torcross Road to be resurfaced.
On the brook side of Torcross looking again at an alley gate scheme. Will need respondents to carry any changes forward.
Parking in the ward. Looking at West Mead residents scheme parking.
CCTV upgraded across the board. Improving resolution to give better coverage.
Discussed flooding. If it occurs then do report to Thames Water. If not reported it does not get done.
Whitby Road/Torcross discussed parking.
Thanks to police and council for removing travellers in Bournecourt in 12 hours.
Safer neighbourhood teams and community payback team – worked on clearing some dumped rubbish in the area from alley gates scheme.
Christmas Lights up!
Clifford Road – petition on traffic calming and parking management.
New notice board at the allotments.
Quarterly Meeting Held at St Marys Church Hall, South Ruislip Wednesday 24th July 2019 Annual General Meeting
Present: 10 committee members, 5 local Cllrs (Barnes, Lavery, Makwana, Tuckwell and Kauffman) and 40 residents
Apologies: Hazel Hook, Geoff Quantock
1) Meeting opened at 20:02
Minutes of the last meeting – no issues raised.
2) Cllr Burrows LB Hillingdon Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Traffic, Planning and Recycling Etc
Petition heard for Victoria Road. Trees and grass verges won’t be removed. Not council policy to do that. There are other ideas such as residents scheme and petitions regarding speeding. However, roads did not have a major issue what was referred to as the 85th percentile. Only 15% of drivers speed so not enough grounds to put in traffic calming measures. Will keep them under review.
With consultations, once ward officers have reviewed the results they can make further suggestions. People have to respond to be considered in their opinion. Concern re bikes on Victoria Road. Where repetitive speeding data passed to policing and then action can be taken.
Concern re Victoria Road timing of test as during half term. Cllr Burrows said the survey will be checked to ensure it was fair.
Concern re junction West Mead. U-Turns but the camera can be used.
Victoria Road crossing. Rachel F concern reincreased use and cars not taking enough notice. Cllr Burrows said that an audit would have taken place on the local junctions. To be upgraded would need TFL to do that. Tree Planting – work to be done September and October. Miss use of the site at Wickes and Homebase due to car meet ups – Anti-Social Behaviour Team can be notified. Cllr Kauffman and SNT have spoken to the landlords.
Suggestion of extending the right turn into ASDA from Victoria Road.
3) Glebe Farm – Proposal
From agents for the site:
All activity should be lawful at the site if not report to council. Note the site is tidier now and an appetite from Trustees to take action on the site.
It is in Green Belt but previously developed. Looking at replacing the site with the commercial or residential scheme. Owners favour the residential scheme. Concern – perhaps more commercial bias however from council officers. Looking at 30 house development on site. Locally listed building in Glebe Farm but is not structurally viable. Question of parking. Density of the space is low so low number of dwellings on the site, parking spaces will be well inside regulatory requirement.
Show of hands – in favour of residential over commercial use.
4) Tea Brea
5) RAF Northolt
Russ Keen, standing in for PR Officer – new Nick Worrall new Station commander, took over in July this year. Lagan sent apologies. Now working on arrester beds. Will need to block cycle route for a limited time along south of A40. More trucks, but have used material from the site. Peak activity is now and from end of August and then will reduce traffic. Mid October will increase the air traffic.
Nothing found on the runway from the remains of crashed plane.
6) Treasurers Report
Current Account £1,105.80 and Deposit £13,391.87. Summer Flower planters contribution for this, but contribution from Ward Councillors Budget and Lagan and SRRA (Mostly Lagan initially)
Letter from them to build better relations. For an amicable meeting.
However Police shut down an event an hour earlier due to noise. We will request an ASBO to be issued to them to enforce better behaviour.
8) The HUBB
Church Hall event on the 13th of July – it was a well attended and pleasant event and an afternoon well spent. Weds 10th.
9) LIDL Site
Contacts let for works to complete the final stage of the works, culvert strengthening. 7 trees to be planted. Change in the entrance to the site, to be near Kwikfit
Zebra crossing – at LIDL site going to be resurfaced, Sid angling for bright paving to make it more visible. The service area will go.
11) Ward Councillors
Cllr Tuckwell. Smells from sewage near Raybourne Mead and the site has been inspected. If it continues report to Ward Councillors Around a dozen street signs upgraded. Half a dozen litter pickers from Queensmead School. Will do some more after the Summer Holiday. Pavement upgrade scheme still running? Yes but they are being prioritised on a rolling program.
Cllr Kaufmann. Bonnells have improved their driveway. 4th June Boxing club opened. 14th August Field End rec – open event. Allotments Raised beds near library. The bridge at South Ruislip. Work ongoing. 2 spans worked on. ARLA development. Anti-social behaviour. Going to gate scheme from Chrysalis fund. Rydall Way – hot spot for fly tipping.
Meeting Closed 21:57
Lively meeting on Wednesday with updates from our local Police, a comprehensive presentation from HS2 representatives and Sqn Ldr Tenniswood from RAF Northolt.
South Ruislip Residents’ Association (established in 1939)
Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church On Wednesday 23rd January 2019.
- Opening Remarks.
- Apologies for Absence.
- Minutes of Meeting.
- Matters Arising.
- Reports: Chairman, Treasurer, CRS, Secretary.
- Reports from Ward Councillors.
- Any other Business
NEXT QUARTERLY MEETING ON 23rdh January 2019 AT ST MARY’S CHURCH HALL THE FAIRWAY 8 PM
- Opening Remarks
Vice Chairman Sid Jackson chaired and opened the meeting at 8pm. Sid welcomed everyone to the meeting.
In attendance were 54 residents and 10 committee members. Councillors present Cllrs Teji Barnes, Allan Kauffman & Cllr Steve Tuckwell & Eddie Lavery
Sid introduced the new constitution which was printed off and distributed with 50 copies for voting at the AGM.
- Apologies for absence
Apologies were received from Lynne Kauffman
No comments on the minutes
PC & PCSO Anne-Marie talked through the crime figures as attached. 226 crimes. Anne-Marie highlighted break-in of motor vehicles being high and preventable. Burglary higher at the moment – with thieves attracted by new goods from Christmas. Be secure – put on a radio in the day as well as timer lights.
Discussed the benefits of Smart Water in use of crime prevention.
Anne-Marie asked about OWL and was encouraging people to use the system as a strong form of Neighbourhood Watch. https://www.owl.co.uk/met/
5.0 Treasurers Report
Current account £451.90 and deposit £13,378.75. Income and expenditure will be published for 2018 at the AGM next meeting.
6.0 Chief Road Steward
Please with the number of RS’s and only one more RS sought.
Presentation from Grant Blowers, engagement Graham Dean Power Supplies.
The engagement team are to engage with local councillors, residents associations, residents etc. They are getting more staff to deal with issues. They will hold drop-in clinics every week in the area (although not in S Ruislip). Recommended residents to sign up to www.hs2inhillingdon.commonplace.is There is also a help desk 08081 434 434.
Power for the TBM
Stan on the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM). The main issue is the electricity requirement which will come from a substation at North Harrow. Stan provided an update on the Power Supply route which needs to be dug to supply the electric. Needs a heavy power supply 33kv and 20MVA (1MVA powers 250 domestic properties). The cable will power the lighting and ventilation post build.
The route will go along residential streets as will minimise disruption vs main roads which they were considering.
They will dig a trench approx. 1.5m x 1.6m holding the cables. Roadworks in affected roads will last from 2 to 4 weeks.
Roads in Hillingdon affected are:
Rushdene Road, Deane Croft Road, Meadow Way, Hawthorne Avenue, Lime Grove, Myrtle Avenue, The Uplands, Westholme Gardens, Manor Way, Midcroft and Ickenham Road.
Work to start Q3 2019 and will last around a year on the cable route.
The drilling of the tunnels will start on West Ruislip and head to Old Oak Common.
SCS Works in South Ruislip
Matthew. Putting a team in place at the moment and turn HS2 scheme into a more detail focused piece of work and they will seek planning permission from the borough councils for the required permits and work. Talked through next stages such as earthworks (2020-2023), civil engineering projects (2019 to 2025) and the railway installation 2024 to 2026.
TBM set to launch around 2021 from West Ruislip.
Discussed the work and impact. There is an impact agreement to minimise disruption to traffic though they will close lanes etc. Discussed the vent shaft at South Ruislip.
Questions from the floor
Any air quality monitoring on the roads due to the lorry movements? Not from HS2 representatives. This is done by the local authority (Hillingdon). They will be using Euro 6 lorries to minimise environmental impact (this is a most recent vehicle requirement). Pressure from the meeting on the councils to monitor.
Noise from the vent shaft? Designed not to do that with fans to cool the tunnel and mitigate the noise.
What is the vent shaft diameter? They would confirm later.
Cllr Kauffman raised concern re the lorry movement along busy roads and the damage caused.
Further questions discussed.
We will invite people from HS2 again to speak later in the year. The update was appreciated.
8.0 RAF Northolt
Sq Ldr James Tenniswood.
It needs resurfacing, last done in 1977. Needs to be repaired to continue as a military airport. The runway will close between April and October. It will be dug out completely and will be drained properly and improve the arrester beds. Work delayed as the previous contractor was Carrillian who went into receivership.
The runway will remain the same size but at pains to point out it might look slightly longer due to the increased size of the arrester bed.
How will the closure affect the air traffic at the site? They will operate operation Bolthole. Flights Rotary will come in. Fixed wing will move to RAF Benson who will be flown to there via helicopter. Commercial flights will move elsewhere but will resume post build.
Dept of Transport mandated requirement to get improved use from the air space. Use old technology at the moment and will use GPS to make faster routes. RAF Northolt will be doing the same exercise later in the year.
RAF Northolt won’t be affected by Heathrow’s proposed plan.
Phone in sightings. Follow the drone code.
9.0 Pedestrian Crossing
Sid wrote to the council. There is a lack of people stopping and a couple of complaints locally. Anything we can do to improve matters. Got an email back from the Traffic Team with a photo on a clear day and no buses present and how to use the zebra crossing is used. Sid was disappointed.
The culvert at Lidl site on Victoria Road is being improved.
Keen to make the crossings more visible.
Concern raised re the length of time waiting for crossings to change when initially pressed.
10.0 Victoria Road
A number of consultations have taken place and have put in another from Victoria Road to the Black Bull to keep the traffic moving. Purely traffic management only.
Meeting Closed at 9:55pm.
Minutes can be found here!
There was plenty going on with the police and updates from the ward councillors.
As you will see from our last minutes Boris Johnson discussed mostly Brexit and his take on local and mayoral issues.
The files contain our minutes of the meeting. Thanks to Jenny for taking the minutes and to all our helpers.
Not part of the minutes of the meeting but Jenny’s notes on the meeting with the RAF which I thought would be of interest.
Public Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church Hall, The Fairway, On Wednesday 24th January 2018 8pm.
- Opening Remarks.
- Apologies for Absence.
- Minutes of Meeting.
- Matters Arising.
- 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
- Opening Remarks
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.email@example.com 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.
- Treasurers Report
£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
Sorry for the delay in getting them out this time!