The Urban District of Hayes and Harlington (1956)

The journey begins at the Town Hall in Barra Hall Park and shows the sunken rose gardens on the east side, it then jumps to Willow Tree Lane showing horses in the field behind the Willow Tree Pub in Jolly’s Lane. The section shown as Hayes Bridge is along the Uxbridge Road just near Springfield Road where you cross the canal and enter Southall. The shot is looking West with the Wagon & Horses Pub on the left.

The next shot shows the approach road into Cranford Park together with views of St. Dunstan’s Church the stable block and views around the park ending with a view of the bridge over the River Crane into the park, which now exits onto the Parkway.

Children playing

The start of the Sipson section shows Sipson Cottage Hospital on the left followed by views of the village itself with the Crown Pub on the right. Next is a short clip of St. Jeromes’ Church in Judge Heath Lane followed by children playing in the park between the Kingsway and Morgans Lane, Hayes End. This is followed by views of gardens in Hewens Road, Mellow Lane School and views down Charville Lane, Yeading Lane and Barnhill Road. Next come views of the railway, the third loco is heading towards London with Bourne’s Bridge in the background, and the Gramaphone Co./EMI on the right. The fourth loco is travelling westbound approaching Bourne’s Bridge as it passes the Gramaphone Co/EMI.

Next we see shots of the houses (now gone) in Western View, facing the canal by the side of the Old Crown Pub with the Walls’ building in the background. This is followed by a shot of the canal taken from the other side of the bridge looking west, with the factories of the BET and Wakefields (Castrol) on the left. The last shot of the canal is taken from Dawley Bridge and shows the large hilly area immediately behind the Woolpack Pub which were known as ‘the pack hills’.

Back up to the Uxbridge Road now, we see a shot of the White Hart at Hayes End on the left and continuing eastward come to Gledwood Drive on the left and then on past Warley Road passing the shops including Coombes the bakers, Huttons fishmongers and Woolworths, we then get a view of the Essoldo cinema, while on the south side of the road in the foreground can be seen the colourful plant display laid out every year usually in the design of the local crest, this was on the corner with Coldharbour Lane.


This is followed by a shot of the Grapes junction with the Grapes to the right of the picture. The next shot of the bus is looking down Yeading Lane, the Grapes is to the right, just out of the picture. We are now traveling south down Coldharbour Lane with the shops on the Broadway on the left approaching Birchway at the end of the parade. Carrying on through the town we pass Woolworths on the left before reaching the Old Crown Pub by the canal bridge where you can see the raised arms of the level crossing which served the factories of the BET and Wakefields with the Railway Arms Pub next to the crossing on the right.

Going over Hayes Station Bridge we pass Nestles Ave. on the left before reaching Fairey corner with the Fairey Aviation building on the opposite corner where Station Road crosses North Hyde Road. We then continue along Station Road turning right at Bedwell Gdns, before the flyover was built turning again left at the Great Western Pub into Dawley Road on our way to Harlington, passing Cherry Lane just past the garage on the left on the opposite side of the road is Harlington Church. Continuing along the High St. we come to the pond behind the railings, this is followed by a short clip of the Bath Road.

Demolished in the 60’s

We now return back to Hayes with a view of Church Walk looking eastwards, towards the Church, with Dr. Triplett’s School in the background followed by a shot of St. Mary’s lych gate. Then comes a view of Wood End House which stood near the entrance to Hayes Cricket Club, the house was later demolished in the early 60’s. We then return to shots of the shops on the Uxbridge Road between Warley Road and Shakespeare Ave. then follows a view of the old Hayes Town Chapel in Church Road in the centre, with Wistowe House beyond, the Chapel was demolished in1959 a new Chapel having been built further back on the corner of St. Mary’s Road, which is the turning at the bottom right of the shot.

Nearing the end of the journey we see the Royal Oak Pub at the junction of Church Road and Freemans Lane followed by shots of the old cottages in Freemans Lane. No. 18, the wooden-clad house was built for use as a Sunday School by the Chapel and in 1884 was the scene of a murder when a Mrs. Gibbons killed her husband. The cottages were demolished not long after this film was made, the film ends back where it began at the Town Hall.

Barry Raymond

Hayes Carnival – July 11th 2015

Dear Friends,
I am emailing to update you all in regard to the Hayes Carnival.  The date is July 11th 2015 The theme is Ringing in the Changes – Hayes through the decades.  

Thank you to all those who took part in Carnival 2014 and the community fete. The weather was on our side. It was a very enjoyable day with the parade consisting of more groups taking part than in recent years. The costumes of those who walked the route were just spectacular and the atmosphere was incredible. There were also more groups running stalls in the community fete. It was fantastic to see so many charities and voluntary groups taking part.  The feedback we have received so far is that they thoroughly enjoyed the day and were delighted to have raised their profile and much needed funds. Visitors really enjoyed the performances dotted round the park especially the Community Choirs, both the adult and children choirs alike. The children sang beautifully and the schools involved will undoubtedly be very proud; they were fantastic ambassadors for their schools. The whole day was a success because of your commitment, involvement and hard work. Thank you very much for participating this year either by running a stall, taking part in the parade, by visiting the stalls to show your support or by cheering us on in the parade. A special thanks goes to the Events Officers at the London Borough of Hillingdon, Lyn Summers, Charlotte Baldwin and Glenda Greenfield.  As a committee, we appreciate their commitment and support for our community as well as their  hard work with the preparations and on the day itself. We look forward to working with them in planning next year’s carnival. To build on the success of last year’s carnival, we are encouraging as many groups and individuals to take part by organising a stall and / or taking part in the parade The forms are being prepared and should be ready for distribution soon.

Please email Charlotte Baldwin to lodge your interest and the forms will be sent to you. Her email is

 We really want to build on last year’s success and get in touch with as many groups and charities as possible to invite them to participate in some way so please pass this on to as many groups and charities as you can to spread the word and to encourage their involvement.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Best wishes 
John McDonnell MP
Member of Parliament for Hayes & Harlington 

John Chamberlain
Chairman, on behalf of the Hayes Carnival Committee 

Emergency sewer failure, A4 Bath Road


It has been brought to our attention by Thames Water and TFL that due to a critical sewer failure along the A4 Bath Road, the Bath Road eastbound will be closed between High Street Harlington and the Parkway, in order to carry out essential repairs.

A diversion route will be in place (as per the attached map) during the works to facilitate the traffic, which is estimated to last approximately 4 days providing no unforeseen issues arise.

The closure and diversion will be in place at all times until the works have been completed. The diversion route will be,High Street Harlington;High Street;Station Road;North Hyde Road;A312, The Parkway.

We expect these works to cause major congestion in the area, so Thames Water will be setting up strategically placed (VMS) advance warning signs informing vehicles of the closure and diversion, advising vehicles that the Bath Road will be shut between the two junctions mentioned above, this will mean a percentage of traffic will divert onto the M4 prior to the closure, minimising local disruption.

Thames Water will start these works on Friday the 13/02/15 at 20:00 and will be working around the clock in order to expedite these works.

We will continue to monitor these works very closely along with TFL on a daily basis to ensure Thames Water are doing everything within their power to get this issue resolved in a timely manner.   

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Cllr Peter Money

John Tackles PM on Funding for Hillingdon Hospital

Your Local MP, John Mcdonnell fighting the good fight ….

“I raised this week’s Hillingdon Hospital CQC report with Cameron at PMQs. 

I said “The Prime Minister will have been briefed on the Care Quality Commission report published yesterday into Hillingdon Hospital. The report confirms that we have a hard working, dedicated, professional staff but patients’ safety is being put at risk by critical staff shortages and the fabric of the building described by one consultee as “like something in the 3rd world.”  

I asked the PM to meet me and my fellow Hillingdon MPs to discuss how we can secure the resources to ensure the safety of our constituents.” 

 The PM ‘s response was to cite some of the actions taken by the hospital and to offer a meeting with Jeremy Hunt the Secretary of State for Health. 
Unfortunately the Prime Minister then spoilt it by making a number if tedious attempts at political point scoring comments.  
I will now follow this up with request for early date for this meeting. 
We desperately need investment in our local hospital to support our excellent staff team”.

Hillingdon Police – Theft from Motor Vehicles

Hello All 

Hillingdon Police has seen a increase in theft from motor vehicles over the last few days. This is just a quick bit of useful information to help you all protect your car/van from crime.We are still seeing peoples cars stolen even ones with sophisticated entry/alarm system’s are being taken. A good investment is an old style Kroklock which goes around the steering wheel and one of the pedals. It is a good deterrent.Please ensure that you leave nothing on display in your car at all, this is the safest way to stop your car being broken into. Coats and CD’s on display will tempt criminals to break into a car. The less that is on display the less there is to draw attention to your car.For those of you who use vehicles to carry tools in, please ensure that again nothing is on display and nothing of value is left overnight in it.  

Andy Lewis
Hillingdon Borough OCU 
East Neighbourhoods 
Phone: 741879
Mobile: 07899066138 
755, Uxbridge Road, Hayes End, Hayes Middlesex UB4 8HU Follow us on Twitter @MPSHillingdonEmail to register for crime prevention advice

MPs, Councillors and Campaigners remind Cameron of his runway pledge. No If’s, No But’s

A big thank you to the group of MPs, Councillors and Campaigners against Heathrow expansion who went to No 10 Downing Street on Tuesday, 3rd February to deliver a reminder to the Prime Minister.  

Shortly before the 2010 election, Conservative leader David Cameron had pledged, “no ifs, no buts; there will be no third runway.”

With the Elections looming and the closing date for the Davis Airport Expansion Commission having ended it was a good time for anti-expansion campaigners to remind Prime Minister Cameron of his promise and the reasons why expansion is a bad idea.

A large group of campaigners travelled to Central London to protest however only a small group were allowed through security and into Downing Street.  Representatives had to give their details in advance and pass security checks.

Members of this group included:

MPs John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington); Andy Slaughter MP (Hammersmith); Kate Hoey MP (Vauxhall); Zac Goldsmith MP (Richmond Park and North Kingston); Angie Bray MP (Ealing Central and Acton); Mary Macleod MP (Brentford and Isleworth); John Randall MP (Uxbridge and South Ruislip);  Adam Afriye MP (Windsor); Caroline Lucas MP (Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion)

Baroness Jenny Tonge (Lib Dem).

Campaigners:  John Stewart, Chairman of HACAN;  Neil Keveren, Chair of SHE;  Natasha Fletcher (Teddington Action Group); Charles Burke (Colnbrook Community Association)

John Stewart said, “We are deliberately targeting Downing Street because the decision about a new runway will be a political one.  The politicians can override whatever recommendations the Airports Commission will come up with in the summer.  This event once again demonstrates the cross-party nature of the opposition to a 3rd runway. It also shows the geographical spread of the current problems caused by Heathrow, which can only get worse of a new runway is built. Representatives of groups from as far apart as Brockley and Teddington will be going into Downing Street.”

Deadline For Responses to Airport Commission on Heathrow Expansion

Submission by John McDonnell MP for Hayes and Harlington

Whatever one feels about the expansion of Heathrow, there comes a time now when we have to have honesty.  Of every expansion, we have been told as a community that there would be no further expansion.  I have been in this area for 40 years.  I have represented in Parliament my constituency for 17 years.  Before that, I was a GLC councillor.  I held my first meetings about Heathrow expansion in the early 1970s. Over the years since then I have been at every public hearing announcing expansion proposals. I have been at every planning application inquiry, and at every one we have been told by Heathrow airport, ‘If we get this expansion, that will be the limit’.  On the last occasion at a specially convened public meeting in a local hotel a letter was read to us by a senior airport representative saying, ‘We do not need and we will not seek a third runway’.  With the greatest respect to Heathrow Ltd, as a corporate body Heathrow Limited like BAA before it just cannot be trusted.

I want to raise a number of questions that have come from my constituents, who have waded through the Commission’s documentation. I want to congratulate the Commission for the work it has done.  This is the first time we have had this detailed appraisal in this way.  In addition to that, this is the first time any commission has actually looked at issues around quality of life and community.  I commend Sir Howard Davies and his colleagues for doing that.

The question from my constituents whose homes are going to be affected is: ‘Where will we go?’  We were told first of all the numbers at risk started at about 300.  They then went to 783, then plus another 289.  That was about 3,000 who would lose their homes.  We were then told there would be others affected by the A4 relocation.  Now Heathrow Limited have come up with a compensation scheme that actually comes near to the figure we ourselves predicted, which is 4,000 homes which will either be demolished or rendered unliveable so that people will want to move.  That is nearly 8-10,000 of my constituents.  This will be the largest forced removal of a community in our peacetime history.  Where will they go?  

In May of this year the housing waiting list for Hillingdon Council was 12,000.  The council is housing only about 700 families a year.  The private market in our area has a limited supply in future years, which was revealed by the site survey by the council in its consultation on our local plan.  Like-for-like properties – in other words, in the Heathrow villages, houses with gardens – are almost impossible to find within the local area.  Where will they go?  Where will they be accommodated?  To be frank, to come up with a proposal without identifying the solution is just not acceptable.  

Our communities are living, breathing, thriving communities.  They comprise all the elements of a living community; schools and nurseries.  As a result of these proposals, Harmondsworth Primary School and the Harmondsworth and Longford nurseries will be demolished.  Heathrow Primary School, to be frank, will also be rendered unteachable.  We will lose two primary schools, and possibly three.  Where will our children go?  We have just gone through an expansion of our education system in the south of the borough.  We are desperately seeking places.  We have expanded virtually every local school.  The council, despite bitter opposition from the local community, has been forced to build on green belt for the first time in its history to accommodate a new school.  Where will we go?  Where will our children be taught in the future?  Where will the replacement schools and the replacement nurseries be located?  There has been no showing of the sites that are available, because there are none.  

Green Spaces
The Commission identifies some of the land that will be taken to accommodate a new runway including our local parks and our green belt.  It includes Sipson recreation ground, our community centre and parts of Colne Valley Regional Park.  It has been blithely promised in the community impact assessment these will be relocated.  I just ask the simple question: where?  Land is in desperate short supply in this part of the area.  It is designated for housing, largely.  Where are the sites available for relocation of our open spaces and our country park areas?  Are brownfield sites to be converted?  Where are these sites?  I have scoured the maps.  We have looked at the maps for alternatives and it is impossible to find.  We have already our open space or green belt and I cannot see this being expanded under these proposals, because there are no options that have been brought forward.  

Community Cohesion
The issue that has been brought forward for the first time by the Commission – and I congratulate it for it – is the examination of community cohesion.  It is the first time in any assessment of airport expansion it has been looked at.  We have a sense of community – a sense of place – grown over generations in our villages and settlements, which have existed not just for centuries but, in the case of Harmondsworth, for 1,000 years.  Families have lived together for generations.  This is a traditional Middlesex village.  So is Harlington.  So is Longford.  So is Sipson.  They still exist: the church; the school; the green; the pub; the village hall.  Names of families enjoined together on its war memorial.  These are all irreplaceable.  

In the Commission’s document on community impact it says: ‘At the very local level, it is difficult to see any existing community cohesion being maintained unless entire communities and their facilities were moved en masse at the same time’.  That is impossible, and this document accepts that.  Where is the land for that?  Where is it possible to actually overcome the destruction of a community like that?  Is it not just dishonest to even hold out that prospect?  

Environmental Issues
To be frank, we already live in an area where air pollution is at the edge of or exceeding European limits.  How can it be that an increase in the aircraft movements and the expansion of passenger numbers, vehicle movements and freight movements cannot make air pollution worse?  It is just not credible to argue so.  There is a proposal that there will be mitigation measures.  Why are those mitigation measures not in place now when in our area we lose 80-100 people who die each year as a result of air pollution and 3,000 across London? How can anyone tolerate a worsening of this situation?  

Noise similarly.  What assurances can be given to local residents currently affected, but especially those not affected currently by noise, when flight paths are so uncertain and not definitive at present?  What happens in the future, on both air pollution and noise, if the assurances given today are not adhered to?  On air pollution, does Heathrow Airport suddenly close for a few days until the air improves?  Does Heathrow Airport stop flying because they have gone beyond the noise limits?  Of course not.  We will be trapped in an environment which is polluted and noisy, with no recourse to action.  

My constituents have expressed to me that the assessment of the health implications of airport expansion has been extremely limited.  What in-depth studies are to be commissioned to establish the health implications of expansion?  Is there to be, as we asked for, an independent, open public inquiry into the health implications of expanding Heathrow?  The consequences for residents living near the airport and people working at the airport are absolutely critical in health terms.

The Commission has looked at the whole range of factors on deliverability – the issues around air pollution, environment, economic impact, etc. – but I think there are other factors as well.  One of them is political deliverability.

To be credible in its recommendations the Commission must also take into account the political realities of the situation. There is no point in the Commission opting for a solution that is just politically undeliverable. Expansion at Heathrow is politically undeliverable.   

First, I do not believe that taking into account the party politics in the west of London any political party is going to risk the loss of the wide range of marginal seats that there is in the area.  There has not been a candidate elected in a marginal seat in West London proposing expansion of Heathrow Airport; in fact, all of them have stood on tickets of opposition to expansion.  That includes local council candidates as well. 

Second, although climate change may not be a critical issue at the moment because of the economic recession, it will grow again.  I believe that climate change and the impact on climate change of Heathrow Airport will be one of those factors that will be taken into account more readily in these coming months as we move towards a general election and then beyond.  

Third I urge the Commission not to underestimate the depth of anger that there is in my community.  Do not underestimate the depth of anger that there will be if there are proposals to expand Heathrow Airport.  We have been lied to by Heathrow Airport over the years, but I have to also say politicians have not been honest with us either.  Before the last election, there was no caveat that the commitment of ‘no ifs, no buts’ was only for the life of a Parliament.  Last time we had Heathrow threaten expansion, Climate Camp turned up and there was a direct action campaign. If there are proposals to go ahead with Heathrow Airport, Heathrow will be the iconic battleground not just for our local communities to fight for their villages but for the community across London, this country and maybe Europe to campaign against climate change.  I do not believe this is deliverable.  In fact, our community will make sure it is not deliverable.  If that comes by political action or direct action, be assured we will be there.