HS2 and its (lack of) information

An intrepid team member visited the HS2 event on September 22. Its pre-event billing promised this: See visualisations of the portal structure.

Somewhat underwhelmed, our colleague got a copy of the display boards (download the pdf – 1MB)

Anyone who was expecting to learn details, among other things, of construction noise, operational noise, how the two tunnels will be bored, how construction segments will be brought to site and where they will be stored, how the spoil will be removed, the conveyor belts, the design and visual impact of the entrance, would have been disappointed.

Furthermore, most people’s idea of a visualisation of a tunnel portal would be similar to these….

…. which came as a surprise to HS2 staff.

A footnote from me:

Looking at the main document, I was surprised to see trees in bloom in January:

Even if you use the American date format (why would you?) the picture is still misleading.

Transport disruption in London starting 7 October

from TfL

From Monday 7 October, there are likely to be a number of demonstrations causing disruption to roads and bus routes across central London. Disruption is likely to continue over the coming weeks.

We’re working closely with the police to manage the impact on our network. Allow plenty of time for your journeys and check before you travel. For the latest travel advice, check our status updates and travel tools page.

Yours sincerely,

Customer Information Team
Transport for London

Possible change to Council Tax Reduction Scheme: Your views sought

From the Council:

Good afternoon,

We are considering changing the current Council Tax Reduction Scheme from April 2020 and replacing it with a Council Tax Reduction Banding scheme.

Certain groups, such as pensioners, will not be affected by the changes. Working age persons currently in receipt of Council Tax Reduction may be affected by the proposed changes.

We have been working on designing a local scheme and are now carrying out a public consultation on our draft proposals. To see the details of the proposed changes and have your say about them, please complete this survey by midnight on 3 November 2019.

For more details on:

  • Why and how the scheme is changing;
  • Who will be affected by the changes; and
  • How to take part in the consultation

Please visit our website: https://hillingdon.gov.uk/consultation or contact the Customer Engagement Team on 01895 277038 or at customerengagement@hillingdon.gov.uk

We would like to hear from as many people as possible so can you please help to publicise the consultation by sharing the information at your various meetings and/or any other medium you use to communicate with local residents.

Kind regards

Customer Engagement Team

London Borough of Hillingdon

Civic Centre – 1S/10

High Street



T: 01895 277038

E: customerengagement@hillingdon.gov.uk

Prayer vigil 6pm this evening Hillingdon Station

Following the tragic events of Tuesday and the murder that took place on Hillingdon Station, Rev Reg Craig of Hillingdon Park Baptist Church has agreed with the Station Customer Service Manager to have a prayer vigil tomorrow evening (Thursday) at 6pm.  This will happen outside the main entrance.  The purpose of this event is for us to show solidarity as a community of all faiths and none and to stand together against the violence on our streets.  It is not political.

You are invited to attend.