What’s Climate Change got to do with Eastcote?

Hillingdon Council would like your ideas on climate change by 20 June 2021.

The whole idea of climate change can seem a little unreal, something that will happen in some remote future. Maybe that is why the problem is now so urgent. Even in quiet, suburban Eastcote, serious flooding is happening more often due to extreme weather events which are expected to become more frequent and more extreme.

Hillingdon Council has followed up its Climate Emergency Declaration from early last year by issuing a draft Strategic Climate Change Action Plan and offering it for consultation. The Plan itself, and instructions on how to respond to the consultation, can be found on the Council website at www.hillingdon.gov.uk/Climate-consultation .

There is an online survey divided into seven Themes: Community Leadership, The Council’s Own Operations, Building Better Places, Using Clean and Green Energy, Waste Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Carbon Offsetting. For each one, you are asked to respond yes or no to the questions: ‘Is our approach clear?’ and ‘Have we missed anything?’ There is then a suggestions/comments box for each Theme.

It becomes a bit difficult if you want to say something that doesn’t fit easily into one of those themes, so there is an option to compile your own response and email it in.

The Council are clear that the Plan is the first step in a process that will involve the whole community, and that the Council must take a leadership role. Here’s a brief quote from the Plan: “Responding to the climate emergency requires a collaborative effort from everyone. It is therefore important that there is full engagement. It is also important to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to present their ideas and their experiences to ensure that the Council is progressing in the right direction.”

However urgent you think the climate crisis is, it’s probably way more urgent than that. So please set aside a little time, read the plan, and respond to the consultation by 20 June, so that the Council has a strong mandate for real transformative action.

Please Report Surface Water Flooding

Thames Water do not think that there is a problem with drains in the area.  However, several instances of them being called to clear drains which were leading to localised flooding suggest otherwise.  It is therefore up to residents to report all localised flooding every time it happens.

The sewer flooding questionnaire from Thames Water should be filled in to record every event.

Please also see Flooding – Hillingdon Council.  This site has lots of links about responsibilities, what to do to prepare yourself and your property, as well as who to contact during a flood event.

River Pinn flood risk projects

updated River Pinn project information page can be found at the following link: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/hnl/the-river-pinn-project-information-page/

To ensure engagement activities continue throughout the pandemic, they will also be setting up an online engagement portal, EngagementHQ. The platform has been used by governments and public organisations around the world, from large public consultations to small community panels. Once up and running, this will be our main project hub, containing further detail about what’s happening in your local area and how to get involved. They plan to launch this in March and will keep you updated with progress.

If you have any questions about the project update or the engagement portal, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the project team using the other contact details below.

Kind regards,


Lucy Allard

On behalf of the River Pinn project teams

Environment Agency | Flood Risk Management | Hertfordshire and North London
Alchemy, Bessemer Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 1HE
External: 03708 506 506 | Incident Reporting Line: 0800 80 70 60

For up-to-date information about the River pinn projects please visit our project webpages :

Ian Edwards to be new leader of Hillingdon Council


Ian Edwards has been elected the new leader of Hillingdon Conservative Group of councillors.

The 43-strong group held an extraordinary meeting on Monday to elect a successor to Sir Ray Puddifoot, who announced last month he was standing down.

As Hillingdon is under Conservative administration, it means Cllr Edwards will become the new council leader at a meeting of the full council in January.

He said: “I am deeply honoured to be given this great opportunity to continue our policy of ‘putting residents first’, a message that resonates with so many across our borough. I will now begin to assemble a team that will continue delivering on resident priorities and all the services they value,  I would also like to place on record my thanks and appreciation to Sir Ray, who has done a brilliant job over the past 20 years in leading our group and Hillingdon Council.”

Ian Edwards has been a councillor in Hillingdon since 2014 and currently represents Eastcote and East Ruislip ward.

He has held a number of positions, including chairman of the Central & South Planning Committee and chairman of the Social Care, Housing & Public Health Policy Overview Committee.


Hillingdon Council’s Licensing Policy

Licensing Act 2003

The Council is required to review its Statement of Licensing Policy at regular intervals to ensure that it is carrying out licensing functions in accordance with current legislation.

During this review, consideration has been given to how changes might improve the way in which services are being delivered, to make them more efficient and customer friendly.

The Licensing Act 2003 controls sales of alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment. The Council is required by Section 5 of the Licensing Act 2003 to review the Statement of Licensing Policy every five years. Hillingdon’s current policy was adopted by Full Council in January 2016 and is therefore due for review.

The regular review and adoption of the Statement of Licensing Policy ensures that the  licensing framework are up to date and effective in ensuring a safe and regulated environment for users of licensed premises.

They are now seeking views on the draft proposed Statement of Licensing Policy 2021-2026.

The consultation period is between Monday 5th October and midnight on Sunday 22nd November 2020

Please find more information and how you can make comments by clicking on the following link:


Dr Deesha Chadha OBE

Eastcote Residents Association are delighted to announce that our committee member Dr. Deesha Chadha has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.

The OBE has been awarded for services to faith communities in recognition of Deesha’s contribution to interfaith dialogue and harmony, exhibited through her work with Faiths Forum for London, and the Hindu Forum of Britain

Deesha said, “It is an honour to receive this title. Unfortunately, the significance of my efforts to unite communities was once again highlighted with police forces recording nearly three times more hate crime offences between January and March during the COVID-19 crisis, than that of the previous two years.”

“Now more than ever, we must come together. Only through our joint efforts, as a single humanity of all faiths and none, can we overcome the challenges of this virus. I urge everyone to show compassion during this time and offer their support to friends, neighbours and strangers. I point to the local humanitarian work of places of worship in Harrow and across the nation as an example to us all. We must provide support to everyone in need – compassion has no room for prejudice.”