This page will give you updated information on the Parliamentary constituency of Hayes & Harlington and the wards within it. If you are looking for information on Heathrow Villages then please visit the separate section ‘Heathrow Villages Community Notice Board’
Your UKIP Constituency representative for Hayes & Harlington is Cliff Dixon
Petition for Road resurfacing in Goshawk Gardens and Adelphi Crescent
I have now had a response from the Council which is reproduced below –
16 December 2016
Dear Mr Dixon
Re: Carriageway Surface Condition – Goshawk Gardens and Adelphi Crescent
I refer to your petition dated 6 August 2016 regarding the carriageway condition in Goshawk Gardens and Adelphi Crescent, Hayes, and wish to thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention.
In Hillingdon, and in common with other highway authorities in the UK, there is a substantial waiting list of roads, particularly residential and local roads, in need of major resurfacing. Unfortunately, this list greatly exceeds the amount of funding usually available, which means that we have to prioritise accordingly.
Roads for inclusion on the Council’s carriageway resurfacing programmes are usually identified from two sources. Firstly, each year the Council carries out visual surveys on all roads to establish their structural condition, in accordance with the national standard, the UKPMS [United Kingdom Pavement Management System]. The results are used to calculate Best Value Performance Indicators and also produce priority lists from which roads for treatment are selected.
Secondly, officers maintain a separate list that is based on the condition of the surface of the road. These normally do not appear on the list for structural condition that measures such defects as fine cracks, unevenness etc., but on defects such as potholes and the wear and loss of surface material. These defects are more visually apparent and are usually identified from the results of highways inspectors routine safety inspections or from service requests or defect reports from ward councillors or members of the public. From the two lists, officers prepare their recommendations for inclusion in highways maintenance capital programmes based on the amount of funding available. Surfacing these roads will achieve two objectives, firstly to improve performance indicators and secondly to reduce on-going maintenance costs such as patching. Roads that do not make the recommended list are placed on a reserve list for consideration in future programmes, as and when funding is made available.
I confirm that both Goshawk Gardens and Adelphi Crescent are on the list for consideration of roads requiring treatment for inclusion in a future programme of works, the timing of which will be subject to available funding and other priorities.
In the meantime, officers will identify the concrete slabs that are broken and issue works orders for the repairs and will continue to monitor the carriageway condition and carry out isolated repairs as and when major defects are identified as a result of routine safety inspections, or reported to us by the Council’s Contact Centre.
I hope this information is helpful.
Gurmeet Matharu MIHT
Charville ward update – 13th December 2016
On the ward rounds, flytipping has again unfortunately been all too evident
Once again, the tippers have been dropping in front of the ‘no dumping’ sign in Chesil Way.
Chesil Way is a part of the Kingshill Avenue Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) and as such the local Police are aware of anti social issues in the vicinity.
Hopefully, with the recent announcement of additional officers for the borough we will see extra patrols that will deter this.
In the meantime, we reported the tipping and were advised that it will be dealt with on reference 5542402
The Charville Lane estate has also seen instances of dumping, this time in the garage and green area on alleyway H3 between Romney Road and Raeburn Road.
This was brought to our attention by a Romney Road resident and has been reported for clearance, ref no 5555656
Thankfully, the other alleyway (H2) seems to be fairly clear after the last clean up that we arranged.
Our thanks as always to the Council Maintenance team for their prompt response.
The cascade flower box on Kingshill Avenue that was vandalised on our last rounds has now been repaired with the top two tiers replaced and re-planted. Hopefully, it will stay that way and not cost more time and taxpayers money to maintain.
Do you have an issue that you have been unable to resolve through normal channels? Please feel free to contact us on 07939 223659 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Charville Ward Update – 18th November 2016
We have had a reply regarding the traffic calming petition for Langdale Drive which is reproduced below. It would appear that traffic approaching from Charville Lane is running at an excessive speed and whilst the Council claim that speeds are appropriate on Langdale Drive itself it does not take in to account the two bends which will obviously affect the average speed. We will be following up…..
Dear Mr Dixon,
London Borough of Hillingdon – Road Safety Programme
Thank you very much for your petition to the Council concerning vehicle speeds in Langdale Drive, Hayes.
The independent 24 hour / 7 day speed survey has been completed at five locations. Three on Langdale Drive, one on Lanbsury Drive and one on Charville Lane. Please find attached the location plan. The data has been analysed and the results have been discussed with the Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling.
The results show the majority of vehicles were travelling between 20 and 30 mph. The 85%ile speeds in Langdale Drive are below 30mph. The following charts show the 85%ile speeds for the five locations. The 85th percentile speed is the speed at or below 85% of all vehicles are observed to travel. This is a nationally recognised method of assessing traffic speeds as it effectively refers to the majority of traffic movements.
West of Langdale Drive
South of Grosvenor Ave
South of Charville Lane
South of Kendal Close
West of Grosvenor Ave
At present, the speed results show drivers are driving at an appropriate speed for the road. These results unfortunately do not give the Council sufficient evidence to justify further investigations into physical traffic calming measures in Langdale Drive at this time.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Technical Assistant, Transport & Projects
c.c.: File 1/08970
Parking Issues at Hayes & Harlington train station – Tuesday 15th November 2016
We have been contacted by a number of residents who have received parking tickets whilst dropping off at our local train station.
The branch raised this with UKIP London Assembly member David Kurten (Pictured above – left )who sits on the Transport Committee – he subsequently contacted the Mayor’s Office.
This was the reply he received –
Parking Charge Notices
Question No: 2016/2911
There have been reports of many motorists being charged PCNs in Station Approach at Hayes and Harlington station for simply dropping people off or picking people up outside the station. Apparently the road is private, but motorists have no reason to believe this or consider this as it looks like a normal road, but are told after they receive a PCN that they should know as there is a sign by the station stating as such. What will the Mayor do to ensure that motorists do not continue to be stung by what they may justifiably consider to be a ‘shakedown’?
Written response from the Mayor
As you know, Station Approach in Hayes does not form part of Transport for London’s Road Network. Therefore, I can confirm no Penalty Charge Notices have been issued to members of the public by either TfL or the MPS on that road.
However, I have asked TfL to raise your concerns directly with Great Western who manage the station and the surrounding area.
Botwell & Townfield Ward message – Sunday 23rd October 2016
Posted by Cliff Dixon
Sir / Madam ,
My name is Guru G Singh , I am 71 .
I run a small charity in Hayes
In 2018. we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary – for that, we will be launching some wonderful work in the community
It is imperative that we respond to the plight of families and the over 60’s
that are going through a rough time in FOOD POVERTY .
6 years ago I was stopped from serving the community by 2 Labour councillors and the RT. Hon John McDonnell MP did nothing to help us in continuing our help to
the poor members of the community . (Press article below)
This situation is getting worse where children are suffering due to food poverty .
I have NO CHOICE but to help the community . ( Please note- this time
I will NOT stop helping people even if it means going to prison )
I invite you to join us on 26 October at Orchard Practice , Station Road , Hayes for the launch of our 60 PLUS Winter project and distribution of packs of Hats , gloves, socks and other items to Old Age Pensioners , the blind and disabled .
After the Diwali Celebration on Monday 31st October we will be giving out FREE cooked food and other help to families with children , over 60’s , the homeless and other
poor members of the community .
If you require further information or clarification please contact me by
e mail or ring the help line
Guru , G, Singh
Jai Kali Sevadars
nb – This message is from an independent community activist in Hayes and no link is implied or actual with UKIP Hillingdon
Hillingdon Council – style over substance – 11th October 2016
Posted by Cliff Dixon
I was pleasantly surprised on my most recent walk around Charville Ward in Hayes End to see communication from one of our local ward councillors on the doormats of the residents. This is the first time I have seen this outside of election times – obviously the Conservative polls are telling them that they might have a problem from UKIP at the next local elections as we are visible and helping people!
But let us have a look at what they are actually communicating –
Road safety improvements for schools
The leaflet trumpets that the Council are spending £1.7 million installing cameras outside schools to keep yellow lines clear. We are all for anything that improves safety for schoolchildren but if they are so worried then why have they rejected out of hand residents petitions for traffic calming near the school in Swan Road in West Drayton? Indeed, in Charville ward where these leaflets were put out we are still waiting to hear about the traffic calming petition heard in January for Langdale Drive, although we recently thanked them for putting up a camera there under the scheme – it would appear it is for yellow lines and not speeding cars though, hence their reticence in engagement.
The more sceptical might conclude that they are more interested in traffic fines than slowing the traffic down.
Green Flag for Park Road Green Space
Excellent – we all enjoy open spaces. Having said that, some of the green flag parks have serious issues – it took a UKIP led petition to get the council to treat and clear the rodents out from Yiewsley Recreation Ground whilst the litter issues in Harlington Fields are well documented and have been brought up by our Greater London Assembly Members with London Mayor Sadiq Khan
Beautiful Community Garden
I have seen this in the flats at Weald Way – well done to Councillor Fyfe for liaising with local residents to spend the ward budget in this way
Home Farm Update
Council leader Ray Puddifoot, commenting on the sale of green belt land at Home Farm, stated ” One of the reasons I became a councillor was to fight the then Labour Administrations policy of building on green land – those days will not return”.
Really? Under his stewardship, we have lost green belt land at Lake Farm where his administration decided to build a school on the country park when many brownfield sites were available.
A report from the Department for Communities and Local Government stated that between 2013 and 2015 up to 40% of all new homes in Hillingdon were built on green belt land, the third worst council in the country for doing so.
Forgive me if I don’t trust you to stop development on our local open space
The leaflet trumpeted the resurfacing of ‘Bury Avenue Road’ – sorry Cllr Puddifoot, it is Bury Avenue which we had flagged up two years ago. Thanks for doing the job but at least be informed enough to get the name right!
We were also informed that Portland Road and Meadow View Road would be next. Whilst we welcome these works (UKIP Hillingdon flagged Meadow View Road last year and were promised action on works reference 4531347) there are through roads with much worse surfaces that need to be done first.
The image above shows damage on the junction of Adelphi Way and Adelphi Crescent – we initiated contact with the council over the poor state of the road there last year and followed up with a petition from residents two months ago which we have still not heard about. Buses use Goshawk Gardens and Adelphi Crescent which are a major through route with the roads being in such a bad state the vibration is causing major damage to homes in the area.
Flowers on Kingshill Avenue
The leaflet made a big point about the new flower arrangements on Kingshill Avenue. We had already voiced our concerns in previous articles about how well these could be maintained in light of the cuts to maintenance service teams but even we were not prepared for what has happened since.
This is a photo taken yesterday of the pot in the picture on the Conservative leaflet. The top section has been stolen and the remainder of the arrangement is in a sorry state – the second tower is intact but the flowers are not properly maintained.
A freedom of information request has revealed that the council spent £1150 relocating these cascade planters from Hayes Town (which is currently under redevelopment) and a grand total of £80,869.39 for displays around the borough – some of which are mounted in central reservations on major roads and are a visual impediment to drivers.
Meanwhile, many verges remain overgrown as do open green spaces.
Surely it would make more sense to keep our green spaces maintained properly rather than spending vast amounts of your cash on show projects whilst the basics go to rack and ruin?
A final thought
The branch were contacted after one of our recent leaflet runs by a retired gentleman who had his carbon monoxide alarm removed by council workers for maintenance. When he chased it up, he was informed that due to cuts it would not be returned.
UKIP Hillingdon sent emails to Cllr Ray Puddifoot (Listed as the older persons champion) and Cllr Peter Davis (West Drayton & Yiewsley Senior Citizens Association) to chase this up without response. We then contacted Age UK for advice to be told that this is now commonplace and to get in touch with our local Fire Service for advice.
They told us that they deal with smoke alarms but not carbon monoxide devices and suggested that the gentleman buy another.
We have now ordered a new device from our branch funds and will be presenting this to Mr Ashford at the end of the week.
When the council spend £80k on flowers and over £100k on their propaganda magazines but can’t spend £20 on a device that could save an older persons life then you know that they have their priorities all wrong – a real case of style over substance.
Remember that at the ballot box during the next local elections
West Drayton update – 22nd September 2016
Posted by Cliff Dixon
Our team visited The Wise Lane Estate last weekend, delivering our new newspapers and talking with residents.
The flytipping that we reported on our last run round seems to have been cleared but more has appeared at the top of The Brambles and on Harlington Road, including the fridge in the picture left.
This has been reported to the Council maintenance team who have promised a further clear up on ref 5389042.
The flytippers also appear to have a warped sense of humour as can be seen from the picture below
This is not the first time we have seen rubbish dumped next to ‘no dumping’ signs in the area – perhaps the cuts to Police Community Support Officers who monitor such blackspots have emboldened the tippers?
Our thanks to the maintenance team for their swift response.
Charville Ward update – 12th September 2016
Posted by Cliff Dixon
In the previous update, I mentioned that we had not received a reply from Hillingdon Council regarding the traffic calming petition that was submitted to the Council and heard back on 20th January.
Whilst out doing my ward rounds yesterday, a new camera appears to have been fitted on one of the speeding hotspots in Langdale Drive that was mentioned at the hearing.
Thank you to the Council for listening – next time, please let us know what action you have taken so we can spread the good news!
Charville Ward Update – September 2016
Posted on Wednesday 7th September by Cliff Dixon
Over the last few weeks I have been out delivering our new newspapers and checking up on issues our team reported to the council on the ground.
Charville Lane estate flytipping
The branch assisted local residents with a petition that got the rubbish around the garages between Hoppner and Romney Roads cleared up. Since then, I have revisited and had a second clear up done but yet again the flytippers were back when I visited at the weekend.
Most worryingly, a large pane of glass had been dumped which fortunately one of the residents had propped up against a wall after seeing some children nearly run over it on their bikes (Below)
I have reported this for a further clear up and also alerted the local Police Safer Neighbourhood Team to the issue.
On the positive side, a dangerous pothole on the pathway in Romney Road that was reported in my last update has now been filled in – well done to the Council Maintenance team for reacting promptly to this (picture left)
Langdale Drive road repair and traffic calming
A petition was submitted earlier this year for traffic calming in Langdale Drive and a road survey was promised by Cabinet Member for highways Cllr Keith Burrows.
I have had confirmation that the survey was carried out but worryingly it was done during the school holidays when traffic would have been light. I have emailed Cllr Burrows for an update but have yet to hear back.
Disturbingly, the road repairs that were promised over a year ago have not yet been carried out and a reliable source has informed me that only two roads in Charville are scheduled for attention at the present time with no timescale for those repairs – Portland Road and Meadow View Road. Whilst we applaud any repairs that are done, neither is a major thoroughfare or in as poor a condition as Langdale Drive. We will be chasing this up with both the Council and the local Councillors as it is clearly unacceptable.
Goshawk Gardens and Adelphi Crescent
In our last report we advised of the petition being raised for resurfacing of these roads. There was also an extremely dangerous manhole cover in Goshawk Gardens that was in danger of falling apart. The maintenance team have carried out repair to the manhole to make it more secure (Pictured above) and we are awaiting response to the resurfacing petition from the Council.
In our last report we pointed out the new flower boxes that have been installed in place of the bench and posed the question as to whether these would be properly maintained bearing in mind the cut backs to maintenance teams.
Unfortunately, it would appear that our fears were confirmed upon visiting on Sunday with part of the display ripped out and some of it wilting in the sun (picture left)
There was also evidence of continued drug taking despite the imposition of a PSPO (Public Spaces Dispersal Order) by the local Police.
I have emailed Inspector Andy Lewis about this to alert the Safer Neighbourhoods Team to the ongoing problem.
Above – Discarded ‘hippy crack’ canisters outside the shops on Kingshill Avenue
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Regular visitors to this site will be aware of the ongoing issue in Yiewsley and West Drayton regarding Powerday looking to expand their waste processing plant at The Old Coal Yard.
Residents Associations and local Labour Councillor Jan Sweeting have submitted petitions and organised demonstrations to protest against the possibility with UKIP Hillingdon in full agreement and helping out with the campaign.
Local resident Vladimir Matveev recently submitted a Freedom of Information request after seeing a number of vehicles rolling in to the existing facility, the reply is posted below
Re: FOI 5267250
Dear Mr. Matveev
I am writing in response to your recent request.
I understand you are seeking the following information:
Can you inform me which contracts Hillingdon Council has had with Powerday plc from 2010.
Please also quantify the annual amounts paid to Powerday from 2010.
Hillingdon Council has had one contract with Powerday PLC from March 2013 to March 2016.
Annual amounts paid to Powerday including VAT:
2010 – £605,411.89
2011 – £297,718.50
2012 – £220,399.07
2013 – £528,701.44
2014 – £1,774,571.19
2015 – £2,581,201.28
2016 – £1,556,352.69
If you have any queries regarding this matter please do not hesitate to contact me.
Commenting on the response, Mr Matveev told me the following –
“Powerday has been operating in West Drayton for over 6 years without planning permission. Despite receiving thousands of complaints from residents, the Council all this time has been paying millions of pounds to Powerday for bringing their waste to West Drayton.This demonstrates how the Council could be perceived to be operating against the interests of residents and questions need to be asked over the award of contracts to Powerday who had no planning permission to be in West Drayton.I call upon all residents of Hillingdon to hold their Councillors to account during the next local elections, particularly the Leader of the Council who, after all, holds the final responsibility in matters such as this”.
Botwell & Townfield update – August 2016
With the works underway in Hayes Town to re-open the pedestrian area, the branch was contacted by a local interfaith worker regarding some of the serious issues with pavements that appear to be outside the boundary of the work.
With our Ward Rep currently away, branch chairman Cliff Dixon met with the Guru (pictured together at a previous meeting) to asses the situation and feed back these concerns to the maintenance team
After a few hours walking around the area with a clipboard, the following email was sent over with images to the maintenance department –
Charville update – August 2016
With the media whipping up a frenzy about alleged rifts in UKIP (they have advertising space/newspapers to sell after all), it is business as usual here in Hillingdon.
Residents have again been getting in touch with issues in the area and to this end our teams have been out following up on the streets and trying to improve the local environment.
Last September, our ward rep contacted Hillingdon council about the poor state of the road surface in Goshawk Gardens and Adelphi Crescent, Hayes. The slabs are breaking apart and moving, with the problem exacerbated by the buses that now use the roads – indeed, when buses travel across the slabs the movement can be felt quite violently by anybody standing nearby. This has led to structural damage on a number of houses with plaster cracking and falling off and residents complaining of vibration throughout their houses.
As the road deteriorates, surface noise also increases and many tales of late night disturbance have been relayed.
The Council maintenance team replied in February that a repair had been booked (Ref 4601969/4601978) but no timescale was given. When followed up and the point pressed that a resurface rather than a repair was needed, the maintenance team confirmed that it would only be a repair and no timescale was given.
With the Referendum and GLA elections out of the way, a petition was organised and the team canvassed the area last Sunday (7th August) garnering treble the amount of signatures needed to force the council to address the issue. (Ward rep Cliff Dixon is pictured above with the petition board)
A deteriorating situation
It became clear on the walk around the two roads that the surface had got much worse in the 6 weeks since the area was last visited
One resident drew our attention to a manhole cover in Goshawk Gardens that is now structurally unsound with loud noise generated whenever a vehicle passes over it. Further inspection showed the road surface cracked and moving when slight foot pressure was exerted on it (picture above). This has been reported to the Council this morning via email as a matter of urgency with the Charville ward Councillors copied in.
The slabs where Adelphi Crescent meets with Adelphi Way are in particularly poor condition with visible movement of the surface as vehicles pass over them – some residents told us of plaster dust falling from their window frames due to the excessive vibration!
The petition is being submitted this week and we will keep residents updated with developments.
Hillingdon in Bloom
Many flower baskets are turning up around the borough and adding a touch of colour to our streets. In Kingshill Avenue, the bench that was recently installed on the parade and was a magnet for antisocial behaviour has now been removed and replaced with a multi level flower box.
Whilst this greening of Hayes is welcome, I am concerned that with the cuts to the maintenance teams these boxes may struggle to be maintained. The Kingshill Avenue box already had signs of damage when our team was out at the weekend and some of the flowers seemed to be wilting in the heat.
Hillingdon council seem to be popping these boxes in willy nilly around the borough whilst cuts are being made to essential services – many grass verges seem to be badly overgrown and unkempt whilst they make these grand marquee gestures with your money.
However, one initiative that I believe they do need a pat on the back for are the areas in our parks where wild flowers have been sown amongst sections where the grass has been allowed to grow longer to provide an environment for bees and other wildlife (Knights Gardens pictured above). This is a very low cost way to create a splash of colour with little maintenance and is very environmentally friendly at the same time. Well done to the Parks Team who have pioneered this initiative.
West Drayton update
Despite being rejected twice after representations to the council, Powerday are coming back again to try and expand their operations in a residential area of West Drayton.
Below is an update from West Drayton Councillor Jan Sweeting (Lab) that was sent to the Garden City Residents Association, if you are affected then please read and put in your objections
Dear Members and Residents of Yiewsley and West Drayton
Just when we had all thought that we may have a few month’s respite from the fight against Powerday’s plans for the Old Coal Yard site Yiewsley/West Drayton we have been advised that the company has submitted an application to the Environment Agency for a change to their current operating licence for the yard. The company’s present licence allows it to deal with waste from the ‘Golden Weekend’ Civic Amenity site activities and on the back of this licence it has allowed the company to bring other waste onto the site which is then transferred to other Powerday vehicles.
However, the licence they wish to be granted by the Environment Agency would allow the company to undertake all kinds of waste recycling operations which would be associated with the site if planning permission was granted.
As the new licence would indeed bring the company closer to its aim of developing the Coal Yard site for industrial waste recycling and due to the significant concerns over Powerday’s proposals for the Coal Yard site expressed by local residents and others, the Environment Agency is conducting a consultation on the details of the new licence.
I would therefore ask you to contact the Environment Agency to express your concerns. These should focus solely on Health and Safety and Environmental concerns. These could include issues relating to noise, dust, smells and proximity to residential amenity. In addition the fact that the site is elevated so making it more likely that all of these hazards will affect more people could also be mentioned. Unfortunately issues relating to traffic are not the concerns of the Environment Agency and will not be considered as relevant.
Those living close by the Coal Yard could comment on the way in which they are already being disturbed by the relatively small scale activities currently being undertaken by Powerday.
The timescale for comments is short as the Consultation period lasts until 10thAugust 2016. You can submit your views to the Agency in the following ways:
By email on firstname.lastname@example.org and using the Application number EPR/LB3530RA/V002 or
By post at Environment Agency
Permitting and Support Centre
99 Parkway Avenue
Sheffield S9 4WF
This is a very important consultation please take part for if the company is given this licence it is likely that the site will be used more extensively even though planning permission has not been granted
Please be assured that the Committee of the Garden City Residents Association will be submitting comments on this application but we need you to submit yours, for if we can stop this licence being awarded it will be a great step forward in stopping industrial waste coming to our area in its hundreds of thousands of tonnes each and every year.
Best Wishes David Andrew for the GCERA Committee
You could also contact the Council to ask it to comment as well as MPs John McDonnell and Boris Johnson
Charville Ward Update – May 2016
Whilst the branch has been incredibly busy with the recent GLA elections and the upcoming EU referendum, we still keep an eye on things in our respective wards.
Return of rubbish to the garages/alleyway between Hoppner Road and Romney Road
The branch co-ordinated a petition which got the flytipping cleared up earlier in the year. However, some rubbish has returned (pictured) which I have contacted Maintenance Services about at the Council and they have advised me they will be arranging another clear up (Job ref 5107172)
Dangerous pathway in Romney Road
Part of the pavement has collapsed in and poses a serious trip risk (I caught my walking shoe on it which tore the front sole down)
This has also been reported and the team have given me the reference number 5107232, advising me that it will be dealt with.
Traffic Calming in Langdale Drive
The Council have advised that they have carried out the speed survey promised during the petition hearing and will get back to me. After consultation with Cllr Fyfe, he told me that this was carried out during a school holiday which makes me suspicious if we get a negative response. Will keep you advised.
Break up of Road Surface in Adelphi Crescent and Goshawk Gardens
Having consulted with the road maintenance team, I have been advised that this has been scheduled for repair. However, with the movement of the slabs any such repair would likely break up within months and the real solution is a full resurface. Residents have advised me that the vibration caused by buses is causing cracks to the walls of their properties and I am unconvinced that a basic repair would do anything to mitigate it.
The branch will keep the pressure on and advise
Do you have any issues in your part of Charville ward that you would like UKIP Hillingdon to look in to? Please feel free to contact me via email – email@example.com
Working together as a community, we can get things done – 22/1/2016
During the many leafleting sessions that UKIP Hillingdon carry out, our ward reps are encouraged to keep their eyes open for issues in their area including damaged roads, flytipping and overgrown and dangerous undergrowth.
Back in late summer, I was out leafleting in Charville ward and noticed the terrible condition of the road surfaces in Langdale Drive. Some of the cracks and emerging potholes were deep enough to almost swallow a credit card (Pictured) and with Winter on the horizon and a recent history of flooding it was a concern that water would get in, freeze and break the whole surface open.
I contacted the local Council maintenance team, who advised me that they would look in to the issue and then came back to say that the road had subsequently been put on the list for resurfacing. To advise the residents that this would be sorted out, the branch put out a leaflet in the area with the reference number for the job – The result was a number of phone calls thanking us but also asking if we would help to sort out a speeding problem on the road that had resulted in a number of damaged parked cars and near misses involving children travelling to the nearby School.
We arranged a petition which we went door to door with and rapidly got 46 signatures from just under 100 homes, showing the depth of concern. This was submitted within a few days of completion.
To the credit of the Council Officers, they arranged a meeting with Cabinet member for transport Cllr Keith Burrows last Wednesday (20th January) where myself and some local residents were asked to discuss the problem and give feedback. The upshot is that a traffic survey will now be carried out, with electronic boxes to be installed at 4 strategic points to measure volume and speed of traffic – Cllr Burrows will then advise residents of recommendations and ask for their view on the proposal.
Also present at the meeting was ward councillor Neil Fyfe (Con) who put forward his view – Cllr’s East and Oswell (Lab) sent apologies for not attending but stated by email that they were in support of the petition. (Councillors are advised by Democratic Services of petitions in their ward and given the opportunity to attend hearings)
Working together as a community, we can get things done. UKIP ward reps in your area want to hear your concerns and will work with the local council officers and the current councillors to improve the area we live in – it is about making Hillingdon a better place, irrespective of political allegiance.
If you have a pressing local problem where you live, let us know and we will be happy to help where possible. Working with you, we can get things done – imagine how much more we could achieve if, come the next local elections, you vote to put UKIP Councillors in to the Civic Centre?
Severe road damage report – 1/9/2015
Following complaints from residents and an inspection by myself on Sunday, I forwarded the following complaint to the repairs team at Hillingdon Council today –
Residents turn out in force to protect the Green Belt (2015)
As previously reported on this site, the Green Belt at Hayes Park (Home Farm) has been put up for sale on the Rightmove website, with such phrases as ‘Prime development land’ being used in the advertisement.
After an initial public meeting organised by John McDonnell MP that was very well attended and interest from the local Gazette newspaper, residents organised a photo shoot with the newspaper where all were urged to attend and show the strength of feeling against the move.
A number of public spirited locals have distributed window signs and spread the word about the event across the Charville ward and the result was seen this afternoon where a large crowd attended and were backed up by riders from the local stables who use the area to exercise their horses.
Local residents form up just before the Gazette photoshoot
One of the home made banners that was on display
A view across the park
One of the banners made by the children
The crowd starts to disperse after pictures were taken
Any attempts to build on the site will be met with strong protest, as today has shown.
The area surrounding already suffers from flooding during wet spells, which will get worse should the fields be concreted over. Added to the loss of wildlife, increased traffic and degradation of air quality that losing our ‘green lung’ would bring, there are far better places for developers in the area to be looking at in Hayes which has a number of brown field sites available.
If you would like to get involved in the fight to save our Green Belt, regular updates are posted on a local residents Facebook site http://www.facebook.com/friendsofhayesend
A committee is also being formed to organise resistance, if you would like to be involved then you can contact the office of the Hayes MP via email mcdonnellj@
Four years ago, working together as a community, we managed to stop a proposed development on the site. Working together , we can stop it again
Save Hayes Park Demonstration –
Tomorrow (Saturday 22nd August) sees the first of the protests against the sell off of the Green belt at Hayes Park.
The meeting point is at Mead House Lane (Off of Hayes End Road) at 1.30pm, with The Gazette in attendance.
Banners and posters will be provided as the local community unites to send out a message that we want to keep our open spaces in Hayes.
Road Damage at Langdale Drive
Posted on 29th July by Cliff Dixon
The state of the road on Langdale Drive seems to have deteriorated, no doubt not helped by the Winter flooding in 2014.
I have been keeping an eye on this for some time and it has now got to the stage where it needs to be reported as a hazard
Deep cracks by the side of the kerb (Above)
An indication of how deep they go (Below)
This morning, I have emailed Hillingdon Council’s maintenance team to take an urgent look at this and effect repairs with the three ward councillors copied in.
Cracks extend all the way across the road in places (Above)
Langdale Drive is a fairly busy route and is often used as a cut through from Charville Lane to Lansbury Drive. The team will keep you updated on developments.
Update – 30th July – This has been logged and an inspection will be carried out shortly under reference – Service Request: 4537220
Further update – Langdale Drive has been put on the list of roads to be resurfaced
Rubbish build up on Coldharbour Lane – 8th June 2015
We have had reports of overflowing bins to the rear of some of the shops in Coldharbour Lane. These are attracting rodents and the smell is quite horrendous.
UKIP representatives have reported this to the Street Champions scheme, with Townfield councillors copied in. Cllr Curling has responded to say that he is looking in to this and we will keep you updated.
UPDATE – The bins have been cleared up and the shop owners responsible advised
West Drayton update
Demonstration against Powerday 30th Dec 2015
During a Council Planning Meeting on 17th December, Powerday once again submitted an application to develop the site of the Old Coal Yard on Tavistock Road in to a waste recycling centre despite it being close to a major area of housing.
A demonstration was arranged earlier today (30th December) by West Drayton ward councillor Jan Sweeting (Lab) where all members of the local community were asked to attend and show our opposition to the scheme. UKIP Hillingdon agree with this stance and were happy to turn up and lend our support to the protest
If the application is successful, we will see Powerday lorries bringing 450,000 tonnes of industrial waste per year in to the heart of our community and further congestion on both Yiewsley and West Drayton High Streets as well as Swan Road.
The deadline for comments to the Council on the application is 27th January – You can make your voice heard by going to the following link on the Council website http://w10.hillingdon.gov.uk/OcellaWeb/planningDetails?reference=18736/APP/2015/4457&from=planningSearch
Alternatively, there are a number of petition forms in local shops on West Drayton High Street.
Powerday have been turned down before when they proposed their development of this site – Working together as a community we can make sure they are turned down again
West Drayton update
The Spectre of Powerday Looms again
Cliff Dixon – 7th September 2015
The following was distributed this morning by The Garden City Resident’s Association. With thanks to Cllr Jan Sweeting
In my last newsletter, I mentioned that Powerday had appealed against the Enforcement Notice issued to the company by Hillingdon Council.This Enforcement Action was required as Powerday was using the Coal Yard site Yiewsley/West Drayton for 24/7 working. This meant that residents living close to this site were continuously being disturbed by noise, pollution and by movements of heavy lorries. Indeed, it is likely that many of you have noticed laden skips and large double trailers going in to the site at all hours of the day and night. It was in order to stop these activities happening at night that Hillingdon Council issued the Enforcement Notice.
The Powerday appeal means the issue will now be considered by the Government Inspector, who will look at all of the evidence provided from both sides. This will include evidence local people can provide who have been affected by noise, out of hours working and pollution. Unfortunately the timescale for any evidence being submitted is very short. The evidence must be presented to the inspector by 17th September 2015 at the latest.
This information can be presented in the following ways :
1. By using the planning portal at www.planningportal.gov.uk/planninginspectorate
2. By emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
3. By sending 3 copies by mail to Opirim Agala, The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/23, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN
All representations must quote the Appeal reference which is APP/RS510/C/15/3129089
Please try to include within your evidence information on any occasions where noise has disrupted your sleep, or has disrupted your normal living conditions within your home, your garden, or in your neighbourhood. We need to ensure that information provided to the Government Inspector is as accurate and informative as possible. That information can include the many instances where Powerday Lorries, skips and trailers have trundled through the streets of Yiewsley and West Drayton contributing heavily to noise, pollution and traffic gridlock.
Those people living closest to the Coal Yard site in both Yiewsley and West Drayton may have the most evidence to support the Council’s case. However, I believe we can all call upon instances where we have been concerned at the bulk and high volumes of heavy lorries from this company travelling to and from this site at all times of the day and night. As much of this information as possible needs to be submitted to the Government Inspector.
Please note that if the Inspector finds against the Council it will of course leave the door wide open for Powerday to continue its 24/7 operation and we will all feel the effects of this.
The inquiry will be held in public at The Civic Centre in Uxbridge.I will inform you when we have information on the date and time.
Please be aware that without evidence from all of you, the case which the Council will make will be much weakened. So I must emphasise the importance of any information you are able to provide. That will, indeed, make a vast difference to whether this appeal is overturned, enabling the Council to put in place legal restrictions on Powerday’s working hours.
Chair, Garden City Estate Resident’ Association
If you are affected by the Powerday lorries, please make sure you take part in the survey.
Labour – Putting party politics ahead of local people
In a recent post, I highlighted issues in the Charville ward in Hayes that had been brought to my attention by local residents. These had been relayed to the local councillors to look in to, which elicited the following response from Labour’s John Oswell
Update – 28th July – The Council maintenance team have logged the report and have advised that they will be taking action.
Reference for Meadow View Road is S/R 4531347, for Blacklands Drive S/R 4531337.
No need for thanks, Cllr Oswell.
Hillingdon Council and Charville ward – A Repairs update
Posted 26th July 2015 by Cliff Dixon
Yesterday, I returned to the Charville Lane estate to follow up on some issues I had reported to the council last month.
I am glad to report that the overgrown skip on Romney Road that I reported that was concerning a pensioner has been removed and that the housing repairs that were requested for a young lady on Hoppner Road have been scheduled – Well done to the Council team for that.
However, the petition that was submitted to clear up the rubbish and flytipping in the alleys and garage spaces around Hoppner Road, Romney Road and Raeburn Road does not appear to have been acted on and I have not had a further reply after the initial acknowledgement letter of receipt from the Democratic Services team.
Local residents who signed the petition were concerned that their children could be harmed by some of the items left there and as a result are not allowing them outside to play in what they consider a dangerous environment.
Images of the build up have now been emailed to the council and the three ward councillors with a follow up letter from myself requesting further information – Images below
Evidence of drug taking in the alleyways – An empty ‘hippy crack’ canister
I have also received further reports of poor street maintenance in the area, as evidenced when out leafleting in Blacklands Drive and Meadow View Road.
As can be seen in the photo above, nothing has been done to keep weed growth in check and it is now coming through and damaging the paving slabs. Treating the weed growth is relatively inexpensive but by allowing it to run wild like this the damage created to the pathways will require expensive repair unless something is done fairly quickly. It also makes the area look unsightly and run down which is not good for residents morale and makes people less likely to try and keep our streets tidy.
I have submitted the images and location to the maintenance team by email with the three ward councillors copied in. (Attempts to report via the on line system on the Council website were once again met with an error message – It would appear Council leader Ray Puddifoot has done nothing about this since I brought it to his attention over a month ago)
I had a number of pleasant conversations on my way around the ward but am increasingly concerned that local residents are not seeing much of their elected councillors. Some did not know who they were, but I was also advised by those that did that the only information they receive on a regular basis apart from the Hillingdon People magazine (Which they were not impressed by) is from UKIP and that I am the only regular face who turns up to discuss their issues. You have to ask – What are they doing for their £10.5k allowances each year?
Something to ponder on the next time you go to the ballot box to elect your local representative
Are you concerned about maintenance of your roads and footpaths? If so. please contact me via the website and we will bring this to the attention of our local Council.
UKIP Hillingdon members stood alongside Hayes MP John McDonnell and local councillors from both Labour and the Conservatives to oppose construction on the land in 2011 and the plan was dropped.
It would appear that there is the possibility of this coming back on to the agenda in light of the listing – We would urge all concerned residents to attend a meeting convened by John McDonnell on Tuesday night (28th July) starting at 7pm, venue is Charville Community Centre, Bury Avenue, Hayes, UB4 8LF.
This land is part of our ‘Green lung’ and we cannot afford to lose it. Together we can defeat this threat again.
CLIFF DIXON – CHARVILLE WARD REPRESENTATIVE
Hillingdon Council – Ignoring the basics?
With my batteries recharged after a busy and exhausting election campaign, I have spent the last week back on familiar territory on the streets of Charville ward in Hayes.
A number of issues had been brought to my attention by residents during the campaign, so I resolved to make sure that these were highlighted to ensure that the council are aware of them and that they are being resolved.
First up is the state of the grass in public places. You can see from the photo above that large areas are now overgrown and have not been touched at all since the onset of Spring. This is at the junction of Hoppner Road and Gainsborough Road, with the greens on the surrounding roads (Romney Rd and Raeburn Rd) only having been cut in the last week or so for the first time this year – The cut grass is just lying there after being scythed down and has not been cleared up, which many locals contrast with services from ten years ago where the grass was cleared up behind and weeded areas on the pathways treated. It is pertinent to note that such operations used to be carried out by Council employees, where such work is now in many cases farmed out to private contractors.
This is not just happening in Charville – Local residents in West Drayton advised me that Swan Road had only seen it’s first cut in the last fortnight, whilst overgrown verges were also in evidence during my visit to Sipson, Harmondsworth and Cranford yesterday.
Local government guidelines recommend grass cutting fortnightly between April and October, yet it would appear that these are being ignored by Hillingdon Council – What happened to Council leader Ray Puddifoot’s pledge that there would be ‘no front line cuts to services’ during last year’s local elections?
A number of residents had complained to me about flytipping in the alleyways connecting Hoppner Road, Romney Road and Raeburn Road (Coded H2 and H3). These have garages out the back and as you can see the flytippers have taken no time in dumping their rubbish unmolested. I have reported this to the Charville Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) via email, but once again Hillingdon Council’s website comes up with an ‘error’ message when you go to report it for clean up. In six months of using the Council website, I have yet to be able to successfully report issues with attached photographs and there is no alternative dedicated email address to send it to – Only one for ‘anti-social behaviour’.
A petition has now been organised and has the required number of signatures from local residents to be sent in by post, which I will be presenting shortly.
Still much in evidence after the Winter are several potholes (The image left is at the top of Raeburn Road where it meets Charville Lane). Whilst not looking that bad, when caught on the turn in by the tyre on my Vauxhall Corsa it pushed me 6 inches to the right – Enough to cause a small collision if there was a vehicle coming the other way at the same time.
Such potholes are also a hazard to pedestrians crossing the road.
I recently got involved with local residents in West Drayton also highlighting this issue, most notably on Swan Road – There are also large potholes by Cherry Lane Cemetery on a major road that a reader of the UKIP Hillingdon website has brought to our attention. The most recent list of roads published by Hillingdon Council for repair shows a disproportionate amount of work being carried out in the North of the borough compared to the South – Whilst both areas are important and road repairs need to be carried out across Hillingdon wherever needed, it would appear that they are once again neglecting Hayes, West Drayton and Heathrow Villages. Indeed, only one road in West Drayton is currently listed for work despite the increase in traffic caused by the large number of new developments springing up and the presence of numerous HGV’s on the road from Powerday.
Council officials have communicated to residents that they can only afford to do a certain amount at any one time and they have to prioritize, yet the Council continues to spend over £100k per year on self-promotion. It is estimated that all the potholes in London could be repaired for just under £1 billion, yet our government insist on spending more than fifty times that to construct the HS2 rail line.
The rundown of our area
In the greater scheme of things, some may argue that problems such as overgrown grass, potholes and rubbish dumping are minor issues. However, as an area runs down it erodes community spirit and the determination of residents to keep their local environment tidy and attractive. Some of the people I spoke with whilst collecting signatures for the petition bemoaned the fact that they could no longer let their children play on the grass at the back of their houses due to broken glass and general rubbish – In doing so, there is no longer the interaction that I remember as a child growing up in Uxbridge and it discourages interaction between neighbours.
It is sometimes the little things that bring communities together and build friendships and a pleasant area to live in – With the neglect of our streets by the Council, we are all the poorer for it.
I will be emailing this article to local councillors in Charville ward, as well as the Council leader and also the heritage and environment champion (Cllr Michael Markham). If we can’t get this through on the Council website, then UKIP Hillingdon will make sure that your concerns are raised with the relevant people and we will hold them to account for any inaction.
West Drayton update
Cliff Dixon – 18th May 2015
The latest round of road repairs was advertised in The Gazette last week. Only one road in West Drayton is scheduled for work, which has prompted the following to be sent tonight for their letters page
Introducing your Parliamentary candidate for the 2015 General election
Cliff is a lifelong resident of the borough, born in Hillingdon, and has lived in both Hayes and Uxbridge.
Now in his mid-forties and married with two adult stepchildren, he joined the branch in 2011, being elected chairman the following year.
A communications professional with over 20 years experience, he is a familiar site in Hayes after stints running The Phone Shop in Hayes End Drive and Starline on the Uxbridge Road, as well as occasionally propping up the bar at The Wishing Well in Hayes End and indulging in some ear-splitting karaoke!
Cliff says, ” I got involved in politics after seeing the way my family and friends have been treated over housing in the borough, and how my stepchildren struggled through an overburdened and increasingly tick box education system, leaving them with uncertain futures.
UKIP understand the problems because we are a party made up of normal people from all backgrounds who have, or have had, jobs in the real world – There is little to choose between the front benches of the other parties now in both the backgrounds of their candidates and their policies. I have lived here all my life, worked in the world outside of the Westminster bubble and have not been parachuted in by either a central party machine or on a trade union ticket.
On stage in Harlington chairing a meeting on Heathrow expansion
Our current MP has been in place since 1997 and means well – However, if you look at Hayes now and back then, the difference is stark and not for the better. For 13 years of that tenure, we had a Labour government in charge so claims that the gradual decay of parts of the constituency are entirely down to the Conservatives don’t hold up under scrutiny.
In the words of our newly elected UKIP MP, Douglas Carswell, it is time for change – A change that we won’t see from the old establishment parties. If you believe that Hayes and our country have a future that can be brighter than it’s past, please consider voting for UKIP in 2015 and becoming a part of the revolution in British politics”
Out with the team in Heathrow Villages
Cliff’s priorities for Hayes & Harlington
1 – We need an overhaul of social housing allocation and encouragement of development on brownfield, not green belt, sites
2 – Oppose a 3rd runway at Heathrow – No closure, no expansion – Preserve both jobs and the environment. Scrap HS2, removing the threat of a ‘Heathrow spur’ and freeing up money for improved commuter transport, both road and rail
3 – Fight for the establishment of a points based immigration system similar to the Australian model – All should be treated fairly and equally, whilst quality and quantity can be controlled. This ends the discrimination against skilled workers from the Commonwealth in favour of EU nationals and levels the playing field.
Working alongside the current MP and local councillors to oppose green belt destruction
4 – Keeping the NHS free at the point of need for UK residents, no charging for GP’s. Ensure that all immigrants have private health care insurance until they have paid in to the pot for 5 years, freeing up additional cash for front line services.No more costly PFI schemes
5 – Re-establishing grammar schools, giving opportunity to local children on ability and not the ability to pay. Remove tuition fees for students in key subjects and introduce apprenticeship qualifications for those will skills in practical rather than academic areas
6 – Honouring the military covenant and giving returning servicemen priority in social housing and health care
7 – Promote a unifying British culture which is open and inclusive to all who wish to identify with our values, regardless of their ethnic or religious background – We are one community, not many. The law of the land to apply to all equally, irrespective of ethnicity, gender or religion
8 – Push for additional funding for the Police and remove the UK from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.
…….Plus, of course, getting us out of The European Union! …….
Party conference in 2013 in London with Hillingdon Branch members
For the full UKIP manifesto, please refer to the section ‘Our policies’ on the home page
Green and Pleasant Land – In The North Only (2014)
The following letter was published in this week’s Gazette from our Townfield UKIP ward spokesman, Bernard Fagan. It is worth contrasting the reality faced by a local resident such as ‘Barney’ with the gushing praise for our ‘vibrant’ area on the website of the Aylesbury councillor and Milton Keynes resident who the Conservatives are parachuting in to the seat for next year’s General Election
I was intrigued in your lead article by Zoe Drewett by the comments therein attributed to Councillor Bianco (Top of tree for many of our green spaces, Gazette, September 17)
My fascination with this article stems from the very obvious unequal distribution of the award winning sites throughout the borough.
If my calculations have not failed me, the north of the borough collected seven awards whereas the south of the borough collected just two.
I feel that it is no coincidence that the vast majority of the present Hillingdon Council Cabinet represent wards in these aesthetically pleasing sites within their region, whereas in the south of the borough in areas such as Hayes we have streets and open spaces littered with spit and garbage.
This is a situation that the present council cabinet seem to support, even encourage, having seized a huge chunk of Lake Farm by the most dubious of means to build a school that will hold offspring of those who are the main offenders, thus ensuring that this negative cycle continues
Hillingdon Council should be there to serve all parts of our borough, but there seems to be a ‘North-South divide’ that is encouraged as pointed out by Barney’s letter.
Hayes deserves better treatment than it is currently receiving – Remember that when voting in the General Election next year and put your cross against the UKIP candidate
From our Townfield ward rep, Barney Fagan……
Barney’s letter to the Gazette, Published 30/7/14
I write in support of ‘Street Champion’s ‘ comments (Hayes more likely to attract vermin, Letters, July 16)
I have been a resident of Townfield ward for more than 20 years. When I moved here, Hayes was a clean and pleasant place, where anyone would be proud to say they resided.
However, over the past 10 years or so this situation has changed drastically.
There is now scarcely one road junction or vacant piece of land that is free of the scourge of fly-tipping.
The council street cleaners do their best to keep on top of the problem but they are few in number and ill-equipped to deal with the large volume of often bulky household waste such as furniture, domestic appliances, televisions, etc.
I have no idea how an area such as Hayes could decline so much in such a relatively short time, but I do know if the situation continues unabated our town will slide steadily downwards until it gains the status of ‘slum’, which is what some of its residents seem determined to achieve
Botwell Ward update
Lake Farm – The fight goes on (Nov 2013)
Regular visitors to the site will be aware that the branch has been helping with the campaign to save green belt land at Lake Farm in Hayes.
Hillingdon council have steamrollered through development of a new primary school on the site in spite of numerous brown field sites being available.
Yesterday, a march was organised by local MP John McDonnell from the town centre to Lake Farm to highlight this issue once again with UKIP Hillingdon members meeting other protesters by the band stand at 12pm (Above)
There was a slight delay as members of the Heathrow Transition Group made their way by bike to join everyone else before departure – They brought some colourful banners with them as can be seen in the pictures below with local Labour group leader Peter Curling.
A number of local councillors were in evidence, including Lynne Allen, Janet Gardiner, Phoday Jarjussey and June Nelson.
John McDonnell then led us off, with the three banners at the head of the parade – The smaller ‘We love Hayes’ one up front, with myself and Bryan Tomlinson carrying the third banner proclaiming ‘parks not profit’ .
This banner is a reference to the fact that the Council are selling off the land where the old swimming pool used to be to developers to build a Lidl supermarket – Interestingly enough, this land was ruled out at the council meeting back in the Spring as a site for the school as it is ‘contaminated’, a claim disputed by a former maintenance contractor at the pool. Surely nothing to do with the council being able to sell brown field but not green field sites for development?
With the MP leading the calls to ‘Save our park’ and ‘save Lake Farm’ via his megaphone, the march made it’s way towards the country park – It wasn’t long before myself and Bryan got our banner caught in an overhead obstruction, leading to a call of ‘save our trees’ from Mr McDonnell and a fair amount of laughter from the following procession!
Further mishaps avoided, we took up position on the green at the front of the fences erected by the building contractors and we were given an update as to the current position with regards to saving the land. (Above Left)
Construction work has already started, with fences erected around the perimeter of the works as part of the land is cleared.
The familiar Skylark statue now peeks above the fences and looks rather sad at the impending fate of the park. (below)
It was pointed out that a legal challenge to the work is still ongoing, but that the council have ignored it and pushed ahead with construction – The position re this is laid out below as explained on the day and also on the Save Lake Farm website
Campaigners and the Friends of Lake Farm are challenging the Council’s decision to build on Lake Farm Country Park because the council has failed to follow the proper procedures laid down in legislation when considering the impact of building on the country park.
The council is required in law to undertake a full impact assessment including an equalities impact assessment. The Council has breached this procedure by failing to undertake this assessment. Local labour councillors and the Friends of Lake Farm took legal advice from Irwin Mitchell solicitors and consider that they have the grounds to challenge the council in the courts. Irwin Mitchell Solicitors have been successful in the past in challenging Hillingdon Council for its failure to abide by procedure.
It was also brought up that the Council are now consulting about additional secondary school places to cope with demand – One of the fears that had been voiced at the meetings about Lake Farm is that if they are putting 650 children here in a Primary school, then what happens when they get to secondary school age? It is not a great leap of imagination to think that the council will come back and take more of the park to build on for this too, despite the brown field sites available.
Indeed, John McDonnell advised us that he had spoken to the developers on the EMI site in Hayes the previous week and they had been amenable to a school going in to their development. It begs the question as to why the Council didn’t think to put that in the planning requirement rather than go after the green belt?
With Nestles scheduled to close their plant in the near future with the Birmingham relocation, maybe the planning department should be looking to put the secondary school in the requirements for redevelopment of that site?
When the speeches finished, some of the protestors decided to remove the metal fencing surrounding the wooden fences that had been erected on the edge of the park.
A security guard peered over the top of the fences and shouted that he had called the Police because they were committing ‘criminal damage’ – I commented to Helen, John McDonnell’s assistant, that the real criminal damage was being committed behind the fences.
At this point, a young lady with a high vis bib with ‘legal observer’ on the back started handing out cards with details of what to do if arrested.
Within 5 minutes, a Police van turned up followed soon after by a squad car.
Three security guards then approached the officers, and one of them came over to talk to the group.
Hilariously, the Police had been told by the security team that the protesters had chainsaws with them!
This prompted some laughter, and John McDonnell quipped to Helen that she should pass the item to the officers!
With our point made, the banners were folded up and the crowd dispersed leaving the security guards to ponder how to put the metal fences back up again.
Lake Farm – You can get involved
If you feel strongly about preserving our local green spaces, please visit the following sites which give details of upcoming events surrounding the campaign