David Porter’s litter-picking report

This was posted as a comment to an earlier post on the pICK-up. More people will see it as a post in its own right. So, with thanks to David Porter, here’s the detail of the event:

Ickenham’s first full village litter picking event – 27 October 2018 (for one hour)

A crisp five pound note, a wallet containing a driving licence, RAC membership card, golf range pass, national book tokens, national insurance number card for a resident in London W2, shoes and jackets, track suit bottoms, and a picture of a Tottenham Hotspur star were all plucked from the streets of Ickenham on Saturday 27 October 2018.

Some 36 bags full of street rubbish were piled up in front of the Village Hall in Swakeleys Road much to the consternation of mother of Mia, whose fifth birthday party was taking place later in the day. Sorry Mia, we hope it did not upset your guests when they arrived for the fun and games, balloons and party cake. Happy birthday to you.

Other full bags were left on the routes of the litter pickers. They made the village the cleanest in England for a short time.

Over 150 plastic bottles were picked up in the hour’s litter pick focusing mainly on the High Road, Swakeleys Road, Austins Lane and Long Lane.

One volunteer and her husband counted 350 cans into their rubbish bags.

Young volunteers came with their parents so their schools – Breakspear and Vyners should be very proud of their students’ community involvement.

More litter picking events are planned and are needed to keep the place spick and span before traffic generated by the HS2 scheme takes hold. From next June onwards there could be up to 550 traffic movements a day from the Ickenham/West Ruislip Portal. If drivers see mountains of rubbish on the streets they drive through they may think that a bit extra chucked from their cabs will not make any difference. HS2 contractors have agreed to include litter in driver’s induction training. The message “do not dare to litter” will resonate loud and clear.

Councillor Philip Corthorne (who represents West Ruislip including the Brackenbury and Ickenham Park estates) attended the event and joined in collecting rubbish. Well done Philip. Pressure is now on him and other London Borough of Hillingdon councillors to deliver what the Ickenham residents say they want: clear signage indicating Ickenham is, or aims to be litter free, and more bins in litter hotspots.

All Ickenham residents should be proud of its litter pickers who want to see a clear and tidy village.
Special thanks to Rachel Evans and the The Swakeleys Home Guard Club, where pickers went for light refreshments afterwards.

We can all make Ickenham a litter free zone.

Compiled by David Porter

27 October 2018

Michael Sobell hospice – 30 Oct public meeting

We have been asked to publicise this:

There will be a public meeting at 6pm on Tuesday October 30th at the Uxbridge Civic Centre to discuss Hospice Care in the North of the Borough (i.e. Michael Sobell Hospice). The following is copied from the council’s website.

Following the closure of Michael Sobell House inpatient service, the Hillingdon Council External Services Select Committee is interested in establishing why the closure happened so quickly and what action is now being taken to ensure service provision within the North of the Borough.
Questions asked by Members of those present at the meeting may include the following:

1. Which organisation/s is/are responsible for ensuring a hospice provision?
2. How is MSH funded?
3. What is each organisation responsible for providing in relation to MSH?
4. Which organisation/s is/are responsible for reporting repairs, undertaking maintenance and funding this work in relation to the Hospice building?
5. Which organisation/s made the decision to close and why?
6. When did the need for repairs first become apparent?
7. What action was taken to address any estate repairs issues that had been highlighted before the decision was made to close?
8. Why were building improvement works/repairs not carried out before the decision was made to close?
9. Was a risk assessment undertaken regarding the closure of MSH (before and/or after)?
10. Was an equalities impact assessment undertaken?
11. What service level agreements are in place for the hospice service provision?
12. Why was the proposed closure of the inpatient unit not communicated to the External Services Select Committee in a timely manner (bearing in mind that there is a duty on relevant NHS bodies and health service providers to consult health scrutiny bodies on substantial reconfiguration proposals or on substantial variations in the provision of such services)?
13. What action was taken in relation to relocating patients and why? What will happen to them in the medium/long term?
14. Why were (cancer) Wards 10 and 11 at MVH deemed more appropriate than an inpatient hospice?
15. What action was taken in relation to relocating staff and why? What will happen to these staff in the medium/long term?
16. What action has been taken to support patients, families and staff since the MSH closure and how has the effectiveness of this action been measured?
17. What action has been taken to ensure that the care of MVH patients has not been impacted?
18. What works are needed to bring the building up to standard (and associated costings and timescales)?
19. If the MSH building is not repairable, what action is being taken to source alternative provision in the north of the Borough and where would the associated funding come from?
20. What are the timescales to recommence a hospice provision in the north of the Borough?
21. Going forward, how will residents be kept updated on progress in re-establishing a hospice provision?