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ince the last edition of Hillingdon People, the Government has announced spending cuts for next year as part of its necessary efforts to reduce the national deficit. Despite the financial challenge this will place on councils, in Hillingdon at least we are well placed to deal with them. A combination of smart efficiencies, sound financial management and an ethos of always ‘putting residents first’ in everything we do means we can continue to buck the trend of service reductions in other councils and invest in areas you tell us are important to you. As you will see in this edition, we are improving our recycling services by increasing the frequency of garden waste collections to weekly and introducing a food waste collection service in the autumn. Once again, we have committed substantial extra money to road resurfacing and repairs and are just months away from completing the refurbishment or rebuild of every library in Hillingdon, the only project of its kind in the country. The formidable task of providing sufficient school places to meet rising demand is well underway with a total of 15 schools getting extra facilities and classrooms this year. Our groundbreaking investment of £150m will create around 5,500 additional primary school places across the borough in just three years between 2011 and 2014, and we are already formulating a plan to ensure this generation of children also has a secondary school place near where they live when they transfer. Residents have come together in huge numbers to oppose expansion of Heathrow airport. Over 81,000 of you took part in the referendum and an overwhelming majority voted against a third runway and extra flights. The response sends a very loud message to the Government that we expect them toEkeep their promise of no third runway at Heathrow. Finally, there are a whole host of events for residents of all ages to enjoy over the summer. Our ever popular family fishing fun days take place in July and August at Little Britain Lake and the medieval festival, MedFest, is another great example of where residents can get together to enjoy activities. FIESTA is also back for 2013 with a packed and diverse programme for young people over the summer holidays. I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable summer and hope you get an opportunity to enjoy the events taking place in the next few months and, weather permitting, spend time with family and friends in the many top quality parks and opens spaces we provide in the borough.

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Get growing for Hillingdon in Bloom 2013 – Plants and photos can win this summer

9 Older People’s Page

Minibus will help borough’s older residents get around

10 Extra recycling schemes launched

Find out what extra items can be added to your recycling bag

12 Improving your highways

Millions of pounds will be invested to improve the borough’s roads and pavements

13 Residents have their say on Heathrow expansion

Majority are against further expansion

16 Putting families first

The council’s ambitious school building programme is well underway

29 Saving for the future

How the council is saving now to be able to continue improving services in the future

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Family fishing fun days New vehicles doing the rounds

Hillingdon Council is upping its green credentials and financial efficiency with a brand new fleet of vehicles. The state-of-theart refuse, street cleansing and highways trucks will be kinder to the environment by increasing fuel efficiency by 25 per cent. This will also keep costs down, providing better value for money for the taxpayer. New technology means the vehicles are quieter than the council’s current fleet, helping to reduce noise pollution in the borough. Meanwhile, new features on the larger vehicles include cameras to help spot cyclists and pedestrians and rear steering to improve access on narrow roads. Rolling out the modern fleet of 39 new vehicles also saves money and makes services more efficient by reducing the amount of maintenance and repairs. Cllr Keith Burrows, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling, said: “The new vehicles are a vast improvement on the old ones and good financial management means we can continue investing, helping us offer better services and value for residents.”


Try your hand at fishing at the council’s popular family fishing fun days, back this summer at Little Britain Lake. The free days are happening on Sunday 28 July and 11 August from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Equipment and bait will be provided, along with rod exemption licences. There will be catch of the day prizes and other activities including bird box making, river dipping, bouncy castle, face painting and refreshments will available. There will also be the chance to meet top angling professional Keith Arthur, and speak to representatives from local angling clubs. For more information call Lyn Summers on 01895 556640 or email lsummers@

Hillingdon's young members collect cash for Great Ormond Street Hospital Younger members of Hillingdon’s Youth Council have kicked off a summer season of fun fundraising activities with a sponsored walk, which raised £500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital. The youngsters, aged 1114, crossed seven London

bridges from Westminster to Monument and collected cash for the children's hospital. Hillingdon Youth Council is a group that provides a voice for young people aged 11 to 19 who live, study

or work in Hillingdon. They meet each week to discuss issues and work on specific projects and the council can make a real difference to young people's lives. To find out more email csullivan2@ or visit

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Preserving our heritage inbrief

As part of the heritage workstream within the Hillingdon Improvement Programme, the council will be working with the Cranford Park Friends Group to develop a bid for Heritage Lottery Funding to help pay for renovation and restoration works at Cranford Park. The park is owned and managed by the council, and includes the vaulted

cellars of Cranford House (demolished in 1944), the mid-18th century stables building, complete with original loose boxes and stalls, and the remains of the extensive gardens. The site is unique in the borough in that it is contained within a public park. The buildings, walls and cellars are listed as are the Georgian bridge and nearby St Dunstans Church.

Get involved in your local NHS foundation trust

• Elect governors to feedback your views to the Trust • Stand in elections as governor in your constituency • Attend special members’ events • Receive a copy of our newsletter • Be invited to become actively involved in consultations and surveys • Influence future services by providing feedback on existing Trust services. You can be as involved as much or as little as you choose. Becoming a member is easy and free. You simply need to be over 16 years of age and live in one of our four constituencies – North West London; Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire; South of England and the rest of England and Wales. For more information contact Philippa Allibone on 020 7352 8121 ext 2811, send an email to or visit

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust is looking for new members. NHS Foundations Trusts (FTs) are not-forprofit, public benefit corporations which are directly accountable to their patients, staff and local community. They have a greater degree of independence than NHS Trusts and are not directed by government. FTs are able to decide their own strategy and forward plans with the help of their governors and members. By becoming a member of Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust you will be able to: hillingdon people magazine

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Remember your council tax

Donate your unwanted items

If you have just started paying council tax for the first time, remember there are lots of different ways you can make the payments. These are designed to make it as easy as possible for you to pay. If you are having difficulties making payment, please let us know; there might be ways we can help you. It is important to ensure you allow enough time for payment to reach us before the date in your instalment agreement. Non-payment of council tax may lead to court action being taken against defaulters. For more information on how you can pay visit www.

Do you have unwanted household items or furnishings? The council helps young people in care to make the transition into independent living and there are some who are at the first stage of setting up home and moving into their own flat on tight budgets. To help spread the cost of furnishing a flat from scratch, it would be helpful if residents could donate unwanted nearly new furniture and essential household items to charities such as the Trinity Homeless Project (www. where the young people can purchase what they need at bargain prices.

Fine for schooltime holiday A mother has been fined £715 for taking her daughter out of school during termtime for a family holiday without first gaining the permission of the school. The mother was not present at the verdict of her trial, the outcome of which the council hopes will go a long way to deterring parents from taking their children out of school in future.

Measles - are your children immunised? If your children have not been immunised against measles, the council’s Public Health team are advising parents to contact their GPs and have the vaccination. The number of children currently immunised against measles in Hillingdon is high at 89 per cent but experts say take-up should reach 95 per cent to ensure the community is protected.

Parking schemes go online As part of our work to offer you the best possible services, we are changing the way we manage parking management scheme consultations. This is to reduce the length of time the consultation takes from the average time of 60 days to 16 days, meaning new schemes are implemented quicker, and to make it more cost-efficient for us as a council. From August, the informal consultation part of the process will be going online. Rather than completing a paper survey, anyone who wants to have their say on a proposed scheme will need to visit the website or their local library to do this. More information on the changes and upcoming consultations will be in the September/October of Hillingdon People.


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Lose yourself in living history

Our much loved Medieval Festival returns to Manor Farm heritage site on 3 and 4 August (11am to 4pm) with a packed programme including horseback jousting, a hog roast, medieval dancing, displays of weapons and armoury, and hand-tohand medieval combat. The festival celebrates more than 1,000 years of history at the Manor Farm site. Medieval re-enactors Lion Rampant will be providing displays together with their sister group, War Horse, doing

the jousting. Other activities will include heritage arts and crafts activities, courtesy of Hillingdon’s Adult Education team in the Great Barn, plus food, a farmer’s market and artisan stalls provided by the Duck Pond Market. Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, said: “Manor Farm is a unique historic site that dates back to the 10th Century. Why not come along and enjoy some living history yourself ? There will be plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy.” For more information on the festival visit www.

Independents’ day success Independent traders in Northwood Hills showcased their goods and services with Independents’ Day, offering one day only discounts to shoppers in Joel Street. More than 20 traders took part, and businesses saw an increased number of visitors. Shoppers were escorted by Star Wars Storm Troopers, Captain Jack Sparrow, and entertained by magicians, face painters and local musicians. Feedback from shoppers was positive, with one resident saying, “This is the busiest I’ve seen Joel Street in over 30 years”, one resident of Northwood Hills for more than 50 years said, “We must have more days like this, it was like a carnival and everyone was so nice, this is just what Northwood Hills needs!” A new resident to the area was amazed at the variety of shops in Joel Street and confirmed that, “I’ll certainly shop here more often, the people are so friendly.” The day was part of the town centre regeneration programme being completed by the council, with the support of the Mayor of London’s

Regeneration Fund to totally transform the look and feel of Northwood Hills. Work will begin this month to replace the existing street lamps, create more parking, repave pathways and eventually make the high street more attractive and greener with more trees and pleasant seating.

Heritage Lottery Funding given to history project Northwood Community Art has been awarded £10,000 by Heritage Lottery Fund to research and tell the story of a military hospital during and after World War I. St John’s Church, in Hallowell Road, Northwood, was used as a Voluntary Aided Detached, Military Auxiliary Hospital, and the project will collate the story of the


hospital through photos, newspaper reports, first and second hand accounts, records of personal involvement and through key stories of the lives of those involved (including soldiers injured at the Battle of the Somme). Stories will be recorded, research will be interpreted and the material will be presented to the community

through a temporary exhibition (curated by local volunteers). Material will also be interpreted by participants to create visual artwork and dramatised scenes, role play and recital, for community celebration events to mark 100 years of the church building and 100 years since the start of World War 1. Volunteers are needed to help with the project,

and if you have any stories to share, please contact Joy Tracy, Northwood Community Arts Project Manager, on 01628 675800 or local call 08435 079473, email

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Changes to social housing inbrief

The way we allocate social housing is changing so that we can protect the vulnerable as a priority. In Hillingdon 12,000 people are currently on the housing waiting list but only 700 homes become available each year. It means the 8,000 people with the lowest need – Band D – have no realistic prospect of getting social housing and we will be removing them from the waiting list so we can focus on the providing housing to the most vulnerable. Those affected are being written to over the next few weeks and provided with information about

housing options and other ways the council can help. In other changes, those newly registering for social housing must now have a 10-year connection with the borough, not own or have an interest in a property and not have an income in excess of £64,000 or savings of more than £30,000. The council has also adopted the national bedroom standard to work out how many bedrooms you need when applying for social housing. Details of all the changes are available in full online at housing.

Carers’ Fair supports Hillingdon’s carers

Colne Valley Park founder recognised One of the founders of Colne Valley Park was honoured with a photo dedication at the park’s visitor centre in Denham. George Hooper, Hillingdon Council’s first Chief Executive in 1965, decided that something needed to be done to preserve the Colne Valley countryside for future generations. The park covers five local authority areas, but all worked together to ensure the area was protected. It is now managed by the Colne Valley Park Community Interest Company, which includes representatives from councils, business leaders, community groups and charities. For more information visit www.

HS2 fight continues

The Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Allan Kaufman, visits the Carers’ Fair

Hundreds of people visited an open information fair during Carers’ Week, offering advice and support to carers and their families. The event was organised by the council and Hillingdon Carers, and included stalls from support organisations and groups who can help carers in the borough. Julie Hill visited the Carers’ Fair for the first time, looking for information for a stroke victim and said that she was surprised by hillingdon people magazine

how much information was available and how knowledgeable the stall holders were. While she was collecting details on stroke support, she also came across details that would help her father. She said: “I was impressed at how much information was available for elderly residents from a handy person service to social and lunch clubs and even a nail cutting service. Overall I found it to be very useful and informative.”

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Representatives from the council were at the Court of Appeal in June, continuing our fight against the plans for high speed rail through Hillingdon. The court heard arguments on why a judicial review decision made in March should be overturned. Hillingdon, alongside other councils as part of the 51m group and the HS2 Action Alliance and Heathrow Hub Ltd, made the case to Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, sitting with Lord Justice Richards and Lord Justice Sullivan. More information on the decision will be in Hillingdon People when it is available.

Book FIESTA fast to avoid disappointment Bookings are now open for this year’s summer young people’s programme FIESTA; make sure you book quickly to get your choice of activities.

On the first day of availability, 438 bookings were made and 12 courses were full within two hours of the site going live. Cllr David Simmonds, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “Our Fiesta programme offers an amazing variety of activities to keep young people occupied enjoyably and constructively - with opportunities for informal learning and personal development throughout the summer break.” The programme, which has been running for more than ten years, features a range of courses which are guaranteed to ensure your child has fun this summer. They include arts, digital media, fashion, sports and outdoor activities and offer young people a brilliant opportunity to try something new, develop their skills and expand their social network. Prices are the same as last year and activities take place all over the borough from 29 July until 30 August. To book, visit young.

New courts please: ace new tennis courts open Two tennis courts in Fassnidge Park were upgraded by the council in time for Wimbledon, alongside improvements to play equipment, additional ramps to the skate park and new flower beds to brighten up the park. There are 36 tennis facilities across the borough, so if you’ve been inspired by Wimbledon, why not practice your volleys at one of them. To find out more information or to book courts visit article/6383/Tennis-courts.


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Stars of the future compete Young athletes from Hillingdon have enjoyed success at the 2013 London Youth Games, winning two gold team medals, five silver and two bronze to come 11th out of 33 boroughs. Hillingdon Council coordinated entries for this year’s Games, provided team kits and equipment and organised free travel to and from events, supported by Fusion Lifestyle, the charity that runs Hillingdon Sports and Leisure complex. Highlights included Hillingdon’s girls disability football team from Meadow High School achieving a personal best by coming

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fifth out of 12 teams, 11-year-old sailor Filip Kozlowski’s gold in the Oppie race at Royal Victoria Docks in East London, which helped the sailing team to come second overall, and three gold medals won in individual heats of the judo competition. Hawk Hayes BMX track was also selected to host the London Youth Games BMX race on 23 June, a thrilling event that showcased one of the council’s muchloved sports venues.

Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, said: “Events like the London Youth Games are vital as they give our young people the opportunity to get involved in sport. “Following their progress is always a pleasure and they did our borough proud by taking part.” For more information on sport for young people in the borough, visit

New police model launched

A new scheme to make local neighbourhood safer has been unveiled. The launch, on 24 June, was attended by Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Allan Kauffman, councillors, the Chief Executive of the Council Fran Beasley, London Fire Brigade, Armed Forces representatives and numerous community


groups. The aim of the Local Policing Model is to provide a more consistent approach to policing across all 32 London boroughs, with the emphasis on more responsibility for Safer Neighbourhood Teams when it comes to dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB). The plan will also see more

This summer’s reading challenge is the creepiest and spookiest ever, with ghosts and ghouls and all things spine-tingling taking over the borough’s libraries. The challenge launches on 13 July, and is aimed at children aged four to 11. You need to be a member of the library to take part. If you aren’t a member, it’s easy to join, parents just need to bring some ID and fill out a simple form. Children are challenged to make six visits and take out books each time. Any type of book counts, including picture books, novels, non-fiction and audio books. There will be goodies to collect on the way to reward you for reading. This year’s treats include a joining pack, stickers, bookmark, keyring and surprise free gifts. The bravest readers who complete the Creepy House challenge and make all six visits will be honoured with a medal and certificate. There will also be creepythemed activities to enjoy, book at your local library. Visit www.hillingdon. for more information.

officers patrolling the borough’s streets. Chief Inspector Rob Wilson said: “The community should see the benefit of extra officers on patrol and being visible in the borough. The model is a chance for us to find more ways for the police and community to work closely together to combat community crime and ASB.” July/August 2013 hillingdon people magazine

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Opening up the borough for older residents Cllr Ray Puddifot hands over the minibus to HCT


lder residents will soon be transported around the borough in a new minibus, thanks to a grant from the Leader of the Council’s Older People’s Initiative. Hillingdon Community Transport (HCT) requested the funding from Cllr Ray Puddifoot, who is Leader of the Council and Older People’s Champion, to buy a 16-seat Citroen Relay. HCT uses its fleet of vehicles to take older people on trips, including to the seaside and theatre, and also helps them get to hospital appointments and visit local shops. The minibus is fully accessible and has a passenger lift and removable seats.

The bus was handed over during the July Older People’s Assembly on 2 July. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council and Older People’s Champion, said: “I am glad that Hillingdon Council is able to support Hillingdon Community Transport’s sterling work through the Leader’s Initiative for Older People. “Their excursions are a lifeline for older residents, living in the London Borough of Hillingdon, who find it hard to get around and who feel isolated. “Investing in a much-needed minibus is sure to benefit the oldest members of our community, giving them the freedom to visit places and meet friends, a pleasure many of us take for granted.”

Helping people with dementia stay safe

The council has joined forces with the Alzheimer’s Society to set up a safer walking programme, which will help people with dementia keep their independence while providing them and their family or carer with peace of mind while they are out and about. People signed up to the programme will be given a special watch that uses GPS technology. If they get lost or disorientated when out, they can press a specific button on the watch and it will connect them to a monitoring centre or relative or carer who can talk to them through the watch and help them. It can also be set up to alert family or carers if they travel away from usual routes, meaning the wearer can be found if they get lost. The programme is not intended to replace appropriate care for people with Alzheimer’s, but is an additional support for sufferers and their carers. Contact your local Alzheimer’s Society office on 01923 823999 or email harrowandhillingdon@

Celebrating the Coronation Community groups across the borough marked the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation with events and activities for their members, with support from the Leader of the Council’s Older People’s Initiative. Groups were invited to submit bids for funding to hold events, including a fish and chip supper, a party with Pearly Kings and Queens, a Commonwealth quiz and a tea party. Leader of the Council and Older People’s Champion, hillingdon people magazine

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Cllr Ray Puddifoot, said: “We know that our residents celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee last year in their hundreds, and we wanted to make sure her coronation was marked this year too. I hope the events being organised are successful and enable our older residents to re-live the excitement of the day, which was one of national celebration.” Photos and more information about the events will be in a future edition of Hillingdon People.


To find out more about how the council helps older people, visit www.hillingdon.


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Improved rec collections Hillingdon already has one of the simplest and most successful weekly waste and recycling collections, but from Monday 15 July, we’re making it even easier to recycle more.


Cabinet Member Councillor Keith Burrows pictured at the launch of the expanded collection services, in Uxbridge Town Centre.


n your new, improved weekly collections you can now recycle yoghurt pots and margarine tubs. You don’t need to do anything different, just put empty pots or tubs into your clear recycling sack and put them out as normal on your collection date. It is recommended that you rinse the pots out. As well as being able to recycle more things, we are also now collecting garden waste weekly throughout the year. The changes have been made as part of our commitment to give you the easiest and most effective recycling service. Funding for the extra services is coming from the government. The average Hillingdon family of four produces 1.1 tonnes of waste every year. At the moment Hillingdon residents recycle about 40 per cent of this but we hope that by continuing to deliver a simple, weekly recycling service you will help to play your part in reducing the waste that isn’t recycled. Read on to find out how simple it is to recycle in Hillingdon and news on other improvements to recycling services. Cllr Keith Burrows, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling, says: “At a time when other councils are charging for fortnightly garden waste collections we are, once again, putting our residents first by increasing the frequency of our service. “To help protect the environment it’s vital that we make it as easy as possible for residents to recycle, and these important additions to existing services will do just that.”

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cycling Mixed dry recycling (clear bags) The following items can be recycled in your clear sack every week: • Aerosol cans (do not pierce or squash them - only put out empty aerosols) • Books (hard or plastic covers should be removed and disposed of as waste) • Cardboard • Cartons (made from paper and cardboard only) • Catalogues • Directories • Newspapers • Drinks can • Egg boxes (cardboard only) • Envelopes • Glass bottles and jars • Junk mail • Magazines • Greeting cards • Plastic trays • Food cans • Tetrapaks (juice cartons) • Plastic tubs (like margarine or butter tubs)

• Yellow Pages • Plastic bottles (includes milk bottles / yogurt bottles such as probiotic, Actimel) • Shredded paper (‘carrier bag’ amount is a good guideline) • Paper (ie. office papers) • Metal bottle tops and jar lids • Wrapping Papers (not the foil kind)

Garden waste Same day and now weekly collections The following items can be included: • Dead flowers • Fruit and vegetable peelings • Grass cuttings • Hedge clippings • Leaves • Prunings • Twigs • Weeds

Helping you to recycle more… Textile recycling collections will start in Hillingdon, for the first time, in August. You will be supplied with special purple bags which can be left out on the same day as your regular refuse and recycling collections. The bags, which must be firmly tied, can take all unsoiled clothes, shoes, belts, handbags and soft toys. The new purple bags will be delivered to households from hillingdon people magazine

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mid August, after which you can recycle textiles on the next scheduled recycling collection day. A household food waste collection service will also be launched in the autumn. The council will collect food waste which will be made into soil improver for use in agriculture. More information will follow in the next edition of Hillingdon People and you will be able to register an interest, or opt in, nearer the time.


For more on recycling and waste collection in Hillingdon visit www. Collection days will change over the August Bank Holiday. Please see page 26 for details.


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ork is due to begin on resurfacing, repairing and improving the roads and pavements across the borough as part of our multi-million pound investment programme. Hillingdon Council is looking to resurface around 150 roads this year, and there will also be money set aside to repair damaged roads as necessary. The total investment will be more than £5m. Cllr Keith Burrows, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling, said: “This investment is the largest we have made into roads and pavement repairs, and is a reflection of the importance we place on ensuring the highways in Hillingdon are of the highest quality possible.


“Alongside the resurfacing, we will be repairing roads damaged over the winter months causing potholes. We will continue to make repairs throughout the year wherever necessary. The equipment we will be using will make the fixes longer lasting and prove more cost effective in the long term. We hope this will give drivers in Hillingdon a more pleasant experience.” To help with the resurfacing and repairs, the council will be using two Rhinopatch machines, which are more energy efficient, cheaper and are quieter. They reuse the tarmac already in the road, and take only 20 minutes to make repairs. No joins are left between the old and new surface, so water is unable to leak into cracks and cause repeat problems. More details, and a list of roads, will be published in the next edition of Hillingdon People. July/August 2013 hillingdon people magazine

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Hillingdon votes against expansion Residents of Hillingdon have voted overwhelmingly against expansion of Heathrow airport.


n the first referendum held by the council, 66 per cent of those who voted were against a third runway. The ballot also showed the same number (66.3 per cent) do not want see any more flights in and out of the airport. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council, said the emphatic ‘no’ vote should be respected by the government and airport lobby. In a huge exercise in local democracy, more than 81,000 Hillingdon residents took part in the poll. Speaking as the results were announced, Cllr Puddifoot said: “The council has always been clear about our opposition to expansion at Heathrow and this emphatic result shows that the majority of our residents agree with us. “Today the people of Hillingdon have sent a clear message to the Prime Minister and the Government. “At the last general election we were promised by David Cameron that there would be no third runway at Heathrow, as it was unsuitable for expansion and that an alternative solution had to be found. “I believed him, and so did many of the residents of Hillingdon. The strength of this vote is an indication that they now expect him to be as good as his word.” The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames also held a referendum, announcing their results on the same day as Hillingdon. In total, 140,516 residents across the two boroughs responded with more than 100,000 saying no to both questions. hillingdon people magazine

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Full results tables Hillingdon Number of ballots distributed


Overall turnout

39.41% (81,050)

Question One Should a third runway be built at Heathrow?

Yes: 34%

Question Two Are you in favour of more flights into and out of Heathrow?

Yes: 33.7% (27,115)


No: 66% (53,235)

No: 66.3% (53,342)

Richmond Upon Thames Number of ballots distributed


Overall turnout

43% (59,466)

Question One

Yes: 20%


No: 80%


Yes: 18%


No: 82%


Question Two

Combined Total Number of ballots distributed


Overall turnout

40.75% (140,516)

Question One

Yes: 28.2% (39,432) No: 71.8% (100,266)

Question Two

Yes: 27.2% (37,968) No: 72.8% (101,442)


hillingdon health

Get get active in Hillingdon To help you get more active, a whole range of exercise and activities are held regularly across the borough. Why not try one and see what difference it makes to your life? Fit Teens Ready Steady Boost! Jog it Off

These programmes are targeted at 13-16 year-olds, and are now being held at Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex and Botwell Green Leisure Centre. If you are a teenager who wants to manage or reduce your weight, become fitter or you want to improve your diet, this is for you.

Exercise after Stroke

Are you looking to maintain activity levels or become fitter after a stroke? The Exercise after Stroke programme is delivered by ARNI instructors (Action for Rehabilitation from Neurological Injury) who deal in the development of stroke rehabilitation. For more information please contact Hillingdon Sports & Leisure Complex on 0845 130 7324 or email


The council and PlanetSport offer weekly multi-sports activities throughout the school term for children aged five to 10. The sessions are held at Ruislip Young People’s Centre, Bury Street, Ruislip, every Wednesday. Activities include football, KwikCricket, basketball and hockey. There are two sessions, the first from 4pm for five to seven yearolds and the second from 5pm for eight to 10 year-olds. Each session costs only £1 per child. Contact, call 08456 589 800 or email

Are you looking to improve your current fitness level, meet new people, and explore your local surroundings? Jog it Off is free adult jog/walk sessions for all abilities, led by qualified and experienced leaders who know the best local routes. Visit and select Jog it Off. This is just one of many turn up and play sports available for adults during the summer as part of Back 2 Sport. Visit the website or call 01895 250453 for more information.


For more information on fitness in Hillingdon visit www.

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hillingdon online

Access your council 24/7 We are continually improving and increasing the number of services you are able to access online, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, making it easier for you to contact us when it is convenient to you.


ver the last six months we have seen an increase of 11 per cent in the number of online transactions, meaning more of you are seeing the benefit of accessing services through our website. More than 1,000 of you signed up to have recycling bags delivered to you automatically in the first month it was available. You can currently do a variety of tasks through the website, from reporting anti-social behaviour, to, paying your council tax. There are more than 50,000 registered users. In the next few months, we will be asking for your feedback on the way our online system works; please tell us what you think works well and what needs improving, and hillingdon people magazine

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what you would like to be able to do online so we can continue our work to increase the amount of services and actions available. As part of our continued improvements, the council website was re-designed last September, and since then we have made some tweaks to make it easier for you to find what you want, including improving the search functions.The re-design focussed on the things visitors to the site did most often and made these easier to find. Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, said: “We are committed to putting our residents first, and we know that you want to be able to access our services at

times convenient to you, to fit in with your busy lives. Our online services are constantly being improved and expanded, to make it even easier to contact us about whatever you need.�


Visit doitonline to find out more. You will need to register with the site, meaning we can auto-complete some forms for you and tailor our services to you. You can also keep up-to-date with council news through Facebook and Twitter. Visit www.hillingdon. to find links to our social media sites.


hillingdon education

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etween 2011 and September 2014 extra facilities and classrooms are being added to 28 primary schools in our borough and two further brand new primary schools built as part of the biggest school places investment programme of its kind in London. Hillingdon People profiles four schools benefiting from a council project that is ensuring every child in the north, middle and south of Hillingdon has a quality school place near where they live.

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ding continues Putting families first Hillingdon Council’s ambitious £150m school building programme is well underway. Under the current wave of investment 15 schools will be expanded by September 2013 and a further 13 by September 2014 to meet the growing demand for extra accommodation. With two brand new, purpose built primary schools set to open in the autumn of 2014, the council will have delivered more than 5,500 extra school places in just three years. Cllr David Simmonds, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “We are firmly putting families first by continuing to plan and invest for the rise in demand for school places, ensuring extra classrooms of the right quality in the right place for our children.”

School-by-school improvements Hermitage School in Uxbridge will be completely rebuilt over the next two years. An additional reception class has already opened, with two new blocks and multi-use games pitches to follow as part of a project set to transform the school’s learning landscape. Deputy Head Teacher David Morris said: “This is an exciting time for everyone at the school. The new build and expansion is going to have a positive impact on everything we do thanks to brand new facilities and the huge educational impact that a twoform entry school brings with it.” Charville Primary School has benefited from the innovative conversion of old toilet blocks into bright and airy new reception classes, linked by a canopy providing cover for the pupils’ outdoor play. The school, in Hayes, was expanded to accommodate an extra reception year class. Peter Shawley, Head Teacher, said: “The new classrooms provide a quality environment for our youngest children.”

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Colham Manor Primary School in Hillingdon has been given a major facelift with an extended dining room, a spacious library and better reception class facilities. Other major improvements include a brand new Year 6 block with a dedicated ICT suite. Head Teacher Simon Hawley said: “The project has provided the school community with a huge boost. The library was particularly important to us and has already made a huge difference to our literacy rates.” Brookside Primary School: Children at this school in Yeading can look forward to classes in a brand new Year 5 and year 6 block complete with a rooftop courtyard hosting a gardening plot, theatre space, greenhouse and chess board. A brand new nursery building has also been added to the school, which will eventually provide places for 720 children. Head Teacher Daniel Bishop said: “The roof terrace in the Year 5 and Year 6 building allows some real unique teaching opportunities. The nursery building has been a great addition to our school and the children love the space inside and out.”


For more news and information on the council’s school building programme click on www.


hillingdon health

change4l this With summer here, you might be thinking about spending more time outdoors, whether it’s doing some gardening, going to the beach on holiday or just having a barbecue with friends or family. While you are enjoying the sunshine, why not also spend the time getting active or living a bit more healthily?


n Hillingdon, we are lucky to have so many beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy, and there are a range of organised activities that can help you make the most of these. And, if you do get involved, or start making changes to your lifestyle, you could be one of the lucky winners in our change4life Hillingdon competition. By simply telling us through Facebook, Twitter or writing to us, about your activities, you will be entered into a monthly draw to win one of a huge range of prizes to help you make your changes permanent. Charan Suri, who lives in Hillingdon, has sent her son, Nikhil, to the council’s fit teens sessions, run at Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex and designed for young people, to help them get more active. She said: “He has really enjoyed his time there. He has also come out of his shell and made some friends, which has done wonders for his confidence. Nikhil has severe dyslexia and dyspraxia and the fit teens sessions have really benefited him – not just in fitness but in his coordination, and he has received a note from school


praising his success in maths recently, a great achievement.” Jill, a resident who has taken part in Jog it Off sessions, said: “Jog it Off has been fun and it’s free and helped me get fitter. I have made good friends. I like the fact that I’m accountable to someone and if they can give their time up for free then it makes me turn up and I probably wouldn’t do as much if left to my own. I enjoy the team spirit that has grown helping each other along when you want to quit and watching our confidence grow has been invaluable. Joining Jog It Off has been the best thing I have ever done for myself.” Walk Hillingdon is a series of walks led by trained leaders and held regularly across the borough – through parks and town. Comments from residents include: “I enjoyed the walk very much. I have lived in the area all my life and have never walked through the Norman Leddy Gardens, which was a pleasure and a place I will go often from now on. I will definitely take part on walks from now on.” “I was frightened to come out, but I came and it has been great.” Walkers say they have learned about the borough, and themselves, as well as making new friends during the walks. Don’t forget that 2013 is the Year of Play, and the school holidays

are the perfect time to play outside with your children, either in your own garden or in a local park or open space. Your children will benefit from the exercise and fresh air, and so will you. Cllr Philip Corthorne, Cabinet Member for Social Services, Health and Housing, said: “Being more active is just part of leading a healthier lifestyle, you also need to make changes to your diet and more general life. If you get on the bus to work, why not get off a stop earlier to get some exercise, or walk up the stairs rather than take the lift or escalator. You can also make small changes to your eating habits – switch your midmorning snack from biscuits to fruit, for example.” July/August 2013 hillingdon people magazine

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life s summer Cycling

Throughout the summer, there will be a series of led cycle rides, covering all distances and all abilities. A full listing is available on the website (see contacts box for information) but some of the rides are: Sunday 28 July, a long cycle ride to Windsor from Uxbridge Station, meet at 10am. There will be a chance to see the castle and feed the ducks before the return ride. Sunday 4 August, enjoy a medium length ride round the parks of Hayes. Starting at Minet Country Park at 10am, taking in Stockley Park, Lake Farm and Minet. Thursday 22 August, get on your bike after work for a ride to Ruilsip Lido from Uxbridge Station, starting at 6.30pm. The ride will take in some of Hillingdon’s cycling facilities. During the school holidays, there will be a range of rides for the family, including on Tuesday 13 August, a ride for all the family (over-7s), starting at 11am at Bayhurst Woods in Ruislip. The ride will include a stop to play in the woods or even have your own teddy bears’ picnic. hillingdon people magazine

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Mix up your meals

If you find yourself eating the same, unhealthy meals every week, you need to try a change4life meal mixer. These are available at the borough’s libraries, children’s and young people’s centres, providing recipe suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner for you to mix and match as you choose. Pick up a mixer from your nearest venue before stocks run out.

Pledge now for your chance to win! To encourage you to be more active in Hillingdon, you can get your hands on prizes, from keep fit equipment to leisure centre passes and much more, just by sharing your experiences with us. It might be a Facebook or Twitter post about a yoga class, or a photo shared of you and your family enjoying a walk in one of Hillingdon’s parks. Paper forms will also be available at a number of activity sessions, and in leisure centres and libraries for you to complete.


Find out more at www.


hillingdon business

Connected 4 More than 10,000 businesses are based within Hillingdon, making the most of the borough’s outstanding transport links, multi-skilled workforce, vibrant town centres and award winning educational facilities. Companies based here include Coca-Cola, Hasbro, GlaxoSmithKline and Rackspace.

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e are committed to improving the way we work with existing businesses as well as attracting further investment in Hillingdon; boosting the local economy and increasing employment opportunities for residents. Work is being done to improve town centres across the borough, with Ruislip Manor, Hayes and Northwood Hills being improved with funding from the Mayor of London. Plans to support local chambers of commerce with council funding to promote the businesses in their areas, with fun days and other profile-raising events, are already in hand. Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community Commerce and Regeneration, said: “Hillingdon is a great place for business, we have excellent transport links, by rail, road and air. With several business parks and town centres within the borough, there are plenty of opportunities for budding business owners to set up in Hillingdon, or current businesses to expand. We are working with the universities and colleges in the borough to ensure the qualifications and experience they offer result in students having the skills required by the many businesses based here.�


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4 business... 4 living Case study 2

Proposed building on Hyde Park which Rackspace will occupy

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Hillingdon Council gave the goahead for the redevelopment of the former EMI factory in Hayes last November. The Old Vinyl Factory (TOVF) in Blyth Road will provide 510 homes as well as a nine-screen multiplex cinema, restaurants, cafés, bars and landscaped public spaces for families to enjoy. A live music venue and museum are other leisure attractions in the pipeline. The site will boast 650,000 sq ft of business space, including affordable accommodation for small and medium sized creative companies supporting larger, established firms – a recipe for economic interdependence and long-term success. The historic factory once employed 4000 people and the £250m development has the potential to bring a similar hillingdon people magazine

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number of jobs and much needed economic growth to the area. TOVF will benefit from a pedestrian route into the heart of Hayes town centre and Hayes and Harlington station, which is set to become a major rail hub when Crossrail arrives in 2018 with fast and efficient links to Heathrow and central London.

Rackspace provides ‘cloud computing’ services to thousands of businesses and is based in Hyde Park, Hayes. It is renowned for its fanatical support approach to customer service. Based in Hillingdon since the early 2000s, Rackspace is pleased to be part of such a vibrant local business and cultural community. As such, the firm is working with the local authority and other organisations to find ways to make a difference to the borough and its residents. Voted 4th best place to work in the UK in the 2013 Great Place to Work awards, Rackspace prides itself on being an engaging and fun workplace. They support local work with the Prince’s Trust and with Uxbridge College students, and have helped with the restoration works to the canalside in Hayes town centre. A team from Rackspace have also recently completed the three peaks challenge to raise money for Harlington Hospice.


For more information on business in Hillingdon, visit www.hillingdon.


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hillingdon environment

With the summer here, now is the perfect time to get outside and get gardening, or enjoy some of the beautiful parks and green spaces we have in Hillingdon.


ntries for Hillingdon in Bloom, our own horticulture competition, have now closed, and judging is currently taking place. We are also entering London in Bloom and Britain in Bloom, with judging taking place in the coming weeks and months. Throughout the summer, we are also running other events and competitions along a horticulture theme.

Get your green fingers growing As part of Hillingdon in Bloom, this year, we are holding an autumn show for residents to enter and exhibit their homegrown produce. The show competition is open to anyone to enter, regardless of your gardening experience. Younger residents are also encouraged to get involved and there is a special section for under-15s. Classes are for fruit, vegetables and flowers, so there are plenty of opportunities to win prizes, which will include gardening equipment, garden centre vouchers and Royal Horticultural Society books. The exhibition will be held on Saturday 21 September at the Middlesex Suite at the Civic Centre, with entries closing on Thursday 12 September. Cllr Jonathan Bianco, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services, said: “This competition is an opportunity for our residents to showcase locally


grown produce and be recognised for the dedication and commitment they have to gardening and the green environment. We hope that the show, new this year, will encourage many more residents of all ages to ‘get growing’ and enjoy this ever popular pastime.” Staging of the pre-registered exhibits will take place during Friday evening and Saturday morning. Judging will be held on Saturday morning. From noon on 21 September the show will be open to the public. Winners will receive their prizes from Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Allan Kauffman, and Cllr Jonathan Bianco. There will also be demonstrations of floral design and pumpkin carving workshops from the Hillingdon Adult Education Service and an information stall for local horticultural and allotment societies. For full rules and more information see www.hillingdon. You can pick up an application form from one of the borough’s libraries, where more information will also be available.

Celebrating Chelsea Flower Show success Two tutors from the council’s Adult Education team have won awards at the Chelsea Flower Show Diversity Awards, held to recognise the best, most creative and technically accomplished floral arrangers from the UK and overseas. Pat Dibben and Jane Melville were awarded gold for their floral design ‘Vivaldi Four Seasons’ while Lorraine Saunders picked up silver for her design ‘Elegance of Ballet to the diversity of punk rock’. The Chelsea Flower show is in its 100th year and is the most prestigious floristry event in the horticultural calendar. The Adult Learning team have a history of success at the show having also won awards last year. Speaking at the awards, Lorraine Saunders, one of the council tutors, said: “We’ve seen some impressive entries this year so it’s a real honour to receive this award. We’ll be replicating our designs at an adult learning demonstration evening later this year and hope any aspiring florists will come along and find out about the courses on offer.” For more information visit www. July/August 2013 hillingdon people magazine

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Win £50 photography vouchers While you are out and about in the borough this summer, don’t forget your camera for your chance to win prizes. We are looking for your best photos of our parks and open spaces. Hillingdon has more land under Green Flag status than any other London borough. You have until Saturday 31 August to send us your photos. Full terms and conditions can be found online. There will be two categories open to residents: under-16s and adults. Finalists will be shortlisted by the council’s Green Spaces Manager, Paul Richards, and Jean-Marc Teychenne, photography lecturer for the council’s adult education service. The shortlisted photos will then be posted to the council Facebook page for residents to vote for their winner. The photo with the most likes will be enlarged and reproduced onto canvas and the photographer will also win £50 of photography vouchers. The winners will be announced at the Hillingdon in Bloom Autumn Show and fruit and vegetable competition in September. To enter, email your photos to corporatecommunications@ with ‘Summer hillingdon people magazine

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snaps 2013’ in the subject heading. The photos must be in .jpg format and no larger than 1.5Mb in file size, with a minimum height and width of 250 pixels. Please include a short caption, explaining where your photo was taken. Photos should be taken of, or in, council managed parks and open spaces, or allotments. Photos that do not comply may be rejected or may not be displayed as you intended. Full terms and conditions are available online.


Visit www.hillingdon. for more information on all aspects of Hillingdon in Bloom


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Ruislip Lido enhancement pr As part of the Hillingdon Improvement Programme, Hillingdon Council is undertaking a major enhancement project to improve access and facilities at Ruislip Lido.


Project update

Enhancement programme updates:

Following the Flood Risk Assessment, completed in December 2011, the Environment Agency confirmed that plans to enhance Ruislip Lido would not increase the risk of flooding in the local area. The council has therefore commenced the work on the proposed enhancements for the Ruislip Lido site which are detailed below along with indicative timescales for completion. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council said: “The council’s continued investment and long-term plan to provide top quality facilities for the residents of the borough at this popular beauty spot means that visitors of all ages will very soon be able to benefit from a brand new beach side catering facility, a state of the art woodland centre and a much needed overflow car park.�

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Following selective vegetation clearance in February, Natural England issued a licence for the trapping and removal of great crested newts, which is a European protected species. The original licence was then modified to reflect the exceptionally adverse weather conditions experienced in March which is when the work would normally have taken place. The translocation work commenced on 8 May and was completed on 17 June. The work to develop the car park has now started with an anticipated completion date of early August.

Catering facility/ Woodland Centre

The modular building units which make up the new catering facility and Woodland Centre were transported to site during the week commencing 28 January 2013. Due to adverse weather conditions during the early part of the year the work to install the building was delayed until early April. Since then the works have gathered momentum and the Woodland Centre/catering facility was completed in early July 2013.

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Catering provision

San Remo are the new catering providers on site and will start operating from the brand new catering facility in the very near future.

Ruislip Lido Railway

Planning approval has been granted for the Woody Bay and Willow Lawn Station developments. The newly refurbished Woody Bay Station and new mess room were installed during April and were completed to coincide with completion of the catering facility/Woodland Centre in early July. The work to install the new ticket office/café adjacent to Willow Lawn commenced on 24 June 2013 and will be completed by the end of July 2013.

New public toilets (adjacent to Willow Lawn)

Beach bathing area

Following meetings with operators of other similar sites and assessment by the Environment Agency, the council is putting together a proposal (to include operational policies, management and required resources) to consider implementation of bathing in an enclosed area during the 2014 bathing season. Analysis of water testing will continue throughout 2013.

Bird feeding area

Officers continue to encourage movement of the wildfowl to allow feeding at the more appropriate slipway area adjacent to Willow Lawn. Once coppicing has been completed in the woods a board walk, using home grown timber, will be constructed to create a fully accessible feeding station in the same area.

The installation of the new toilet block besides the new RLRS ticket office/café has also started and completion is also anticipated to be the end of July 2013.


Rain shelters

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Proposals also include offering angling opportunities in designated areas for a range of age groups.

Site security, signage and fencing

end of June 2013 and the installation of the perimeter fencing is now being progressed. The security arrangements for the car park, new toilet block and the RLRS ticket office/café development adjacent to Willow Lawn are being reviewed with installation planned to coincide with the completion of the Willow Lawn developments. The council’s Enforcement team will also be visiting the Lido during peak times to tackle both littering and dog fouling. Fixed Penalty Notices will be issued as and when required.


A Ruislip Lido Manager is now in post who will monitor the site. In addition, Green Spaces staff, together with the Ruislip Lido Volunteers, work at the Lido formally on a Thursday once a month. Additional toilet cleaning and litter collections have been initiated since Easter and will continue during weekends, bank holidays and school summer holidays.

Nature area

The proposals for the enhancement of the Ruislip Lido site will continue to respect and provide quiet natural space for wildlife to flourish.



Refuse and Recycling

August bank holiday 2013 Normal collection day

Revised collection day

(blue week)

Monday 26 August

Tuesday 27 August

Tuesday 27 August

Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 August

Wednesday 28 August

Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 August

Thursday 29 August

Thursday 29 and Friday 30 August

Friday 30 August

Friday 30 August

• Refuse and recycling should be left near your front gate, but not on the pavement, by 6am on the revised collection day. • If you have any queries, or would like to report a missed collection, call the council’s contact centre on 01895 556000.

For any queries regarding refuse or recycling collections, please contact Hillingdon Council contact centre on 01895 556000 or visit


Hillingdon People is delivered bi-monthly to around 108,000 households across the London Borough of Hillingdon. Copies are also available in our libraries and nursing homes for residents to read. The magazine is also available online. Adverts start at just £120 per edition, and there are discounts available for businesses who are registered with the council’s HillingdonFirst scheme. For more information, including a rate card, please visit www.

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hillingdon care


eleCareLine (TCL) is a monitoring and alert system that supports people to live independently in their own homes by providing reassurances to them and their carers that help is available in an emergency. When triggered, the system alerts a monitoring office, which is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A named responder will then attend, if necessary. Recently, a woman was rescued from a fire in her home after her TCL alarm was automatically triggered and Hillingdon’s monitoring office called the fire brigade and ambulance. Cllr Philip Corthorne, Cabinet Member for Social Services, Health and Housing, said: “We know that being a carer can be a demanding role, and if you are caring at the same time as working, it can be hard to balance your priorities. TeleCareLine means you can go to work and be assured that if there is a problem, you will be alerted, so you can get on with your everyday life without worrying.”

Betty’s story

Betty is 83 and lives alone. She has been diagnosed with dementia and has limited mobility, which has led to falls. Thanks to the support of her son, home care and district nurses, she is able to live in her own home, which is full of memories. The installed TCL system, which includes a bed occupancy sensor, raises an alarm if Betty is out of bed overnight for longer than a preset time. She is also registered with the mobile response service, whereby an officer can attend a call-out rather than a family member. Her son, Peter, says that he would be unable to support his mother without TCL. Having the mobile response service means he does not have to take time off work and is able to get a good night’s sleep, meaning he can function effectively. With TeleCareLine, he is reassured that his mum is safe and is confident that the monitoring office would alert him if and when he was needed. hillingdon people magazine

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Helping you care If you care for an elderly friend or relative, TeleCareLine could help you continue with your everyday life.


For more on TeleCareLine, visit www.hillingdon.


hillingdon finance

Saving now to invest in the future D

elivering value for money to all our residents remains a key priority for the council especially during this time of national austerity. We continue to help households where we can by freezing the local element of council tax for the sixth year running and the charges for all council services for residents. Over the last five years we have delivered efficiencies of £78m in the council, equivalent to saving each Band D council taxpayer in the borough more than £890 in 2013/14. A large part of these efficiencies have come from our ongoing Business Improvement Delivery programme which is transforming the way we deliver our services to residents and customers. We are reviewing how we deliver services, looking at reducing costs and making ourselves more efficient. Examples include the children’s pathway project, which is bringing together all providers of children’s services and removing duplication; and a project supporting older and vulnerable people to continue to live at home rather than being moved to residential

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accommodation. A recent survey of London boroughs by the Society of London Treasurers ranks Hillingdon in the top two for delivering savings from transforming the work of the council rather than cutting services. The way the government funds councils has changed, meaning we are being encouraged to boost the local economy through growing businesses and getting residents into jobs. See page 20 to find out more about how we are working to boost our local economy. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council, said: “It is vitally important that we continue to challenge every pound the council spends and make savings in all parts of your council. “This activity will continue into the future as we do our bit to respond to the government austerity measures.” Cllr Puddifoot added: “While helping our residents through these difficult times by freezing charges and providing discounts through the use of our HillingdonFirst

card, we continue to invest in services for the future that residents tell us are a priority for them. These include refurbishing or rebuilding our 17 libraries, investing in leisure activities including the completion of the £5.7m upgrade to Highgrove swimming pool, £150m on providing extra school places for our children and £1m through the Chrysalis programme to support initiatives for our local environment.”


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Give a little time make a big I difference! f you could take care of a child even for a few hours, you could help Hillingdon expand its fostering service by being paid for providing short breaks for mums and dads, and children, who need it. Fostering offers a wide variety of short break support to families who have children with disabilities, from day care to overnight stays. We are looking for people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, who have had children of their own or have experience of working with children. There is no minimum or maximum age for this type of fostering, you just need to be able to look after children in a safe and responsible way. You don’t even need a spare room to provide short break day care but for overnight stays, it is necessary to have a spare bedroom. Short break fostering is a great way of caring for children and young people if you don’t have the time to foster full-time right now, or if you are considering becoming a full time foster carer but want to learn more first. If you are interested please call 0800 783 1298. We will come and see you at home to talk about what you would like to do and how you can help a local child. You will need to go to some training sessions, and once you are ready you get an allowance similar to mainstream fostering while you are looking after a child. Cllr David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “This scheme would offer parents a break, and children the opportunity to experience new things, spending time with a new family and doing different things. Families would be linked together, hopefully providing a positive relationship for both sides.”


Caring for a disabled child can be hard – but has its moments Holly and John are short break foster carers who provide day care in their own home from a few hours to a whole day. They care for children who have a disability, giving them the opportunity to have fun, try new activities such as swimming, gain independence and make new friends. Judy has autistic spectrum disorder and has challenging behaviour. She has benefited hugely from the ‘tea time’ sessions, going to her short break carer from the end of school and staying until after dinner, and finds them ‘relaxing’. She does arts and crafts and makes cards for her family members, and

then returns home the same night. Judy’s mother gains time and space to recharge her batteries and she feels that she is a better parent for having had the short break support. And Holly and John enjoy caring for other people’s children and feel valued in supporting and helping others. This is the best way to ensure that Judy’s family have the support that means that the risk of their family breaking down is kept to the lowest risk possible.


For more information on short break fostering, contact us on 0800 783 1298.

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Raids tackle rogue landlords


nforcement Officers from the council and Home Office Immigration Enforcement (formerly UK Border Agency) swooped on three properties in June in the Hayes and Harlington areas, sending a strong message of intent to rogue landlords who flout planning and housing rules for profit. The operation, which followed an extensive investigation, saw the joint team descend upon on three addresses thought to be in breach of a number of planning, housing and immigration regulations. The raid, which was also supported by the Metropolitan Police, was a success for both the council and Home Office Immigration Enforcement. All three properties were in violation of housing and planning regulations. They were found to be shared by multiple households without appropriate licensing to prove they are fit and safe to live in. Two of the properties were also found to have unauthorised outbuildings in the rear, which were being rented out as homes. Hillingdon Council will be pursuing action against the owners of each property. Immigration Enforcement arrested three offenders. An Indian man, aged 28, and a 26-year-old Pakistani man who had both overstayed their visas were arrested at an address in Warley Road, Hayes. A 33-year-old Algerian man who had entered the country illegally was arrested at an address in New Road, Harlington. All those arrested were transferred to immigration detention pending their removal from the UK. Cllr Keith Burrows, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling, said: “This raid sends a clear message that we are determined to crackdown on unscrupulous landlords who rent out illegal and unsafe accommodation. “We will not tolerate landlords that place tenants’ lives at risk and will continue to take tough action.” ‘Beds in sheds’ can be found to contain large families or numbers of unrelated individuals, provide poor living conditions and completely disregard planning law. They tend to be built in the back gardens of residential properties, and rented to tenants.

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Residents who suspect someone of breaching planning or housing regulations can report it to the council by calling 01895 250230.


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Marking Armed Forces Day


aturday 29 June was Armed Forces Day. To mark this and celebrate the work done by our serving and veteran members of the forces, the council held several events in the last week of June, including a concert and sunset ceremony featuring the world famous RAF Central Band, and a parade through Uxbridge town centre before the Armed Forces Day flag was flown on the Civic Centre forecourt. Following the concert on Tuesday 25 June the RAF Northolt Military Wives Choir also performed in one of their first public performances at a special civic reception for veterans and serving members of the forces. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council, said: “We have long-standing links with the military in Hillingdon, and we will continue to support veterans and serving members of the forces and their families.” On Saturday 29 June 30 students, aged between 14 and 19, from 14 schools across the borough visited Normandy to learn more about and recognise the sacrifices made by Hillingdon’s Armed Forces of the past. The pupils and their teachers were joined by veterans from the West Middlesex Branch No 77 Normandy Veterans Association, representatives from ElthorneHillingdon Rotary Club and The Spirit of Normandy Trust. This trip was arranged by Hillingdon Council as part of The Leader’s Initiative, which supports older people in the borough. Read more about what the students got up to in the next issue of Hillingon People.



If you are a member of the Armed Forces and would like to know more about the support available, visit uk/servicepersonnel

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RAF Uxbridge regeneration starts

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Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot and Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Allan Kaufman at the ground-breaking event


t the end of June, councillors from Hillingdon Council joined representatives from St. Modwen Properties plc in marking the official beginning of work on St. Andrew’s Park, the redevelopment of the former RAF base in Uxbridge. The councillors, executives of the construction company and the Mayor gathered outside the Grade II listed old cinema building to herald the first phase of the project. The proposed development will attempt to maintain the heritage, landscape and ecology of the site, while providing 1,340 new homes, 45 acres of public space, leisure facilities including a new theatre and a museum, and 20,000 square metres of commercial space for shops and businesses. hillingdon people magazine

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St Andrew’s Park will encourage economic growth by expanding Uxbridge town centre and is also set to bring more homes to the borough. A new primary school, GP surgery and supported housing for elderly residents will also be built. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: “St Andrews’ Park is a new beginning for the historic former RAF Uxbridge base. It is a visionary regeneration project that will give residents, businesses and community groups more opportunities to build their future in the London Borough of Hillingdon”. He added: “Local people have shaped plans for St Andrew’s Park, ensuring it will truly meet their needs.”

Adam Norton, St Modwen’s Land Director, said:“We are delighted to begin the initial works on site at St Andrews’ Park and we look forward to pushing this important regeneration project forward over the coming years and we wish to thank the council and the public for their continued support.” The project, which is being built on the 110-acre site on Hillingdon Hill, is a joint venture between St Modwen Properties plc, managed by VSM Estates and VINCI plc. The whole build is expected to take up to seven years to complete.




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Help enhance our services If you have spare time and would like to volunteer, there are lots of opportunities to get involved with some of the council’s services.


illingdon is one of the only councils in the country to be investing money in its libraries, refurbishing or rebuilding all 17 in the borough. Most of this work is now complete and the newly revamped libraries are looking for volunteers to help run the many services they now offer. From storytime sessions for children to helping people use ICT facilities and running the mobile and home library services or supporting the council’s Local Studies archive service. There are opportunities open to you regardless of age, as long as you are over 14 you can get involved. The Compass Theatre, in Ickenham, relies heavily on volunteers to keep the venues open, behind the scenes rather than on the stage. Opportunities include working in the wardrobe department on a Saturday morning. The wardrobe is home to more than 3,000 items of costume that are regularly hired out to theatrical groups, schools and individuals. If you are keen to get some experience in bar work, volunteers are needed to run the Wine Bar, a small, easy to run bar usually run by just

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one or two people depending on how full the shows are. Previous experience isn’t necessary and training will be given. Gardeners are also needed to work on the gardens at Ickenham Hall, adjacent to the Compass Theatre. They are maintained by the Friends of Ickenham

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Hall, who have taken great care and interest and restored them to how they would have been planted in Georgian times when the house was lived in, but the numbers of volunteers has dwindled and more volunteers are desperately needed to ensure the good work already put in isn’t ruined.


To volunteer at the libraries, see www. libraryvolunteer or speak to staff at your local library. To offer your time to the Compass Theatre visit www. compasstheatre. or contact Pat McAlpine on pmcalpine@ or 01895 634414.




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Supporting the community


ccupying children over the long summer holidays can be exhausting and expensive. However, Hillingdon Federation of Community Associations (HFCA) has a solution they run activity sessions for children aged four to 12 during the long summer holidays in July and August, at community centres across the borough. The association is given money by the council every year to help support its work, and for 2013-14 the grant was increased so they can expand their playscheme, meaning for 2013 there will be nine on offer. The scheme runs in a different area of the borough each week of the holidays, either a week or two weeks in each location. Your child/ children can attend whichever session, as long as there is space, regardless of where you live in the borough. The Star Club session, at Barnhill Community Centre, can care for children with additional needs. Activities include keep fit, art, dance, and much more. Each week’s activities costs £50. For a full listing of the Playschemes, visit the Federation website. HFCA is one of the community groups that receives funding from the council to help it continue its work in the borough. It is made up of volunteers, hillingdon people magazine

and represents community associations from all over Hillingdon, covering 19 at the moment. Each of these works for the residents in its area, organising a wide range of events and activities at their centre. As well as running playschemes during the summer, HFCA also offers a programme during term time, Activity for Kids. This is based at Brunel University, offering activities, usually for £1, for eight to 15 year-olds. Extra activities are also held, including trips to other centres. Parents are encouraged to take part. John Echlin, Chairman of HFCA, said: “The council’s support is vital to help us keep running, and to offer these playschemes which are always popular. We’ve been running them for 19 years now and some of the children who have been on the summer playschemes are now helping us by being play leaders themselves.” Cllr David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “HFCA are a perfect example of what we need from our voluntary groups in Hillingdon, they support our residents and complement the services we offer as a council.”

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To find out more about HFCA and the summer clubs, visit


The school holidays are almost here, and with them the requests for entertaining. Check www. which is updated daily with new events, to see if there’s something happening in your area.

Circus workshop The fabulous Albert and Friends’ Instant Circus will provide a fantastic full week of circus fun and frolics this summer with Northwood Community Arts. Energetic youngsters aged six to 12 have the opportunity to learn new tricks and skills and to build on previous circus experiences; there are plenty of chances to try out all the activities and there are opportunities provided to concentrate on perfecting favourite skills. Includes stilts, unicycle, globe walking, juggling and tight wire (close to the ground!). Packed lunch required each day. There will be a presentation/demonstration of skills on Friday 2 August at 2.30pm. When: Monday 29 July - Friday 2 August 2013, 10.30am to 3.30pm Cost: £85 per participant for the full week. Contact: To make enquiries and to book call the box office on 01628 675800 or free phone 08435 079473, or email Where: The Hall, St Johns Church, Hallowell Road, Northwood, HA6 1DN

Singing 4 Fun Picnic in the Park A fun free event suitable for all the family, in the beautiful grounds of Southlands Arts Centre. Come and enjoy an afternoon of singing and entertainment, hosted by the Singing 4 Fun Singers. There will be a singa-long session for everyone to get involved in the singing fun! Bring your own chairs / picnic mats and picnics, enjoy the sunshine* (*sunshine can not be guaranteed). We hope to see you there. When: Sunday 28 July, 2pm to 4pm Cost: Free (no need to book just turn up on the day) Contact:, email, Where: Southlands Arts Centre grounds, 75 The Green, West Drayton, UB7 7PW

Milkshake – Live on Stage! Channel 5 and Premier Stage Productions are proud to present this allsinging, all-dancing live stage show, starring Milkshake! favourites Little Princess and Scruff, Noddy and Tessie Bear, Roary and Big Chris, Fifi and Bumble and B1 and B2, the Bananas in Pyjamas. There will be new songs, classic favourites and funky dance moves. Fun for all the family. When: Friday 2 August, 1pm and 3.30pm Cost: £13, children £2 off. Family ticket £44. There is a £1 booking fee per ticket on this performance. No fees for Premiere Card or group bookings. Contact: Book online at or call 020 8561 8371 Where: Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, UB3 2UE

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A Wicked Weekend in Oz Workshop

Music Musical Madness

Thursday 25 - Saturday 27 July, various times Pastiche Musical Theatre proudly presents their annual charity fundraising event. There will be a variety of musicals, duets and novelties on the stage that will entertain and impress you like no other. The Pastiche Musical Theatre has raised £51,000 for charity since 1997, so come along and support the theatre to raise more. Cost: All tickets £10 Contact: Call 01895 673200 or visit www. Compass Theatre

Thursday Jazz

Every Thursday, 12.30pm to 2.30pm Spend the start your Thursday afternoon at Thursday Jazz! You can listen, clap along or even join in! The Tony Oliver band will play you a mix of jazz, blues and bossas. Refreshments will be available, so come and enjoy! Contact: Church office 07972 618584 or email admin@ St John’s Church

Last Night of the Proms

Saturday 14 September, 7.30pm Organised by Ruislip Lions, featuring Friary Guildford Brass Band. Fundraising for local charities. Contact: 01895 634743 Cost: £12 Winston Churchill Hall

Kids Treasure Island

Wednesday 7 August, 2pm or 6pm Treasure Island is a spectacular children’s show that will help inspire whilst entertain all the family. With a professional cast of actors, fantastic sets and bright costumes prepared to bring fun with this production. Come and enjoy Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale with twist this summer holiday! Cost: £11 (adult ticket) £9 (child ticket) £36 (family ticket) Contact: Book online now at Beck Theatre


Saturday 10 August, 10am A weekend workshop for 7 to 14 year-olds. Take the chance to work with a professional musical director and choreographer and learn the routines from Wicked and The Wizard of Oz. Cost: £38 each Contact: 01895 673200 or visit www. Compass Theatre

Tappy Toes for toddlers Every Tuesday, 10am to 10.30am Tappy Toes is story telling through movement and dance using props such as ribbons, bells and pom poms. Suitable for boys and girls, the classes can greatly improve children’s coordination and social skills, as well as challenging their imagination and creativity. Cost: £4.50 Contact: 07765 114444 hazeltappytoes@ Compass Theatre

Theatre Buddy and The Killer

Thursday 5 September, 7.30pm A rock ‘n’ roll production presents legendary icons Buddy Holly and ‘The Killer’ Jerry Lee Lewis! With a high energy performance, this unique production will have you on your feet. The show is backed by an excellent band ‘The Memphis Crickets’, who will create a feel-good show and a phenomenal night out! Cost: all tickets £18.50 Contact: Visit www. Beck Theatre

enjoy tea and cakes in the courtyard and other activities. This is a celebration of Cranford’s heritage; put your childhood memories of the part on our memory wall and bring your family photos of Cranford. Contact: secretary@ Cranford Countryside Park

Medieval Festival

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August, 11am to 4pm Attractions include jousting, demonstrations, medieval village, hog roast, crafts, stalls and activities. Contact: Visit www. for more information Manor Farm site


Monday 26 August, 12pm Join us on the traditional Bank Holiday Monday with your favourite way to celebrate the summer- a barbeque! A laidback, leisurely afternoon for all the family to enjoy. This includes a range of different barbeque food which is on offer. Cost: £17.50 (under 12s £10) Contact: Visit www. Beck Theatre

Clan Social Club

Various events throughout the week. A friendly club for unattached people aged 50+. Come and meet the members, make new friends and find out more about the club. Meets on the third Wednesday of the month at the Middlesex Arms Pub, South Ruislip. Contact: Tony 020 8230 8680 or Irene 01784 252209

Battle of Britain Bunker

Third Thursday of the month Come and enjoy the fresh air and good company and help maintain the gardens at Eastcote House. No experience necessary; training, tools and refreshments provided. Meet in the car park Contact: Lesley Crowcroft on lesley. Eastcote House Gardens

Open every weekend 10am to 4pm until the end of August The Bunker is the site from which most of the Battle of Britain was planned and controlled during the summer of 1940. There is no need to book in advance; visitors can simply turn up and view the Bunker’s museum areas and original operations room. Cost: Free, although visitors are encouraged to make a minimum donation of £3 per person. Contact: 01895 238154 RAF Uxbridge

Cranford Park Remembers

Duck Pond Farmers Market

Leisure Eastcote House Gardens volunteers

Saturday 3 August, 11am to 4.30pm Meet a Medieval knight, seek the Grey Lady,

First Sunday of the month 10am to 2pm Based in the beautiful 13 Century Great Barn

in Ruislip, the popular market plays host to many local producers. Alongside the market there is plenty of family friendly entertainment including face-painting, a petting zoo and local musicians. Cost: FREE The Great Barn

Crafts Craft Club

Every Wednesday from 1pm If you have a passion for knitting/sewing, why not join other people who share your hobby? Have a coffee and a chat while you enjoy working on your current project. If you don’t have a current project, materials are available within the church. Learn from others and share ideas! Contact: Church office 07972 618584 or email admin@ St John’s Church

Northwood Craft Market First Saturday of the month, 10am to 3pm Beautiful, original crafts, all handmade by local crafters. Hands-on craft sessions for children to make and take home. All ages welcome Cost: Free admission Contact: Visit www. northwoodcraftmarket. or keep up to date on Facebook and Twitter @CraftNorthwood Northwood Methodist Church Hall

Ruislip-Northwood Flower Arrangement Society Tuesday 3 September, doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start The demonstrator will be Kate Thomas, title This and That Cost: Visitor tickets can be purchased on the door for £4 Contact: 01923 829621 Northwood College

The Stage Is Yours

Monday 19 to Friday 23 August, 10am to 4pm A five-day musical theatre workshop for seven to 14-year-olds, culminating in a final performance on Friday 23 August at 3pm. Budding theatre stars will spend five days rehearsing songs and dance routines from hit musicals, old and new, all led by skilled tutors and performers of musical theatre. Cost: £95 plus a transaction fee of £1.25 online or £1.75 if over the phone

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what’s on? or counter, unless paid with cash or by Compass Club Members Contact: 01895 673200 or Compass Theatre

Card making and paper crafts classes

Last Thursday the month, 8pm Enjoy an evening of creativity with like minded people. Please bring your own glue and basic craft kit if available. Glue can be purchased at the class. No experience necessary. Cost: £12 or free with a min £15 order Contact: Tracy on 07788 746908 or tracyj.

Hillingdon Decorative and Fine Arts Society

Second Wednesday of the month, 2pm. Come and join this friendly group of people who are interested in all aspects of the Arts. There are a wide range of lectures, special interest days, visits and outings organised throughout the year. Guests are very welcome. Cost: £5 Contact: 01895 637479, 01895 637993 or text 07905 349139 Winston Churchill Hall

moving millions of people toward joy and health. Cost: £5, pay as you go. Contact: call 07835 120642 or email The Royal British Legion, Eastcote


Classes in Zumba body conditioning (dance and tone, great abs workout included), Zumba Gold (low impact dance fitness) and Zumba (original dance fitness), in Northwood, Ickenham, Northwood Hills, Pinner and Eastcote. Contact: Visit www. zumbawithtrisha. or email trisha@ for further details. Trisha 07919 276539

Bums and Tums

Tuesdays, 6.30pm to 7.30pm Contact: 07979952277 or St Paul’s Church Hall

Tap Dancing Adults

Tuesdays, 8pm to 9.30pm Contact: 07979 952277 or St Martins Church Hall

Legs, bums and tums

Wednesdays, 7.30pm to 8.15pm A workout suitable for everyone. Exercises to tone and shape. Contact: www.e2efitness. or 07951 577991 Bourne Primary School


Wednesdays 8.20pm to 9.10pm An easy to follow workout, suitable for beginners. No dance skills needed, just the desire to tone up and have fun! Contact: www.e2efitness. or 07951 577991 Bourne Primary School

Nordic Walking

Thursdays, 5.30pm to 6.30pm Nordic Walking uses poles, which means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs, to provide an all round workout. Using the poles works you harder, but makes it feel easier and you get the benefit of exercising in fresh air! Cost: £25 per course Contact: learningmoves@ 07771872592 Ruislip Lido car park

Circuit training

Wednesdays, 1.45pm to 2.45 pm Contact: 07979952277 or Ruislip Methodist

Thursdays, 7pm to 8pm A complete body workout suitable for everyone. Beginners can go at their own pace. Men, Women and Teenagers welcome. Contact: www.e2efitness. or 07951 577991 Barnhill Community Centre

New beginners’ yoga

Zumba Fitness Class


Cranford Countryside Park

Northwood Methodist Church Hall

Barnhill Community Centre

Eastcote House Gardens

Oaklands Gate, Northwood, HA6 3AA

The Great Barn

Southbourne Gardens, Eastcote, HA4 9SQ

Highgrove Pool

Reservoir Road, Ruislip, HA4 7TY

Exercise Zumba Fitness Classes

Every Tuesday 7pm to 8pm If you want to party yourself into shape, Zumba fitness is the one for you! It’s an exhilarating and exciting way to work out and get fit. This is the new way that is

Beck Theatre

Grange Road, Hayes, UB3 2UE Royal Lane, Uxbridge, UB8 3RF

Bourne Primary School

Field End Road, Eastcote, HA4 9PG

Compass Theatre

Glebe Avenue, Ickenham, UB10 8PD

High Road, Eastcote, HA5 2EG

Manor Farm site, Pinn Way, Ruislip, HA4 7QL

Bishopshalt School

Cavendish Pavilion

Tuesdays, 7.30pm Six week taster courses. Contact: Jackie on 01895 675426 or visit www. Cavendish Pavilion

The Parkway, Hounslow, TW5 9RZ

Ayles Road, Hayes UB4 9HG

Cedar Avenue, South Ruislip, HA4 6UJ

Nifty Fifty active senior fitness

Eastcote Road, Ruislip, HA4 8DZ

Michael Sobell House Hospice rear lawns Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, HA6 2RN

Mondays 6pm; Tuesdays 7.30pm; Wednesdays 8pm No dance experience necessary. Classes are fun and friendly. Come and join the party.

The Royal British Legion Ruislip Lido

Ruislip Methodist Ickenham Road, Ruislip, HA4 7BZ

St Edmund of Canterbury Church

Middlesex Suite

off Yeading Lane) Edmunds Close, Hayes, UB4 0HA

Northwood College

Royal Lane, Uxbridge, UB8 3QP

Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1LD

St John’s Church

Contact Ann-Marie on 07701 012927 or email or Facebook zumbathatbody Cost: £5 Mondays Walter Pomeroy Hall Tuesdays St Mary’s Church Hall Wednesdays St Edmund of Canterbury Church

Modern Jive – Ceroc Dancing

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8pm to 11pm Ceroc is a fusion of jive and salsa which is easy to learn and great fun. It’s a fantastic way to keep fit while having fun and a very sociable way to spend an evening. You don’t need to bring a partner and beginners are welcome. Cost: £8. Bring this advert and get free membership and free first night entry for new members. Contact: www.clubceroc. com, 020 8933 4350 or 07860 250961 Mondays West Drayton Community Centre Tuesdays and Thursdays Middlesex Suite

Yoga classes

Wednesdays, 7.30pm to 8.45pm and Sundays, 10am to 11am Pregnancy yoga on Sunday mornings, and classes for all levels on Wednesdays. Contact: Ammie on 07956 855445, emailammie@ or visit Sundays at Highgrove Pool Wednesdays in Northwood

St Mary’s Church Hall Hemmen Lane, Hayes, UB3 2JQ

St Martins Church Hall Eastcote Road, Ruislip, HA4 8DG

St Paul’s Church Hall Tiverton Road, Ruislip, HA4 0BP

Walter Pomeroy Hall Royal Lane, Hillingdon, UB8 3QU

West Drayton Community Centre

Harmondsworth Road, West Drayton, UB7 9JL

Winston Churchill Hall

Manor Farm site, Pinn Way, Ruislip, HA4 7QL

Maxwell Road, Northwood, HA6 2YE

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Local democracy Councillors’ names, addresses and advice surgeries councillors Council meeting dates and agendas 01895 250636 Conservative group office 01895 250316/250728 Electoral registration 01895 250251 electoralservices@ Labour group office 01895 250780/250271 Mayor’s Office 01895 250763 hillingdon people magazine

Advice and support

Age UK Hillingdon 020 8756 3040 Communicare Counselling Service 01895 256056 Consumer advice 08454 040506 Citizens’ advice Bureau 0844 848 7903 Hayes One Stop Shop 01895 556004 hayesonestop@ Healthwatch Hillingdon 01895 272997 Hillingdon Action Group for Addiction Management (HAGAM) 01895 207788 Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support 020 8606 6780 9am to 5pm Hillingdon Carers 01895 811206 Hillingdon Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service 020 8246 1745 Hillingdon Mind 01895 271559 Hillingdon Women’s Centre 01895 259578 NHS Wellbeing Centre Boots, High Street, Uxbridge 020 3214 5699 P3 Jobshop – Employment Services 020 8581 1056 P3 Navigator Hayes Housing Advice and Support Centre 020 8581 1054/5 navigatorhousing@ Victim Support Hillingdon 020 7259 2424

Care services

Adoption and fostering 01895 277850 Drugs or sexual health advice for young people up to 21 years 01895 257285

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Community information

Hillingdon Fire Station Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon, Middlesex UB10 0PH 020 8555 1200 ext 38228 hillingdongroup@ Samaritans 01895 253355 Social Security (Benefits Agency) 020 8426 3000 Affinity Water 0845 782 3333


Library information desk 01895 250600 Advice and guidance (young people) 01895 257855 Enquiries about school transport 01895 250008 Truancy hotline 01895 250858


Building control enquiries, inspection requests and dangerous structures 01895 250804 Dangerous structures (out of hours) 01895 250111 Land charges enquiries 01895 250689 Planning, trees and landscapes 01895 250230 Mon – Fri, 8am to 6pm


sportsdev@ Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre 020 8561 0956 Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex, Uxbridge 0845 130 7324 Highgrove Pool, Ruislip 01895 630753 Queensmead Sports Centre, South Ruislip 020 8845 6010 Active Lifestyles Gym, Minet 020 8573 2956

Environment and street scene

Current and proposed roadworks in Hillingdon roadworks Environmental Protection 01895 250190 Food, Health and Safety 01895 250190 Animal welfare 01895 250190 Pest Control 01895 250155 Parks Officers 01895 239241 Pavement issues 01895 556000 Trading Standards 01895 250164


Harefield Hospital 01895 823737 Hillingdon Hospital 01895 238282 Mount Vernon Hospital 01923 826111 Northwick Park Hospital 020 8864 3232 Watford General Hospital 01923 244366 NHS: 111


Metropolitan Police nonemergency number. 101 Textphone 18001 101 hillingdon.enquiries@ Community Safety Unit (to report race crime) 020 8246 1766


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