Burst Water Main

High Road Eastcote is currently closed due to a burst water main.

We have been advised that the earliest this will re-open is Sunday.

Diversions are in place but allow extra time for your journey.

HS2 Power Supply Leaflet

HS2 and UKPN have recently signed a contract for UKPN to provide the power supply, which is necessary to run the equipment HS2 need to bore the tunnel from West Ruislip back to Old Oak Common. In order to supply this power for the Tunnel Boring Machines, UKPN will need to lay a power cable from their Sub-station in Rayners Lane to West Ruislip.

UKPN is in discussion with the relevant Local Authorities looking for a suitable route for this cable. It has been decided that the least disturbance will be caused if the route runs along the “quiet back streets” as opposed to the “main roads”. HS2 have committed to leaflet roads affected by the planned works.

ERA will be liaising with both HS2 and UKPN and will endeavour via the ERA website and weekly emails to keep you updated.

The leaflet also gives information about how to sign up to the Commonplace website on which HS2 have set up a page dedicated to this project as well as dates for HS2 Events, including regular local surgeries. These events will also appear on the Events Diary of the Eastcote Residents’ Association Website and, if you’ve signed up for it, in the weekly email.

HS2 Tunnel Boring Machine Power Supply Project Leaflet Here

HS2 Update

HS2 have now set up a page on their Commonplace website dedicated to the TBM Power supply:  click here – you can sign up to receve weekly updates at the bottom of that page.

HS2 Breakspear Road – UPDATED

Further to this post from last week, HS2 have now written to say that the closure of Breakspear Road South has been postponed to the summer holidays (July 19).

Many thanks to all who were involved in this campaign.

Please note that HS2 have stated that it may take several days to organise the removal of the road closure signs.

Regarding the closure of Breakspear Rd South, our MP has written to HS2 as follows (full letter is attached here):

Mr Allan Cook CBE DSC
High Speed Two (HS2) Limited,
21 May 2019

Dear Alan,
I am writing in response to your letter dated 17 April, following the decision taken by HS2 to fully close Breakspear Road South for four weeks from 31 May, to be followed by single lane closures.
Further to our meeting on 2 April, my letter dated 3 April, and your response, it is clear that any prospective closure of Breakspear Road South is a priority issue for my constituents. You advised in your letter to me that: “we recognize that the community is keen for us to move the planned closure back to the school holidays. We are currently investigating whether this is possible and will inform the community and your office about developments in the coming weeks.”
On behalf of my constituents, I repeat, as I did at our meeting, the request to defer the Breakspear Road South closure until the school holidays. This in itself is an undoubtedly reasonable and pragmatic request, which seeks to reduce the impact of the closure upon the community. In subsequent engagement between the community, my office, and the HS2 community engagement team, it has become clear that HS2 intend to go ahead with the road closure at the end of May.
My understanding is that HS2’s plan, as communicated to the community by the signage which has appeared in the constituency, and through contact with HS2’s engagement teams, has triggered deep frustration amongst residents. I fear that the announcement has reinforced the perception that HS2 are not interested in engaging with the community in seeking to mitigate disruption in a constructive way.
It is my understanding that the closure has been scheduled to commence on 31 May, rather than at the outset of the school holidays, due to the prospective impact of utility outages. I have been advised that the provision of utilities, in addition to business considerations, has impacted the decision to schedule the closure of Breakspear Road South.
My view is that the reasoning provided to the community to-date is too vague, and lacking in sufficient detail. My constituents require a clearer explanation as to why HS2 are continuing with this course of action, in the face of community opposition.
I would be grateful if you could provide me with a detailed explanation of why HS2 are continuing with this course of action. I am mindful of the ongoing risk of community disengagement, and I would encourage HS2 to give the local community every possible chance of understanding the rationale for HS2’s decision, insofar as possible.
I would be grateful if you could provide me with a response to this letter by the end of the week, so that I may circulate HS2’s position in response to the residents’ concerns, ahead of the commencement of the road closures next week.
Please do let me know if you require any further information.
Best regards,

The Rt. Hon. Nick Hurd MP

HS2 Engagement with our local community

Eastcote Residents have worked with other local groups to engage with HS2.  We have just sent the following (attached here in full)

To:       Mark Thurston – Chief Executive, HS2
Julie King – Community Engagement Director, HS2
24 May 2019

Ref: Complete loss of confidence in HS2 Community Engagement in Hillingdon

As representatives of eight different community organisations in the London Borough of Hillingdon, we have been stakeholders in the HS2 project for many years, even before the Parliamentary Select Committee petitioning. Whilst we object to the whole HS2 project in principle, we recognise that HS2 is an act of Parliament, and has the right to proceed.

We have engaged in every consultation, community forum and parliamentary process. In recent years we have been liaising with the HS2Ltd Community Engagement Team (CET) and various contractors. We have done so with the understanding that there is a joint commitment to mitigate the present, continuing and future impact of the project and the damage and disruption inflicted on our communities and the lives of individual people and their families.

We have committed many, many hours of hard work to this with a great deal of effort but feel our endeavours, and the concerns of the communities we represent, are being ignored. We have how completely lost confidence in the Community Engagement process in Hillingdon

In addition, we completely support the concerns recently raised by The London Borough of Hillingdon in relation to the closure of Breakspear Road South. And, in the light of the continued damage to our local environment, we also support their request that a new business case should be produced before December. HS2Ltd’s contractors have openly admitted that any main works they wish to continue with before then will simply be relabelled as enabling works. We do not believe there is justification for any of this work to continue without the notice to proceed.

In recent months it has become more apparent that the community engagement process is fundamentally flawed. We have long since come to the conclusion that it is purely a “tick box” exercise that enables HS2Ltd to produce convenient reports to say they have ‘engaged’ and that community engagement is going well. The reality is very different.

There are a myriad of areas where we feel the process has failed, they are not limited to but include these most recent examples:

    • The proposed 8 week closure of Breakspear Road South – one of our busiest major commuter arteries. Closing this road during school term time and key exam period will have such a wide impact on local residents and their children.
    • Local schools have not been directly consulted with despite HS2Ltd’s claims. We could not have stressed any more to the CET that this would be the most disruptive time they could possibly implement this closure, but they have chosen this period to go ahead anyway without any reasonable explanation.
    • The continued failure of HS2Ltd to communicate properly with eligible residents whose properties have been sub surface safeguarded, on the pressing issue of Settlement Deeds has become wholly unacceptable, causing hardship and anguish to those affected.
    • The failure of the Help Desk and email complaints system has been a never ending issue with numerous unfulfilled promises for change. The Help Desk system has not improved; staff are still uninformed, unhelpful and unable to answer queries in a timely manner. Complaints go un-answered or inadequately dealt with. It is quite clearly still not fit for purpose and therefore local people do not wish to waste time using it, which surely skews the amount of queries and complaints being recorded.
    • The rerouting of the electricity supply required for tunnel boring machines will have a huge impact on Hillingdon residents who have previously believed they were unaffected by HS2, given their distance from the route.Again we have given vast amounts of input to help find solutions to help mitigate an unnecessary problem, caused by an HS2Ltd error.Again we have been ignored.

All these failings and more have led us collectively to seriously question the validity of our involvement with the CET, and our future participation in meetings.

Decisions being made by HS2Ltd about works within Hillingdon are completely overriding any concerns we have raised, and indeed some of the assurances we were given in Parliament.

We have patiently explored every avenue open to us to try and improve relations and the success of community engagement with HS2Ltd. We have sought help from the Director of Community Engagement, The Construction Commissioner, The Residents’ Commissioner and our local MPs.
None of these have provided a satisfactory solution and we are no longer prepared to be fobbed off with meaningless platitudes.

We do not wish to disengage from the CE meetings as we feel we have much to contribute and there are too many local concerns that need to be represented, but we feel that the process needs to change considerably in order for it to be a two way communication and for our concerns to be taken seriously.
It is a process that clearly needs more scrutiny at a higher level.

We do not feel the CET has the resources, authority, commitment or even intention to be able to engage with us in a constructive way.
We now believe there needs to be a serious review of the Community Engagement process and would like this to be raised at the highest level as a matter of urgency.

Yours sincerely

Hillingdon HS2 Residents Support Group
Ruislip Residents Association
Harefield Tenants and Residents Association
Ickenham Residents Association
Eastcote Residents Association
South Ruislip Residents Association
Ruislip Chamber of Commerce
North Uxbridge Residents Association

A reply has now been received from HS2 – you can read it here (click)

Heathrow Proposal – Deadline 4th March

AS A RESIDENT YOU HAVE A SAY: Use it by 4th March 2019 11.55pm

Have you checked to see if you will be affected by the proposed changes to the Airspace around Heathrow? Check here

The Department for Transport is redesigning the airspace over the South East of the UK, incorporating improved aircraft and navigation technology to modernise the UK’s airspace and this modernisation will take place regardless of whether or not there is a third runway at Heathrow.

It is proposed that the two current runways make use of an Independent Parallel Approaches system (IPA), which could increase the number of flights per hour, approaching over different and/or new neighbourhoods.

Heathrow’s aim of their current consultation is not to ask if people want to be overflown but to ask what people’s preferences are, where there is a choices to be made, for example, the pattern and duration of respite periods.

As an illustrative example only – over parts of Ruislip, flights per hour and noise levels

Runway Operating Height 6-7am 60dB+ after 7am 65dB+
IPA A1 North Westerly 4000-5000 0-25 0-25 0-6 0
IPA A2 South Westerly 6000-7000 0-25 0 0-6 0
IPA A3 South Easterly 7000+ 0-25 0 0-6 0

60dB is a conversation 1m away (we guess that depends on how loud they are talking!)
70dB is a vacuum cleaner 1m away.

The only way to see how you maybe affected is to key in your postcode. Then, if you want to comment, answer the online questions about how you would like to see these changes implemented. If you don’t want to answer a question you can always use the comments boxes, or just email your concerns directly to Heathrow Ltd. Please copy in your MP so that they can understand your concerns and represent your views.

No or few responses can be interpreted by Heathrow Ltd that you are happy with the proposed changes.

Airports must take into account your views, so give your constructive and considered opinion. If you don’t voice your opinion Heathrow can propose what they wish.

Contact emails:-
Boris Johnson – Uxbridge & South Ruislip – boris.johnson.mp@parliament.uk
Nick Hurd – Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner – nick.hurd.mp@parliament.uk

Heathrow Consultation On-line

If you found the online Heathrow Consultation document difficult to complete then you can email your response by the 4th March Deadline 11.55pm.

The Chairman of the Eastcote Conservation Panel has been contacted by Boris Johnson’s office. They agree that the on line consultation form is not fit for purpose. Boris Johnson will take this matter further.

If you have found the process difficult then please email your objections to the consultation to feedback@heathrowconsultation.com and copy to Boris Johnson – Uxbridge & South Ruislip – boris.johnson.mp@parliament.uk When writing to Boris Johnson please include your address and put Heathrow Expansion Consultation in the subject box. You may of course also wish to copy in our MP Nick Hurd – Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner nick.hurd.mp@parliament.uk

Boris Johnson would also like to receive people’s views on the proposals and the Independent Parallel Approach.[IPA]. For diagrams of the flight paths using IPA please see this link.
Again you may of course also wish to copy in our MP Nick Hurd