Thanks to all who displayed chivalry
May I, through the courtesy of the Gazette, express my thanks to the motorcyclist who stopped to help when I fell crossing Auriol Drive.
Walking with my frame, a ridge in the road knocked the front wheel sideways and I landed up on the kerb! He helped me to my feet and a gentleman from the bus stop escorted me to the Baptist Church, where the Dovetail volunteers applied plasters to my hand.
I extend my gratitude to all concerned. Chivalry is alive and well in Hillingdon.
MRS P REDHEAD
Holm Grove, Hillingdon
Rubbish strewn on street most weeks
HOW do you think we feel about this? The picture was taken in Montague Road, Uxbridge, after the dustbins had been emptied (mostly on the road and pavement).This happens most weeks and we are fed up with it!
We have complained to the council, but to no avail.
In a statement, Nigel Dicker, Hillingdon Council’s deputy director of public safety and environment, said: “We encourage residents to tell us about any rubbish left on roads because of split bags so we can collect it. Street cleaning crews are planned to follow the next day to pick up any rubbish, whenever possible.
“Bags split when overflowing or if animals tear them. If this is a persistent problem, residents can use dustbins with lids and our crews will take the rubbish from them.
“Despite this problem on Montague Road, in our last residents’ survey, 88 per cent of people told us they were satisfied with waste collection.”
Signs for centres do not ring true
I WAS just reading about the Uxbridge Town Festival of music, events and fun in the heart of Uxbridge (Show how much you love your high street, Uxbridge and West Drayton Gazette, June 19).
What a brilliant idea – just what is needed to attract people to the area. Uxbridge and the borough have been steadily improving, and this is another step in the right direction.
I notice the event has been devised and organised by Uxbridge Forward and the town’s two shopping centres, The Mall and intu Uxbridge.
Can I ask that these organisations get together with Hillingdon Council and sort out the branding and signage of these two shopping centres? I think it would help to have a proper focus for Uxbridge.
If you come to the High Street, you see two shopping centres, one with signage saying ‘The Pavilions’ and one with signage saying ‘The Chimes’. This is confusing because these are no longer their names.
If I am meeting friends or family in town, I tell them I will meet them in the old or new shopping centre, as this avoids confusion.
The Chimes, the newer one, opened in 2001. Its name was decided in a competition and chosen because of its closeness to St Margaret’s Church and the chimes of the church bell.
Recently it has been renamed intu Uxbridge, which, to me, is such a naff name. I can’t imagine telling anyone, ‘I am just going into intu’. So let’s have less confusion by having proper signage that reflects the current names of the shopping centres.
Make Uxbridge High Street a coherent brand so it can be a more successful shopping area.
Some revision of HGV figures
REGARDLESS of any other considerations, the maximum number of two-way trips that could be made is no more than 900 per day (Daily HGV traffic will not top 3,000, Letters, June 19).
There are only 1,440 minutes per 24-hour day. During the rush hours, say 8-9am and 5-6pm (modest estimates), there is no possibility of accommodating any movements at one per minute, either way.
Recently, I took 12 minutes to get from half way along Swakeleys Road, Ickenham, negotiating the Breakspear Road junction, to the M40 roundabout at about 8.30am.
Omitting these two hours leaves 1,320 minutes. I feel sure Peter Fry would not want to impose night movements to support the case for HS2, so let us remove the eight hours (480 minutes), between 11pm and 7am (reasonable, wouldn’t you agree?), leaving 840 minutes per day during which one might seriously hope to run two trips (one each way) per minute.
One might claim to squeeze in, let us say, another 10 every 12 minutes during the two rush hours, bearing in mind that, coming from Breakspear Road the Swakeleys Road traffic to Ickenham has priority: a grand total of 850 or, to be very generous, 900.
Whether with loading and unloading the vehicles this could be kept up is another consideration, which I have not seen or heard mentioned yet.
I am also wondering which rail service will come to the rescue, as I have never seen any goods trains at either West Ruislip or Marylebone on the Chiltern line.