Development of Gaelic Athletic Association Site on West End Road
The GAA are set to submit plans to Hillingdon on the redevelopment of the site, including a new road exit and a new floor lit training field.
They are having an open evening at 3pm to 8pm, Wed 12th February 2014, GAA Social Centre, The Emerald Rooms, West End Road South Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 6QX.
Further details and plans can be found on a flyer the GAA have issued here.
ALRA Development before Hillingdon’s Major Planning Committee on 11th February at 7.30pm
Sid Jackson, Deputy Chairman from SRRA will be speaking in favour of the development but at the present time Council Officers recommend refusal.
RAF Northolt Flight Checker, 20th-22nd January moved to 5th-7th February
RAF Northolt advise that.... "Please note that we are due our periodic night time safety checks of our Instrument Landing System and Precision Approach Radar over two nights. This has to be conducted when Heathrow is closed as it involves the calibration aircraft making repeated approaches to both ends of the runway. The checks are scheduled to be completed on 5-6 and 6-7 February between the hours of 11pm and 3am the following morning. Whilst these are the booked dates we are dependent on reasonable weather and the serviceability of the aircraft."
"These tests are essential in order to ensure safe operation of all flights into RAF Northolt and we are grateful for the understanding of the local community when any disturbance is caused."
RAF Northolt Open Day, 14th June 2014
We are now registering interest from local residents for our Open Day on Saturday 14 June. The gates will open to the public at 1200 noon and we are expecting the flypast from the Queen’s Birthday Parade to be overhead RAF Northolt just after 1pm. Entry will be by wristbands which are available in advance and will cost £10 each (under 5’s are free). Anyone bringing a car onto the base will need to purchase a £5 car pass (Disabled Blue Badge holders are free). Wristbands will not be issued until nearer the date but bookings can be made now. Please provide full names, with nationality of each attendee, together with the make, model and registration number of any vehicles which are to be brought onto the base on the day.
Cheques payable to "Service Funds RAF Northolt" together with the relevant details of attendees should be sent to:
Sqn Ldr Richard Willis
West End Road
Middlesex HA4 6NG
Please mark the envelope "Open Day 2014". Payments are non-refundable and RAF Northolt reserves the right to refuse admission.
Dates of Next Quarterly Meetings in 2014
The next quarterly meeting will be held at St Mary’s Church Hall, The Fairway, South Ruislip, on Wednesday 22nd January starting at 8pm. Further meetings will be held on 23rd April which will be our AGM, 23rd July and 22nd October 2014.
If you have any items to submit for consideration at the meeting please send to Honorary Secretary Jeremy Wasden or via the email address at this site. Best to do this a month in advance for the agenda, but otherwise send us an email at our contact email address.
The Hooded Lights Success Story at the Focus Site Service Road
For those of you that drive along Victoria road you will see that the surplus traffic lights for the old service road have at long last been covered over. These lights served no purpose but did present a road safety hazard. Many thanks to Councillor Judy Kelly for persevering and getting the work done. Sid Jackson.
Hillingdon Against HS2 - Newsletter 36
The full newsletter can be found on this page. Please have a read..
HILLINGDON AGAINST HS2 WILL BE AT:
Ruislip Library 17th January 11am -2pm
Ickenham Library 21st January 11am -2pm
Harefield Library Every Saturday in January 10a.m -12pm
HOW TO RESPOND TO THE CONSULTATION
We have put together a postcard response form to help you reply, please collect from your local library or the above events. It would be better to write a personal response by post or email https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-phase-one-environmental-statement.
This consultation closes on 24th January 2014.
Esprit De Corps
The flyer for this event can be found on this page.
This year’s "Esprit De Corps" Concert Series begins with a performance by the Band of HM Royal Marines, Collingwood on Wednesday 23rd October. This will be followed by a further concert on Thursday 21st November, given by the Band of the Coldstream Guards. A final evening of military music with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force will conclude the series on Wednesday 18th December. All concerts will begin at 7.30pm at the Winston Churchill Hall, Ruislip. Tickets are priced at £15 (with series packages available for 2 concerts/£27 and 3 concerts/£36) and are available from the Compass Theatre Box Office (01895 673200 / compasstheatre.co.uk)
This concert series is in support of: The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity; the Chelsea Pensioners’ Appeal; and the Royal Air Forces Association.
Hillingdon Against HS2 - Newsletter 34
The full newsletter can be found on this page.
"It's been a while since we were last in touch but there is never any shortage of news about HS2 in the media at the moment and we hope you have been keeping up?! HAHS2 and RAHS2 have been busy making a stand on your behalf over the last couple of months and keeping the pressure on HS2Ltd, MPS and working closely with Hillingdon Council as well as the national Stop HS2 groups, on the next stages of our campaign. We also helped out on the Stop HS2 stand at The Labour Party Conference and have attended various meetings, debates and other HS2 related events."
SRRA Quarterly Meeting Discussion of RAF Northolt Featured in the Gazette
The last SRRA quarterly meeting featured Sqn Leader Richard Willis of RAF Northolt talking about the future expansion of commercial flights at the base. Read more at the Gazette.
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The full newsletter can be found on this page.
"News seems very much to be going in our favour at the moment ( for daily news reports and updates please join in HERE ) and we had hoped this would extend to the outcome of the judicial review appeals. However it was not to be and we didn't succeed with our recent cases at The High Court. All is not lost and we still have a very good chance of making the government take responsibility for their actions as we take our fight to The Supreme Court and possibly to Europe."
RAF Northolt - Treat for Plane Watchers on Friday Afternoon
The base advise they are holding an event for the retiring RAF Chief of Air Staff on Friday afternoon 12/07/2013.
♦ Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast — Dakota: 1220 — 1225L
♦ Typhoon Flypast: 1235 — 1250L
♦ RAF Falcons Parachute Display team: 1445 — 1500L
So depending on your viewpoint an afternoon of treats or noise!
Hillingdon Against HS2 - Newsletter 32
The full newsletter can be found on this page. Please note there is a HS2 event at Ruislip Golf Club, Ickenham Road, Ruislip HA4 7DQ on Monday 17th June between noon and 8pm.
"Once again Hillingdon Against HS2 have been working flat out, with the campaign locally, but also at a national level. News of HS2 seems to change almost daily at the moment so there is much to update you with."
Uxbridge: Sunset Ceremony RAF Central Band & Interviews with Worshipful Mayor Allan Kauffman and new Station Commander at RAF Northolt Group Captain Andy Bacon
New Station Commander at RAF Northolt
RAF Northolt is under new command. Group Captain Andy Bacon has taken up the reins from Group Captain Tim O’Brien who has been posted to Afghanistan to be base commander of Bastion airfield.
Fancy a cuppa? A great way to see the library at South Ruislip and support Marie Curie
The staff of the South Ruislip Library are inviting residents to join them on the afternoon of Tuesday 23rd July for afternoon tea, cake and music between the hours of 2.00 and 3.30p in aid of Marie Curie.
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The full newsletter can be found on this page. Please note there is a HS2 event at Ruislip Golf Club, Ickenham Road, Ruislip HA4 7DQ on Monday 17th June between noon and 8pm.
"Please come along and find out just what your local area has in store in terms of the most affected areas and the likely disruption from construction traffic that is planned.We hope to have representatives from Ruislip and Hillingdon Against HS2, Ickenham and Harefield along with Hillingdon Council Officers and Councillors to talk you through details and maps."
Hillingdon Against HS2: HS2 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT Open Event
HS2 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
WHAT? WHERE? HOW?
COME AND FIND OUT
HILLINGDON AGAINST HS2
MONDAY 17TH JUNE
11a.m - 8pm
WEST RUISLIP GOLF CLUB
Ickenham Road, Ruislip HA4 7DQ
(Closest Tube - West Ruislip)
HS2 Ltd have launched an environmental consultation,revealing devastating details of how the High Speed Rail link will have a shocking impact on our local area and community.The construction and operation of the line will cause serious disruption to everyone living,working, travelling or commuting around Northolt, A40, Ruislip, Ickenham and Harefield. If you thought HS2 wouldn't affect you - think again.
Please do come along to this event and see just how HS2 will effect you...
HS2 Ltd are holding an event on the same day at Perivale Community Centre,Horsenden Lane,Perivale UB6 7NP
Frees Shuttle Buses will run every 2 hours between 12 Noon and 6pm
From The Car Park of West Ruislip Golf Club.
For more information
HS2 Draft Environmental Statement consultation
The HS2 government organisation are starting to consult on the Draft Environmental statement. They expand by stating... "As you will know, the Government has decided to seek Parliamentary approval to construct a new high speed rail network (HS2). In January 2012 the Government announced its preferred route for the first phase of the network between London and the West Midlands. This is a vital project that will help promote economic growth by providing the long-term transport capacity our country needs. HS2 will become a national asset that will improve services between our cities and regions and free up substantial space on the existing railway."
The full text can be read here at HS2 Forum Document. This details times of meetings (which have passed in the immediate Ruislip area) but the leaflets detail other methods of responding.
Accompanying leaflets HS2 Ltd Design Refinement Consultation Leaflet.pdf and HS2 Ltd Draft Environmental Statement Consultation Leaflet.pdf can be found by clicking on their titles.
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Increase In Flights from RAF Northolt
Following a briefing from RAF Northolt yesterday please see the update from them which follows outlining an increase in the number of commercial flights from the airfield.
RAF Northolt Future Brief
The Government has completed a review of various options to exploit the estate at RAF Northolt and has decided that it should remain an active military airfield. However, in light of the pressures on the public sector generally and the Defence budget in particular, it is important to generate more revenue from the existing estate. Accordingly Ministers have directed that the existing self-imposed ceiling of 7,000 commercial movements per year is to be increased to 12,000, which is within the existing NATS limits of 40 commercial movements per day. The increase is to be achieved gradually over the next 3 years. Military movements are expected to remain at around 5,500 per year.
Historically RAF Northolt operated with around 55,000 movements per year when London Airport from 1947-53. In recent years total movements peaked at 15,100 in 1989 but have been at around 12,500-13,000 in the last few years. The increase to 12,000 commercial movements would take the total to around 17,500 by 2016.
The increase is to be achieved within existing operating parameters and there is therefore no proposal to extend the existing opening hours and the daily number of commercial movements will remain within the existing 40 movements per day permitted under NATS guidelines. Due to airspace capacity issues there is no likelihood of any further increase in commercial movements at RAF Northolt without a corresponding decrease elsewhere.
Commercial movements will continue to be restricted to quieter aircraft with capacity for no more than 30 passengers. The airfield will remain closed to commercial traffic overnight, Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings.
An increase of 5,000 flight movements involves a maximum increase of around 2,500 vehicles per year using the West End Road (around 8 per day). The average load is 3 passengers arriving in a single vehicle. The annual average daily flow on the A4180 as published on the DfT website is in excess of 12,000 cars/taxis (around 15,000 vehicles in all).
Business Aviation activity at RAF Northolt directly employs 80 civilian personnel, while providing business for local limousine services and catering. The increased activity will further increase employment opportunities.
Ministers have written to local Members of Parliament to inform them of the proposal to increase the number of commercial movements. This follows consultation with DfT, CAA and NATS. RAF Northolt is now beginning a process of discussing the proposal with local Councillors and Residents Groups.
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Concert of the RAF Benevolent Fund for the Dambusters 70th Anniversary in Ruislip. Thursday 11th July 2013 7.30pm.
Update from Sqn Lrd Willis of RAF Northolt on Activities at the Base
From Wednesday 27 March until Monday 1 April essential works to replace the 1941 substructure of the eastern end of the runway will be carried out where the binding material has failed. Approximately 200m, 2/3 of the width of the runway requires excavation and relaying. To facilitate the swift completion of the work the airfield will be closed to commercial traffic from 8pm on Wednesday 27 March until midday Monday 01 April.
In addition to the runway work, removal of the turf applied to the arrestor bed during the Olympic deployment of Typhoon aircraft, will be carried out. The turf must be removed before the roots penetrate the geo-textile material and compromise the arresting capabilities of the arrestor beds. The soil and turf will be relocated to the area behind Wingfield Way to level the ground and allow the area to drain more effectively.
To minimise the disruption and noise for local residents the following mitigation measures will be put in place:
1. A one way system for the airfield works, in through the White House Gate along the runway and out through Main Gate. This will reduce the need for reversing of the lorries delivering and removing material and minimise disruption for residents who back onto the White House Gate.
2. A road plate with noise dampeners will be installed over the Southern Cattle Grid at the entrance to the runway area. This will reduce the noise of vehicles travelling over the metal grid.
3. The diggers moving material to the south of the White House Gate will have the reversing alarms disconnected for the duration of the work.
The material to be used in the runway works is at least 50% recycled content and all the material removed will be recycled. On-site recycling was considered and rejected as this would significantly increase the noise levels and extend the time required to complete the work and therefore extending the disruption.
Much work has been completed over the past few years to replace or resurface the airfield and this work is finally coming to an end. The final phase of the works is currently planned for summer 2013 and will be the installation of an additional surface layer along the length of the runway. Fortunately this work will not require any further excavation.
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South Ruislip News Update
Sainsbury's South Ruislip has planning permission and is set to expand. Read more in the Gazette.
The judicial review of HS2 has rejected many of the key objections.
HS2 Update 14/03/12
This weekThe long awaited outcome of the Judicial Reviews will be on announced at half 10 on Friday morning (the 15th). We will be up at the Royal Courts of Justice to hear the outcome.
If you not already aware of the currently suspended Heathrow Spur route through the South of the Borough then you can see a map and find out more here: http://www.hs2.org.uk/have-your-say/consultations/phase-two/exceptional-hardship-scheme. There is a current exceptional hardship scheme consultation ongoing for the temporary compensation scheme that residents possibly affected by the Heathrow Spur can apply for. I would suggest you respond on behalf of any residents associations etc. HS2 published the preferred route for the first time in January at the same time as announcing it is on hold until after the Davies Commission reports. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.
What we've been up to
We have as always been very busy. In the past few months we have:
Responded to the 28th January announcement of Phase 2 – with press releases and media including LBC Nick Ferrari / Radio 5 Live and ITV London. We were cancelled from a live debate on BBC News Channel as they could not find enough people to speak for HS2!!
Worked to support new action groups
Investigated and communicated around the announcement regarding the Heathrow Spur.
John Randall MP
New action groups in Yorkshire
community forums for South Ruislip to Ickenham and the Colne Valley
Hillingdon council meeting for residents affected by safeguarding
Ruislip Residents Association AGM where HS2 were guest speakers
HS2 Consultation Roadshow in Ruislip
Amersham HS2 shop
The Harefield group have also been attending events in Denham and the Colne Valley Centre. Arranged a counter information event for the Roadshow in conjunction with Ickenham, Harefield, Denham and Ealing groups with over 600 attending our event with lots of great feedback.
Submitted a detailed consultation response to the compensation and safeguarding consultations. Distributed many postcards to residents to assist them in responding to the consultation.
What we're doing next
Well apart from going to the Royal Courts of Justice and arranging the quiz. This weekend there is a HS2 Judicial Review Event with lots of high profile campaigners attending at the Amersham HS2 shop and also an AGAHST (Action Groups Against High Speed Two) meeting, both of which Lottie is planning to attend. We are following up numerous official complaints, FOI requests and other issues with HS2 Ltd and our MPs on residents behalf. We have also been told that HS2 are cancelling our community forums for the future. So we will be arranging and attending various bilateral meetings as and when with HS2 and others.
We will continue to support existing and new action groups, HS2 Action Alliance, Stop HS2 and AGAHST, and work with the council, residents associations and any other relevant parties such as HOAC and Colne Valley. Our main priority in the coming months will be preparing for and responding to the Environmental Consultation and empowering residents to be able to respond too. This will include a counter event to complement the HS2 roadshow. We will also respond to the Excceptional Hardship Scheme Consultation (Phase 2).
We will arrange meetings as and when to support these priorities or on request.
How to keep in touch
If you are not feeling up to date there are 3 main ways to keep up to date with our groups activities.
Join our facebook group – Ruislip Against HS2
Sign up for Lottie's newsletters by emailing email@example.com
Check our website – www.hillingdon-against-hs2.com (and send us info/articles to feature on there too)
And of course you can always come meet with us or give us a call.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Stop HS2: Petition, paving bill, judicial reviews and the Y route
Last weekend, Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin announced plans to introduce a 'Paving Bill' for HS2 in the Queens Speech this May. People on both stages of HS2 have been expecting that the first vote in Parliament would be on a Hybrid Bill, which would be subject to years of scrutiny. Now the plan is to have a quick vote to release more money for both stages of the project before MPs can properly look into the plans during the Hybrid Bill. Please sign the petition to stop this underhand process, and urge everyone you know to sign it too.
Scrap plans for the HS2 'Paving Bill' – http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/46498
Petitions are vitally important, as they directly show the Government what people think of issues like HS2. Right now politicians will be looking very carefully at their policies in light of the Eastleigh by-election results. So please help us send a message to the government by signing the petition and asking your friends and family to sign it too.
Paving bills are used to spend money which would not normally be allowed until Royal Assent. This is leading to speculation that not only is the hybrid bill for phase 1 falling behind schedule but that HS2 is already going over budget well before it's even started. The suggested paving bill looks like an attempt to pre-empt the democratic process and override local concerns by getting legislation for HS2 without the scrutiny from a hybrid bill.
At the end of January, the government announced the route of the second phase of HS2. Numerous people are now having to face up to the reality of HS2, and are looking closely at the HS2 plans, perhaps for the first time. There have been lots of local meetings and new action groups forming, and we expect there to be many more.
If you email firstname.lastname@example.org, we can help you set up a local action group and put you in touch with other campaigners. Don't feel like you are alone, we are all working together.
A grassroots campaign like Stop HS2 relies on everyone's efforts. Lots of people have fantastic ideas and other great ways of being involved include raising local awareness, writing to your MP, signing the petition and getting involved in a local action group.
Grassroots campaigns also need funding, both at a local level and nationally. Money raised by new local action groups will be needed to raise local awareness and other important local activities: to contribute to the national Stop HS2 campaign so we can support local efforts, please see http://stophs2.org/donate/ You can also buy Stop HS2 merchandise at http://www.stophs2-officialmerchandise.co.uk/
In December, five legal challenges into how the Government has planned HS2 went to the high court. We are still waiting for the date of the announcement of the result of these Judicial Reviews. We are unlikely to know more than a day in advance. It had been expected in January, but there's a lot of evidence for the judge to look through. We think the case is clear against the Government's handling of HS2, we just now need to see what the judgement actually is.
Whatever the judge says, it's likely to go to appeal. If so, there will be fundraising appeal to pay for costs.
Remember to sign the petition: Scrap plans for the HS2 'Paving Bill' http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/46498. If we get 100,000 signatures, there'll be a debate about it in Parliament, so please use the twitter and facebook to spread the word and forward this email to your friends and family.
Penny, Joe and the Stop HS2 team.
PS You can subscribe and unsubscribe from this email at http://stophs2.org/mailing-list/216-join-our-e-mail-list/
Ruislip Through Time
Keen students of South Ruislip history as we are at SRRA, we were interested to learn that Eileen Bowlt has completed her new book "Ruislip Through Time" which features, Eileen says, a number of pictures from around the South Ruislip area.
Eileen also sent a picture from South Ruislip Station in 1937. It’s strange in that it has changed, yet you still know exactly where you are looking!
Eileen’s book is currently on sale at the Mad Cap Bookshop on Ruislip High Street, at the Cowbire Cafe at Manor Farm and at other local bookshops and costs £9.99.
Air Ambulance Moves to RAF Northolt
According to a press release from the RAF base, the Air Ambulance has moved it's over night base from Denham to Northolt. Whilst we are keen to minimise noise disruption for residents, I am sure a majority of residents will welcome Northolt supporting such a vital service to the capital.
London’s Air Ambulance, the Charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, has moved its overnight airbase from Denham to RAF Northolt. The relocation of its MD902 Explorer helicopter (the quietest in its class) to the Royal Air Force base in South Ruislip will reduce flight time to and from the helipad at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, thereby saving on fuel costs.
The close proximity of RAF Northolt to Whitechapel and the direct helicopter route between the two destinations will save three minutes in flying time at the beginning and end of each day. As well as reducing overall fuel consumption, the Charity has also secured a favourable fuel rate with Air BP.
The airbase’s position closer to sea level will potentially reduce the impact of adverse weather conditions, such as low cloud, for the life-saving service. As a military station, RAF Northolt guarantees a high level of security to its occupants and has superb facilities.
Commenting, Graham Hodgkin, Chief Executive Officer of London’s Air Ambulance, said: "We are extremely thankful to Denham airfield for their support and hard work over the years. The expiry of that contract however created an opportunity to review our airbase facilities and RAF Northolt offers excellent benefits to our service, both operationally and in cost savings for the Charity".
Wing Commander Dan Storr, Officer Commanding Operations Wing at RAF Northolt, said: "We are delighted to be able to host London’s Air Ambulance at RAF Northolt. That this move also provides significant benefits to the Charity, and therefore to its users, is a welcome bonus. We look forward to working closely with the London’s Air Ambulance team in support of the vital work they undertake."
To donate to London’s Air Ambulance LAAS01 £(donation amount) to 70070 or visit www.londonsairambulance.co.uk/donate
London’s Air Ambulance is the Charity which runs London’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. The service provides pre-hospital medical care to victims of serious injury, at the scene of the incident, throughout London - serving the 10 million people who live, work and commute within the M25. Based at the Royal London Hospital and founded in 1989, the service is unique in that it operates 24/7, with the helicopter running in daylight hours and rapid response cars taking over at night.
The Team, which at all times includes a Senior Trauma Doctor and a specially trained Paramedic, perform advanced medical interventions, normally only found in the Hospital Emergency Department, in time critical, life threatening situations. Missions commonly involve serious road traffic collisions, falls from height, industrial accidents, assaults and injuries on the rail network. London’s Air Ambulance has an international reputation for clinical excellence and delivers pioneering procedures which have been adopted across the world.
Your Quarterly Newsletter
Each quarter your SRRA committee write, print and then Road Steward's deliver the South Ruislip Residents Association Newsletter to all members. The most recent addition can be viewed here. We plan on making the newsletter more widely available online, a couple of months after they have been received by our members.
The newsletters are a great way of finding out what is happening in the area!
Can be found in the Archive section. Just click here to access.