Colne Valley Viaduct update

This is extracted from an HS2 announcement:

HS2 is holding some upcoming events for the community to find out more about the updated design and construction of the Colne Valley Viaduct.

At the events you will be able to:

  • Talk to our team about the Colne Valley Viaduct’s design, landscaping and construction.
  • See how plans for the design and construction of the Colne Valley viaduct have developed, following the public feedback received at the events held last year.

Friday 31 May 2019, between 4.00pm and 8.00pm.

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

 

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:  NOR-Airspaceportal@mod.gov.uk

Nick Hurd’s constituency update on crime and policing

Dear constituent,

 

Crime and Policing

I am very aware that the recent sequence of murders in Pinner and South Harrow, and a spike in burglaries “aggravated” by the threat of violence, has deeply unsettled many residents across Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner.  It comes, of course, against a background of increased knife crime across London, which is a source of great worry – not least for parents.

The concern is all the more deeper because this is not normal.  The statistics show these are some of the safest wards in London.  It is part of the reason why people choose to live here.  Yes, we have had spikes in burglaries before, and the police have got on top of them.  Yes, aggravated burglaries represents a relatively small percentage of the total number of burglaries, but the violence and brazen nature of it is scaring people.

Another concern I hear is about the response of the police to burglary.  A number of constituents have been unimpressed by the follow-up, especially when they have been able to present the police with some potential evidence, for example in the form of CCTV.  I know from fellow MPs that this is a concern across London.

Let me summarise what I have done, and then let you know about a public meeting that may be of interest to you:

1.  I have taken local concerns about aggravated burglary and the police response to the top of the Metropolitan Police in conversations with Commissioner Cressida Dick; Assistant Commissioner Stephen House and Deputy Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons, the lead for Local Policing. The issue is very much on their radar screen.
2.  I have met with Commander Amanda Pearson, who reports to DAC Mark Simmons, to discuss the operational response to burglary, including aggravated.  It is clear that the Met are having to rethink their approach in terms of contact with the public and supervising the quality of investigations.
3.  I have been in very regular contact with Chief Superintendent Sara Leach who commands the North West Borough Command Unit (BCU), which covers Pinner.  Together we met a group of Pinner residents that are especially concerned about aggravated burglary.
4.  I have met with Superintendent Duncan Slade, who leads on burglary and aggravated in the West BCU (which covers Ruislip and Northwood), to discuss the operational response.
5.  I have met with Ickenham Neighbourhood Watch, who are generally recognised to be one of the most effective neighbourhood watch groups in London, to discuss their frustrations and learn from their experience, not least in using OWL – the Online watch link which allows police and residents to exchange two way information in a very efficient way – which is not yet available in Harrow.
6.  I have met and will continue to meet local residents who are concerned.

This is apart from the work I do as Policing Minister to support the police and to help them end this terrible cycle of serious violence:

  • Between 2018/20, the Met Police will have received an additional £272 million of public investment, some of which they are using to recruit 300 additional officers.
  • In addition, the Met will receive a share of the additional £100m we have made available to police forces to specifically help their work to counter serious violence.  This will help support the team of 400 extra officers in London on the Serious Violence Task Force.  We are making it easier to authorise stop and search in designated areas, and have taken through Parliament new legislation that will make it even harder to buy and possess the most dangerous weapons.
  • We have made over £200m available for community based prevention work to divert young people away from crime and violence.

More details of our work on serious violence can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/serious-violence-strategy.

From these conversations, I have drawn the following:

1.  Despite being stretched, the police are giving the issue the priority it requires.  The West and North West BCUs have slightly different operating models but both have significant resources dedicated to “high harm” crime, including aggravated burglary, and both are able to bid for more “central assets” to help with work in targeted areas.
2.  North West London represents a significant percentage of total aggravated burglary and appears to be an attractive target – relatively affluent and with relatively easy access to fast road networks.  Given that this criminal activity crosses borders, it is imperative that police forces work well together.  This appears to be happening.
3.  The police and the community need to work together more effectively to make sure that this area becomes a much ‘harder’ target for criminals.  Community safety has always depended on that relationship working well.
4.  Residents are worried and need reassurance.  Police communication and engagement with the community has so far failed to reassure.

With the above in mind, I am convening a public meeting so that residents across the area can engage directly with the senior local police officers in both boroughs who are responsible for the operational response.  It will be an opportunity to ask direct questions; seek reassurance that the police are doing everything they can, and to discuss what more we can do together to help make the area safer.  At the request of residents, it has been structured as a constituency-wide meeting because a number of wards are affected and the criminals do not respect borough boundaries.

The meeting will be 7pm-8:15pm on Wednesday, 15 May, at Fairfield Hall, Windsor Close, Northwood, HA6 1PD.  The police representatives will be led by Superintendent Claire Clark from North West BCU, and by Superintendent Duncan Slade from West BCU.  It is anticipated that officers from the Safer Neighbourhoods Teams will be in attendance.  Additionally, all ward councillors will be invited.

It would be helpful to know if you were intending to attend – and please do feel free to submit any specific questions in advance.  You can contact me at: nick.hurd.mp@parliament.uk.

Best regards

Nick Hurd MP
Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner
Tel: 0207 219 1053
E-mail: nick.hurd.mp@parliament.uk
Website: http://www.nickhurd.com/
Twitter: @nickhurdmp

New Year’s Green Lane closure: April 13/14

Please be aware of the following

LONDON BOROUGH OF HILLINGDON
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984-SECTION 14
NEWYEARS GREEN LANE HAREFIELD
EMERGENCY TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE
SATURDAY 13TH AND SUNDAY 14TH APRIL 2019
The Council of the London Borough of Hillingdon hereby gives notice that to enable essential vegetation works and so as not to endanger the public; Newyears Green Lane, Harefield will be closed from the Junction of Harvil Road to the Junction of Breakspear Road South.
Diversions will be in place via: Harvil Road, Swakeleys Road, Breakspear Road South and Vice Versa.
Nothing in the Order shall apply to prevent vehicular access to premises on or adjacent to the prohibited length of road insofar as access is reasonably practicable without interference with the said works.
The closures will apply between 07:00am Saturday 13th April 2019 until 19:00pm Sunday 14th April 2019, to such extent as is indicated by traffic signs prescribed by the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002.
The closure will remain in force until the works are complete; this is expected to be for 2 days.
more  info at

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/commonplace-customer-files/hs2inhillingdon/CSJV%20Newyears%20Green%20Lane%20road%20closure%20-%2013%2014%20April%2019%20Final.pdf

Master Brewer hearing: can you attend?

From Ickenham Residents’ Association

The following application regarding the Master Brewer site is due to be considered at the Major Applications Planning Committee on Tuesday 19th February 2019 starting at 6pm in the Council Chamber in the Civic Centre.

This Association will be speaking against the proposals.

SUBJECT:  Application reference 4266/APP/2017/3183 Amendment Sept. 2018

FORMER MASTER BREWER SITE,  FREEZELAND WAY HILLINGDON

Proposal:  Construction of a residential-led, mixed use development comprising buildings between 4 and 9 storeys to provide 437 residential units (Use Class C3); employment floor space (Use Classes B1(a-c)); flexible commercial floor space (Use Classes A1/A3); associated car and cycle parking; and hard and soft landscaping, plant and other associated ancillary development. (Revised Application)

If you would like to show your support please  come along and listen to the discussion

Thank you in advance

Pick-up Parking at Ickenham Station

One of the Committee members received this from NCP – the operators of the station car park:

The grace period at this site is 15 minutes.

Our car park Management team have confirmed they will have signage put up at the entrance; however, there is no Pick-up and Drop off area within the car park.

So, if you’re picking people up, don’t hang around more than 15 minutes.

 

Travel impacts of HS2 and other programmes

Report from Brian Adams following HS2 Traffic Liaison meeting with LBH:

The following is our latest understanding of the works taking place locally which will impact travelling. Some of the programmes are still being discussed and there may be changes to durations and dates.

February

9 – 10   Chiltern Line is closed between Marylebone and High Wycombe for HS2 works

11- 17   Creation of new access to HS2 West Ruislip construction site  which will result in closure of northbound cycle lane and pavement (opposite road to West Ruislip station car park)

March

11- 17    Harvil Road will be closed to enable repairs to the railway bridge (Note: this is a Network Rail programme not HS2)

March -April

HS2 Test pilings for the viaduct will be made in West Hyde, off Harvil Road (and possibly Moorhall Road). This will create  HGV movements in Harvil Road, Swakeleys Road and Swakeleys roundabout.  The peak HGV movement is anticipated to be 300 per day.

May – July

HS2 closure of Breakspear Road South for 8 weeks. Currently scheduled to start 24 May but community concern over impact to students taking examinations may lead to change.

HS2 Tunnel Boring Machine power supply

This programmes is still under discussion but HS2 has proposed a route. This can be seen in this map (PowerPoint). Initially there will be test trenches but once the programme proceeds it will take place over a year. We are advised that one lane will always remain open and no resident will have works in front of their house for more than 4 weeks.

RAF Resurfacing of Northolt runway

There will be HGV movements but we do not yet have details of routes or numbers.

HS2 Main Works

We await details of the HGV movements.