Road Network Information – A4 Bath Road

Dear Residents

We hope that you find the following information useful. 

A4 Bath Road – Carriageway resurfacing works between High Street Harlington and Waggoners Roundabout. Transport for London (TfL) has appointed ConwayAecom to carry out carriageway resurfacing works on the A4 Bath Road. The extents of the carriageway resurfacing on the eastbound carriageway is between High Street Harlington and The Avenue and the westbound carriageway is between Waggoners Roundabout and Berkeley Avenue. The works will also include adjustment of ironworks, footway and kerb works aimed at resolving ponding issues within the works area. The works area is shown on the map below.

Why are we doing this work?

The objective of this scheme is to renew the existing carriageway surface in order to maintain and prolong its lifespan.

What times will the work take place?
The works will start on Monday 3 November 2014 to Wednesday 26 November 2014 or until the work is completedThis is in agreement with the London Boroughs of Hounslow and Hillingdon. The working hours will be from 22:00 to 05:30 except from 13 November 2014 to 15 November 2014. The working hours on Thursday 13 November 2014 to Saturday 15 November 2014 will be from 23:00 to 05:30.For safety of the general public and the workforce, these works are planned to be carried out in phases. Traffic management considered for the works phases on occasions may include lane closures and convoy working on the A4 eastbound carriageway and on the westbound carriageway a combination of carriageway closures, lane closures and convoy working. Traffic management will only be set up during implementation of works on site. Where traffic management involves road closure, alternative diversion routes shall be sign posted.Every effort will be made to ensure that noisy operations are completed before midnight but we should explain that vehicle reversing warning beepers are essential safety devices to protect operatives. Access for emergency services will be maintained at all times during the works. As with all works are on the Transport for London Road Network, we must balance possible disruption to residents with disruption to traffic. Working at night provides us with the best chance to complete these works as quickly as possible with as little disruption as possible.

Keeping London moving
Transport for London is firmly committed to minimising disruption. We have worked closely with our contractor, ConwayAecom and the London Borough’s of Hounslow and Hillingdon in order to reduce the impact of these works on road users, local residents and businesses as far as possible.I hope you will appreciate that a certain level of disruption is inevitable, and I apologise in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused as a result of these essential works. Should you require further information or an update during the delivery of these works please contact our Streets Customer Services department on 0343 222 1234 email: enquire@tfl.gov.uk or via the web at www.tfl.gov.uk/contact.

Regards

Your Local Councillors

Cranford Lane – Raised Tables

Dear Residents

We were asked about the raised table works that should have been completed at the end of this month. We called up the Transport and Projects Manager and requested the following:

Thank you for your telephone call today regarding the proposed raised tables for Cranford Lane. You explained you would be meeting the residents today regarding their concerns. You have requested a letter that can be given to the residents explaining the delay in installing the scheme.

Please find attached a letter:


We hope that you find this helpful and we will keep you updated when this programme of works will begin.

Kind Regards

Your Local Labour Councillors

Tories Breach The Local Authority Publicity Code

Hillingdon-PeopleDear All

As readers of your local Gazette you will no doubt appreciate the vital contribution that a healthy local press makes to a thriving democracy. The impartiality that allows this paper to produce a monthly column for leaders of both political parties represented on the Council, is something that should not be taken for granted. Contrast this with your Council newssheet Hillingdon People. This tax-payer funded publication makes no attempt at such even-handedness. Instead it provides an indulgent level of exposure for the Council Leader and Cabinet members and rarely invites contributions from elected members of the Opposition, even regarding matters affecting their wards.

It is this principle of supporting an independent local press that led Kris Hopkins MP, to write to Hillingdon (as well as six other councils) on 15st August 2014, pointing out that the publication of our newssheet, Hillingdon People, is currently in breach of the Local Authority Publicity Code.  The Publicity Code aims to prevent Local Authority news sheets, published by local authorities, funded by tax-payers, and providing biased commentary .and publicity for the leading local party, from creating unfair competition for the local free press.

We do not know how the Leader chose to respond to this communication. However, we do know that Eric Pickles MP for Communities intends to take legal action against Council’s who do not comply with the Code. We also know that this issue was discussed at our latest Council Meeting last Thursday, 11th September, and the Conservatives rejected the motion, put forward by Labour, that Hillingdon should comply fully with the Publicity Code.

In contrast to your local free press Hillingdon People makes no attempt at even-handedness. For example, as Leader of the Opposition, I was at no time offered the opportunity to contribute to articles on such issues as Heathrow Airport, HS2 or the closure of South Ruislip Civic Amenity Centre.  There is rarely any reference to elected members outside the Leader, the Cabinet and the Mayor.

And it doesn’t stop there. In addition to Hillingdon People the publicity machine steps up a gear every 4 years just before local elections with distribution of a further, ward-level, publication. Even the individual elected Ward Councillors were not consulted on the content of this publication, which included an address from the Leader of the Council and content prepared by Cabinet members.

As readers of your local free newspaper you will appreciate the balanced view, and superior scrutiny that an independent press can provide. It is easy to take it for granted. Our neighbours in Hammersmith and Fulham have been without a local newssheet holding the council to account since April 2014 when the Fulham and Hammersmith Gazette was closed. The F&H Gazette had been involved in a long running legal battle with London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham over their frequent publication of a rival newssheet. Ultimately this legal battle was successful, forcing LBHF to reduce the frequency of their publication. Unfortunately, despite this, the paper went out of business with the loss of 15 jobs in their Uxbridge Offices (now moved to Watford). These offices also serve several other West London newspapers. If the administration at Hillingdon does not comply with the Publicity Code I can envisage a negative impact on our local free press across West London.

Leader of the Labour Party
London Borough of Hillingdon