On Sunday morning, in Swakeleys Park, a well-spoken woman protested she couldn’t see what was wrong with picking an armful of daffodils. She wasn’t the first, but she was the most blatant. This is what the law says:
As you probably know, the accident-prone Ickenham Pump area is to be redesigned. What follows is extracted from a letter to the Residents’ Association from LBH and a link to the proposed plan. Comments have to be in to the address at the foot of this letter by February 15. The proposals are an improvement on what exists. The question is “could they be better?”
Formal Consultation: Swakeleys Road and High Road Ickenham – Proposed Road Safety Improvements
The informal consultation responses have been analysed which indicated a majority in support of the proposed measures. Following consideration of the consultation responses, the Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling has approved for formal consultation to be carried out on this proposal.
The optimum proposal identified by the independent study, and supported in principle by Ward Members and the Metropolitan Police, includes the following proposed measures, as shown in this plan:-
• Closure of the central access to the Ickenham Pump (vehicle surveys and vehicle tracking software has been used to ensure vehicle movements can be maintained within the Ickenham Pump service road with the inclusion of additional yellow lines)
• Residents’ permit only parking bay extended within the Ickenham Pump service road
• Two raised tables on the Ickenham Pump service road to calm traffic
• Potential options for sympathetic landscaping within the closed central access to the Ickenham Pump
• Re-location of the existing zebra crossing on Swakeleys Road to 20 metres from its junction with High Road Ickenham. This would require;
• Closure of the access to the service road opposite the Post Office
• Re-location of the existing northbound bus stop and goods vehicle loading bay
High Road Ickenham
• Extended ‘Keep Clear’ markings on High Road Ickenham at the northern access to the Ickenham Pump
• Extended operational hours of the existing yellow lines on High Road Ickenham adjacent to St Giles’ Church The proposed scheme has been subject to a positive review undertaken by an independent road safety auditor.
The statutory consultation period will run until 15 February 2017. A formal notice will appear in a local paper as well as street notices displayed on site during this time. If you would like to comment on the proposal, please write to the postal or email address below by Wednesday 15 February 2017 and include your address to help us analyse all responses.
Transport and Projects Residents Services
London Borough of Hillingdon,
4W/06, Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW
T.01895 556266 F.01895 250676
PS (11 Feb): Reading the Council’s official notice, it suggests quoting the reference number 4W/06/25/01/17.
It also says this:
If you have any comments or feedback on the proposed parking and traffic improvement schemes below, please contact the Transport and Projects Team:
I don’t know whether telephoned or emailed comments have the same weight as physical documents. I shall enquire, but time is running out…
PPS: Email is fine. My thanks to Cllr Hensley for calling me about this at 9:00 this morning. He’s probably the most responsive ‘official’ I’ve ever met.
Neighbourhood Watch knows where lots of CCTV cameras are. If you tell them quickly enough (i.e. don’t leave it for days) then they can check the recordings and help the police to nail the villains.
Make sure you tell the police first. As so often happens, someone has just reported a burglary to NHW but it happened at the start of the month, which could mean that the recordings have already been overwritten.
Some residents don’t even bother to report car break-ins to NHW, yet these often reveal leads to bigger crimes in the area.
Contact details are:
0208 246 1869
If you believe that HS2 cannot meet its stated objective of delivering “..hugely enhanced capacity and connectivity between our major conurbations”, then please call on Government to commission an independent technical review of the project.
Details are here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/171945
The broad brush is, “We call on HM Government to commission an independent technical review of every aspect of the HS2 scheme to determine how and why this failure has happened.”
The Ickenham Residents’ Association, along with other petitioners from Ickenham, will be presenting from 2 pm on Monday November 21 to the House of Lords HS2 Select Committee. We all would appreciate your support when we present. The public have access to the Select Committee Room 4 – please allow 30 -40 minutes to get through security and make you way through the myriad passages in the House – there are lots of people who will be happy to give you directions.
The Association with many more Ickenham petitioners presented to the House of Commons Select Committee in June 2015; at that time we were all requesting that the tunnel be extended beyond the Colne Valley thereby saving Ickenham and our surrounding areas. Although we believe this is still the best option the Secretary of State for Transport has confirmed that there will be no tunnel extension; this was on same day that the Secretary of State also advised that HS2 will not fund the relocation of HOAC.
The House of Commons Select Committee in their final report did state that we deserved special mitigation particularly regarding the traffic and dumping of spoil. There has been a working group between HS2, LBH and TfL which has determined that based upon a number of conditions – all of which are uncertain – there is scope for reducing HGV lorries and dumping of some spoil.
We however do not consider this is good enough; it still puts over 100,000 HGVs down Swakeleys Road during the construction period with horrendous emissions. We still have 3 major construction sites, road closures due to utility works and concrete factories sited on green belt. HS2 Ltd have held 2 events in Ickenham to put a positive spin on this but nearly all attendees advised us afterwards that they were dissatisfied with HS2 ‘s proposals.
The London Borough of Hillingdon will be presenting to the Select Committee on November 17. They will be raising similar issues and of course the situation with HOAC.
If you are interested in reading our HS2 petition to the House of Lords Select Committee, you’ll find it on pages 27-34 of this document. Others look out for are:
Document 1: Beryl Upton, and many others, pages 40-43; Eric Gustavson, pages 281-284
Document 2: The Drive/Uxbridge Golf Course, pages 66-74;
Document 3: Matt Semple, and many others, pages 19-21; Mary Cockerell, and many others, pages 42-48; Brian Cable, pages 54-60
Document 4: London Borough of Hillingdon, pages 384 to 389
Document 5: North Uxbridge Residents Association pages 74-75
All bar the LBH will appear on 21st November between 14:00 and 17:30
[Update: 10th November: Four more petitions have been squeezed into an already tight slot.]
LBH is scheduled for 17th November – time slot still unknown.
If you are willing and able, please attend these sessions. The more of us who turn up in support, the greater the influence on the Select Committee. Thank you.
HS2 will be holding an Information Event between 3 pm and 9 pm Ickenham Village Hall tomorrow, November 3. We will have a stand there and will on hand to answer questions, suggest questions to ask HS2 and listen to your feedback.
The more of you that come and share your views with us, the better informed and prepared we’ll be when we present to the House of Lords Select Committee.
Some things to bear in mind (quoting from an earlier email):
“The government has reneged on its commitment to fund the relocation of HOAC. As it stands HOAC will close down.”
“Also, the Secretary of State will not agree to extension of tunnel.”
“This does not bode well for us trying to get improvements for the community.”
We have to keep on pushing as hard as possible for decision reversals and mitigation.
See you there?