The Save Our Northwood Campaign have developed some letter writing guides for residents and businesses to write about the plans for Northwood. You can find the letters in the links below – save them and amend them as required, then post them to the relevant person(s).
Boris Johnson MP and Mayor of London
Justin King – CEO of Sainsburys PLC:
Nick Hurd – Ruislip and Northwood Member of Parliament (our local MP)
Eric Pickles, Minister for Community and Local Government
Ray Puddifoot – Leader of Hillingdon Council:
Next public meeting for the Save Our Northwood Campaign is on Monday 18 November
The next public meeting is to be held at Emmanuel Church in Church Road at the top of the High Street Street at 8pm on Monday 18th November.
The Church seats over 400 so there will be plenty of room. Please come and take part in the debate and pass the word!
Letter to Uxbridge Gazette:
I AM a supporter of the Yes To Homes campaign. It is the duty of government, both central and local, to help assist young people to make their own way in the world, whether that be providing them with school places and access to education or supporting them with the realisation of the dream of home ownership.
The housing shortage is a problem that has not been addressed by successive governments, and action must be taken to rectify this.
That is why I was pleased to hear the Chancellor’s announcement in this year’s budget that the government is committed to tackling this problem with the launching of the Help To Buy scheme, which will enable first time buyers to take a mortgage of 75 per cent of a property if they can provide a five per cent deposit, with an interest free loan topping up the difference.
The Chancellor also announced the mortgage guarantee scheme to enable more people to obtain a home loan without the need for an impossibly large deposit.
In Hillingdon we have played our part, with our own first-time buyer scheme for residents, which includes a grant of 7.5 per cent of the price of the property you buy, therefore reducing the amount of mortgage you need as well as the annual household income required to access mortgages.
Home ownership is a dream that all young people should aspire to, and while there is much more to do, I believe that these schemes are a step in the right direction for the young people of Hillingdon.
COUNCILLOR SCOTT SEAMAN-DIGBY (Con, Northwood)
Cabinet Member for Central Services
Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge
Since being elected in May 2008 Boris has worked hard to deliver for Hillingdon:
Cost of Living and Value for Money
- Froze City Hall’s share of your council tax for three years and cut it for 2012/13, following 152% rise under my predecessor, saving £445.05 for 101,236 Hillingdon households
- Helping 65 first-time buyers get on the property ladder as part of a £20m FirstBuy fund
Improving your Commute
- Improving reliability and quality of service for commuters on the Piccadilly line under the Tube upgrade programme, after years of waste under Labour’s part-privatisation
- Building Crossrail, including three stations in Hillingdon, after years of stalled talks – West Drayton, Heathrow Airport and Hayes & Harlington
- Hillingdon residents are benefiting from the roll-out of Oyster onto National Rail
- 17 bus routes have been expanded and/or improved in Hillingdon, with 2 new routes added
- TfL spent £1.32m improving roads in the borough
- Reviewed the timings of 23 traffic lights to improve traffic flow
- Consulting joining the permit scheme – which is cutting road delays in two-thirds of other boroughs
Driving down Crime
- 21 more police officers, 7 more PCSOs and 41 more Special Constables are on Hillingdon’s streets; and the introduction of single patrolling has led to 3,850 more patrols annually in the borough
- And there’s been a 19.5% drop in youth violence since I took office
- Crime has fallen 11.2%, with a 2.7% drop in robberies and a fall in bus crime of 37% since my predecessor’s time in office
Quality of Life
- Helped create 17 green spaces through Capital Growth for Hillingdon residents to grow their own food
- Planted 260 street trees in Hillingdon after cancelling Ken Livingstone’s propaganda sheet The Londoner
Beating the Recession
- £260,000 economic boost for Hayes Town Centre from the Mayor’s £50m Outer London Fund to support the capital’s high streets
Delivering the Olympics and Ensuring a Lasting Legacy
- 33 Hillingdon residents have received low-cost training to become coaches
- 12 borough organisations are receiving Sports Legacy Programme Grants to offer free sports coaching
- So far, the Mayor has funded four sports participation programmes
Before I disappear for a week tomorrow (US on a business trip with a little skiing thrown in) I hit the Boris trail in lovely Northwood last night.Sadly the weather was not with me and it rained as soon as we left the car. Got the targeted letters out (except St James Court which was locked up tight that late so these have been mailed today) and the leaflets to Hallowell, Hawes and Bennetts. On the way around we reported three local issues on pavement stones, litter and a general enquiry about the traffic flow at peak through Hallowell Road. There was a huge accident on Green Lane that we saw the clear up of and I have already spoken to a resident about this too.