Ickenham Pump Road Plan

As you probably know, the accident-prone Ickenham Pump area is to be redesigned. What follows is extracted from a letter to the Residents’ Association from LBH and a link to the proposed plan. Comments have to be in to the address at the foot of this letter by February 15. The proposals are an improvement on what exists. The question is “could they be better?”

Here goes:

Formal Consultation: Swakeleys Road and High Road Ickenham – Proposed Road Safety Improvements

The informal consultation responses have been analysed which indicated a majority in support of the proposed measures. Following consideration of the consultation responses, the Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling has approved for formal consultation to be carried out on this proposal.

The optimum proposal identified by the independent study, and supported in principle by Ward Members and the Metropolitan Police, includes the following proposed measures, as shown in this plan:-

Ickenham Pump
• Closure of the central access to the Ickenham Pump (vehicle surveys and vehicle tracking software has been used to ensure vehicle movements can be maintained within the Ickenham Pump service road with the inclusion of additional yellow lines)

• Residents’ permit only parking bay extended within the Ickenham Pump service road

• Two raised tables on the Ickenham Pump service road to calm traffic

• Potential options for sympathetic landscaping within the closed central access to the Ickenham Pump

Swakeleys Road
• Re-location of the existing zebra crossing on Swakeleys Road to 20 metres from its junction with High Road Ickenham. This would require;

• Closure of the access to the service road opposite the Post Office

• Re-location of the existing northbound bus stop and goods vehicle loading bay

High Road Ickenham
• Extended ‘Keep Clear’ markings on High Road Ickenham at the northern access to the Ickenham Pump

• Extended operational hours of the existing yellow lines on High Road Ickenham adjacent to St Giles’ Church The proposed scheme has been subject to a positive review undertaken by an independent road safety auditor.

The statutory consultation period will run until 15 February 2017. A formal notice will appear in a local paper as well as street notices displayed on site during this time. If you would like to comment on the proposal, please write to the postal or email address below by Wednesday 15 February 2017 and include your address to help us analyse all responses.

Transport and Projects Residents Services
London Borough of Hillingdon,
4W/06, Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW

T.01895 556266 F.01895 250676

PS (11 Feb): Reading the Council’s official notice, it suggests quoting the reference number 4W/06/25/01/17.

It also says this:

If you have any comments or feedback on the proposed parking and traffic improvement schemes below, please contact the Transport and Projects Team:

I don’t know whether telephoned or emailed comments have the same weight as physical documents. I shall enquire, but time is running out…

PPS: Email is fine. My thanks to Cllr Hensley for calling me about this at 9:00 this morning. He’s probably the most responsive ‘official’ I’ve ever met.

14 thoughts on “Ickenham Pump Road Plan

  1. The proposed parking restrictions in the High Road will severely affect users of St Giles’ Church Hall on weekday evenings and on Sundays. The Church Hall is well-used by the community for regular meetings and activities. St Giles’ has a large congregation attending 2 or 3 services each Sunday and the Church Hall is used for Junior Church and socialising on Sunday mornings.
    The present parking arrangements (no restriction during the week after 6.30pm and no restriction on Sundays) work for everyone’s safety and convenience.
    I appreciate the need to move the zebra crossing further from the road junction. This will have the effect of loss of some parking in Swakeleys Road.
    Please reconsider the parking restrictions in the High Road.

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  2. The parking restrictions being proposed in Ickenham village (in conjunction with moving the zebra crossing which of course will improve the safety of pedestrians) I understand are being substantially extended on the High Road until 8.00pm at night and to include Sundays! This will have a dramatic impact on the users of the Church Hall during the week and on Sundays when the Village Church has 2 or 3 services every Sunday. .
    Many meetings and activities start at 7.00pm providing many of our local residents with the opportunity to attend such. A thriving community based facility is threatened as many people park in the High Road after 6.30pm at present to enable them to attend these valuable and important activities.
    It will also affect the congregation on Sundays as many people travel by car from different areas in Ickenham who do not have the ability to walk distances as well as many others who come from other areas within the borough to worship at St Giles.
    There is very little parking for the hall and it is very well used by members of the community for all sorts of activities, there is also very little parking within the village to absorb those that will not now be able to park because of the intended proposals.
    Please give significant thought to the proposals and the impact it will have on the community, young and old who attend St Giles Church and the Church hall several times a week to be part of their local community activities.

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    • Thank you for commenting, Alison. We’re hearing this frequently.it’s important that people respond to the Council directly. Each voice (and Ickenham Residents Association is only one) counts. We are, of course happy to see your comments here, but the Council needs to hear them too.

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  3. The proposed parking changes will have an adverse effect upon the Ickenham community. St Giles church hall is used by various community groups on many evenings and so the changes would make it very difficult for users to park. This could ultimately mean the closure of some community activities, for no good reason. The Church is also used on Sundays, from 8.00 am to mid evening, by the Church community. Changing the parking regulations could mean that many members would be unable to attend their local place of worship, if they are unable to park. I do hope that the proposition will be reconsidered, taking into account the needs of the local community.

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  4. I’m of the opinion that there is plenty of parking in the evenings and Sundays provided by car parks situated very close to the church. They are only a very short walk away. Any persons unable to walk such distances could perhaps use the small lay by situated in front of the church to drop of and pick up those with poor mobility, before moving their car to the car park.

    Reducing the amount of entrances to the various side roads will certainly help improve the predictability of the traffic flow and reduce accidents.

    I am a little surprised however, that traffic lights or a roundabout are not being considered. As the current proposalsituation still mean it’s extremely hazardous making a right turn out of Swakeleys Road.

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  5. Thank you for your interest Ian. I suspect that a roundabout and traffic lights have been considered and rejected in the long evolution to this point. I know the IRA Committee has been on the case every step of the way and that we are currently being offered a better solution than many that have gone before. It’s a case of seeing if it can be made even better. In any event, and regardless of what I’ve just said, please comment on paper or email to the Council directly with your observations.

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  6. Traffic lights are the only sensible way to go. Moving the zebra crossing higher up the road will not stop the issue of cars struggling to turn right towards Hillingdon.

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