August 21, 2014
If you are a local organisation in Northwood and the surrounding areas, your Councillors would like you to get touch, as they are organising an event to help you get in touch with local people who have time to volunteer, rather like a university Fresher’s Fair.
Organisations are invited to take a table or set up a stand and show what they do and what volunteers they might need to help deliver their service or support their organisation. Set up time will be from 9am on the morning and we will need to vacate by 3.30pm
There is no charge for a space and the LB Hillingdon, Northwood Residents ‘Association, other Residents’ Association, My Northwood News and the Gazette series will advertise the event locally and across the borough.
Northwood College in Maxwell Road, Northwood, has donated their hall and there will be teas, coffees and soft drinks available. Parking is available in Green Lane car park in Northwood for potential volunteers. Some on site parking is available for organisations attending and we will make arrangements for unloading and loading as required.
To book a space, please email your organisation’s details and contacts, as well as the sort of organisation you are and the space you would like (if you have your own stand). The email contact is firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted to have 20 organisations booked thus far. The organisations joining us at the present time are:
- Michael Sobell Hospice
- Hillingdon Women’s Centre
- Compass Theatre / Manor Farm
- Northwood Lions
- Age UK Hillingdon
- Hillingdon CAB
- Restless Development
- Mencap North
- Homestart Hillingdon
- Victim Support Hillingdon
- Community Cancer Centre Yiewsley
- Hillingdon Samaritans
- Northwood Futures
- Ruislip Easctote Scouts
- London Wildlife Trust
I will update you when I have more information.
August 4, 2014
Nick Hurd MP, with Dominic Grieve MP and John Randall MP have written another joint letter to Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport, calling for the Government to drop proposals for a Heathrow Spur to HS2, Click the following link to see the letter in full Heathrow Spur letter DGJRNH 220714
August 4, 2014
Some of us have been campaigning for some time now that our area should be treated the same as rural areas when it comes to compensation for HS2 – if it goes ahead. As you may recall, the previous proposals treated our area as ‘urban’ and not eligible for certain parts of the package. The effect was that no compensation was available for residents in Ickenham and Harefield. That was unacceptable. As I argued in my public response to the consultation, and in meetings with Ministers:
‘Similar properties in similar landscapes face being treated in different ways because of an arbitrary judgement that is not supported by any evidence, there should be no distinction between urban and rural.’
We won the argument. This matters because it means that a number of local properties, principally in the Greenway and Hoylake Crescent, will now be eligible for some compensation.
What is new ?
1. Owner occupiers of properties within 60 and 120 metres of the line will be able to sell their houses at pre HS2 market value. They will also be able to rent back the property if they so wish. Alternatively they can choose a cash payment of between £30 – 100k.
2. Owner occupiers of properties between 120m and 300m from the proposed line will also be eligible for payments which are proposed to be tax free. There will be a sliding scale offered between £22,500 and £7,500 based on proximity to the line.
3. The old Exceptional Hardship scheme is being replaced by a new Need to Sell scheme, which is proposed to have more relaxed criteria than previous scheme. Homeowners must currently prove they would suffer from ‘exceptional hardship’ from the building of the line however the new proposed scheme will relax the current rules, requiring only a ‘compelling reason’ to sell but are unable to do so because of HS2.
The HS2 Property Consultation 2014 seeking views on these changes was launched on Tuesday 8th July and runs until 23.45 on Tuesday 30 September. The consultation document and maps (see London part d) are available online at:
It is important that as many people as possible respond with their views. I will also be working with local campaign groups to reflect the local view on these proposals.
I am pleased that some of the most directly affected homeowners in the area will now receive compensation. That principle is important because the old proposal was unfair. However I am well aware that for the broader Ickenham and Harefield communities, this does not change the cost of HS2 to the area. That is why I will continue to work with the Council, Resident Associations, and petitioners to argue for the mitigation measures I have set out before – including a tunnel extension and the preservation of HOAC.