‘Playing Out’ – Council to consult on closing roads for play

The London Borough of Hillingdon have announced their intention to consult on becoming the 46th English Council to support regular temporary closures of residential streets for play.

Ickenham Councillor David Simmonds announced the move at the Full Council meeting on Thursday 7 September.

Councillor Simmonds spoke of the varied benefits of the initiave. He drew parallels with the street parties that were so popular across Ickenham in 2016.

A date for the consultation has not yet been set. More information about ‘playing out’ is available online here: http://playingout.net/

Try scything on Ickenham Marsh (16 Sept)

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.

Ickenham Archaeological Priority Area

1754 Ickenham map

As part of the evidence base for Hillingdon’s new Local Plan, consultants were employed by Hillingdon Council to carry out desk-based surveys of Archaeological Priority Areas across the Borough.

Ickenham’s 9 page study features maps of the village centre dating from between 1754 (by John Rocque, pictured above) and 2013. The study can be viewed here:

Ickenham Archaeological Desk Based Assessment

Studies for other areas in the Borough can be viewed online here: https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/29909/Local-Plan-Part-2-evidence-base-studies

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:



TfL propose new Ickenham-Heathrow bus service


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.

TfL State:

“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.”


Paving over front gardens

New Council guide published

paving garden pic

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:


How does the 2018 Parliamentary boundary review affect Ickenham?

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.


Ickenham station car park – new 10 minute grace period in operation.

190816 anpr

Car park operators NCP have confirmed that a 10 minute grace period is in operation at Ickenham station car park following the recent introduction of ANPR technology.

The grace period, which is not clearly advertised, allows motorists to drive in and out without the need to validate their stay on the new touchscreen payment machines.

NCP have agreed to check the signage to ensure that customers are aware that they can drop off and pick up for free.

One customer today was surprised at the 10 minute time period, saying that she had expected it to be 20 minutes, in line with other car parks.