This portfolio covers such matters as Parks and Open Spaces, (Conservation, Ruislip Lido and Woodlands are dealt with separately), Pollution, Rubbish and Recycling, Street Care and Cleaning.
Over time we will update members on a wide range of local environmental issues, including our reponses to proposals for waste management and other public consultations, our approval of vigorous Council action on local graffiti, our delight at local parks achieving Green Flag status, and our concerns about local pot-holes in roads - the scope is enormous, so we face a challenging task!
The council is asking residents to volunteer to care for young trees growing in a public place near them. Young trees benefit from watering, and from the removal of weeds from their base. Volunteers are also asked to report graffiti, vandalism or weather damage that affects the trees they look after. To register your interest, visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/parkevents and click on 'Care for a tree', where there is a short form to fill in.
Commuters heading to South Ruislip station over recent weeks have been delayed by giant puddles under the railway bridge in Station Approach. Pedestrians using the footpath outside the station have been soaked by spray from passing vehicles.
Hillingdon Council officers have agreed with Thames Water that the company will undertake CCTV monitoring of about 20 metres of the sewage pipe along Station Approach, and that the drainage in the area would be thoroughly checked.
Affinity Water is launching a consultation campaign "Let’s Talk Water" to engage with stakeholders and customers within the communities it supplies. As part of the campaign, Affinity Water is encouraging customers to use a new website www.talkwater.co.uk to respond to key questions about their water use, metering and the service they receive from the company. A printed questionnaire will also allow responses to be sent by mail and there are five £200 M & S vouchers to be won in a free prize draw, as a thank you for those who take part in the consultation.
Hillingdon Council has announced a new scheme to helping residents to cut their energy bills by offering free loft and cavity wall insulation. Residents living in poorly-insulated properties or those with no working central heating can qualify for the scheme if they live in certain postcode areas or if they rent privately or own their own home and are in a low income household on certain means tested benefit or credits. The scheme, called Warm and Cozy, is already running. The Council is working with Dyson Energy Services to assess homes and provide the insulation they need.
Surface Water Management
At the Council Cabinet Meeting on 24 January, under the heading “Hillingdon Surface Water Management Plan”, the Cabinet approved the Evidence Base for the Surface Water Management Plan for publication and noted that it would help engage residents and other stakeholders in flood risk issues. The Evidence Base document can be seen at:- http://modgov.hillingdon.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=14967. The Council officer responsible is Vicki Boorman – Residents' Services.