News letter from Nick Hurd MP
Dear constituent,Last week I was sworn in as Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner’s Member of Parliament. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to carry on serving this wonderful constituency. It is a great privilege and not one I have ever taken for granted.
My number one priority is to continue work with local MPs, Hillingdon Council and local residents to secure the mitigation we need to protect the area from HS2.
Please click here to see my latest HS2 update.
2. Hillingdon Hospital
As I am sure many of you are aware, Hillingdon Hospital needs a serious upgrade in facilities. All three Hillingdon MP’s (Boris Johnson MP, John Mcdonnell MP and myself) are united in a desire to see this happen, ideally with a new build. Process will take time but we will work closely with the local NHS to argue our case.
3. Northwood and Pinner Cottage Hospital
I am working with others to try and ensure that this historic site is redeveloped in a way that benefits the community. The best option seems to be one which combines some sheltered accommodation with an upgrade of the current Health Centre. Constructive talks have commenced with NHS Property Services who are currently valuing the site. I continue to press on them the history of the site and the need to respect promises made.
4. Northwood Development and TfL
After the consultation phase for the development over Northwood Underground Station, TfL intend to take Vision 2 forward into a planning application before the end of this year. The material exhibited is still available to view online here and a summary of the feedback that they received is available here.
During the preparation of the planning application the Northwood Futures team will be arranging two separate opportunities for people to see progress and provide feedback. They will be providing exact dates for these in the near future, but an indicative timeline is:
- 1st opportunity for community to feedback – mid June (before the end of the school summer term)
- 2nd opportunity for community to feedback – w/c 7th September (after the start of school autumn term)
- Planning application submitted to Hillingdon Council – mid Autumn 2015
5. Harrow Arts Centre
We seem to have taken one more step in the direction of safeguarding this much loved community asset, which was threatened with closure. I am pleased that Harrow Council’s Cabinet has agreed to the setting up of a trust for the delivery of services, not only at Harrow Arts Centre but also Harrow Museum and Harrow Schools Music Service too. This follows the business plan submission at the beginning of this year. If all goes to plan, Cultural London will deliver the services from 4th April 2016.
This decision represents a vote of confidence in the project team and staff of the service. Without the support of local residents and the community I don’t believe this result would have happened. A special thank you to Sandra Bruce-Gordon and Andrew Welch for all their hard work.6. Harrow CAB
I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the new Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Harrow with HRH Princess Anne last week. It is a very important service supporting thousands of people each year – I very much regret the initial decision by Harrow Council to reduce its core funding and have lobbied the CEO of the Council to reconsider.
7. Updates from the Community Giving Hub
Hillingdon Volunteers Fair is next Tuesday 2nd June, 9am – 5pm at The Market Square, Pavilions Shopping Centre, Uxbridge. If you are looking to volunteer please come along and find out more about the wide range of exciting and rewarding volunteering opportunities that are available in the Hillingdon borough. There will be representatives from 30 charities and voluntary organisations as well as a variety of entertainment. More info here
Centre for ADHD are looking for people to join their fundraising committee.
Harrow Mencap have got lots of events going on this next month, especially to help out for their Learning Disability Special Fundraising Week 22nd June – 29th June and are in need of lots of volunteers.
There are lots more charities in the area that would really appreciate your time and donations. See more here. Also, if you know a charity that needs help in the form of donations or people’s time and skills, please email me.