The Council have confirmed that work is underway to restore Ickenham Pond. A site notice states that “many invasive species have affected the pond and it is now in need of complete restoration. The project will enhance the pond, increase biodiversity and improve the aesthetic appearance of the surrounding area.”
Vegetation has been cut back regularly over the past few years, including the removal of the overhanging willows visible in the 2016 picture below.
Lilly, Reed Mace, Iris and various grasses have thrived recently and dragon and damselflies are a common site in summer months. But Parrot’s Feather and New Zealand Pigmyweed (likely to be the invasive species mentioned in the Council notice) have continued to spread and dominate.
It is reassuring that the Council are committed to increase the biodiversity of the pond, meaning it will be retained as a nature pond, rather than as a purely ornamental feature.
The work is being carried out by AGA Group, a Thetford based Aquatic & Fluvial Engineering company.
Most of us know that Ickenham has a cricket club (Oak Ave), a rugby club (Ruislip/Uxbridge), tennis clubs (Swakeleys Drive) and a youth football team (playing at various locations). Contact details for these teams can be found on our useful links page.
There are also lots of other sports teams based near our village. Some of these are listed below:
Wealdstone Football Club, based at Grosvenor Vale in Ruislip. The ‘Stones currently compete in the Conference South. The ladies team currently compete in the Greater London League Division 1. The ground is a short walk from Ruislip Station.
Ruislip Rugby Club, based on West End Road in Ruislip. The First XV currently compete in London 1 league. The ground is a short walk from Ruislip Station.
West London Eagles Handball Club, based at the Queensmead Sports Centre in Ruislip. Both men’s and women’s team currently compete in the national Premier Leagues. Queensmead Sports Centre is a few minutes walk from South Ruislip station.
London Gaelic Athletic Association, opposite the Polish War Memorial in South Ruislip. The ground is the headquarters and principal Gaelic games facility for London. Various men’s and women’s curling and Gaelic football teams playing at the ground, which is a fair trek from South Ruislip station. The E7 bus stops right outside.
Come along and enjoy the art of cutting grass by hand, or just enjoy watching scythe mowing in action.
10.30am-1.00pm, Saturday 16 Sept
After successful public scything sessions on Pinn Meadows in Ruislip, the London Borough of Hillingdon Green Spaces team have agreed to bring their scythes down to the Ickenham Marsh for us to have a go. London Wildlife Trust representatives will be around too.
You can access the Marsh via the Austin’s Lane track – follow the track from the gate at the junction of Austin’s Lane and Glebe Avenue. Signs will be displayed on the day.
This event has been arranged by the Ickenham Marshes Partnership, which was established in 2012 by the Ickenham and Ruislip Gardens Residents’ Associations to bring local people, landowners and land managers together informally to make to most of the Marshes.
The Borough’s emerging ‘Development Management Policies’ which set out the practical implications for development proposals within such areas can be viewed online here: https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/lpp2
These policies are different to those that apply in Conservation Areas. Ickenham’s Conservation Area map can be viewed online here:
Our existing local services seem unaffected, but one of the proposed changes is a new ‘route 278’ between Ruislip and Heathrow Airport, Central Bus Station via Hayes & Harlington station. It would run the full length of Long Lane and via Hillingdon, Hayes End, Church Road and Hayes town centre. It would run at 5 buses per hour Monday to Saturday daytimes and 3 bph Sundays and all evenings using double-deck buses.
“Consultation will be undertaken on the service changes. Following analysis of the
responses, the next step will be determine whether or not a specific scheme should
proceed or whether it should be amended in some way.
Other considerations will also need to be taken account as part of coming to a final
decision. This includes TfL’s financial position and the affordability of the schemes.
In some instances physical constraints e.g. new stands may be a barrier to delivery.
Precisely when service changes will be made will be subject to further consideration
but would broadly align with the various phases of the Elizabeth line opening.
Finally the bus network will be kept under review enabling further changes to be made
to bus services in the future.”
The London Borough of Hillingdon have taken planning enforcement action in Ickenham recently where homes have failed to apply for planning permission to concrete over their front gardens. While many would agree the loss of front gardens detracts from Ickenham’s street scene, and does little to help our local bee populations, the Council’s responsibilities on this issue relate to flood and water management.
The following guide, produced by LBH’s Flooding Officer, sets out some of the do’s and don’t’s if you’ve taken the decision to pave some or all of your front garden:
LBH have confirmed that this information has been provided to the Highways Team to include in a review of their vehicular crossover (dropped curb) policy. Hopefully this will mean that applicants will have to demonstrate that they comply with front gardens permeability requirements before a vehicular crossover is permitted.
The Boundary Commission for England is conducting a review of parliamentary constituencies and needs the help of the public. You can visit their website http://www.bce2018.org.uk/ to view their proposals, make comments, see what other people have said and learn about the Commission and the review.
To help understand the local impact of the review (which aims to reduce the total number of MPs from about 650 to about 600), we’ve produced this simple graphic to explain the proposals.