Catalytic converter thefts


Your vehicle could be at risk

Catalytic converter thieves are active in Ickenham


If you see any suspicious activities please call 999 immediately

To reduce the risk of having your catalytic converter stolen, you should:

  • Park your car in a locked garage where possible, but if this isn’t an option, then park it in a well-lit and well-populated area
  • Park close to fences, walls or a kerb with the exhaust being closest to the fence, wall or kerb to make the theft more difficult
  • Avoid parking your vehicle half on the pavement and half on the road, as this may make it easier for thieves to access the catalytic converter
  • If parking in a public car park, consider parking alongside other cars and facing you bonnet towards the wall if possible. With the catalytic converter positioned at the front of your vehicle, this will make it harder for thieves to get close enough to steal it
  • If there is a fleet of vehicles, park the low clearance vehicles to block the high clearance vehicles. This will obstruct access underneath
  • If your catalytic converter is bolted on, you can ask for your local garage to weld the bolts to make it more difficult to remove.
  • Alternatively, you can also etch a serial number on the converter
  • You can even purchase a ‘cage clamp’ which is a cage device that locks in around the converter to make it more difficult to remove
  • Speak to your dealership about the possibility of adding a tilt sensor that will activate the alarm should any thief try to jack the vehicle up to steal the converter  

If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to the Police.

A message about Ickenham Village Hall Association

We thought this might be of interest to some of you:

Message to all members of Ickenham Village Hall Association.

Dear all

The Ickenham Village Hall AGM scheduled for 30th April 2020 has been postponed.

The Committee are currently in the process of updating their membership database and now have a dedicated membership e mail:-

On behalf of the Village Hall Committee could I ask that any members of the Village Hall Association contact us via the above e mail, please include your name and address.

We plan to electronically circulate a copy of last year’s AGM (and any future Village Hall communication of relevance).

Now for the legal bit:-

General Data Protection Regulations

Under the General Data Protection Regulations it is necessary for Ickenham Village Hall Association to inform members that their name, home and e mail address will be kept on a computer database. This information will be used exclusively for the Association’s benefit and will not be disclosed to any third party. Any member not wishing to be recorded in this manner should e mail the Membership Secretary, who will arrange to have them deleted from the database.

Kind Regards

Cavin Higgins


HS2 Drop-in at Library tomorrow (10th)

Event: Drop-in at Ickenham Library, Tuesday 10 March, 2pm to 5pm

Posted on Mar 9th 2020 by HS2 in Hillingdon

Our regular HS2 drop-ins continue with a drop in tomorrow,10 March, at Ickenham Library from 2pm to 5pm. At our drop-ins you can speak to the local Community Engagement Manager along with engagement staff from the contractors.

The focus of this drop-in will be the main works contractor’s planned works for the area from Ruislip Golf Course to Breakspear Road South over 2020.

HS2 staff will also be available to answer any questions about the project or other works in Hillingdon.

O to be a road steward!

The Ickenham Residents’ Association’s (largely unsung) heroes are the volunteer road stewards who deliver the Ickenham Calling newsletter to our members and collect the subs once a year. This activity keeps Association members informed on a range of issues including HS2 of course, road safety and traffic, the fight against crime, health, conservation and green spaces,

Every so often, the Committee organises a thank you knees up. Well, not quite a knees up, more a quiz evening with food and drink thrown in (not literally).

We get a sprinkling of emails after the event from some of the attendees. They always seem to have a good time and appreciate the Committee’s efforts. (Not me, this year, I was away sadly.)

Here are just some of the comments we received from our 26th July event. We have mixed them up and preserved the writers’ anonymities.

They opened with comments like these:
“A really happy event.” “Most enjoyable.” “Such fun.” “A good evening.” “Enjoyable and good fun.” “Appreciated by all.” “Warm and welcoming.”

In the middle, they said things like:
“A good way to meet and greet lots of good friends and acquaintances.” “The food was really delicious.” “The quizzes were challenging and fun.” “The quiz was excellent.” “Much laughter and giggling as we wracked our brains.”

And, at the end, apart from lots of “thank you”s their closing remarks included:
“I do applaud the hard work that must have gone in.” “A great job.” “Such a success.” “We happily went home.”

Hope that last one wasn’t provoked by relief.


PS (If you fancy becoming a road steward, after reading this, you’d be very welcome. If so, please send us an email. Thank you.)

RAF Northolt – please respond – air space usage

This from RAF Northolt:

Royal Air Force Northolt is required to submit an Airspace Change Proposal under the Department for Transport’s Future Airspace Strategy Implementation (South) programme.  All airports in the South East of the United Kingdom are taking part in this programme, which will not be implemented before 2024.

This Airspace Change Proposal will be implemented under the Civil Aviation Authority’s ‘CAP1616’ process, which directs an airport or airfield to engage with those geographical areas that may be affected by any proposed flightpath changes.  We have identified that your area could be affected by Royal Air Force Northolt’s Airspace Change Proposal.

We want to ensure that you are aware of this Airspace Change Proposal, and seek the input of local residents before we start the initial airspace design process.  Before we start to put any lines on maps, we would like to understand what is important to local residents and this information will influence the design principles that we use in designing the Airspace Change.  This way we can ensure that local opinion is taken into account, where there are choices to be made in the airspace design process.  

You can let your views be known by completing the design principles form and sending an electronic copy to the email address below, or by posting a hard copy to ‘Senior Air Traffic Controller, RAF Northolt, RUISLIP, HA4 6NG’.  Please rank the design principles in it in order of preference for Tables Two and Three.

The form is here: 20190320-RAF Northolt Draft Design Principles-AL3-O

The associated PowerPoint presentation is here: 20190412-CLG B – 23 Apr 19-O

We stress that operations and usage at RAF Northolt will remain unchanged, just the airspace in which our aircraft operate will change.  What we are looking to achieve at this stage is simply to understand which of the design principles are most important to residents.  From there we can go about designing the airspace and share the proposals once complete.  For electronic contact please use the following email address:

It’s litter-picking time (27 April)

Rubbish makes our green spaces dangerous for us and animals

Help transform Ickenham Green’s green space by freeing it of rubbish.

A litter-pick will take place this Saturday (27 April 2019) at 10.30am lasting 60 minutes (the event will end at 11.30am sharp). Meet next to Ickenham Green allotments (on path from Soldiers Return pub on High Road, Ickenham).

If sufficient volunteers turn out on the day we will clear High Road, Ickenham (West Ruislip station to Austin’s Lane) as well.

Contact, David Porter, or call 07751 282700 up to and including the event.

How to join Online Watch Link (OWL)

OWL logoMany of you receive regular Neighbourhood Watch Newsletters. And about 8,000 Hillingdon Residents have joined the associated Online Watch Link (OWL). This is a community-focused website that keeps its members up to date on local crime and security measures.

To join, simply visit and provide some basic details. It probably goes without saying, that the site is secure.

As a general rule, always report crime in Ickenham to the Police (999 if in progress, 101 otherwise) then email Kevin Mepham, Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for Ickenham Ward at

More detail on HS2 drop-ins [update]

[Update] Apologies for headline – these are different events to the drop-ins. Thank you Kirsty Gibbs for pointing this out.


This from HS2:


Dear resident,

Invitation to an event about HS2

High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain, and we’d like to invite you to
one of our events.

We’re running four community events with our contractors and Transport for London across
the London Borough of Hillingdon – in Ickenham, Ruislip, Harefield and Uxbridge. Each event
will focus on the HS2 works that will be taking place around those respective areas. Our
teams will be on hand to discuss these works and answer questions you may have.

Ruislip: Tuesday 9 October, 2pm to 7.30pm, The Barn Hotel, West End Road, Ruislip HA4

Come and hear about:

  • Plans for the portal in West Ruislip, the headhouse at the vent shaft in South Ruislip
  • The proposed new Ruislip golf course design
  • Traffic and lorry routes
  • Further work at Breakspear Road South
  • Plans for traffic improvements at Swakeleys Roundabout

Uxbridge: Thursday 18 October, 4pm to 8pm, Uxbridge Sports Club, Gatting Way off Park
Road, Uxbridge UB8 1NR

Come and hear about:

  • Plans for traffic improvements at Swakeleys Roundabout
  • Further work at Breakspear Road South

Harefield: Saturday 27 October, 10am to 1pm, Harefield Academy School, Northwood
Way, Harefield, Uxbridge UB9 6ET

Come and hear about:

  • Feedback from previous Colne Valley Viaduct engagement events held in March this
  • Further work at Breakspear Road South
  • Archaeological investigations
  • Plans for traffic improvements at Swakeleys Roundabout

Ickenham: Monday 29 October, 2pm to 7.30pm, Ruislip Golf Course, Ickenham Road,
Ruislip HA4 7DQ

Come and hear about:

  • Plans for the portal in West Ruislip, the headhouse at the vent shaft in South Ruislip
  • The proposed new Ruislip golf course design
  • Traffic and lorry routes
  • Further work at Breakspear Road South
  • Plans for traffic improvements at Swakeleys Roundabout
  • Feedback from previous Colne Valley Viaduct engagement events held in March this

For further updates about these events, HS2 works in Hillingdon and HS2 in general, please
visit where you can sign up to news alerts.