From HS2 Contractor SCS:
0600hrs – Monday 28th September.
Just making you aware of a one-off abnormal load that will be delivered to Breakspear Road South on Monday. It has been scheduled to arrive at 0600hrs. On this occasion due to its height it will not follow the registered lorry routes but will follow the following route:
M25 (to junction 18)
Ducks Hill Road
Breakspear Road North then South.
The site team will be ready for its arrival and will facilitate its access.
All relevant authorities have been made aware.
Sheet piling works will begin at the West Ruislip site on 19 October. The works are expected to last three weeks.
What we are doing
From the week commencing 19 October we will carry out sheet piling works inside the construction site at West Ruislip. This work will help us to install a temporary tank to be used as stormwater drain to prevent flooding in the work area.
Sheet piles will be installed in sequence along the planned excavation
perimeter to provide temporary walls within the ground to support our
water tank. A mechanical machine will be used to push steel sheets into the
How this work might affect you
A piling rig, cranes and construction machinery will be visible in the area
during these works.
The project team will take every measure to reduce noise impacts, however
you may notice some construction related noise and vibration.
Sheet piles will be pressed into position. In the event that we find hard
ground or obstacles, a vibro-hammer will be used to disturb the ground and
drive the sheets through the hard areas. Should this method be required, it
will be used for approximately one hour per day.
Duration of works
The activity will take place from w/c 19 October for three weeks.
Hours worked will be Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm and 8am to 1pm
We may be on site for an our before the start and/or end of each shift.
What to expect
Delivery and set up of equipment, cranes and piling rigs.
Our piling methods may involve vibrating piles into the ground.
What we will do
Conduct noise and vibration monitoring to ensure works are within project approval limits.
Use water carts to reduce the amount of dust.
Now that the government has given the notice to proceed for HS2 the work is starting in earnest.
We continue to have regular conference calls with HS2, the main contractors (SCS and Align) and London Borough of Hillingdon.
The most immediate impact in our area will be SCS preparation works in Harvil Road for the Harvil Road realignment(and other works) and Breakspear Road South for the construction of the haul road between West Ruislip and Harvil Road (the haul road was our recommendation in petitioning to avoid HGVs going through the village). This work will lead to lane closures in Harvil Road during October and November and occasional lane closures in Breakspear Road South; we are assured these will be coordinated to ensure one road system is fully working.
There will also be weekend road closures.
The other contractor – Align – will also be working in Harvil Road to construct the haul road to HOAC alongside Dews lane. Their works should be coordinated with SCS.
Align will also be closing the A412 between Denham and Maple Cross with Harvil Road as the diversion – dates to be advised.
The power supply contractor will be completing their works in Jan 21 which will again include some road work in Ickenham Road between West Ruislip site and the White Bear roundabout.
Full details should be available at some time on the HS2 Commonplace site
And the HS2 Helpline number is 08081 434 434 or email HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk. If you have an issue always put COMPLAINT in your email heading.
The Association appreciates the social and economic contributions our local pubs make to village life, however we are aware that many of you have expressed concerns re the Tichenham Inn since reopening in July.
Thanks to those who brought this to our attention and to the attention of our councillors.
We are reliably informed that a meeting took place between Wetherspoons management, the Borough licensing officer and the police licensing officer.
As a result of this meeting and to ensure Covid – 19 guidelines are followed correctly, the following have been agreed and implemented
1. Customers must be seated when outside. Those without a seat, must either re-enter the pub (if possible) or leave the premises;
2. Drinks will only be permitted outside if customers have a table;
3. Drink will not be permitted in the designated smoking area; and
4. The fixed external furniture will be replaced with movable external furniture which will be brought in at the end of every evening.
In addition to the above measures, they have also employed door staff on a Friday and Saturday night to help manage the outside area and provide additional support for managers.
Should you have any further concerns please contact one of the licensing officers mentioned above.
Update: Activity along the border
Work is continuing to place secure wooden hoarding along the Network Rail border to the south of our work site and then extend it along the southernmost edge of our works. The hoarding will ensure that the work site is both safe and secure. Preparatory works are still taking place during the day, and work on Network Rail land is only taking place at night when trains are not running. This activity is taking longer than expected due to unexpectedly limited number of working hours available next to the railway.
All lights needed for work activity will be placed so that they face away from the residential properties.
The side of the hoarding facing the properties in The Greenway and Hoylake Crescent will be painted dark blue. This colour has been agreed with Network Rail who need to ensure that the red, amber, and green lights are visible to their drivers’ sight lines. here will be a period where e will remove the part of the cutting. This will be done during the day.
Duration of works These works will continue until 18 September at the latest Working hours Day time activity will be between 8am and 6pm Night time activity will happen between 12.30am and 7.45am on Sundays and 5.30am all other mornings, when no trains are running We may be on site for up to an hour before and after these hours for preparation This work is progressing east to west. What to expect An excavator to remove the hoarding post foundations. All other activity will be using hand tools.
In case you didn’t know, the latest edition of ICN is available to view or download online.
Friday 31 July: Hillingdon Council has successfully persuaded the Court of Appeal to overturn a High Court decision concerning the submission of planning applications by HS2 Ltd under the HS2 Act.
The council had refused to approve an application for HS2 works to be undertaken on a site in the borough of archaeological importance on the basis that HS2 Ltd had submitted insufficient information in support of it.
HS2 Ltd disagreed with the council’s refusal decision and challenged it, by appealing to the government, on the basis that it was not required to provide the information which the council required as it could instead rely upon a suite of non-statutory documents, known as Environmental Minimum Requirements, which would provide the council with the necessary assurances that the archaeological integrity of the site would be maintained and that HS2 Ltd would, if necessary, carry out its own future investigations as a means of safeguarding it.
The council sought a judicial review of the government’s decision to allow HS2 Ltd’s appeal but in December 2019, the High Court found in the government’s favour.
The Court of Appeal handed down its judgement today. It ruled that HS2 Ltd cannot rely upon the Environmental Requirements and that it has to provide sufficient information to the council in support of its planning applications. The council is under no obligation to determine the applications unless and until it receives such information. The Court of Appeal also frowned upon HS2 Ltd’s contention that it is permissible for it to carry out its own investigations, as part of the application process, saying that it would not have been the intention of Parliament to ‘set up a scheme which gave the appearance that HS2 Ltd was a judge in its own cause’. The government has also been ordered to pay the council’s legal costs of both the High Court and Court of Appeal cases.
Councillor Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: ”HS2 Ltd thought that HS2 could act with total impunity and just expect the Council to approve its planning applications without question. As the Court of Appeal has said, it cannot have been the intention of Parliament to allow HS2 Ltd to be a judge in its own cause. For the avoidance of doubt, this council will continue to challenge decisions that may harm our environment or the health and wellbeing of our people.”
As part of this year’s planned carriageway resurfacing programme, work is due to be carried out on Copthall Road East from the week commencing 27 July 2020.
We will place advance Notices on the streets giving the actual start date.
The hours of working will be 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, (Monday to Saturday).
The start date and duration period may be subject to change due to prevailing weather conditions or unforeseen issues.
From the URC:
We are delighted to announce that on Sunday 5th July at 11.00am we will be holding a Reopening Morning Service at Ickenham United Reformed Church after 15 weeks in lockdown.
Led by Peter Williams the theme is ‘This is none other than the House of God’.
The Church has been specially prepared following the Government and the United Reformed Church safety guidelines and there will be no singing.
We hope that you will be able to come.
From St. Giles
The church is now open for private prayer at the following times:
Tuesday evenings 7pm-8pm & Friday mornings 10am-11am
Reopening for Worship – we are planning to hold a Book of Common Prayer Service in church on Sunday 12 July. Please watch this space for further details next week and note that, due to social distancing requirements, space in church will be limited and booking in will be required via the church office.