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Nov 05 2013

Get Writing!

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

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Justin King – CEO of Sainsburys PLC:

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Nick Hurd – Ruislip and Northwood Member of Parliament (our local MP)

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Eric Pickles, Minister for Community and Local Government

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Ray Puddifoot – Leader of Hillingdon Council:

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Nov 05 2013


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!

Apr 24 2013

Borough is Helping 1st Time Buyers

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.
Cabinet Member for Central Services
Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge
May 08 2012

A Day Tinged With Some Sadness

Well the London elections have been and gone and Boris is rightfully back in City Hall. It means great things for London and no return to the crony-politics and wasteful spending of the Ken years. With ken’s retirement from politics we can sigh relief that those days may remain a distant memory – at least as long as Labour do not occupy the Mayoralty.

It was along day from leafleting and knocking up, telling in Northwood and then frantic ringing around to see how the count for Ealing-Hillingdon was going. The sadness of the day was to see Cllr Richard Barnes losing his seat on the GLA after 12 years working to improve London, under Ken and lately Boris. As the defacto number two to the Mayor (Richard was the Statutory Deputy Mayor), Richard’s contribution to London was far and wide. His work on equalities, preparing for the Olympics, resilience and communities will be well remembered by thousands across the capital. It seems to be Ealing where the battle was lost with much concern being enflamed over Ealing hospital and the review of A&E. Whilst no decisions have been made, Richard suffered from the fears fanned by a campaign that never broached the A40, preferring to stay in Ealing and occasionally in Hayes town. Hardly a new GLA member keen to embrace his electorate, the new Labour guy stuck to small pockets of the vast constituency and it seems to have paid off. Well congratulations are due, he overturned a 28,000 majority, and that’s no small task. Let’s hope he engages a little more and a little more widely as the term rolls forward.

Whilst I didn’t stand for election (ours are up again in 20140 thanks must no less go out to all of those who helped me to help colleagues. From the office team covering my absences to help Richard and Boris’ campaign (thanks Ben, Izaak, Matt, Elle, Helen and Josh) to my Mother for helping me leaflet Northwood, to Pip for coming out in the rain to leaflet too (and he no natural Tory) to the stalwart ladies of Northwood under the control of Cllr Melvin (they ran hot and cooled food all day as well as organising knocking up and telling); final thanks have to go to George and Joe for their help all day on election day. My two 10 year old Godsons were big advocates of Boris and chatted up and down Green Lane explaining that people simply must go out to support him.

A great team effort, but you can’t win them all. Well done to Boris, and commiserations to Richard. We all only hope that Richard’s vast contribution is recognised and that he finds a way to continue his dedicated public service across our capital.