Minutes of the Harefield Tenants & Residents Association Meeting held on
Monday 10th July 2023, Park Lane, Village Centre, Harefield
Chair Janet Brown
Treasurer Helen Conchar
Current Committee Members
A total of 28 members signed in the book.
Thanks to HC for signing in members at the door.
JB welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending.
Minutes of Last Meeting
Agreed as a true copy and approved; members had all received a copy; proposed by TW seconded by John Smith
Matters Arising from the Minutes
High Street Community Shop
JB reported she had received an email from Helena Webster (Who presented to HTRA at the beginning of the process) and had spoken to Sally Williams (Retail Revival) in the shop. Hayley Thomas (LBH) had been working on a funding bid to HS2 the draft of which had been sent to JB (JB checked and had not apparently received. Draft bid to be resent to make sure that it fits with HTRA aspiration for the Community Shop which could run, subject to a successful bid to HS2, up until a break clause in March 2025.
Parking at Football club at various events - nothing further to report from members
Pedestrian refuge and other road safety measures in Rickmansworth Road, Harefield.
JB had been informed by an LBH officer that the installation of the pedestrian refuge across Rickmansworth Road, between Chapel Row and Hall Drive, is programmed to start in the week commencing 17 July 2023. (Date could be delayed if unforeseen circumstances occur (such as adverse weather etc)).
The other elements of the scheme such as the installation of a Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS) will be installed at a later date as the VAS is currently on order. It might take 10-12 weeks for the Sign to be made and delivered.
The associated Reduction in Speed Limit, from the National to 40mph from the borough boundary to the existing 30mph limit, is currently going through the required Consultation period and should be ‘made’ legal within soon.
The VAS Sign & Speed Limit reduction will not hold up the construction of the pedestrian refuge.
Approximate location of Pedestrian refuge on Rickmansworth Road.
Questions from resident about speed enforcement, JB advised Police have been in attendance but are limited to manpower and speed gun availability. Majority of speeding offenders were local residents.
Resident concerned with speeding along Breakspear Road North between Northwood Road and Harefield football club, asked about police attendance. Was told by LBH that to get this moving he needs to raise a petition for the police to take action.
Springwell Lane was noted as a real area of concern with the volume of large commercial vehicles speeding, HEP Oil being one business of note.
JB having a virtual “chairs” meeting on a date to be confirmed and will raise speed enforcement and other issues with the police superintendent for Hillingdon - Anthony Bennett.
Harvil Road reopened 10th July as planned.
Moorhall Road “full” closures start 28th July.
Part closures start from 22nd July which are a mix of nighttime closures from 10pm - 6am.
See table below for details of Moorhall Road duration of closures and dates.
We have been requesting information on the outline dates of works completion.
We should receive at/after next virtual HS2 meeting on Monday 17th July 2023.
As yet, we have no date for the next PPG, but we expecting to receive information soon.
There is a new larger information screen at eye level in the surgery.
JB had received some very positive reports re Dr’s provision at the surgery.
Several members had negative experiences re appointments and medication.
Colne Valley Regional Park is holding their annual Festival Fortnight this July 22-Aug 4th. Full details of the events and activities on offer can be found here
From Staines to Rickmansworth, Uxbridge to Langley Colne Valley Regional Park is hosting a range of family events, art and photography walks and talks, natural history talks and exhibitions, Theatre, Museum open days.
The Website sub-committee met with the web developer and have produced/sent across • a ‘useful contacts’ list with phone numbers websites and emails. • agreed to a selection of new formal associated email addresses for officers and the planning lead being set up. These will be related as soon as they are activated.
Discussed the purchase of software for subscribing/unsubscribing for new email members and dissemination of emails.
Requested the development of an associated official HTRA letterhead/document heading that ties in with the website. As a start to developing an About Harefield section JB has forwarded an article from Pauline Crawley re ‘Her involvement with the Tenants Association’ from 1977 and the amalgamation with Residents Association in 1980s – hence Harefield Tenants AND Residents Association.
The idea is to add in a map and information re various historic buildings/sites of interest. The Chair of the Harefield History Society has been very helpful in the start of this project.
Harefield Grove requested change of use for “daytime only” dog kennels & training centre.
Application for development of a Car wash at The River Garden (formerly Bear in the Barge) has been refused planning permission.
Permitted development application from the WELCOM cooperative, for 7 permanent moorings at the Canalside near Widewater Place has also been refused.
JB clarified the LBH’s “Call for Sites exercise” raised at the last meeting. As part of the review of the Local Plan LBH are asking for residents to inform them if they know of any plots of land that may have potential for development. The site should meet one of the following:
Greater than or equal 0.25 hectare
Accommodate 10 or more self-contained dwellings.
Accommodate 1000sqm non-residential floor space
A member had previously raised the Site for sale by auction in Springwell Lane, but it was only 0.12Ha and not thought that this would accommodate 10 dwellings.
Note : All submissions will, in time, be made public.
Please use the following to access the information on the LBH website and the digital form, where there is a map that will assess the size of the plot that you indicate.
The call for sites exercise will run until Friday 29th September 2023.
JB was part of a Chairs Virtual meeting with David Simmonds MP.
Focus was on aspects of planning: - Developers large and small not adhering to aspects within their planning applications; retrospective planning application – not enough challenged robustly (Cost-effect issue); when considering application not enough consideration being given to service requirements/ capacity (eg. Electricity, water supply, sewerage) flooding and parking. There is a statutory requirement for new builds to connect to electricity etc (overall costs should be covered by SIL (Statutory Infrastructure Levy).
Does SIL cover the cost/ is it used for that purpose?
Specific local subjects on discussion:
Barn Ruislip – proposed 90+ residences
HMOs – ease of change and impact on locality
Some developers- Contradictions/Not open and honest
KSIMC – Lack of engagement with community or LBH.
DS would be taking some of these issues back to Michael Gove
Last 10 minutes of the meeting focused on Policing – General feeling: - What policing? - Where are they?
In general, all reported poor provision from the police service. JB reported poor response and PCs told to catch a bus/walk to Harefield!
DS met with (Multi) Borough Commander who has appointed superintendents for boroughs. Rosie Giddings (Secretary for DS) will pass on the concerns expressed to Superintendent Anthony Bennett, Supt. for Hillingdon, and Supt. Matt Cray (Harrow) and ask them to contact Chairs of Residents Associations. Lack of time for full discussion on policing with DS - JB to see DS at his next Harefield surgery (Date TBC) and raise issues with Supt Bennett.
Owl Notifications - June/July 2023
Motor Vehicle Crime
7th July 2023- Theft from Motor Vehicle – High Street
A theft from a motor vehicle occurred between 00:15am and 00:20am hours on Wednesday 5th July 2023.
The vehicle was van parked on the Hight Street, Harefield, the suspect/s has pulled the side door of the vehicle door open in order to gain entry.
A quantity of various power tools were stolen.
Two males were seen getting into a blue Peugeot and leaving the scene.
Did you see or hear anything suspicious? You can let us know via OWL, or by ringing 101 and quoting crime reference 0915173/23. You can also provide information anonymously to CrimeStoppers on Freephone 0800 555 111.
30th June 2023 - Ram Raiders
Four members of an organised crime group (OCG) have been jailed following a series of burglaries on commercial premises where the gang stole jewellery or cash boxes. The raids took place over a wide area in the South East including Hillingdon Borough.
Following a number of raids near Uxbridge and a raid on a store at Harefield, suspicious activity was reported by residents to their local Neighbourhood Watch team, which was then further developed by CCTV imagery submitted by residents who are members of "CCTV Watch" on OWL. All information and imagery was passed directly to detectives investigating the series. One night as the investigation was progressing the gang came into Hillingdon again and were caught on a resident's CCTV system stealing a car's number plates in the early hours, these were subsequently used in a burglary.
On another night a member of the gang was caught scoping a commercial premises on our Borough, whilst the rest of the gang sat watching from a stolen vehicle, again all captured on CCTV.
Retired Police Officer Brian Walters, a Neighbourhood Watch volunteer, said: "It was a real pleasure to work with such professional officers over many weeks and to see how well they worked with individual residents within our community, who stepped forward with CCTV evidence to help catch this gang.
The Commissioner is keen to see his officers working with members of the community, and this was achieved to a gold standard in my book. It was nice to receive a message directly from the detectives working on the case, thanking members of Neighbourhood Watch across the Borough for coming forward with CCTV evidence and thanking everyone for their help."
If you have a CCTV system that you have not yet made the police aware of, you can register this securely on OWL by emailing email@example.com.
30th June 2023
Several elderly Pinner residents have reported receiving a phone call from fraudsters claiming to be a police officer.
They claim that one of your relatives has been arrested in Central London whilst in possession of your bank cards and will proceed to ask you for personal information to help assist them with their investigation. To verify their identity the fraudster has been instructing people to call the emergency 999 number and quote the name and shoulder number they give you.
However, to help sound convincing the fraudsters will say what police station they are calling from. At the moment they are claiming to be calling from either Chelmsford or Charing Cross police station, although the location does vary. In the past fraudsters have even claimed to be calling from Pinner police station! Remember, police officers will NEVER tell you to call the emergency 999 number to verify their identification. If an officer unexpectedly contacts you and you wish to confirm their details, please call the non-emergency 101 number. For more information about the methods fraudsters use to con you out of your money, and how to protect yourself, please read pages 22 -24 of the attached ‘Little Book of Big Scams’, which is worth a thorough read through.
Thankfully, all the residents who contacted us were wise enough not to fall victim to these recent scam attempts.
However, if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cybercrime, you should report this directly to Action Fraud by telephone number 0300 123 2040 or visit actionfraud.police.uk.
JB asked those present that if they have any generic issues that they feel HTRA need to raise with the Hillingdon superintendent please let her know and she will check it against/add it to her list. Need to receive before 17th July 2023.
Cllr. Jane Palmer - asked JB to raise the point about no police cars available to get up to the ward.
Member – Contacting local PCSO to be told that because of where they live, they need to contact Ickenham.
Letter sent to Police Borough Commander to express the villages dissatisfaction with the policing presence at Widewater Place over the 4 days around 8th June 2023 during the Harefield First protest of the development.
JB having a virtual “Hillingdon Chairs” meeting (date to be confirmed) when the Police Superintendent for Hillingdon, Supt Anthony Bennett will be present. She will raise the issues expressed by members: speed enforcement, police splitting of Harefield, over presence at Widewater Place, time of response at knifing/ threatening behaviour, mode of police transport + other issues presented.
Family Hub Strategy
Consultation ends 30th July 2023. Government is committed to create family hubs for families with children 0 to 19 (up to 25 YO for Special Educational Needs Disabilities (SEND))
These will provide integrated family services – somewhere to go for information, advice or guidance for the family, relationship, health, and other issues. Funding was provided for 75 LA’s (LBH did not receive funding as it had already established its own). LBH are developing its strategy to roll out the provision. The proposed Delivery Space for Harefield is initially Harefield Children Centre with Community outreach, including weekends, at St Mary’s (Church Hall?). The hub to provide a mobile youth programme. This to be with the use of the existing space within the Harefield Library to create a community hub. Harefield Children’s Centre to be retained until such time as Harefield Library is remodelled.
Cllr. Jane Palmer reassured the meeting that this family hub will not impact the existence of the Harefield Library which will remain, but the library needs to be used and not just as a pick up point for recycling bags.
It needs to be fit/used for its main purpose.
New fence in Breakspear Road North
A member had reported the erection of a fence across an access to an unofficial ‘footpath’. The member, who was present, reported that the issue was resolved, and the fence removed. (Should have read “people are able to walk around the end of the fencing”).
No notifications on the TFL ULEZ power cabinets being installed even though TFL cameras were only supposed to be installed on TFL property and not in/on the main walkways. We await the judgement of the court case with significant interest.
It had been expressed that the job of cleaning Harefield Streets was too much for one street cleaner and that she was receiving comments from residents re X street needs doing.
JB reported seeing 2 different women at separate locations.
Cllr P made the point that the cleaner would have a rota and that it was up to residents to keep the Village clean by disposing of rubbish properly in the bins or taking it home.
Members added that volunteers also do a great job/ all could do a bit in their street.
The emptying of the dog bins was still an issue.
Weeds in the High Street
And pathways throughout Harefield. Also the shrub growing at 1st floor height between the supermarket and the next shop in the High Street.
JB had contacted Cllr P who has made a members request to get this resolved.
The weeds are growing back far too fast, and weedkiller being used is not effective.
Water Fountains on the green and on Taylors Meadow - Never worked.