The low-down on Ickenham’s boundary

Here’s some solid information on the boundary issue. In short, we believe it makes sense for Ickenham’s ward boundary to match the village boundary and we’d like people who agree with this to make their views known.

All Association members on our mail list were given a detailed view yesterday. Here are some key extracts (plus two extra links):

We will try to expand the Ickenham Ward to reflect our true boundaries. This would match the boundaries as agreed by LBH for the Ickenham Neighbourhood Plan, including The Greenway, Ickenham Green, The Brackenbury estate and the Ickenham Marshes, which are all currently in other wards.

Chris Mountain provided a link to a brilliant interactive map of the village – it shows electoral and natural boundaries and green spaces.

We are asking all Ickenham residents to please send in their own comments, as numbers matter here, and just one letter from the Residents’ Association will not be sufficient to sway the review.

How to get involved (Local Government Boundary Commission for England)
This is a public consultation and we welcome views from individuals and organisations across Hillingdon on where they think new ward boundaries should be drawn.

In drawing up new electoral wards, we must balance three legal criteria, namely:
– to deliver electoral equality: where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the borough;
– that the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities;
– that the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.

We will treat all submissions equally, and judge each case on its merits and against the legal criteria.

If you wish to put forward a view, we would also urge you to ensure that evidence supports your submission.

For example, if you wish to argue that two areas should be included in the same electoral ward, make sure you tell us why they should be together, providing evidence about community facilities, ties, organisations, and amenities, rather than simply asserting that they belong together.

There is more advice on our website about how you can get involved in the consultation.

Our website features technical guidance that explains the process and our policies, as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process.

We have also set up a webpage dedicated to the review of Hillingdon, where you can find all the relevant information.

You can also access interactive maps of the current ward boundaries across Hillingdon on our specialist consultation portal. The portal also allows you to draw your own boundaries, mark areas of interest on the map and upload documents directly to the site.

You can make a submission to the Hillingdon electoral review:
1. through our consultation area,
2. by e-mailing reviews@lgbce.org.uk, or
3. writing to the following address:
The Review Officer (Hillingdon), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 1st Floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL

PLEASE PLEASE DO MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN and feel free to share this post to anyone who is a resident of Ickenham.

Thank you in advance.

Ickenham village boundary + Ward overlaps

Wow! That last post caused a stir. Especially when it went onto Facebook.

You all deserve clarification. The boundaries being discussed are the Wards, not the Ickenham boundary itself. Here’s a map, showing which bits of Ickenham fall into which wards. I stole the map from those nice people at Ickenham Neighbourhood Forum

Ickenham Wards

Ickenham Wards

 

If you have comments on the proposed new boundaries, please take a look at this post: https://ickenhamresidents.co.uk/2018/08/29/do-you-agree-with-proposed-ickenham-ward-boundary/

Do you agree with proposed Ickenham ward boundary?

Update: We are talking about the Ickenham Ward boundary not the Ickenham Village boundary. If you want to know the current Ickenham Ward boundary and what other Wards overlap with it, click here

Proposed Ickenham Ward Boundary

Proposed Ickenham Ward Boundary

Click on the map above or here to get further details and have your say – by November 5th latest.

Review timetable

28/08/18 – 05/11/18 – Consultation on new boundaries
08/01/19 – 18/03/19 – Consultation on draft recommendations
07/05/19 – Final recommendations published

Michael Sobell hospice: update

We have received the following update from Terry Dean on behalf of those co-ordinating the campaign:

The petition will be delivered to a representative of the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust on the land just outside the gate 3 entrance of Mount Vernon Hospital on White Hill from 9 to 9:30am on Monday July 9th. I have cleared this with the police and invited them to join us.

I will be accompanied by Dr. Elaine Laycock MBE. Dr Laycock was one of the first doctors to work at the hospice soon after it opened. She used some of her time at MSH to help create the first Palliative Care Centre in Serbia which opened in 2013. She took staff from MSH to Serbia to teach them, and brought Serb doctors to MSH to learn. There are now two hospices in Serbia both based on the Michael Sobell model; it is ironic that there may soon not be one in Northwood unless we stand up for it. Dr. Laycock gained support from the Queen Mother who sent her a signed photograph (something almost unheard of) and also some cut-glass which raised a useful amount for the hospice when it was auctioned. Dr. Laycock also met the Duchess of Kent twice in her capacity at the hospice. Dr. Laycock instigated the original sponsored walk, the water garden at the entrance, and a butterfly cage which eventually became the aviary. Her son even designed the logo which is still in use.

Dr. Laycock and I will be meeting with Nick Hurd next week to discuss this campaign. I have in my possession a letter from Mr Hurd stating that he welcomes the Department of Health’s End of Life Care Strategy which encourages the development of specialist palliative care and hospice provision. If we are able to reach a target of 10,000 signatures we may be able to force a response from Westminster. At this stage we only need everyone who has signed so far to get one more signature! So please share this link if you have not already done so.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-michael-sobell-hospice

Finally I have received a message of support from a relative of Michael Sobell.

To remind yourself what we are striving to save please paste the address below into your browser to watch a short video made last year by media students of West Herts College.

https://youtu.be/JxoOXs6i9gI

Thanks for standing up for compassion and the need for members of society to care for each other.

 

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.

Thanks

HS2 despoilation

Breakspear Road South lane closures

HS2 ‘ Early Works’ programme to create a construction site for the bridge over Breakspear Road South requires northbound lane closures on this road north of the Chiltern line bridge. These are planned to take place in January 2018 (3 weeks) and May/June 2018 ( 6 weeks)….we have asked that they do not take place at same time as lane closures on Harvil Road so these dates may change slightly. There will be traffic light controls.