THE HILLS ECHO

Spring 2001

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

COUNCIL YELLOW CARDS

RADIO TELEPHONE MASTS

WHO CARES

TREE PLANTING

MEALS ON WHEELS/

ST. VINCENT’S HOSPITAL SITE

RUISLIP WOODS NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE

DOG OWNERS BEWARE

ONE WAY AROUND HARLYN SCHOOL

NORTHWOOD SCHOOL

PRIMARY CARE TRUST MEETINGS

RISING COSTS

NORTHWOOD LIVE AT HOME

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT and LOCAL COUNCILORS SURGERY

R.S.P.C.A. ANIMAL RESCUE CENTRE

NORTHWOOD LIONS CLUB

WE ARE NOW ‘ON-LINE’

PUBLIC LAVATORIES – Joel Street

HILLSIDE INFANT AND JUNIOR SCHOOLS SILVER JUBILEE

MINOR INJURIES UNIT

STAKEHOLDERS MEETING

A NOTE FROM YOUR LOCAL POLICE

NORTHWOOD HILLS  ‘ON THE WEB’

YOU HAVE TO LAUGH

PLANNING APPLICATIONS

HARROW RECREATION GROUND USERS ASSOCIATION

NORTHWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB

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CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

In May 2000 I was elected as Chairman of this Association. I realised that this was a position that called for commitment and a lot of work. Lishman Easby had been Chairman for the previous 17 years and it was well known that he had been extremely busy. Just how much work he got through I have, belatedly, become aware of. I am amazed he managed to stay the course for such a long time. I find that there are so many things to do, people to communicate with, people to see, letters to write. Time goes very quickly.

I again appeal to members to give us some help. It may be as Road Stewards, those people we rely upon so much to distribute the ‘Echo’ and collect our subscriptions, keeping us in touch with the members or perhaps you can help by serving on our Committee. It is very possible that you may have a skill or a concern that could be utilised for the benefit of us all. Help us to help everyone.

We are fortunate living in Northwood Hills, life is reasonably pleasant, and not too many things are causing concern.

Mobile Telephone Masts. The past year has seen possibly our biggest matter for comment. Proposals to site masts in various locations in Northwood Hills have been made, some were rejected after objections from residents, but several were granted. A more comprehensive article on this subject is elsewhere in this issue. This is a highly controversial subject, with no CLEAR evidence on either side. This Residents Association has a policy of assisting members / residents who do have objections to mobile telephone masts, we do not operate a blanket objection on sites throughout Northwood Hills.

Mrs Edna Holmes. Edna was elected Hon. Sec. last year, although suffering from ill health. She gave this association great help in our hour of need. Unfortunately she had a fall at home, suffered injuries and subsequently died. Her family and all her friends miss her. She stepped into the breach when help was sorely needed and she quickly became very involved. Her sudden death saddened us all. I looked for assistance and Margot Barnikel agreed to return as Acting Hon. Secretary for the remainder of the year. Many thanks.

Local Government Changes. As you receive this issue Hillingdon Council will be completing a consultative exercise on changes to the Council. Hopefully, you will have received pamphlets and have seen articles in the local press outlining the governmental options. These are fundamental items imposed by National Government on local communities. We have to pick one of three options to run the Council Business.

  1. Elected Mayor with a Cabinet
  2. Council Leader and Cabinet
  3. Elected Mayor and elected Council Manager

If you have an opinion MAKE SURE YOU RETURN THE QUESTIONNAIRE TO THE COUNCIL.

Joel Street Farm. Regretfully, there is no information available to give an update. The new owners, The Federation of Synagogues, have failed to respond to our communications and, therefore, we have no idea of what may be happening. All we do know is that Hillingdon Council have not received any application for ‘change of use’ for any sort of planning permission.

Millennium Commemoration. Your committee have not finalised decisions on how, we as a Neighbourhood Community should commemorate the New Millennium. It will be remembered that we received a donation from a member to instigate a commemoration of some kind. Ideas and thoughts would be welcome. It is hoped that the A.G.M. will be able to resolve this.

Hospitals. N.H.S. officials and some representatives from the public have been meeting in efforts to identify the site of North Hillingdon Community Hospital. Mount Vernon and Pinner and Northwood Cottage Hospital claims are being considered but the NHS committee has failed to meet for the past 3 months, therefore, no decision have been made. As we go to print (March 2001) the position is unknown and unsatisfactory. Bureaucracy in the NHS appears to be awful. Government money (our taxes) being put in the NHS is wasted if bureaucracy is king. We continue to argue for openness.

Policing. When did you last see a patrolling Police Officer? I don’t mean racing past in a response car, on way to an incident, but one walking on beat, looking after us, preventing situations getting out of hand. Community Policing, at least in Northwood/Northwood Hills seems to have gone. At best there are only two officers on Beat Duties north of Ruislip / Eastcote and mostly only one. This is not good enough and our concerns have been made known to the Borough Police Commander.

Joel Street Toilets. We are campaigning for the Public Toilets on Joel Street Bridge to be reinstated. Lots of complaints have been received over the Councils decision to remove access to the convenience. (See article in Echo). A petition is being circulated which will be presented to the Council. We have been told that our needs are less than other local communities and we want to how and why!!!!!!

All in all a reasonably good year with not too many problems. I hope to see you on Wednesday 9th May 2001 at the A.G.M.

Michael Thatcher

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COUNCIL YELLOW CARDS

Hillingdon Council have recently installed a new system for residents to notify the Council of problems.

Yellow cards, available at the Library, Joel Street Roundabout can be used to fast track information to the Council. Details of defects in roads, pavements, litter, abandoned cars etc. will be dealt with URGENTLY. If you use this system do not forget to keep a record of the incident.

At the rear of the ‘Echo’ will be found ‘USEFUL’ telephone numbers for the Council Officers, these continue to be of use. Again do not forget to request the name of the Council Officer and incident reference number.

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RADIO TELEPHONE MASTS

Mobile telephones are all the rage these days. It is claimed that 60%-70% of people living in the U.K. now have one. It is the must part of ‘must have’ for children of all ages, being used for secret messages, rarely for the purpose parents buy them, i.e. for emergency communications.

The use of these machines, mean the use of mobile telephone masts to relay the signals. I do not know whether these masts are safe, it seems no one knows. There is a great deal of ‘evidence’ being talked about but no one, or any central authority can unequivocally state telephones or masts are ‘safe’ or ‘not safe’.

However, what we do know is that the telephone companies wish to put up masts in many places. Public opinion is well divided as to masts but a lot of people apparently say ‘we need masts, but not near me’.

Northwood Hills is the preferred locality for siting a number of masts by various telephone companies. Applications were made to site one in Hillside Gardens but sufficient local people objected and the proposal was withdrawn. As we go to press another application has just been withdrawn for a site near St. Edmunds Church in Rickmansworth Road. Objections including St. Edmunds Church, Montessori School and local residents were lodged against this proposal.

It is the policy of Northwood Hills Residents Association to support such objections. We communicate with the Council, Telephone Companies, M.P. and local Councillors the concerns, real or perceived, of local residents. We assist the organisation of local people but the gathering of signatures for petitions is best left to them. We advise the writing of letters of objection to the Council and the telephone company. It is not necessary to state detailed objections, merely that the writer objects to the installation. Every person in the objecting household should write an individual letter, numbers count. It should be noted that Central Government has declared that ‘objections on perceived health grounds will not be considered’. Visual / obtrusive amenity are thought to be better objections. However, a very recent decision made by the Planning Inspectorate for a site in Stanmore has allowed ’perception of possible health risk’ to be a valid objection and, therefore, refused a mast proposal.

Your committee hosted a meeting on 28th February 2001 in order that a representative from the telephone company One 2 One could give a presentation. We were joined, by invitation, by representatives of several local Residents Associations, local business people and a member of staff from Harlyn School. It was disappointing that some residents association and schools failed to respond to our invitation. However, those present had a spirited question and answer session with no holds being barred. I don’t think any opinions were changed, but we are a little better informed. The general opinion is that there is likely to be more applications for types of radio masts, due to increased demand for mobile telephones. If people continue to purchase these machines, more masts are inevitable, where they are sited will be the question.

Michael Thatcher

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WHO CARES

Who cares about the condition of the roads and pavements?

Who cares about refuse collections?

Who cares about local policing?

Who cares about cars blocking our roads?

Who cares about local N.H.S. systems and our local hospitals?

Who cares about our schools?

Who cares about conservation and our open spaces?

WE ALL DO.

But who actually does something?

We do, NORTHWOOD HILLS RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION actively campaigns on your behalf on a wide variety of subjects. However, we need help, you. If you have an interest or some special concern and can spare some time, help us to help you and everyone else. Get involved, make it happen. It’s very worthwhile, and the satisfaction of winning will blow your mind. If you are concerned about something it’s very likely other people feel the same and by being active, locally, get it put right.

Northwood Hills Residents Association is non-political and non-religious and non-sectarian, we represent ALL inhabitants of Northwood Hills regardless.

‘Residents’ means all people living or working in our area. House owners, flat dwellers, renters, local authority or housing association tenants, shopkeepers and companies, we do not discriminate against any person.

We are here to help and you can help us. Become involved.     Please contact Mike Thatcher – Chmn.020 8866 2133

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TREE PLANTING

Trees absorb carbon dioxide, provide a home for a variety of wildlife, and enhance the appearance of our neighborhood. Over the past few years the number of trees in and around our streets have steadily declined. The gales, vandalism and disease have all taken their toll on our streets natural treasures. It was not until I carried out a mini survey that I realised how serious the situation had become. Help is at last at hand; Hillingdon Council has launched a tree-planting scheme called ‘The Chrysalis Programme’. If you think that a tree would enhance your street, please make a trunk call to contact me on 020 8866 3241 with the street and house number of your desired location and you could always persuade a friend to take a leaf from your book. To save anyone barking up the wrong tree, I will collate the requirements and pass on the master plan to the Trees & Woodland branch of Hillingdon Council. Not to worry if you do not know your Amelanchier Arboria from your Betula Jacquemontii, shape, large, medium or small will do, although if you have detailed requirements or a common name, all the better. Come on; let’s brighten up our streets.

Ray Krystofiak 020 886 3241

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MEALS ON WHEELS

WOMEN’S ROYAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE

M.O.W. has changed a lot since it first started in 1959 at Manor Farm Hall opposite the duck pond in Ruislip. Now, the W.R.V.S. jointly runs the operation with Hillingdon Council at Ascott Court, Wiltshire Lane, Eastcote.

Before it moved in 1966 the meals were wheeled round in a pram, full of hay with a wooden box in the middle. The food was put inside the box to keep hot. Next the meals were transported in private cars in charcoal burners. Now Hillingdon Council provides the White Vans and the Drivers & Escorts are W.R.V.S. volunteers.

We have 70 dedicated Men and Ladies working one day a week, or two days a month. The meals are delivered five days a week, by a fleet of five vans leaving Ascott Court at 11.15 am and returning at 1.00pm. We deliver over 3,000 meals each month, and in many cases this is the only person a Pensioner may speak to in a day.

Modern Food Standards Legislation has made one of the most important aspects of the job almost impossible; to deliver 40 meals over quite a large distance in 90 minutes leaves little time for a friendly chat, (perhaps we should revert to the days of the Pram).

The dedication of the volunteers is all too apparent at Ascott Court, and perhaps, if the W.R.V.S. did not provide this vital service it would not be done at all.

If you would like to know more about our Happy Volunteers call our office on 020 8868 7318. You will be made very welcome, and we need you.

W.R.V.S. Ascott Court

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ST. VINCENT’S HOSPITAL SITE

Plans are now well advanced for a new nursing home of 60 beds, including 15 for elderly patients with learning disabilities. All debts relating to the old hospital have been cleared and the League of Friends of St. Vincent’s Hospital, has £46,000 in hand which it is proposing to allocate, mainly to the furnishing of the new nursing home.

In the meantime some of the existing buildings are in use. These include an Alzheimer Unit and a Physiotherapy Unit. The latter, unfortunately, is due to close on 15th May this year. Also Hillingdon Autistic Care Support (HACS) are setting up both a day centre and residential unit for adults with Autism or Aspergers Syndrome. The future now seems bright and the Directors intend to keep the spirit of St. Vincent’s alive.

Lishman Y. Easby

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RUISLIP WOODS NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE

Maintenance of Ruislip Woods is proving difficult due to lack of available funds. The Council budget is £93,000 to which we can add other income making a total of £118,000, which works out at £156 per acre. If this low level of income remains we will be faced with inadequate maintenance and statutory obligations will not be met.

The Ruislip Woods Management Advisory Group, on which I serve as Association Representative, are, in co-operation with the Borough Council, looking at ways of increasing available funds. This is vital in order to manage and maintain the Woods to ensure their long-term preservation and provide enjoyment to visitors. Ruislip Woods is an ancient woodland and the largest in the London area. It would be very sad if it should deteriorate through lack of funds.

There are two options to be considered in order to prevent this happening.

  1. Corporation of London
    This Corporation are custodians of Burnham Beeches, Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath. They spend £1,016 per acre on Burnham Beeches and would be able to maintain Ruislip Woods in a satisfactory manner. The would, however, require the transfer of the Woods ownership entirely to them. The Management Group would act as the local advisor.
  2. The National Trust
    With the National Trust the Council budget of £93,000 would continue and a management agreement would be negotiated. It is anticipated that further funds would be available. The Woods would, however, remain under the ownership of the Borough Council who would welcome the expertise of the National Trust and its experience in improving access for the public. The Management Group would continue to act as local advisors.

Of the two options the National Trust is the most attractive as our Borough Council would retain ownership. Negotiations are now proceeding between the National Trust and the Borough but it may be sometime before the outcome is known.

Lishman Y. Easby

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DOG OWNERS BEWARE

At long last Hillingdon Council have passed a by-law whereby dog owners who allow their pets to foul footpaths and other public areas, and who do not clear up the mess, face a fixed penalty fine of £25.00. If they do not pay the fine within 14 days, they will be prosecuted and, possibly, have a fine of £1000,00.

By the state of the pavements in and around Northwood Hills this is long overdue, the only problem is when and how will it be enforced.

There has been a by-law in this area for over 60 years whereby any person allowing their dog to foul public places would be prosecuted, but there is no record of any person ever being prosecuted.

In fact the only person I know ever to be prosecuted for this offence was Shirley Bassey, but that was in Leicester, some 40 odd years ago when she permitted her pet poodle to foul the footpath in the city centre outside the Palace Theatre. But that was in the days when there were policemen patrolling the streets and Robert Mark (a very efficient and conscientious law officer) was Chief Constable.

I hope all members of the community, when they are out exercising their dogs will take adequate precautions to obey this by-law in the interests of a cleaner and more hygienic environment. If members of the public have any problems they can be reported by phoning 01895 250155. The message to all dog owners is get a ‘Pooper Scooper’ or carry a plastic bag when you are out exercising your dog. 

By Stroller

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ONE WAY AROUND HARLYN SCHOOL

To experience traffic congestion, visit a school at starting and leaving times. This problem can be seen around Harlyn Primary School, Tolcarne Drive, where parents and others taking young children to school, park for a short while. Drivers enter this narrow road from each end, encounter cars coming from the other direction and find insufficient room to maneuvre, the problem being exacerbated by parked cars. This usually ends up with one car reversing a considerable distance, which is not only time consuming but also is dangerous when children are crossing the road. There does seem to be a solution. Over a decade ago, Harlyn School and this Association discussed the problem and decided to promote a voluntary one-way system around the school, during starting and closing times. This entailed circling the school in an anti-clockwise direction. Drivers approaching from Joel Street direction would turn right into Harlyn Drive and re-enter Tolcarne Drive from Chamberlain Way. If everyone taking children to school adopted this voluntary system, traffic would flow better, parking would be easier and it would be safer for the children. Also gone would be the frustration experienced as one approaches the school one minute to bell time.

Lishman Y. Easby

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NORTHWOOD SCHOOL

Snippets taken from the School News letters issued monthly

Charity Week. The school raised an excellent total of over £4,000. The bulk of the money will go to Cancer Research but £300 went to Grangewood School to help replace their minibuses which were vandalised. A special mention was made of Michael Hollands in Year 8 who raised £153 for the charity appeal. The school also sponsor a child in Senegal.

Day Trip to Aachen. 4 members of staff and 44 pupils enjoyed a very successful trip to the Christmas Market on Friday 8th December, although it would appear to be slightly more than a day trip as they didn’t arrive back in Northwood until 3am the next day.

Free Software. The school are appealing for tokens appearing in the Daily and Sunday Telegraph to enable them to get free IT software. Last year they were able to obtain completely free 15 software titles.

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PRIMARY CARE TRUST MEETINGS

Venue – Winston Churchill Hall, Ruislip

Timing – 2.30pm Friday Afternoons

Dates – as below

This forum, composed of several G.P.s and administrators, is intended to give ordinary members of the public the opportunity to meet and question the members of the panel about topics relating to the National Health Service; although, of course, questions relating to individual patient care or the performance of individual members of staff cannot be discussed at the open sessions of the meeting. This is a Government initiative, and is intended to replace C.H.C.s Community Health Councils.

The attendance at these PCT meetings is poor, because very few members of the public seem to know where and when they are held. I have tried, unsuccessfully, to encourage the Trust to use alternative venues, such as ‘Fairfield’ in Northwood Hills. If local residents were to attend in large numbers, they may wish to make this point more emphatically, as well as raising any issues about which they may have particularly strong views. I look forward to seeing you there. Whilst writing, may I remind everyone of two issues (apart from parking and Super loos!) which are currently being addressed for public consultation. They are, the way the Council could be run in the future, and the Council’s ‘asset management revue’.

Please ensure that you participate in the consultation process, because this is serious stuff, and everyone’s opinion is vital.

Councillor David Bishop.

Executive Team Meetings 2001 – members of the public may attend from 2.30pm.

Friday May 4th 

Friday June 1st

Friday July 6th

Friday August 3rd

Friday September 7th

Friday October 5th

Friday November 2nd

Friday December 7th

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RISING COSTS

We try to keep the cost of membership of this Association as low as possible to be sure it is affordable by all, but I am sure you will appreciate that the newsletters alone cost 2/3 of your yearly membership fee. If you feel able to afford a little more, say £2 instead of £1 it will help

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NORTHWOOD LIVE AT HOME

 -----------celebrates three years this month….and boy has it grown!

The Live At Home Scheme began with a small handful of people reaching out to help the elderly in our Northwood community. Today is has over 70 members and over 40 volunteers.

The Live At Home Schemes up and down the country come under the national banner of Methodist Homes for the Elderly. Locally we are sponsored by Churches Together in Northwood and managed by a local committee drawn from most of the churches in Northwood together with community groups, members and volunteers.

We constantly need volunteers to help out with all aspects of our service. The success of the Scheme depends on the enthusiasm and commitment of our volunteers. Those already working with us are a grand bunch and are owed a great debt of thanks.

There are many ways in which a volunteer can help with the Northwood Live at Home Scheme.

  1. Befriending – This is our most important work. A volunteer is personally introduced to a member. A simple cup of tea and a chat or a phone call each week can make a big difference in the life of someone living on their own and unable to get out independently. It helps to rebuild self-confidence, reduce isolation and loneliness and lead to a greater quality of life. Lasting friendships are often started this way.
  2. Driver volunteer – we now have our own minibus (driver training available) and offer shopping and social trips once or twice a month. Own car drivers are also very welcome. The more we have the easier the rota.
  3. Outing volunteers – on our social days out, pub lunches and shopping trips we need wheelchair pushers and offers of helping hands or someone to read the small print on the labels. These outings are very enjoyable both for members and volunteers.
  4. Fund-raising volunteers – we need to raise funds to keep our Scheme up and running. The minibus alone is a big outlay. New ideas for fund-raising events are also welcome. Volunteers assist with various funding events during the year.
  5. General volunteer – we already have a much valued office volunteer but perhaps you have a few moments free to help out occasionally e.g. tidy op the leaves in a garden, change a light bulb, put up some coat hooks etc.

If you feel you could help our elderly neighbours in any way please call and have a chat with either Elizabeth Balfre (co-ordinator) or Chris Burch on 01923 842494. The office is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am – 1pm and telephone messages are picked up each day. We would love to hear from you.

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MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT and LOCAL COUNCILORS SURGERY

On the 3rd Monday of each month (excepting August), between 8pm and 9pm in Northwood Hills Library Annexe, you can meet with our Member of Parliament and one or other of our Local Councillors.

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R.S.P.C.A. ANIMAL RESCUE CENTRE

SOUTH RIDGE – Nr Potters Bar / St Albans. - Are you fond of dogs but have, perhaps, reached the stage in your life where you don’t wish to take on the commitment of owning one, or live somewhere where it’s not so convenient to have a pet?

Well, there is a way that you can enjoy walking the countryside with a canine companion and keep fit at the same time. All the rescued dogs need to be exercised and the centre likes them to be exercised at least twice a day, more if possible. Volunteers who are able to make a commitment, it doesn’t have to take up too much of your time, once a week or once a fortnight would be welcome, walk the dogs round the many acres belonging to the R.S.P.C.A. and let them loose to play in the compound with a ball or just to let of steam with a gallop around.

During the crisis period of Foot and Mouth Disease the rescued dogs are in quarantine for two weeks before entering the public area, but under more normal circumstances they are quarantined for between 3 – 7 days depending on their condition and behaviour. Volunteers only walk the dogs that are judged to be reliable; staff walk those of a more doubtful nature..

To participate in this scheme you need to be over 18 years and under 110 years and need an up-to-date tetanus inoculation, you will also be asked to produce I.D.

For more information you may phone 0870 4427104, but I am told this is frequently left on an ansafone, or visit the centre anytime on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday 11am – 4.30pm or Sunday 1pm – 4.30pm
South Ridge Animal Centre, Packhorse Lane, South Mimms.

Happy Walking Margot Barnikel

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NORTHWOOD LIONS CLUB

March 2001

A phone call from Margot Barnikel reminded me that once again it is time to produce an article about the activities Northwood Lions Club. Whilst it is always a pleasure to talk to Margot, she does bully one into an activity that requires a lot of thought to produce an article that both informs and keeps the reader interested.

Our club has 19 members, with ages ranging from 22 to that age where the first free bus pass is a distant memory. We are always seeking new members, so if you are in a position where you would like to help the local community, raise funds for charity and have fun whilst doing so, please join us. On the social side, we have been to the theatre; enjoyed meals out in local hostelries, taken part in inter-club quiz competitions and paraded in the Lord Mayor’s Show.

During the past five months we have donated £4,500.00 to charities. This included £3,000.00 to Grangewood School towards the cost of a mini-bus to replace the one destroyed by vandals. No doubt many of you will have read about this in the local papers. The majority of this money was raised in the Northwood area by collections at Waitrose and the Northwood Carnival. We have also undertaken 150 hours of community service (not, I hasten to add, of the type imposed by Magistrates Courts!).

We also held a Fish and Chip Supper for local elderly residents, entertaining about 70 people. The interesting factor with this function is not their need for the food but the social contact they enjoy during the evening. If you know anybody who would benefit from such an event please let us know and we will make every effort to include them this year.

We are already planning this year’s carnival, so I will take this opportunity to get in a couple of plugs for this event, which will take place at the park in Chestnut Avenue, Northwood on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August. We always welcome the involvement of local residents or communities so if you want to run a fundraising or commercial stall, please contact Andrew Allen on 020 8863 4626. Alternatively if you and the family would like to join us for a local fun day please remember the date.

There should be about 50 stalls of all types; a small fun-fare, a variety of arena games and a dog show with some amusing classes. All the profits from the carnival will be shared between The Paul Strickland scanner appeal and other local charities. So please some along and give us your support.

Eric Holland

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WE ARE NOW ‘ON-LINE’

The Northwood Hills Residents Association has now entered 21st century technology – we are ‘on line’. Take a look at our web site at  www.northwoodhills.co.uk Development work is still in the early stages but we will be updating the information on a regular basis. Please feel free to contact Ray Krystofiak on 020 8866 3241 if you have any suggestions for our site.

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PUBLIC LAVATORIES – Joel Street

Hillingdon Council closed and bricked up the ONE public lavatory in our neighbourhood. They also closed many other public lavatories in Hillingdon. However, in other locations ‘Superloos’ were installed. We have contacted the Council Officer in charge of installing ‘Superloos’ and asked ‘What about one for us’? We have been told that we have little or no chance of getting a ‘Superloo’ installed. Northwood Hills is FAR down the list, other neighbourhoods will be allocated before us. Apparently THEY have greater need than us. We are told that the Environmental Committee, Chaired by Mr Michael Heywood is responsible for allocating the sites for ‘Superloos’. We wish to know what the criteria are that decides that Northwood Hills should be denied a ‘Superloo’. We have written to Mr Chairman Heywood but to date have not received a reply.

A number of local residents have complained to us and we have decided to petition the Council in an effort to remedy this appalling situation. Please sign our petition, which, is being circulated locally.

Should you feel strongly about this matter, write to Michael Heywood, Chairman of the Environmental Committee and let him know that you as an individual and us as a Community will campaign most vigorously.

This is a community that contains a large number of elderly people who have a great need for a convenient public convenience. A Public convenience should be the MORAL RIGHT of any neighbourhood even if it is not a legal one.

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HILLSIDE INFANT AND JUNIOR SCHOOLS SILVER JUBILEE

Friday 15th December saw the silver jubilee of Hillside Infant and Junior School. The original Pinner Road Primary was on the site of the present day Waller Drive and moved to Northwood Way before Christmas 1975.

The silver jubilee celebrations were an opportunity for parents, pupils, staff, governors and members of the Parent-Teachers’ Association, past and present, to get together, to reminisce and to catch up on the happenings of the past 25 years.

Sadly, Arthur Baggs, the head of the old Pinner Road School, who became the first head of the new junior School, passed away a few years ago. However, it was lovely to see Heather Manthorpe, the first head of the Infant School, and Mr Elliott, deputy head of the original junior school, neither of whom appeared to have aged at all during the past 20 years.

The existing head teachers, Chris Drake and Robert Waddy, welcomed some 250 Hillsiders past and present. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves immensely, including our longest serving member of staff, Susan Clay. She joined the Infant School as Welfare Assistant in September 1978 and was one of the main organisers of the event. There was even a suggestion that we ought to do something similar every year, but reluctantly we have decided to wait until 2026, in order to celebrate our 50th anniversary!

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MINOR INJURIES UNIT

This unit at Mount Vernon Hospital can now be found near the main x-ray department in the Princess Christian Building. The Unit is open from 8am – 10 pm and is able to deal with a range of conditions including cuts, sprains, bruises, burns, stings, broken bones and eye injuries.

Any queries regarding the services available can be obtained by phoning 01923 844332.

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STAKEHOLDERS MEETING

North Hillingdon Community Hospital Project - What is it?

It is a group of professionals and interested people meeting to advise on the Health facilities in this area.

There was a meeting held on 12th September 2000 with future meetings scheduled to be held monthly.

A wide group of people attended the September meeting including GPs, hospital doctors, staff from the Northwood & Pinner Hospital as well as that hospital’s Development Chairman and it’s League of Friends Chairman and Dr Shaw from its Nursing Home, staff from Hillingdon Hospital, Harrow & Hillingdon Health Care Trust and representatives of two CHCs. A hope was expressed that regular meetings of this group would lead to swift progress.

Unfortunately, all meetings since that date have been cancelled.

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A NOTE FROM YOUR LOCAL POLICE

The past few months have shown a steady decline in residential burglaries in Northwood Hills. We average four per month. As the warmer weather comes there is the temptation to leave ground floor windows open. Often patio and rear doors are left open in the evenings whilst the family are engrossed in another part of the house. Burglars take advantage of these ventilation practices to nip in and grab small portables like purses and cameras – and you won’t even know they came in until you can’t find something!

The Police mounted pro-active initiatives to combat burglars across the borough before Christmas and these will be repeated during the following year. These initiatives, together with your crime prevention measures, caution and willingness to report suspicious activity will reduce burglaries and protect you.

There has been one street robbery and one pickpocket in Northwood Hills since December. The victims have been young but even middle-aged people can be at risk. Young people are often tempted to display mobile phones and designer items whilst out and about. They may pose as victims by doing this. Our advice is to keep the main cash concealed with, maybe, a small amount that can be sacrificed, available. It is better to surrender property than risk violent assault, often with the risk of knives. Awareness of one’s surroundings and who else is about is the greatest skill anyone can develop to avoid street robbery and that, along with concealment will diminish the risk of pickpockets.

Motor vehicles are still at risk when left in the streets. Property left in vehicles is at risk of theft, especially if visible. Thatcham approved alarms and immobilisers will protect your vehicle and, over five years, pay for themselves through reduced insurance premiums. There are vehicle-monitoring services, which notify the police when a vehicle is taken and allow police to track its movements. These services can be passed to the buyers of the vehicle when sold on and are a worthwhile investment for a valuable conveyance.

The Metropolitan Police are beginning to recruit more officers but the effects of this will take a while to impact on policing in Hillingdon.

Keep Safe.

Malcolm Ruddock PC163XH. Tel 0208 246 1941 (answer phone)

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NORTHWOOD HILLS 'ON THE WEB'

Once you’ve visited the new Residents’ Association website why not go to another local site which has won praise from around the world?

Harlyn School’s visitors’ page has received messages from many former pupils. Some have shared nostalgic memories of Northwood Hills over the past 50 years. Here’s a selection:

Jill Stewart-Moore - Belfast.  "Well done with your web site. I am the daughter of Tom Baker (first Harlyn headmaster). I have just visited him in South Wales. He is in his eighties now, with failing health but I know he will be delighted with the news on this web site from Harlyn. Keep it up!"

J Michael Brazier – former pupil - Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. "I lived at Haydon Court, Northwood Hills and I started my school days at Harlyn in 1956. I moved to Ruislip, then Harefield and when I was 18 to Australia. It was a real treat to find your web page.

Vernon E. Smith - Vancouver, Canada. "It was somewhat nostalgic to look at your location map. I lived at 129 Tolcarne Drive as a child from 1940 to 1949 when we emigrated to Canada. I recognised many of the street names. I went to Pinner Road Elementary School just beyond the roundabout at the end of Windsor Close. At that time 131 was the last house on Tolcarne Drive and the apparent location of your school was just a farmer's field. I can remember walking with my mother down the rest of Tolcarne Drive, over to a footpath beside the railway line, then up some stairs to the Cuckoo Hill bridge and down to Mr Collinson's grocery near Pinner Green. There were excellent blackberries in the brambles along that footpath. I remember the different coloured ration books for infants, children and adults and old Mr Collinson cutting off so many ounces of cheese with a wire cutter."

Graham McKnight - former pupil - Falmouth, Cornwall. "I attended Harlyn all my Primary years until 1987 and still fondly remember all the great times I had there. I still remember the teachers who were great: Mr Drake, Mrs Jonas (with her big flared trousers), Mrs Greenwood, Mrs Blades. After Harlyn I attended Haydon for one year before we moved to Cornwall. Your website is great and has brought back a lot of fond memories...keep up the good work (and where has Mrs Meyrick gone?)"

Alan Burchett - former pupil, - Ruislip. "I was in the first group of pupils when the school was opened, being transferred from Coteford School. I have many (all) happy memories of Harlyn, Mr. Baker, Mr Clinch, Mrs Peterkin, Ms Mason and Mrs Ruark (Head Cook). In those days if you were naughty Mr Baker applied suitable punishment and it hurt! My very best wishes to the present pupils, staff and governors. The OFSTED analysis confirms the standards that I would expect from a great school."

Graham Peck - former pupil - Melbourne, Australia. "Myself and my two older brothers, Terry and Trevor, attended Harlyn School between 1959 and 1964. We all have fond memories of our days at Harlyn and would like to hear from any former pupils and teachers who may remember us."

Shani Wilhelm - former pupil - Alberta, Canada. "I remember wonderful times at Harlyn, with great teachers. My favourite at the time being Mr Hildrew. Mr Baker was the headmaster at the time and he was everything a headmaster should be. I can definitely say I look back on those times with the fondest of memories."

Paul Gerfen - former pupil - Sandown, Isle of Wight. "I had many happy days at Harlyn. Some of the teachers I could never forget, Mrs Greenwood, Mrs Lee, Mr Hildrew, Mrs Hunter and of course not forgetting Mr Baker."

Hope and Toby Saltwell, Former Pupils, - Sydney, Australia. "Hello to all in Mrs Benjamin's class and Miss Watkin's class at Harlyn. We're having a great time in Sydney though Hope does miss her friends. We have kept in touch with some by email. Bye for now."

Cathryn Porter, Parent, - Pinner. "As Chairman of the Fund Raising Association I would like to thank all the parents, staff and children for their support over the last year. We raised approximately £10,000."

Matthew Bickham, Pupil, - Northwood Hills. "Harlyn is a wicked school, totally hip (for all you parents)."

Emma Rogers - former pupil from Northwood Hills. "Thanks for the great time I had at Harlyn"

Nicola Faichney - former pupil from Northwood Hills. "Hi to everyone. I left Harlyn in 1995. I am now at Northwood School. You have a great website!"

Katie Evans - former pupil - Northwood Hills. "I left Harlyn six years ago and now I am in Haydon Sixth Form,really missing you all there and thanks for everything.

If you would like to visit the Harlyn School web-site, here’s the address:  http://www.harlynschool.demon.co.uk

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YOU HAVE TO LAUGH

An Old Peoples party, reported recently in the Kingston Borough Guardian, that 150 Pensioners ate 250 sausage rolls, 250 mince pies, 2 cases of sherry, cakes, turkey and a mountain of sandwiches. Cars were provided for those unable to walk!!!

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PLANNING APPLICATIONS – Planning Officer Lishman Easby

During the past few months the planning scene has been dominated by proposals to install mobile phone stations in our area. The objective is to relay signals to and from mobile telephones in the vicinity. These stations need to be no more than half a kilometre apart in a built-up area in order to be fully effective.

A group of experts, led by Sir William Stewart has investigated, on behalf of the Government, any possible effects on health posed by mobile telephone technology. Their conclusion was that ‘the balance of evidence indicates that there is no risk to the health of people living near base stations on the basis that exposure is expected to be a small fraction of the guidelines’.

However, gaps in scientific knowledge led the Stewart Group to recommend a precautionary approach until more research findings are available. They added that in some cases people well-being may be adversely affected by the insensitive sighting of base stations. The precautionary remarks made by the Stewart Group indicate that some doubt lingers because of the lack of knowledge. Although there maybe no evidence that the base stations will prove harmful there is no PROOF that they are harmless.

The contra side of the dilemma is that about half of the population have a mobile phone and they expect to be able to use them. No doubt these numbers will increase. Mobile phones can be very useful and in cases of extreme emergency have been known to save lives.

In order to collect as much information as possible I have been in contact with the Planning Department at the Civic Centre and residents living near a proposed site. I have also contacted a representative from One 2 One who offered to visit and speak to our Committee. This offer was taken up and our Chairman arranged a meeting. A report appears in this issue of the ‘Hills Echo’.

The powers of a local authority are limited as these masts are classed as ‘Permitted Development’. They cannot refuse them on health grounds unless they contravene the guidelines laid down following the Stewart report. The Council, therefore, can only refuse on grounds of visual impact adversely affecting residents. Recently we have dealt with three applications as follows.

Junction of Hillside Crescent and Hillside Gardens - Local residents objected and were supported by us. The Council refused the application under delegated powers.

Land fronting on St. Edmunds Church, Pinner Rd - Residents on both sides of the Hillingdon/Harrow border wrote letters of objection to the Council. Our Chairman also visited residents in the vicinity of the site. Eventually the applicants withdrew their application.

Land adjacent to footpath between 1 Daymer Gardens and 78 Catlins Lane - This site is in Eastcote but close enough to our border to be of concern to some of our residents. Eastcote Residents Association and this Association both lodged objections. The Planning Department have refused the application under delegated powers. I am grateful for the help given to us by our M.P. John Wilkinson, who has supported us on each case.

Other Planning Applications dealt with include: -

Mini-skip site, Ryefield Crescent - The use of this site as a short-term storage for mini-skips was given a temporary and conditional approval about 2 years ago. At that time officers of our Committee and some residents met the applicant who agreed certain conditions to prevent the site being a nuisance to residents. In their approval the Council made similar conditions. These conditions were not met and the applicant has been refused permission to continue. The applicant is now under an obligation to cease operation and clear the site. Enforcement Officers are currently, actively watching this site.

Rear of 83-91 Joel Street - An application was made to build a block of flats on this site, which is situated in Tolcarne Drive behind the shop ‘Matts & Slatts’. We objected but the application was approved. The applicant has now put forward a new proposal and instead of a large block of flats now proposes to build a pair of semi-detached houses continuing the existing Tolcarne Drive building line and also a smaller block of flats to the rear of the site and fronting on Ryefield Crescent. We decided not to object, as the proposal seemed better than the one already approved. We did, however, ask the Planning Department to ensure that there would be space for loading and unloading at the rear of the shops and ensure adequate parking space for residents and visitors cars. The application is still being considered.

23 Hillside Crescent - Extensions to this property in the past have been regarded, by your committee, as extremely unreasonable and have had an adverse effect on the adjoining house. In spite of objections from us, supported by Councillors, M.P. and many others the Council were unable to refuse as the proposals did not contravene regulations. I referred to this and similar problems in the Autumn 2000 edition of the Hills Echo. We were surprised when yet another application was received for a further extension, which has been completed without approval. This time the Planning Department refused the application but the applicant appealed and the appeal was upheld by the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol. Yet another example of our elected Council and residents being over-ruled by the Inspectorate. In dealing with extensions we do try to be reasonable but at the same time we consider any possible detrimental effect on neighbours.

Shops

24, Joel Street - We have supported an application by the Sports Shop to build an extension to the rear of 24 Joel Street, formally occupied by Janitorial Services.

Extension to Thai restaurant to include ex National Westminster Bank - This proposal was approved a year or two ago. We did not object to it as the old Bank premises were an eyesore and had been vacant for a long time. The extension has now been completed and the restaurant has now re-opened under the name ‘Aunchalee’ and under new management. We wish it every success.

52 Joel Street (ex Mansbridge) – change of use to office - It is our policy to retain the maximum number of retail outlets in Joel Street and had this been an application for change to restaurant we would have objected. After careful consideration we decided not to object providing that the percentage of retail frontage on that side of Joel Street does not drop below the 70% laid down in the Unitary Development Plan (UDP).

Finally - In vetting all applications we consider the needs of both applicant and other residents. Our main concern must be the benefit of all our residents, which means that at times we have to oppose an application in consideration for neighbours and other residents. Fortunately this seldom happens apart from new developments an, of course, ‘change of use’ resulting in loss of retail outlets.

Lishman Y. Easby

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HARROW RECREATION GROUND USERS ASSOCIATION

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RAYNERS LANE BAPTIST CHURCH SUNDAY SPECIAL CLUB

To all children who use wheelchairs and those with Special Needs.

Harrow Recreation Ground has some wonderful new equipment in their play area. A roundabout that takes children in wheelchairs with their friends, a seesaw with footrests and back supports, and activity panels everyone can enjoy.

Do come and try them out. The roundabout is a new design made especially for us and the only one like it in Britain! Come and have fun in the park. The car-park adjacent to the playground is in Roxborough Road.

For further details please contact Linda Carroll (Sunday Special Leader) 020 8868 1942 or Janet Tublin (HRUA) 020 8861 1157

 

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NORTHWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB

In their first season, in the Ryman League First Division, Northwood Football Club have had a most satisfying season. The highlight of which, was reaching the Fourth Qualifying Round of the Axa Football Association Cup. In the Trophy ‘The Woods’ reached the Third Round for the first time. ‘’The Woods’ have also reached the Quarter-Final of the League Cup, and the Quarter Final of he Middlesex Charity Cup. Currently lying in 10th position in the League, Northwood Football Club Manager Tony Charles, his coaches and the team, can be well satisfied with their season’s performance. The Reserve side, the Third X1 and the Veterans side, have also had a good season so far. On the Youth side, all sides from Under8’s to Under 18’s are performing well in their respective Leagues. Support from local residents is always welcome. So why not come down to your local Friendly Football Club. Posters are displayed in shops around the Northwood and Northwood Hills area.

Steve Cansdale

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Issue 02 last updated 29th October 2006