This just in from HS2:
Ground Investigation Surveys
What are we doing?
As part of developing the route design of the HS2 high speed railway, we are carrying out ground investigation (GI) surveys on Ruislip Golf Course starting from week beginning 2 October 2017 until 17 November 2017.
The work will take place week days only between 8am and 6pm. lt will involve using drilling equipment to take samples or measurements of soil and water conditions. This type of survey helps us to understand more about the ground where we want to build the railway. lt’s vital that we know about the soil before construction begins so we can build effectively.
If you’d like to know more, please visit www.gov.uk/hs2 and download our non-
technical ground investigation guide.
How will this affect me?
There are different types of GI taking place.
- There will be ten rotary core boreholes being drilled at a depth of between 35m and 40m using large vertical drilling equipment with each borehole taking between 7 to 10 working days.
- There will be five cable percussion boreholes drilled to a depth of between 10m and 20m taking around 10 working days in total.
- There will be five cone penetration tests taking place that is non- intrusive taking 3 days in total.
- There will be some trial pits and pavement core samples taken in the car park and access road.
Our contractor will work as quickly as they can, avoid unnecessary noise and keep the area tidy. Once the work is complete our contractor will restore the area to its previous condition. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.
ln advance of drilling we will be undertaking site preparation involving track laying the week beginning 25 September.
Duraton of works
Weekday working hours
Working hours between 8am and 6pm Our contractors may also be on site for one hour‘s start-up and shutdown.
What to expect
- Background noise from drilling boreholes and digging trial pits and the use of water pumps
- Hoarding around the site
- Contractor vehicle movements to and from site.
What we will do
- lnform you in advance of any changes to the dates shown
- Keep all sites safe and secure
- Ensure that all sites are reinstated to the required standard
For more information contact our helpline (available 24/7) on 08081 434434 or email email@example.com. Visit our website at www.gov.uklhs2
High Speed Two (HS2) Limited
Two Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham B4 6GA
Apologies for misleading you on the last post. Swakeleys House is open on Saturday. The grounds are open both days.
The London Borough of Hillingdon have announced their intention to consult on becoming the 46th English Council to support regular temporary closures of residential streets for play.
Ickenham Councillor David Simmonds announced the move at the Full Council meeting on Thursday 7 September.
Councillor Simmonds spoke of the varied benefits of the initiave. He drew parallels with the street parties that were so popular across Ickenham in 2016.
A date for the consultation has not yet been set. More information about ‘playing out’ is available online here: http://playingout.net/
Come along and enjoy the art of cutting grass by hand, or just enjoy watching scythe mowing in action.
10.30am-1.00pm, Saturday 16 Sept
After successful public scything sessions on Pinn Meadows in Ruislip, the London Borough of Hillingdon Green Spaces team have agreed to bring their scythes down to the Ickenham Marsh for us to have a go. London Wildlife Trust representatives will be around too.
You can access the Marsh via the Austin’s Lane track – follow the track from the gate at the junction of Austin’s Lane and Glebe Avenue. Signs will be displayed on the day.
This event has been arranged by the Ickenham Marshes Partnership, which was established in 2012 by the Ickenham and Ruislip Gardens Residents’ Associations to bring local people, landowners and land managers together informally to make to most of the Marshes.
As part of the evidence base for Hillingdon’s new Local Plan, consultants were employed by Hillingdon Council to carry out desk-based surveys of Archaeological Priority Areas across the Borough.
Ickenham’s 9 page study features maps of the village centre dating from between 1754 (by John Rocque, pictured above) and 2013. The study can be viewed here:
Ickenham Archaeological Desk Based Assessment
Studies for other areas in the Borough can be viewed online here: https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/29909/Local-Plan-Part-2-evidence-base-studies
The Borough’s emerging ‘Development Management Policies’ which set out the practical implications for development proposals within such areas can be viewed online here: https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/lpp2
These policies are different to those that apply in Conservation Areas. Ickenham’s Conservation Area map can be viewed online here:
For the record, we’ve added (to the HS2 page) the late-night House of Commons exchange between Chris Grayling and Cheryl Gillan regarding HS2 developments.
You won’t be surprised (if you don’t know already) that they have different views of the same fundamental information.
To save you looking, the links are:
Our existing local services seem unaffected, but one of the proposed changes is a new ‘route 278’ between Ruislip and Heathrow Airport, Central Bus Station via Hayes & Harlington station. It would run the full length of Long Lane and via Hillingdon, Hayes End, Church Road and Hayes town centre. It would run at 5 buses per hour Monday to Saturday daytimes and 3 bph Sundays and all evenings using double-deck buses.
“Consultation will be undertaken on the service changes. Following analysis of the
responses, the next step will be determine whether or not a specific scheme should
proceed or whether it should be amended in some way.
Other considerations will also need to be taken account as part of coming to a final
decision. This includes TfL’s financial position and the affordability of the schemes.
In some instances physical constraints e.g. new stands may be a barrier to delivery.
Precisely when service changes will be made will be subject to further consideration
but would broadly align with the various phases of the Elizabeth line opening.
Finally the bus network will be kept under review enabling further changes to be made
to bus services in the future.”