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.

Report crime to NHW as well as police

Neighbourhood Watch knows where lots of CCTV cameras are. If you tell them quickly enough (i.e. don’t leave it for days) then they can check the recordings and help the police to nail the villains.

Make sure you tell the police first. As so often happens, someone has just reported a burglary to NHW but it happened at the start of the month, which could mean that the recordings have already been overwritten.

Some residents don’t even bother to report car break-ins to NHW, yet these often reveal leads to bigger crimes in the area.

Contact details are:

Brian Walters (Ickenham only). More information here.

0208 246 1869

all@hillingdonnhw.co.uk

hillingdonnhw.co.uk

 

Colne Valley Park today

Brunel  University students, working with West London Film & Media CIC and Groundwork South, have put together a seven-minute video about the Colne Valley Park as it stands today, before it is cut through by the twin threats of HS2 and Heathrow’s third runway.

It’s a charming film of the pleasures on the doorstep of 10 million people. Perhaps it will inspire you to visit the attractions, support the cafés and other local businesses and perhaps get involved in some way with its associated charities.

More information here.

Our thanks to Twitter’s Mrs_AngryJones for the tip-off.

Planning map confusion cleared

In the Live Planning Applications Map, we’ve only recently realised (sorry for the delay) that if two properties are in the same postcode, only one of them can be accessed via the map marker icon ( googlemapmarkericon ).

It is possible to see the full list of applications by clicking on this icon – Sidepanel – in the header. Until now they’ve been in reverse date order. Not very helpful if you want to see something for a particular post code. So we’ve change it to alphabetical sequence by post code.

Use the grey slider immediately to the right to scroll the list and click on an entry to see its details.

I’m sorry it’s taken so long for the penny to drop. It’s only because I was looking for the Harefield Place applications that I realised I could see only one of the several applications still outstanding.

House of Lords HS2 report today

The House of Lords HS2 Select Committee is reporting in public today at 10am. (Committee Room 4 if you want to rush up there.)

Or you can watch it on parliament tv

The Chairman will announce the publication of the report and make a few, brief concluding remarks. The Committee will adjourn very shortly thereafter and the report will be made available on the Committee’s website.

This link takes you straight to the Ickenham bit.