Over 50? Free taxi for your Covid jab

In case this is of use to you:

FREE VACCINE TAXIS: Age UK, the charity supporting older people, is offering a free taxi service for people aged 50 and above to get to and from their COVID-19 vaccination appointments. The scheme covers Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent, and runs until the end of March. The service uses Uber and the full cost of the travel to and from the vaccination centre will be covered.

If you are aged 50 or above and would like Age UK to arrange free taxi transport to and from your COVID-19 vaccination appointment, then please get in touch by emailing Amy Shallon at ashallon@ageuk.org.uk or by calling 07947 188 221.

Heavy loads arriving at West Ruislip in March

From HS2:

As part of the substation installation, we will have 2no. Electrical Voltage Transformers delivered to our site. These transformers will change the incoming voltage from 33kV down to 11kV so that we can eventually power the Tunnel Boring Machines at their required voltages.

Our transformers will be delivered at the weekend as they are coming directly from their delivery port, as they have been shipped from overseas. They are delivered through the night due to the load and will arrive at the West Ruislip portal in the morning in each instance. The works to install these transformers will be carried out across the following weekends:

Transformer 1 delivery: Saturday 13th March and Sunday 14th March 2021

Transformer 2 delivery: Saturday 27th March and Sunday 28th March 2021

At present, these dates are planned with our suppliers, however should there be any changes to the delivery due to freight passing the UK border we will update all residents and businesses accordingly.

If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

Breakspear Road South 1 March single lane

From HS2:

To reduce the number of HS2 lorries using local roads we are building an internal haul road between our construction sites, crossing Breakspear Road South. To build the crossing point we will need to close Breakspear Road South from 12-15 March 2021. Closing the road and working over a single weekend will reduce the impact on traffic flow in the area and will allow us to work safely.
We will remove the existing road surface in order to construct wider junctions. Additionally, we will compact the area and resurface the carriageway, which will include new line markings and repositioning of concrete traffic barriers.

How this work might affect you
Breakspear Road South will be closed from9pm on12March to 5am on 15March2021.A diversion will be in place via Swakeleys Road B467/ High Road B466/ Ickenham Road/ High Street/Bury Street A4180/ Breakspear Road.
Duration of works
The road closure will be in place from9pmonFriday 12 March to5am on Monday 15 March2021
We may be on site for an hour before the start and/or end of the closure

What to expect
Breakspear Road South will be closed between the dates above
The use of equipment required to remove and reinstate the carriageway, including road planer, road roller, asphalt, line marking machinery and concrete barriers
We will use lights as needed and ensure that they face the work areas only

What we will do
Hoarding and screens will be used to reduce noise
Use water carts to keep dust to a minimum
Ensure that the diversion route is clearly signposted
Access will be permitted to the residences north and south of the road closure

HS2 to close Breakspear Road South 12-15 March

From HS2:

To reduce the number of HS2 lorries using local roads we are building an internal haul road between our construction sites, crossing Breakspear Road South. To build the crossing point we will need to close Breakspear Road South from 12-15 March 2021. Closing the road and working over a single weekend will reduce the impact on traffic flow in the area and will allow us to work safely.
We will remove the existing road surface in order to construct wider junctions. Additionally, we will compact the area and resurface the carriageway, which will include new line markings and repositioning of concrete traffic barriers.

How this work might affect you
Breakspear Road South will be closed from9pm on12March to 5am on 15March2021.A diversion will be in place via Swakeleys Road B467/ High Road B466/ Ickenham Road/ High Street/Bury Street A4180/ Breakspear Road.
Duration of works
The road closure will be in place from9pmonFriday 12 March to5am on Monday 15 March2021
We may be on site for an hour before the start and/or end of the closure

What to expect
Breakspear Road South will be closed between the dates above
The use of equipment required to remove and reinstate the carriageway, including road planer, road roller, asphalt, line marking machinery and concrete barriers
We will use lights as needed and ensure that they face the work areas only

What we will do
Hoarding and screens will be used to reduce noise
Use water carts to keep dust to a minimum
Ensure that the diversion route is clearly signposted
Access will be permitted to the residences north and south of the road closure

SCS & HS2 online face-to-face events

SCS and HS2 Ltd are holding one-to-one sessions on the 22 and 24 February.

These are intended to replicate engagement events they would have held in person but for Covid restrictions, and are aimed at local residents who have an interest in or concerns about the project and would like up to date information across a range of subject areas.

Registration is via Eventbrite, at this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/one-to-one-virtual-events-hs2-works-in-hillingdon-and-northolt-tickets-141111996781

Harvil Road closure 13-21 February

FROM HS2
What we are doing
We need to construct a temporary highway to the side of the current Harvil Road to allow us to start work on realigning Harvil Road later this year, and begin to build two over bridges over the Chiltern and HS2 rail lines.
From 13 February we start work to construct the tie-ins to the current highway. We will need to use construction vehicles in the highway, and to dig a trial hole. To do this safely we need to close the road fully.

How this work might affect you
Harvil Road will be fully closed 24 hours a day from 13 to 21 February inclusive.
A diversion will be in place via Moorhall Road / A412 / A40 and will be
clearly marked.

Duration of works 13 to 21 February.
The working hours will run for 24 hours each day to reduce the closure of the road to one week

What to expect
Harvil Road will be fully closed 24 hours a day We will use lights as needed and we will ensure that these will face the work areas only

What we will do
We will ensure that the diversion is clearly marked throughout

Access to the Dogs Trust will be maintained throughout the road closure
Access will be permitted to the residences north and south of the road closure

The affected part of the road is from Skip Lane to the entrance to the Dog’s Trust

For more information:

https://hs2inhillingdon.commonplace.is/news/2021/01/19/hs2-works-notification:-notice-of-harvil-road-closure,-13-21-february-2021

Master Brewer: latest

Secretary of State rubber stamps new suburban tower block, weeks after announcing new restrictions on new tall buildings 

On 13 January the Secretary of State gave the green light to the Mayor of London to approve the 11 story 514 home development proposal at the Master Brewer site in Hillingdon.  

This decision to lift the holding direction on the application comes a month after he ordered the Mayor last month to strengthen London planning policy on tall buildings to “ensure such developments are only brought forward in appropriate and clearly defined areas”.  

As the Mayor acknowledged when deciding to grant permission in September, the Master Brewer site is in a low rise suburban area; miles from “appropriate and clearly defined” parts of the borough where tall buildings are permitted, which the Borough clearly set out in the Hillingdon Local Plan adopted last year. 

The decision is enormously disappointing for local community groups, who had invested time and effort in creating a community masterplan to show the sort of development that would be appropriate for the vacant site.  

An association spokesperson said: “after hearing from our local MP that Robert Jenrick has confirmed plans to protect the character of our suburbs against inappropriate overheight developments, we were confident that he would step in. The Secretary of State’s new London tall buildings policy is barely a month old and already it seems meaningless.  We will now speak to our local Council and neighbouring residents’ groups to discuss our options.” 

For further background, please see our Sept 2020 update: https://ickenhamresidents.co.uk/2020/09/07/master-brewer-planning-application-update/

HS2 Christmas break (sort of)

You will be pleased to hear that we have been advised by HS2 that SCS will shut down works in Hillingdon from 3pm on the 24 December until the morning of the 4 January 2021.

The only exception will be a delivery of diesel, and one small pump through at West Ruislip on either 29 or 30 December. These will involve one or two vehicles and a small number of operatives.

Other than that the only staff on site throughout the whole of the period will be the security personnel.

Enjoy the respite!

Santa Claus is coming to town!

You may well have seen this on the village Facebook pages but just in case you haven’t:

The Rotary Club announces

Santa’s coming!
Please donate generously to Santa and his amazing team
 
Socially-distanced Santa will be bringing his musical sleigh to Ickenham visiting: Gibson Road, Campden Road, Charlbury Road, Enstone Road, Malcolm Road, Woodstock Drive, Halford Road, Swakeleys Drive, Thornhill Road.
Because of COVID-19, we can’t collect door-to-door, but we are raising money for the London Air Ambulance and Coram Life Education (Hillingdon).
You can donate through: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/santahillingdon
Or text: SANTAHILLING to 70085 to donate £5 (texts cost £5, plus one standard rate message).
 
The schedule for Ickenham  is from 6:30pm as follows:
* Thursday 10th December – Ickenham
* Gibson Road (but not between Campden & Nettleton), Campden Road, Charlbury Road, Enstone Road, Malcolm Road (but not between Nettleton & Woodstock), Nettleton Road, Woodstock Drive (but not between Swakeleys & Gibson), Halford Road, Swakeleys Drive, Thornhill Road (between Woodstock & Gibson).
* Friday 11th December – Ickenham
* Lawrence Drive (but not between Crosier & St Giles), Crosier Rd, Glebe Ave (but not between Long Lane & Crosier), St. Giles Ave, Austins Lane (between St Giles & Glebe), Sussex Rd (between Glebe & Burnham). Tavistock Rd, Burnham Ave (but not between Glebe & Milverton), Milverton Drive, Edinburgh Drive, The Paddock, Long Lane.
* Monday14th December – Ickenham
* Greenacres Ave (between Derwent & St Georges), St Georges Drive, Copthall Road West (between St Georges & Derwent), Derwent Ave, Wallasey Cres, Hoylake Cres, Woodland Close, Eleanor Grove, Rectory Way, Swakeleys Road (between Rectory Way & Derwent).

Breakspear Road South closures from LBH

Notification from LBH:
 
I would like to take this opportunity to bring to your attention that Highways will be undertaking major emergency highway improvement works to Breakspear Road South Between its junction with Breakspear Road and the HS2 site entrance.

The works will involve carriageway resurfacing between Breakspear Road and the HS2 site entrance, clearing the ditch line on both sides of the carriageway, and renewing sections of kerb line.

HS2 is currently working in Breakspear Road South under a two way temporary traffic light control system with scheduled full road closures between now and the 13th December 2020 to construct two new access crossovers and carriageway strengthening.

Given the sheer decline of the carriageway and the fact that HS2 is currently working in Breakspear Road South under a temporary traffic light control system with scheduled closures between now and the 13th December 2020, Highways will take full advantage of this time to undertake these essential highway improvements in a collaborative venture with HS2 to minimise future disruption.

This will mean that Highways will put in place a full closure of Breakspear Road South between its junction with Breakspear Road and Copthall Road West starting on Monday 30th November with an estimated completion date of the 13th December, however this may be sooner providing no unforeseen issues arise.

Access will be maintained for all residents with a clear signed diversion as follows:

Swakeleys Road, High Road Ickenham, Ickenham Road, High Street, Bury Street, Breakspear Road, and vice versa

Electronic VMS signs will be in place from 25th November advising motorists of these essential works.