HS2 has a website dedicated to Hillingdon. It explains the background to the project and what HS2 will be doing to ameliorate its impact on us. It invites questions from the public and will publish its responses (presumably, to the questions it wants to answer).
We occasionally get anonymous letters sent to us. If you want us to take you seriously, please provide your details – name and how we can contact you at the very least.
The police are running a survey into what bothers Ickenham people. They say they use the information gathered when setting their priorities.
Last July Rob Bryan, Temporary Chief Inspector for Partnership & Neighbourhoods in Hillingdon, teamed up with our Neighbourhood Watch friends to publish a monthly Hillingdon Police Community Newsletter.
If you’re not already receiving this in your email, or if you would prefer to access it directly at your own convenience, you can access current and past issues directly from the Neighbourhood Watch website.
If you’re of a technical bent, you can read copies in your browser by using the format below for the web address (remove the quote marks – I added them to stop some browsers converting the address into a hyperlink):
Just substitute yy with the last two digits of the year and mm with the number of the month.
We hear that criminals are using drones in Ickenham to identify potential victims – nice cars, dodgy patio doors, unlocked sheds – all are well within the drone’s reach. And the larger the property, the more likely they are to be used.
If you hear an unusual buzzing, look for activity on the street or at the back of your property. Drone users are most likely to be in sight. If you see them, call 101.
While this seems to be new to Ickenham, it’s not new generally. The Telegraph ran a useful article on the subject last year.
While trying to find a decent pic of Ickenham Village Hall for our Twitter account and the header of this site, I found myself in contact with the Swakeleys Home Guard (1944) Association. Its members meet at the back of the Village Hall. I’ve added them to the Useful Links page, along with a lively Facebook group we mentioned recently called ‘Ickenham… it’s just the best village’.
Hillingdon Neighbourhood Watch is warning of fake emails that appear to come from your chosen university which offer you a grant from the Department of Education. Don’t click on anything: full explanation here: