Minutes of the Harefield Tenants & Residents Association Meeting held on
Monday 14th August 2023, Park Lane, Village Centre, Harefield
Chair Janet Brown
Current Committee Members
A total of 20 members signed in the book.
Thanks to TW 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 Samantha
Matters Arising from the Minutes
High Street Community Shop - a further update on this has revealed this is a two-stage process, firstly to submit to determine if we qualify and second is a bid for funding for HS2.
Funding comes from Groundworks on behalf of the HM Government and HS2, bid must have a two year commitment where a subcommittee will be created to help run the project and to coordinate volunteers.
Parking events at Harefield Football Club - no further update known on future events or plans for parking. It would be advisable to know large scale event dates in advance so it can be advised to the village and also for the Football Club to plan parking arrangements accordingly.
Weeds by the shops in the High Street - Raised with Cllr Palmer. These have been cleared - the issue of the buddleia bush growing out of the wall by the old florist is yet to be resolved.
Pedestrian refuge has been installed in Rickmansworth Road, Harefield; the Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS) will be installed at a later date as the VAS is currently on order. It might take 10-12 weeks from the order date, for the Sign to be made and delivered.
Approximate location of Pedestrian refuge on Rickmansworth Road.
Questions from resident about speed enforcement, JB advised Police have been in attendance but are limited by manpower and calibrated speed gun availability. This information had been provided by Supt Bennett during a virtual “chairs” meeting, on 31 July. Police had reported, following a, previous speed check, that the majority of speeding offenders were local residents - disputed by some members present.
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.
White lines outside Harefield Cricket Club- its has been asked on several occasions if this is a designated parking area or a pedestrianised walkway, if it’s a walk way can a sign be put up saying “NO PARKING” as its used all the time for parking. When JB raised this previously she was told that it did not have a designation.
ULEZ cameras are popping up throughout the village or poles have been erected to take a camera on a future date. JB asked members to inform us if they see a camera being erected so we can add this to a “village ULEZ camera map”. JB asked for a volunteer to undertake this collation and mapping.
Moorhall Road “full” closures started 28th July & will be fully closed until 6am 18th August .
There will be nighttime closures from 10pm to 6am from 18-25th August
see table below for details of Moorhall Road duration of closures and dates.
PPG on 1st August – Practice have started to make some changes e.g. prioritising patients needing appointments following release from hospital, may not be able to manage on the same day if all lists are full.
One day 176 letters from hospital-each giving a job for the practice to do, may be given appointment with clinical pharmacist if issue is medication.
The Practice Manager and Administrator manager are aware of need for further training for admin staff.
Statutory Primary Care networks receiving bulk of new funds from the government rather than at a surgery level.
Need to be able to accommodate service in order to argue for placement in Harefield.
The surgery are trying to lease other vacant rooms upstairs within the building from NHS England Property Services to support more services.
Staff Display – with or without photos
Increase use of IT need to balance for those who don’t
PCN – the Hub is in Northwood- if patients are not willing to travel to the hub the extra pressure on the appointments available at the surgery increases and this impacts waiting times.
Residents have made complaints about large lorries such as skip hire lorries etc from HEP Skips, O’Hara Brothers etc which drive without due concern for other drivers.
JB to enquire about bridge weight limits on access routes to Harefield.
The Website is now up & running & funding; a bid for funding for set up and ongoing costs, from Align (HS2) was successful and following submission of required documentation, receipt of funds is pending.
JB asked for feedback on the website – positive from members who had looked at it. JB also asked for suggestions on further content.
Planning - Only a couple of residential plans put in, all are small changes and should have no impact on residents as a whole, any neighbouring residents who feel these changes may impact them will need to raise this.
KSIMC - Rumours re Community Centre, and adjacent Park; Park Lodge Farm:- JB checked with Cllrs Goddard and Palmer re rumour of KSIMC having a meeting with LBH Officers re the purchase of the park/ community Centre. Cllr G explored – he spoke/ contacted many officers - no officers knew of any meeting taking place.
Furthermore, if they had received such a request the response from the LBH would have been a resounding NO!!
Also – Park Lodge Farm – LBH have developed a range of plans for the available part of the farm and buildings.
Owl Notifications -
There have been a number of vehicle crimes in Harefield over the past few weeks, 2 instances of vans being broken into and tools stolen from inside the van on 3rd August on Breakspear Road North & another on Northwood Way on 9th August.
Another instance of a vehicle being stolen from Dovedale Close on 10th August
“Coffee with a Copper”- events posted on the Harefield Facebook page, upcoming dates are:
18th August 4-5pm We Love Coffee
19th August 6-7pm We Love Coffee
26th August 4-5pm We Love Coffee
PD and JB attended a “New Met for London” seminar at Brunel on 25.7.23, the De
Transport to Harefield– police being told to bus or walk eroding into time on the ward: - new bicycles had been purchased (no not electric). Estate plan aim to get police within 20 mins of their ‘patch’! They can sometimes access cars if they are not in use on callouts.
Target time to attend knife or other threatening situations: - if classified as Immediate situation target is about 15 minutes from when call is received – current success rate approx.33% .
How many wards are sergeants expected to cover/ know:- Supervisory ratios are being reviewed with the aim of reducing them – recruitment issue.
Traffic offences and speeding:- If a particular issue then then the Road Watch Team can put out specialist team. We are looking for uplift in the number of officers trained to use equipment and recalibrating speed guns.
Uxbridge police Station - when with the public counter be open:- part of the estates strategy. If saved then we will look at how it will be used.
JB has requested for a police officer to attend a future HTRA meeting.
Memory Day Invitation
12th October - 11:00am-3:00pm
Hayes and Harlington Community Centre
Having trouble remembering things? Memory affecting their ability to do day to day activities? Supporting others at home with memory problems?
If so, we invite you or any residents to attend a Memory Day to find out more about what is available in Hillingdon to support them within the community. The day will be a chance to talk with professionals, discuss your experiences and try out some of the activities that are available locally. There will be representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society, Carers Trust Hillingdon, Age UK, Libraries and the NHS with an opportunity to get a blood pressure reading.
Hillingdon is a Dementia Friendly Borough, and we would really like to understand more about resident’s experiences of supporting their family members living with memory problems and discuss what else we could be doing to support communities.