PARDON us for focussing to a large extent on HS2 this week but the full horror of this scheme is starting to emerge, as people in our community dig into the detail of the draft environmental impact statement.
'Impact' is the word, and we analyse how the potentially thousands (yes, you read that correctly) of lorry movements per day along certain stretches of road could impact the communities through which they would pass.
There are also shocking images of how the line will ruin Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre and the tranquillity of the Grand Union Canal at Harefield, and details of how you can find out for yourself, after HS2 agreed to let people from this area attend its next roadshow following the shockingly short notice for the one in Ruislip.
We have dramatic stills from a CCTV tape from the Adhya Shakti Mataji Hindu temple in Cowley, as police try to track down the arsonist who struck recently.
And we invite your tributes to the Ontime worker, killed in Hayes in an incident involving a car transporter. An inquest opens on Friday, and the Gazette will follow the investigation as it unfolds.
We return to the plight of the Davies family, evicted from their council house in Ruislip because of the rules, but now threatened with a deepening nightmare.
Could it be you? There is an unclaimed £1m in EuroMillions lottery cash waiting for someone in the borough. Check the serial number, and if it is you, give the hotline a ring .. after calling the Gazette, of course!
Petitioners out there take note: the rules have changed, as the Friends Of Pinn Meadows have found out, and motorists take note: a large part of West Drayton will be off limits for a week. Check out the diversion route.
We have lots of pictures from the Harefield Dogs Trust summer fete, as doggie folk did the place proud, breaking several records in the sunshine.
Mencap celebrated its 50th birthday and a well loved vicar said 'goodbye', Barra Hall children's activity day was a blast, scouts are going up the wall and celebrating 75 years, photographers are showcasing their work and anyone can get arty about bikes and win a prize.
And if bidding is your bag, were you at Bainbridge's in Ruislip when Antiques Road Trip came to town (our photographer was), and will you raise a hand for the antique railway sign with an Uxbridge connection coming under the hammer on Saturday?
And if you have kids who cook - or you fancy a whizz in the kitchen - then pasta master Aldo Zilli is at intu Uxbridge on Saturday as part of its Taste Festival, then on Sunday there are children's workshops for junior would-be chefs
And in the sports pages it is end of season silverware time for the footballers and early season form guides for the cricketers. At last, the sun is shining!
NEXT WEEK: Look out for your Local Heroes winners, in a four-page special from the gala awards night, plus all the fun of Harefield village fete. Call the newsdesk if you have a story and have a great weekend.
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