NEWS & VIEWS
18 November 2019: Public meeting M4 smart motorway project
To hear the latest news on the M4 smart motorway project, specifically Richings Park and Old Slade Bridge, a public meeting is being held on Wednesday 27th November at 6pm, at Iver Jubilee Pavilion. Everyone welcome.
8 November 2019: Heathrow community engagement manager
Heathrow have appointed a new community engagement manager Patrick Kelly to manage 4 new area teams covering the villages east, west, north and south of the airport. Iver Village and Richings Park are in the west area along with Colnbrook and Poyle. The new team is lead by Steven Beauchamp, assisted by Bethan Cawte and Tim Read. They have only been in place for a few weeks but are expected to visit the area soon . Their actually roles are still being developed but they are there to "help us"! They will be setting up an Iver and Richings Park Local Liaison Group involving all groups in the area who would like to be involved and this will be chaired by an independent person (name to be advised). The secretariat for the group will be provided by Heathrow and invitations will be issued shortly.
8 November 2019: New bus service to Heathrow Terminal 5
Commencing Monday 4th November, a trial using alternative fuel vehicles will operate a limited hourly service Monday to Friday until December 20th and again from 2nd to 30th January 2020 (link to timetable). Full electric and Compressed Natural Gas powered vehicles will be trialed. This trial service will be FREE until 30th January. Reading Buses are asking for feedback on the suitability of these vehicles. From 3rd February 2020 an hourly service will be introduced from approximately 0300 – 2400. Normal fares will be charged. For more details click here.
26 September 2019 TfL Rail to operate services to Reading from 15 December
We are pleased to confirm that we are introducing TfL Rail services between Reading and Paddington in December this year as part of the staged plans to introduce the Elizabeth line. TfL Rail is already running services between Hayes & Harlington and Paddington, and Heathrow and Paddington, calling at Southall, Hanwell, West Ealing, Ealing Broadway and Acton Main Line. The new services will operate as follows: • Peak: Four trains per hour between Reading and Paddington calling at all stations, except West Ealing, Hanwell and Acton Main line • Off-peak: Two trains per hour between Reading and Paddington calling at all stations, except West Ealing, Hanwell and Acton Main line • Fast services will continue to be operated by Great Western Railway (GWR) from Reading, Twyford, Maidenhead and Slough to Paddington TfL Rail customers will benefit from: • All stations along the route being staffed from first to last TfL Rail train • Turn Up and Go services making life easier for older and disabled customers who will no longer need to pre-book assistance TfL zones do not apply to stations beyond West Drayton, but for the first time, customers will be able to use pay as you go with contactless across the route all the way from Paddington to Reading. To ensure that it is introduced smoothly to customers, contactless ticketing will come into effect in line with the annual fares revisions on 2 January 2020. Between 15 December 2019 and 2 January 2020, existing ticketing arrangements will apply and TfL Rail fares will remain at the same price as the current GWR fares. However, in line with TfL’s wider policies, children under 11 who are accompanied by an adult, as well as customers eligible for the Freedom Pass, will be able to travel for free to Reading on the new TfL service. Once introduced, adult pay as you go fares to/from stations between Iver and Reading are anticipated to be cheaper or in line with standard single and return fares along the line. All fares will be set in line with Department for Transport policy and confirmed nearer the time. Network Rail is delivering the station improvement work necessary to allow us to introduce this service, including platform extensions. Work also includes new lifts to provide step free access from street to platform to all stations along the route, which is expected to be complete by December 2020. In the meantime, work continues to deliver Europe’s most ambitious and complex infrastructure project, the Elizabeth line. Crossrail Ltd, which is building the railway, is working to open the central section - between Paddington and Abbey Wood - between October 2020 and March 2021. The full Elizabeth line, where customers can travel from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield or Abbey Wood in the east, is anticipated around 12 months after the central section opens. If you have any questions or want to find out more, please contact the TfL Rail Stakeholder Team at .
July 12, 2019: Road stewards/committee members needed
There are vacancies on the committee for representatives for North Park, Syke Cluan, and Wellesley Avenue. Duties would include attendance at the monthly meetings of the committee and delivering occasional lealfet drops in your road on a door-to-door basis. To volunteer or find out more please use the contact form on the opening page of this website.
July 12, 2019: Planning application submitted for Lakeside Energy from Waste replacement
The owners of Lakeside Energy from Waste (EfW) – a joint venture between Grundon Waste Management and Viridor – have announced plans to develop proposals for a replacement facility at a new site, west of the Iver South Treatment Works and around 600 metres north west of its current location. Lakeside EfW has been working with Heathrow to secure a like for like replacement of the Lakeside EfW and the associated High Temperature Incinerator. These facilities will need to be moved to accommodate the proposed new third runway at Heathrow. Lakeside EfW is currently carrying out a series of detailed site studies and environmental assessments, which will form an integral part of its planning application.
A video outlining the operation of the plant can be viewed here: __ VIDEO __
A planning application has been filed with Slough Borough Council with more detail of the project.
This can be viewed here (application reference no. P/17826/000).
February 26, 2019: M4 smart motorway
Work is due to start shortly on the M4 stretch close to us. An explanatory leaflet has been produced by the Highways Authority which also details some local exhibitions which people can attend. See the Current Issues page for further details. Click here for the latest project news.
December 19, 2018: Heathrow land reference questionnaire
A number of residents, particularly those close to the fields adjoining the M4, will have received a questionnaire from Heathrow enquiring as to the nature of their interest in their properties eg. mortgage details etc. It must be emphasised that you are under no obligation to provide Heathrow with this information. The enquiries are part of their process to submit a planning application for runway expansion. This has been discussed amongst the other community groups affected and also with the Heathrow Community Engagement Board. The general concensus is that we recommend that you do not complete the form as that will assist in frustrating Heathrow in their task. As far as Richings Park is concerned, we are fighting to get Heathrow to include us within their Wider Property Offer Zone which would enable home owners to seek compensation for disruption as a result. We are also seeing the first signs of property blight as sales are falling through due to buyers' concerns over expansion plans. Not completing the questionnaires gives us a lever on Heathrow to include us.
November 2nd, 2018: Unitary authority announcement
The Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, has announced that he will be accepting the proposal to establish a single unitary authority for Buckinghamshire, excluding Milton Keynes. This will mean that South Bucks District Council will be dissolved and its responsibilities transferred to a new authority. The new authority is scheduled to be running in May 2020 with elections for its councillors in April 2020. A consequence of this is that the local elections for district and parish councils in 2019 will be cancelled as there would be no point in electing councillors who would only have a year in office. Further details can be found here.