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.
Images copyright SCS.
A successful service of remembrance was conducted yesterday at the Polish War Memorial in South Ruislip on the 11th of November 2018 at 11am, on hundred years after the end of WW I.
The attendance of our residents is a testimony to the strength and diversity of the local community.
The service was made unique by being led by our local vicar Fr Eric, readers of prayers and poems across the age range from ‘Stars at Knight’ drama students to our library service, the Bourne Choir with their rendition of the National Anthem in both English and Polish and the Last Post and Reveille played by our Hillingdon Music Service. We would also like to thank the Hillingdon Events for preparing the Polish War Memorial for the service and the GAA club for hosting refreshments.
With government cuts, there is a proposal to reduce the number of councillors across Hillingdon from 65 to 53. This means there will be a balancing of wards across the borough to make for roughly 4200 citizens per councillor in Hillingdon. Whilst some wards are unchanged some will disappear and some will go down to two councillors.
What does this mean for South Ruislip?
South Ruislip Ward Boundary Submission PDF to view
The proposal is that South Ruislip would retain three councillors and grow taking the roads currently in Cavendish ward such as Torcross, Queens Walk, Mount Pleasant, Hunters Hill. The exception is Parkfield Crescent which would move to an adjacent Hillingdon ward.
Parkfield aside, this makes sense with the Yeading Brook being a natural barrier.
The ward will fit better with the area the SRRA covers so makes sense to us. But having been established in 1939 we have seen our fair share of boundary changes and as these wax and wane the area we cover remains the same.
What about Cavendish Ward?
However, Cavendish ward will disappear with sections of it going to different expanded wards such as South Ruislip, the Manor and Eastcote. On a personal note I can’t help but feel for the uncertainty that respected established Cllrs in Cavendish such as Cllr Lavery and Barnes will face but such is politics.
What do you think of the changes?
Please have your say on the review at the following link. There are only a few days left for this first stage of consultation but another opportunity to comment will come next year: