Upcoming HS2 drop-in meetings

This from HS2’s Patricia Thompson:

Most of you will know that we are planning to host regular monthly drop-in sessions in Ickenham, Ruislip and Harefield.

At these sessions Grant Blowers, the local HS2 community engagement manager for Hillingdon, as well as our contractors, will be available to meet one-to-one with local residents and answer any questions they may have.  Below are the dates we have confirmed in Harefield and Ickenham.  We are still waiting to hear back from the libraries in Ruislip but I wanted to let you know that we are making progress on this.

We will be making these dates available on HS2inHillingdon and I will be able to give you an update on how we plan to communicate them more widely at our meeting next week.


Monthly drop-in sessions dates:

September 2018

Friday 28, Harefield library – 1pm to 5pm

October 2018

Monday 22, Ickenham Library – 1.30pm to 5pm

November 2018

Friday 16, Harefield library – 1pm to 5pm

Monday 26, Ickenham Library – 1.30 to 5pm

December 2018

Monday 3, Harefield Library – 6pm to 9pm


Breakspear Road South closure extended

This just in from HS2:

Road closure of Breakspear Road South

Further to our update of 6 July 2018, whilst carrying out work to divert the water pipeline, Affinity Water have encountered some unexpected services within the carriageway which has required deeper excavations. The consequence of this is a delay to completing the works. We therefore need to extend the works to Friday 17 August 2018 and the closure of Breakspear Road South will remain in place until this date. We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause.

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Drop-in HS2 community surgeries

Today, HS2 sent out this announcement. Somewhat short notice but here it is:

HS2 Ltd will be holding two drop-in community surgeries to provide residents an opportunity to speak to a HS2 staff member.

The surgeries, to be held at Ickenham Village Hall, are open to any member of the public to drop-in and have a discussion about HS2 work with a staff member. No booking is necessary.

The details are:

Thursday 26 July, 10.30am until 4pm

Friday 27 July, 10.30am until 2pm

Both at Ickenham Village Hall, 33 Swakeleys Road, Ickenham UB10 8DG

Future drop-ins are currently being planned, which will be organised to provide times suitable for evening as well as day time visits to be held regularly in various venues in other Hillingdon neighbourhoods.

If you need to contact HS2 and are unable to visit, you can contact the HS2 Helpdesk in a variety of ways:

24/7 freephone 08081 434 434

Minicom 08081 456 472

Email HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

Residents’ feelings about HS2: Survey results

Earlier in the year, we ran a post here inviting you to share your feelings about and understanding of HS2. If you’re interested you can download/view the results here.

They are in two parts – first the survey and second the answers to question number 3: Please tell us any thoughts about the communication methods above. Also about any other ways you get your information about HS2.

The results may enlighten you, unless you’ve been following the HS2 saga closely, in which case they’ll probably confirm your perceptions.

HS2 – Amersham Action Group

This group recently linked to us. I’ve added it to our HS2 – The Basics web page and elevated the HS2 Basics link to the top of the ‘Background’ part of our main HS2 page (that’s the page that links to everything HS2).

If you don’t like navigating menus, you might prefer to use ‘Search this site’ (at the top right of each page) if you’re after something in particular.

HS2 vs LBH 3rd July 10am public hearing. Can you come?

Can you get to a public hearing in the Civic Centre on July 3rd starting @ 10:00 to consider HS2’s Appeal against LBH for refusing to approve its wetland mitigation proposal?

HS2 is attempting to mitigate bulldozing 27ha wet woodland and chalk rivers, home to over 2400 species, by replacing it with a 0.85ha pond and basking bank set up for great crested newt and grass snake.

It claims NO NET LOSS to biodiversity. Hopefully the image below will help set the perspective.

Please come if you can and support the Council and everyone wanting to preserve this special area.


HS2 despoilation