Proposed Base Station Installation – Sipson

Dear Villagers

Please see the proposal sent to us below, if you have any comments or concerns kindkly email us and we will pass them along.

“Dear Councillors of the Heathrow Villages Ward,


Telefónica UK Limited has entered into an agreement with Vodafone Limited pursuant to which the two companies plan to jointly operate and manage a single network grid across the UK. These arrangements will be overseen by Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd (CTIL) which is a joint venture company owned by Telefónica UK Limited and Vodafone Limited.

This agreement allows both organisations to:

Pool their basic network infrastructure, while running two, independent, nationwide networks.

Maximise opportunities to consolidate the number of base stations

Significantly reduce the environmental impact of network development.

Telefónica and Vodafone are in the process of progressing a suitable site in the West Drayton area for a radio base station. The purpose of this letter is to consult with you and seek your views on our proposal before any planning submission is made. We understand that you are not always able to provide site specific comments, however, Telefónica and Vodafone are committed to consultation with communities on our mobile telecommunications proposals and as such would encourage you to respond.

As part of Telefónica’s and Vodafone’s continued network improvement program, there is a specific requirement for a radio base station at this location to introduce for Telefónica and Vodafone 2G, 3G and 4G coverage.

Mobiles can only work with a network of base stations in place where people want to use their mobile phones or other wireless devices. Without base stations, the mobile phones and other devices we rely on simply won’t work.

Please find below the details of the proposed site and the alternative site options considered and discounted in our site selection process: Our technical network requirement is as follows:

• CTIL_148981 / TEF_044617 / VF_46965 ‘ Sipson Road Streetworks’

• There is a requirement to provide new and improved 2G and 3G network coverage within this cellular region for both Telefonica and Vodafone. There is also a need to facilitate new 4G network coverage for both operators as they roll out their new 4G technology network. As installation at this location is ideally located to provide coverage which will meet the network requirements and link with surrounding existing base stations to ensure high quality coverageA number of options have been assessed in respect of the site search process and we consider the best solution is as follows:

• Proposed installation to be located at the land at the junction of Harmondsworth Road and Sipson Road, West Drayton, Uxbridge, UB7 9JJ (NGR:506512, 179280).

• The proposal is for the installation of a 15m high telecommunications monopole with internally shrouded antennas, the placement of 4no equipment cabinets within the highways and development ancillary thereto.

We have considered alternative site options and discounted as follows:

• Mulberry Parade, West Drayton, Uxbridge, UB7 9AE (indicative NGR: 507111, 179536): the Landlord for this site is Hillingdon Borough Council who have confirmed that, whilst they have no moratorium, they will only in exceptional circumstances grant permission to install equipment on their properties.

• Bell Farm Church, South Road, West Drayton, Uxbridge, UB7 9LW (indicative NGR: 507066, 179209): This is a one storey pitched roof building and not suitable to accommodate an installation.

The Local Planning Authority mast register and our records of other potential sites have already been reviewed, the policies in the Development Plan have been taken into account and the planning history of the site has been examined.

All Telefónica and Vodafone installations are designed to be fully compliant with the public exposure guidelines established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). These guidelines have the support of UK Government, the European Union and they also have the formal backing of the World Health Organisation. A certificate of ICNIRP compliance will be included within the planning submission.

In order to give you time to send your comments or request further information, we commit to allow at least 14 days before an application is submitted to the Local Planning Authority. This 14 day period starts from the date at the top of this letter( 9th September).

We would also be grateful if you could please advise of any local stakeholders or groups that might like to make comments.

We look forward to receiving any comments you may have on the proposal.

Yours Sincerely,

Waldon Telecom Ltd”

Harmondsworth Residents Meeting – 9th August 2014 – RESPONSE

St Marys ChurchDear All

The August 2014 advice surgery was held on the 9th August 2014 in Harmondsworth Village at St Mary’s Church Hall. We have compiled the following responses for you below:

If the Heathrow Villages Community raise the money for the CCTV cameras will the Council Monitor it?

Response from Council: The cost of purchasing and installing a new CCTV camera that could be linked to the Public Safety CCTV system is quite high.  At current rates to cost to install a new camera to a specification that means footage could be used in a court, and can be moved to follow vehicles/people etc is in the region of £10,000.  The camera itself is relatively inexpensive, but providing power and infrastructure to the camera increases the cost substantially.  The Home Office produces guidance for the use of CCTV surveillance equipment and is very clear that CCTV should only be located in areas where there is a clear need, evidenced by crime or ASB reports – simply having the technology and/or the finances is not a good enough reason to install a camera. If residents feel there is a need for a CCTV camera to be installed at a particular location they could first of all use two other routes before fundraising for a camera.  The first is to ask their ward councillors to email me with a request for a temporary, mobile CCTV camera to be installed at a particular location.  We will then review the location to see if CCTV is the best solution (for example, if residents are concerned about people accessing their back gardens then CCTV on the public highway wouldn’t be appropriate).  Residents could also set up a petition to ask for CCTV to be considered at a location – they can follow this link to set up an on-line petition ( and see the guidance attached. I would also remind you that the council’s CCTV system is not monitored 24 hours a day.  Staff watch the cameras from 6pm to 2am each day.  All cameras are recording, but not being actively monitored”.

Who monitors the CCTV cameras in Cowley which have been their for a long time?

Response from Council: “The cameras that are monitored by the council are shown on this map (, in addition there are cameras on housing estates, parades of shops and in car parks that are managed by the council but not monitored.  If you can provide me with more details about the locations residents are asking about I can provide you with more information about who might manage the cameras”.

Why hasn’t anyone finished the cycling works on Holloway lane. The workers have not been seen in approximately 2 weeks. Has the money run out mid project? and will they be replacing the fence posts back to its original position?

Response from Council: “I confirm that the Holloway Lane cycle facilities are still in the process of being implemented for completion in accordance with the drawing attached during the summer in 2014. Depending on when the question was asked, it is notable that work was suspended during the recent WWI commemorative event and furthermore the Contractor has a brief close-down as is usual industry practice during the summer months. I can confirm that the fence posts will be reinstated”.

Where has the £50,000 gone fro the saving on hatch Lane? Has it been relocated to the holloway lane project?

Response from Council: “The Hatch Lane – Holloway Lane – Harmondsworth Road cycle route project has been phased so that best use is made from the LIP and S106 fund allocations and the so called additional ‘Quick-win’ “Quietway funding” which the Council successfully managed to secure from Transport for London. The LIP fund allocations were £50k in 2012/13 and 2014/15 both of which have bee fully committed for Hatch Lane and Holloway Lane respectively”.

Council waste collectors are not picking up waste from the fallen bags. Is it normal practise for the waste collecting staff to pile all of the rubbish bins from all the houses in one location, this is occurring and the waste that has fallen will not be picked up.

Response from Council: “The refuse crew do advance the waste into collection points as this is more costs effective and efficient.  However, the teams should pick up any litter they drop. The supervisor will see the crew and make sure this takes place”.

Again the waste collectors are piling up the recycling bags and the bags are not being returned to their original owners or even back to their property. Resident have to go out “hunting” for their recycling bags in other peoples gardens – again is this normal practise?

Response from Council: “Garden bags should be returned to the front garden of properties, The supervisor will see the crew and make sure this takes place”.

Can the street cleaners come after the waste collection day in all of the villages. No point sending them one day before the waste collection day. Can we have the waste collection day for all the areas in Heathrow Villages and also the street cleaning schedule for Heathrow Villages?

Response from Council: “It is not possible to have the street cleaners follow the refuse crews in all areas.  As a rule of thumb; a refuse crew will cover an area each day that a solos road sweeper covers over a week.  The information for the villages is as follow:


Refuse/ Recycling

Street Cleansing






Tuesday/ Wednesday






Tuesday/ Wednesday



Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Friday

Can you alternate the times that the traffic wardens are patrolling the schools in Heathrow villages? It may be an idea to alternate the days the traffic wardens are present at schools, so that the wardens schedule varies from week to week.

Response from Council: “With over 90 schools in our borough, the Council does not have the necessary resources to continuously undertake parking enforcement outside all the schools. To try and maintain reasonable level of enforcement and make best use of our available resources, all schools are now visited on a regular rota basis. Regrettably, Apcoa’s mobile team have to cover 10 other school entrances in the area. We are due to review the school rota this month before the schools go back in September. We will look at how many times the schools are being visited and vary the times and days the CEOs attend each school. Heathrow Primary School was visited on 23rd July 2014 just before they broke up for the summer holidays, where vehicles were moved on. After we have reviewed the school rota we will endeavour to make the changes you have asked for. Please feel free to contact our Parking Enforcement Contractor, APCOA on 01895 271 418 Monday – Saturday 06:00 – 22:00 and Sundays and Bank Holidays 10:00 – 22:00”. We have asked for an update from them once the update occurs. I have asked for an update

The Bus stop opposite the Harlington scouts hut and adjacent to The White Heart Pub (158 High Street Harlington) needs its Red Bus Stop floor markings redone. The Bus comes around the Blind corner and the bus does not stop in time for the elderly residents who may not be fast enough to get up from the bust stop.

Response from Council: “The bus stop cage markings were renewed fairly recently and are considered in a reasonable condition. However, in common with many other Highways Authorities the Council no longer implements red surfacing at bus stops as these only add to the maintenance liability and the red colour has no statutory relevance; the important markings at a stop are the carriageway markings and the corresponding signs .  It is appreciated that there may be some difficulty for elderly residents to be ready on time for the bus. The picture below shows shrubs overhanging from the private gardens adding to the combination of the blind bend and bus drivers approaching the stop by The White Hart Pub, 158 High Street, Harlington, too fast for mobility impaired people. 

We have already made Transport for London aware of this observation, asking them to instruct drivers to have special care for elderly people at this bus stop.  A dedicated site visit is being arranged to consider the need to deal with the overhanging shrubs”.

The Moor Harmondsworth, possibly illegal rave two weekends in a row (26th & 27th July and 2nd & 3rd August). Are the council aware of this and are they monitoring the sounds and nuisance levels? 

Response from Council: “I can advise you that ASBIT have not received reports of noise disturbance emanating from the location in question. We operate an out of hours service (operating days & times are shown in the following:

Telephone: (01895) 250111; Opening hours: Thursday: 2000-0200; Friday-Saturday: 2100-0300; Sunday: 1900-0100. If your constituents contact our service when they are disturbed by the music, officers will attend their premises to witness the noise. Should the officers consider the noise to be a nuisance they will attend the noise source to instigate enforcement actions (this may involve calling for assistance from the police). Please encourage your constituents to contact us as above so that we can assist them & abate any nuisance”.

On the back of Moor Lane, the river has not been dredged. Is their a maintenance plan in place for the dredging of the rivers so that it wont flood in the winter?

No response from Council. We will update you once this occurs.

How does Heathrow Airport Limited measure its sound levels in villages and surrounding areas

Response from Council: Heathrow Airport does not monitor noise levels in Heathrow villages. However, Heathrow Airport has 12 fixed (permanent) noise monitors around the airport located at Colnbrook, Poyle, Horton, Coppermill, Wraysbury Reservoir (South), Hounslow West, Hounslow Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow Heath, East Feltham, Hounslow Cavalry Barracks (North) and Hounslow Heath Golf Course.The fixed monitors are positioned approximately 6.5km from start of roll (the position on a runway where aircraft commence their take-off runs and are used to mainly monitor departure noise. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on behalf of the Department for Transport uses the monitoring data from these fixed monitors to calculate noise exposure around Heathrow airport which are depicted as noise contours. The contours show the amount of aircraft noise experienced by people living around Heathrow and are plotted at levels of 57dB LAeq,16 hours, 60dB LAeq,16hour, 63dB LAeq, 16 hour, 66dB LAeq,16 hour, 69dB LAeq, 16hour and 72dB LAeq,16 hour. These are daytime levels between 07:00 to 23:00 hours.  The Government considers 57dB LAeq 16 hour contour as the average level of daytime aircraft noise marking the approximate onset of significant community annoyance”.

Is there a definition of ‘normal’ noise level from Heathrow Airport?

Response from Council: “Heathrow is a designated airport as defined under the Civil Aviation Act 1982, this means noise controls are set by the Government. The CAA on behalf of the Government produces noise contour maps on an annual basis. The test for “acceptable” noise is set by the Government-please refer to 1 above”.

How does the Council monitor that these noise levels are being met or are they taking the airports word on it?

Response from Council: “The Council has no legal powers in terms of aircraft noise, the Environmental Protection Act 1990 excludes aircraft noise from nuisance action by local authorities. The CAA on behalf of the Government is responsible for monitoring airport noise”.

Many residents complaining of late/night flights and noisy flights which seem to be getting worse what can be done for the residents?

Response from Council: “There are strict criteria in regards to night flights. The Department for Transport is responsible for setting the numbers and types of aircraft that are allowed to operate between 23:00 and 06:00 hours. Residents should log a complaint direct to Heathrow where they are disturbed by night flights on Heathrow’s website:”.

If you would like to discuss these matters further please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Cllr Peter Money, Cllr June Nelson & Cllr Manjit Khatra

Chief Inspector of Hospitals asks people to tell him about the care provided by The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dear All. Please se information below which you  may find useful.

England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals is inviting members of the public to tell his inspection panel what they think of the services provided by The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Their views and experiences will help inspectors decide what to look at when they inspect the hospitals run by the trust in October.

The trust will be inspected and given an overall rating under radical changes which have been introduced by the Care Quality Commission. The formal inspection of The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will start on Wednesday 1 October.

The Chief Inspector, Professor Sir Mike Richards, announced last year that he will lead large inspection teams headed up by clinical and other experts including trained members of the public.

To ensure the views of patients and the local community are properly heard, the inspectors will be holding a listening event at 6.30pm on Tuesday 30 September at:

• Hillingdon Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1UW

People are being encouraged to attend the listening event to find out more about the inspection process, to tell the team about their experiences of care and to say where they would like to see improvements made in the future.

Sir Mike said: “The inspections are designed to provide people with a clear picture of the quality of the services in their local hospital, exposing poor or mediocre care as well as highlighting the many hospitals providing good and excellent care.

“We know there is too much variation in quality – these in-depth inspections will allow us to get a much more detailed picture of care in hospitals than ever before.

“Of course we will be talking to doctors and nurses, hospital managers and patients in the hospital. But it is vital that we also hear the views of the people who have experienced the care provided by The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust over the course of the last year or so, or anyone who wants to share information with us. This will help us plan our inspection, and so help us focus on the things that really matter to people who depend on this service.

“This is your opportunity to tell my team in person, and make a difference to the NHS services in the local area.

“If you are unable to come to the event we still want to hear from you through our website or our helpline 03000 616161. Everyone’s experiences of care are important to us.”

Sir Mike’s inspection team is expected to look in detail at eight key service areas: A&E; medical care (including frail elderly); surgery; intensive/critical care; maternity; paediatrics/children’s care; end of life care; and outpatients.

A full report of the inspectors’ findings will be published by the Care Quality Commission later in the year. The trust – and each individual hospital and core service – will be given one of the following ratings: Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement, or Inadequate.


For media enquiries, call the CQC press office on 020 7448 9401 during office hours or out of hours on 07917 232 143.

For general enquiries, call 03000 61 61 61.

Notes to editors
Anyone who is unable to attend the listening event but wishes to give their views to the inspection team is welcome to contact us directly. We are also asking people who would like to attend the listening event to contact us either by telephone, email or online.
• Online:
• By email:
• By letter: CQC, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4PA
• By phone: 03000 61 61 61

While this will help us plan the event, people are also free to turn up on the evening if they haven’t registered. We’d appreciate it if you could include these details in any coverage as we are keen to reach as wide an audience as possible.

While the listening events will not be open to the media, we will make sure there are other opportunities for journalists to talk to panel members about the inspection – please contact us and we will set something up for you. The listening event is being held to enable members of the public to share their experiences of care with members of the inspection team. These discussions will take place in small groups, and we want people to be able to talk safe in the knowledge that the confidences they are sharing will be respected.

About the Care Quality Commission
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, caring, well-led and responsive care, and we encourage care services to improve. We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.

Harmondsworth Residents Meeting

St Marys ChurchDear Villagers

There is a residents meeting this Saturday 13th September between 10am – 12pm. It is an open meeting and all residents are invited and encouraged to attend. We meet at St Mary’s Church Hall in Harmondsworth. There is sometimes a bit of confusion on the meeting places. We always meet in Church Halls, unless otherwise stated.

We hope to see you there.

Kind regards

Cllr Peter Money, Cllr Manjit Khatra & Cllr June Nelson

More Fly-tipping in the Villages

Dear Villagers

The hard working Hillingdon Council workers from the ‘street cleansing team’ have removed a big pile of fly-tipping which was located outside Harlington Hospice. See the pictures below and you can see how much there was. Unfortunately this is now a weekly occurrence … how long until we have the same amount of rubbish again? as well as attracting vermin it is a real eyesore. Can we the villagers not work together to stop this from happening? Please report anyone you may see anonymously. 

We are already pressing the Council to place CCTV in these hotspots and we have now requested for the street cleansing to keep these locations on their rounds, so it is consistently cleared away and not just when its a big pile.

If you have any suggestions it would also be great to hear them. 


Cllr Peter Money, Cllr June Nelson & Cllr Manjit Khatra 

Your Heathrow Villages Councillors 

Air Pollution – City Hall Conference

Dear All

Here is some information that Murad Quereshi AM a colleague on The London Assembly has passed on to us. The London Assembly hold the Mayor of London to account and is made up of constituency members and list members. Murad Quereshi is one of four Labour Nationwide list members, representing the whole of London.

Dear Freinds

This spring, London experienced two of its most serious smog episodes for many years. They came within a few weeks of each other and put air pollution at the top of the political agenda. The Mayor played down the risks stating the air “seemed perfectly fine” as school children were kept inside and the vulnerable were told to avoid physical activity. In 2008 Mayor Boris Johnson promised to make London the greenest city in the world. In 2014 the city’s skyline disappeared for several days in a haze of toxic emissions.

As a London-wide politician who has been campaigning on air pollution for over a decade I am determined that these latest pollution incidents must act as a wake-up call for the Mayor and his advisors. This is why I convened a roundtable discussion at City Hall on the 17th of July to bring together a wide group of policy experts, air quality practitioners and campaigning organisations along with cabinet leads from London’s boroughs, to discuss what more needs to be done to tackle this silent killer.

Simon Birkett from “Clean Air in London” attended as the guest speaker and said “If there is one message from Clean Air in London’s perspective, it’s that we need revolution in London not evolution to tackle the biggest public health risk after smoking and the way to do that is 60 years after we banned coal is to ban diesel exhaust as soon as possible. We need to reengineer this city in the way we did after the great smog and the Clean Air Act in 1954 and 1956″.



Harlington Doorstep Walk Park

Dear Villagers

We recently visited Harlington Doorstep Walk Park which has access from the back of Bolton’s Lane & Field Close and found that it had been neglected. We forwarded the following enquires to the Council, so that they could action them:

  • Sign is graffitied – needs maintenance/ cleaning.
  • The Sign Post in the park has fallen down, needs to be put back into place.
  • There is no litter bin in the area and as such there is rubbish every where, is it possible to put a litter bin near the benches or the Bolton’s Lane entrance of the park?
  • A thorough litter pick needs to be done of the park. The park is in a  very poor state.
  • There is also no red dog waste bin in the area, again dog faces in the area.
We had an initial response from the Council and they were not sure if the park was Council owned or not and they thought that it might be private.
We eventually got a response from the Council stating that this walk was created many years ago in partnership with Green Corridor, however this arrangement was no longer in place and the area should be maintained in line with the current maintenance schedules by the Council.

We can now see why the park was not maintained and arrangements have now been put in place by the Council to rectify the points that we have raised. The Council will install a litter bin and a dog waste bin within the next three to four weeks and we have asked for an update once the works have been completed.


Cllr Peter Money, Cllr June Nelson and Cllr Manjit Khatra 

Your Local Village Councillors

Hillingdon Council announces Gurkha Burial Site

Hillingdon Council has become the first in London to create a dedicated burial site for the local Gurkha Nepalese community.

Land near the Peace Memorial Garden in Cherry Lane Cemetery, West Drayton, has been set aside and work there is set to begin soon. There will also be an area for column burial units which will house ashes.

A formal ceremony marking the opening of the dedicated burial area will take place later in the year.

Leader of the Council said: “Hillingdon Council is commemorating 100 years since the start of World War I and with more than 200,000 Gurkhas having served in the British Army over two World Wars this is one way for Hillingdon to acknowledge the contribution and sacrifices that Gurkhas have made to this country.”

In 2009 all retired Gurkhas won the right to live in the UK, following a campaign led by actress Joanna Lumley, whose father served with the 6th Gurkha Rifles.

Harmful Effects of HS2 in London

Dear All

Here is some information that Murad Quereshi AM a colleague on The London Assembly has passed on to us. The London Assembly hold the Mayor of London to account and is made up of constituency members and list members. Murad Quereshi is one of four Labour Nationwide list members, representing the whole of London.

Dear Friends

In the lead up to the Local Elections in May, both the Mayor and the London Assembly jointly submitted a GLA petition in response to the HS2 hybrid bill going through the Commons but each for very different reasons.

The Mayor supports the principle of a new High Speed rail line with new stations at both Old Oak Common and Euston but is concerned about the proposals failing to maximise the regeneration and development proposals for these key parts of London. The London Assembly on the other hand addressed issues investigated by the Environment and Transport Committees respectively. Under my own chairmanship of the Environment Committee, the response to the draft Environment Statement highlighted the significant impacts on the area around Euston including the demolition of homes, loss of businesses and community buildings including the loss of green space in this densely developed area. The views of local stakeholders were that the proposals offered little compensation for this damage.

Additional passengers from HS2 into Euston will exacerbate existing transport congestion in the area, with Euston Underground already overcrowded at peak periods. Figures provided to the Environment Committee suggest that morning peak passengers from Euston will double requiring onward travel by car, taxi and public transport once HS2 is fully operational.

With Old Oak Common, our concern is that plans for HS2 failed to show how it would sufficiently regenerate this area. Thus we supported the specific measures outlined in the petition, including a new London Overground station that will enhance the transport infrastructure in the area and ensure it is fully integrated with the wider transport network.

The impact of the construction of HS2 on the surrounding area means that appropriate mitigation measures essential to minimise disruption to London’s economy, residents and transport networks. The Environmental Statement before Parliament suggests that air pollution in many locations affected by HS2 are, even without the scheme, projected to remain in breach of national and EU limits, in some cases as late as 2026. This is an unacceptable consequence of the project and therefore, there is still plenty to play for in the third reading of HS2 bill where we may see a lot more horse trading on these key issues yet.

We hope you find this information useful.