It’s litter-picking time (27 April)

Rubbish makes our green spaces dangerous for us and animals

Help transform Ickenham Green’s green space by freeing it of rubbish.

A litter-pick will take place this Saturday (27 April 2019) at 10.30am lasting 60 minutes (the event will end at 11.30am sharp). Meet next to Ickenham Green allotments (on path from Soldiers Return pub on High Road, Ickenham).

If sufficient volunteers turn out on the day we will clear High Road, Ickenham (West Ruislip station to Austin’s Lane) as well.

Contact, David Porter, davidreporter@onetel.com or call 07751 282700 up to and including the event.

Night closures of A40

Location: Western Avenue, Uxbridge. A40 Jct Denham to Jct Swakeleys Eastbound and Westbound
Reference: FN59345398
Status: Works Proposed
Works owner: Highways England
Street authority: Transport For London
Start date: 23/04/2019
End date: 06/05/2019
Description: 22:00hrs to 05:00hrs: Full carriageway closure of the A40 is required between Denham Roundabout and Swakeleys roundabout eastbound and westbound for Half joint inspections and GPR surveys. Eastbound – 23rd to 30th April 2019 Westbound – 30th April to 6th May 2019

Nick Hurd’s constituency update on crime and policing

Dear constituent,

 

Crime and Policing

I am very aware that the recent sequence of murders in Pinner and South Harrow, and a spike in burglaries “aggravated” by the threat of violence, has deeply unsettled many residents across Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner.  It comes, of course, against a background of increased knife crime across London, which is a source of great worry – not least for parents.

The concern is all the more deeper because this is not normal.  The statistics show these are some of the safest wards in London.  It is part of the reason why people choose to live here.  Yes, we have had spikes in burglaries before, and the police have got on top of them.  Yes, aggravated burglaries represents a relatively small percentage of the total number of burglaries, but the violence and brazen nature of it is scaring people.

Another concern I hear is about the response of the police to burglary.  A number of constituents have been unimpressed by the follow-up, especially when they have been able to present the police with some potential evidence, for example in the form of CCTV.  I know from fellow MPs that this is a concern across London.

Let me summarise what I have done, and then let you know about a public meeting that may be of interest to you:

1.  I have taken local concerns about aggravated burglary and the police response to the top of the Metropolitan Police in conversations with Commissioner Cressida Dick; Assistant Commissioner Stephen House and Deputy Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons, the lead for Local Policing. The issue is very much on their radar screen.
2.  I have met with Commander Amanda Pearson, who reports to DAC Mark Simmons, to discuss the operational response to burglary, including aggravated.  It is clear that the Met are having to rethink their approach in terms of contact with the public and supervising the quality of investigations.
3.  I have been in very regular contact with Chief Superintendent Sara Leach who commands the North West Borough Command Unit (BCU), which covers Pinner.  Together we met a group of Pinner residents that are especially concerned about aggravated burglary.
4.  I have met with Superintendent Duncan Slade, who leads on burglary and aggravated in the West BCU (which covers Ruislip and Northwood), to discuss the operational response.
5.  I have met with Ickenham Neighbourhood Watch, who are generally recognised to be one of the most effective neighbourhood watch groups in London, to discuss their frustrations and learn from their experience, not least in using OWL – the Online watch link which allows police and residents to exchange two way information in a very efficient way – which is not yet available in Harrow.
6.  I have met and will continue to meet local residents who are concerned.

This is apart from the work I do as Policing Minister to support the police and to help them end this terrible cycle of serious violence:

  • Between 2018/20, the Met Police will have received an additional £272 million of public investment, some of which they are using to recruit 300 additional officers.
  • In addition, the Met will receive a share of the additional £100m we have made available to police forces to specifically help their work to counter serious violence.  This will help support the team of 400 extra officers in London on the Serious Violence Task Force.  We are making it easier to authorise stop and search in designated areas, and have taken through Parliament new legislation that will make it even harder to buy and possess the most dangerous weapons.
  • We have made over £200m available for community based prevention work to divert young people away from crime and violence.

More details of our work on serious violence can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/serious-violence-strategy.

From these conversations, I have drawn the following:

1.  Despite being stretched, the police are giving the issue the priority it requires.  The West and North West BCUs have slightly different operating models but both have significant resources dedicated to “high harm” crime, including aggravated burglary, and both are able to bid for more “central assets” to help with work in targeted areas.
2.  North West London represents a significant percentage of total aggravated burglary and appears to be an attractive target – relatively affluent and with relatively easy access to fast road networks.  Given that this criminal activity crosses borders, it is imperative that police forces work well together.  This appears to be happening.
3.  The police and the community need to work together more effectively to make sure that this area becomes a much ‘harder’ target for criminals.  Community safety has always depended on that relationship working well.
4.  Residents are worried and need reassurance.  Police communication and engagement with the community has so far failed to reassure.

With the above in mind, I am convening a public meeting so that residents across the area can engage directly with the senior local police officers in both boroughs who are responsible for the operational response.  It will be an opportunity to ask direct questions; seek reassurance that the police are doing everything they can, and to discuss what more we can do together to help make the area safer.  At the request of residents, it has been structured as a constituency-wide meeting because a number of wards are affected and the criminals do not respect borough boundaries.

The meeting will be 7pm-8:15pm on Wednesday, 15 May, at Fairfield Hall, Windsor Close, Northwood, HA6 1PD.  The police representatives will be led by Superintendent Claire Clark from North West BCU, and by Superintendent Duncan Slade from West BCU.  It is anticipated that officers from the Safer Neighbourhoods Teams will be in attendance.  Additionally, all ward councillors will be invited.

It would be helpful to know if you were intending to attend – and please do feel free to submit any specific questions in advance.  You can contact me at: nick.hurd.mp@parliament.uk.

Best regards

Nick Hurd MP
Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner
Tel: 0207 219 1053
E-mail: nick.hurd.mp@parliament.uk
Website: http://www.nickhurd.com/
Twitter: @nickhurdmp

Closure of Breakspear Road South postponed

Posted on Apr 12th 2019 by HS2 in Hillingdon

The proposed four day closure of Breakspear Road South, planned during week commencing Monday 15 April has been postponed. We know that residents were notified about this planned closure last week and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The work planned during this closure will now take place later in the year and further information will be available nearer the time. Residents will be notified in advance by post and on this Commonplace site.

More information can be found here.

 

New Year’s Green Lane closure: April 13/14

Please be aware of the following

LONDON BOROUGH OF HILLINGDON
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984-SECTION 14
NEWYEARS GREEN LANE HAREFIELD
EMERGENCY TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE
SATURDAY 13TH AND SUNDAY 14TH APRIL 2019
The Council of the London Borough of Hillingdon hereby gives notice that to enable essential vegetation works and so as not to endanger the public; Newyears Green Lane, Harefield will be closed from the Junction of Harvil Road to the Junction of Breakspear Road South.
Diversions will be in place via: Harvil Road, Swakeleys Road, Breakspear Road South and Vice Versa.
Nothing in the Order shall apply to prevent vehicular access to premises on or adjacent to the prohibited length of road insofar as access is reasonably practicable without interference with the said works.
The closures will apply between 07:00am Saturday 13th April 2019 until 19:00pm Sunday 14th April 2019, to such extent as is indicated by traffic signs prescribed by the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002.
The closure will remain in force until the works are complete; this is expected to be for 2 days.
more  info at

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/commonplace-customer-files/hs2inhillingdon/CSJV%20Newyears%20Green%20Lane%20road%20closure%20-%2013%2014%20April%2019%20Final.pdf