The Council have confirmed that work is underway to restore Ickenham Pond. A site notice states that “many invasive species have affected the pond and it is now in need of complete restoration. The project will enhance the pond, increase biodiversity and improve the aesthetic appearance of the surrounding area.”
Vegetation has been cut back regularly over the past few years, including the removal of the overhanging willows visible in the 2016 picture below.
Lilly, Reed Mace, Iris and various grasses have thrived recently and dragon and damselflies are a common site in summer months. But Parrot’s Feather and New Zealand Pigmyweed (likely to be the invasive species mentioned in the Council notice) have continued to spread and dominate.
It is reassuring that the Council are committed to increase the biodiversity of the pond, meaning it will be retained as a nature pond, rather than as a purely ornamental feature.
The work is being carried out by AGA Group, a Thetford based Aquatic & Fluvial Engineering company.
Night flying activity can give local residents cause for concern but this is routine activity and a yearly occurrence to calibrate the runway.
FROM RAF Northolt: “There will be night flying on 19 and 20 Oct during the period 2200 to 0600 on both nights. This is essential flight checking activity in order to calibrate the Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Precision Approach Radar (PAR). Multiple approaches will be flown to both runways in order to assure the safety of the stn’s Navigat
We have had confirmation that the new route 278 from Ruislip to Heathrow which will run the length of Long Lane finally connecting West Ruislip / Ickenham and Hillingdon stations is scheduled to start in Dec ember 2019
Apologies. The computer gremlins got in today. Either that or I did something I shouldn’t have done. In any event, the rwo most recent planning updates got mixed up. The 25th is today’s real update, it was promptly followed by a restoration of the 18th one.
Most of us know that Ickenham has a cricket club (Oak Ave), a rugby club (Ruislip/Uxbridge), tennis clubs (Swakeleys Drive) and a youth football team (playing at various locations). Contact details for these teams can be found on our useful links page.
There are also lots of other sports teams based near our village. Some of these are listed below:
Wealdstone Football Club, based at Grosvenor Vale in Ruislip. The ‘Stones currently compete in the Conference South. The ladies team currently compete in the Greater London League Division 1. The ground is a short walk from Ruislip Station.
Ruislip Rugby Club, based on West End Road in Ruislip. The First XV currently compete in London 1 league. The ground is a short walk from Ruislip Station.
West London Eagles Handball Club, based at the Queensmead Sports Centre in Ruislip. Both men’s and women’s team currently compete in the national Premier Leagues. Queensmead Sports Centre is a few minutes walk from South Ruislip station.
London Gaelic Athletic Association, opposite the Polish War Memorial in South Ruislip. The ground is the headquarters and principal Gaelic games facility for London. Various men’s and women’s curling and Gaelic football teams playing at the ground, which is a fair trek from South Ruislip station. The E7 bus stops right outside.