Online pharmacies

You may have been tempted by the ‘convenience’ of an NHS authorised online pharmacy for the supply of your prescription drugs. This works well until something goes wrong. A remote organisation is not like your local pharmacist and local doctor. With them on your doorstep, you can usually sort things out quickly.

We would urge you to continue using local services. Apart from genuine convenience under all circumstances, supporting local businesses benefits our whole community.

Before deciding to take the online option, make sure Google the name of any company offering you services for news stories. We’ve seen stories about non-deliveries and selling-on of private details.

Your choice. Of course.

Master Brewer Meeting – Thurs 25th

Meyer Homes has invited residents to share their views on its emerging plans for the site. Please register your interest by email or telephone as indicated in the letter below.

If you have any comments on the proposals that you wish to share with Ickenham Residents’ Association, please write directly to us at ickenhamresidents@hotmail.com.

As always, we value your feedback.

Here goes (very slightly edited):

Hillingdon Gateway – Invitation to Neighbour Workshop 25th May 2017

Meyer Homes owns the Former Master Brewer site off Freezeland Way, Hillingdon (which we are now referring to as Hillingdon Gateway). As you are no doubt aware, this site has long been the subject of development proposals including the scheme which was approved in 2014 for a new Tesco Store, retail units, hotel and 125 new homes. Since purchasing the site from Tesco/Spenhill in 2015, Meyer Homes has been considering the most appropriate approach to the site in the context of the increasing need for new homes in Hillingdon and across the capital.

Given the site’s history and importance, we recognise that any plans for the site may be of significant interest to local people and we appreciate that you may have a specific perspective and a particular interest in what happens here. For that reason, we are keen to talk to you as a nearest neighbour, to understand your views on our emerging plans for the site and wanted to invite you to a neighbour workshop to discuss our initial thoughts.

We believe it is important to provide you with the opportunity to inform our proposals alongside the work we have been undertaking with the London Borough of Hillingdon, in order for us to consider your input as we continue to pull together the plans for the site.

Hillingdon Park Baptist Church, 25 Hercies Road, Uxbridge UB10 9LS

Thursday 25th May 2017 from 7.00pm – 9.00pm

To help us make sure the event is as useful as possible for all of us, we would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance by email at hillingdongateway@glhearn.com or by phone on 0344 225 0003. You can also use these contact details to talk to a member of the project team to ask any questions you may have.

Yours sincerely
Nick Jones
For and on behalf of Meyer Homes

New Parks and Public Places Protection Orders

We’re a bit late with this but, following public consultation, a new Parks and Public Places Public Spaces Protection Order was implemented on April 19.

You can download or read the pdf document which, among other things, tells you the maximum number of dogs you can have in your sole charge (6), that you can’t have fires and barbecues wherever you want and that you have to be careful where you use remote control vehicles and aircraft.

Hillingdon Police Community Newsletter

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):

“www.hillingdonnhw.co.uk/v4/docs/communicator_20yy_mm.pdf”

Just substitute yy with the last two digits of the year and mm with the number of the month.

Happy reading!

 

Residents’ Association AGM

We were delighted to see so many members packed into the Village Hall for our AGM last Friday.

We were also pleased to welcome so many of our local councillors: Ray Puddifoot; David Simmonds; and John Hensley from Ickenham Ward, as well as Philip Corthorne and Brian Crowe from West Ruislip ward. We also welcomed our MP Nick Hurd and Squadron Leader James Tenniswood from RAF Northolt.

The formal business proceeded smoothly and the Committee members were duly re-elected for another year’s term of office plus the two co-opted members, Beryl Upton (HS2) and Simon Taylor (Traffic).

Ray Puddifoot spoke about the Council’s opposition to the third runway and its work to get agreement on traffic etc. from HS2.

Sqdr Ldr Tenniswood updated us on the planned improvements to the runway and arrester beds. He stressed the strategic importance of RAF Northolt. He also explained NORFEST and invited local organisations to take stands on the day.

Questions from the floor were mainly about HS2 and pollution. R Puddifoot stated that LBH would install monitors and keep a close eye on the results

The meeting closed with the traditional light refreshments. Our thanks to the ‘kitchen team’ led by Barbara Buckle and to Vic Silk and David John for keeping the drinks flowing.

River Pinn clean-up 28 March

This from Friends of River Pinn:

Ickenham Clear Up Event

March 28 @ 10:00 am1:00 pm

Come and join the Friends of the River Pinn to improve a neglected part of the river and surrounding woodland paths.

Tasks will include;

  • Remove litter from the river, riverbank and surrounding woodland area
  • Cut back vegetation from paths
  • Monitor and report any pollution events
  • Learn about riverfly monitoring to monitor the health of river

All equipment will be provided, including boots, and gloves.  All are welcome, get in touch if you’ve any questions.

Tuesday 28th March 2017 – Park Wood, Swakeleys Drive, Ickenham

Paul Busby is the Fray’s River and River Pinn Project Officer. Contact him here: Phone:07554 402 727  Email: paul.busby@thames21.org.uk

Full details and related news here.