Increase in flights is not acceptable
I HAVE never wanted to complain before about RAF Northolt and aircraft.
We are directly under the flightpath, but everything used to be fine – only a plane once in a while.
Now, since the recent changes, flights are constant all day and they appear to be flying lower, so the noise levels are much higher.
Also it appears most of the planes are not military but private, commercial flights.
The situation has got worse, with more flights, and they now also appear to start from early morning right until late in the evening, disturbing my children’s sleep.
This cannot be acceptable in a residential area.
If it’s military aircraft I can understand but all this for private jets is not acceptable.
Shaken by reader’s Northolt assertions
AS A former resident of South Ruislip but one whose parents have, and still do, live directly under the flightpath of RAF Northolt for just shy of 50 years, I read the content of the article regarding the resident of Mahlon Avenue with absolute incredulity (Low flying aircraft ‘shaking my house’, Ruislip, Eastcote and Northwood Gazette, May 22).
I thought it was the first rule of journalism to ensure the content of any correspondence was accurate. Suffice it to say that if your subject’s house shakes when an aircraft lands or takes off from Northolt then I am sure my parents’ house would have had to have been rebuilt innumerable times over the last 50 years.
May I point out that in my knowledge the flightpath for Northolt must be some 400m from the junction of Mahlon Avenue and Station Approach? Did you actually witness your subject’s claims?
Again I am not aware of the flightpath changing in the last 50 years either, which probably answers the question as to why the action to move the flightpath failed.
This scaremongering must stop. RAF Northolt is key to ensuring the economy of South Ruislip continues.
Police numbers only help criminals
I READ with interest Dr Onkar Sohata’s letter (Threat to future of policing in capital, Letters, May 1).
In 2012, Hillingdon East ward (one of the largest in the borough) had only one police officer on our Safer Neighbourhoods Team.
As he was based in the Travelodge, in Uxbridge bus station, to reach any part of his patch he had to use public transport. I think that is still the case.
In August or early September, another police constable was appointed. Both were then moved away for at least six weeks, so no cover for us.
When we only had one officer, he could not leave the office. When he had rest days – which were sometimes three days – we had no cover at all.
He did his best, but when residents telephoned and received no reply to messages left, and did not receive a reply for many days afterwards, they weren’t happy.
The new policing model will be no different for Hillingdon East ward. As chairman of Oak Farm Residents’ Association, I now telephone 101. When I have almost finished the conversation, I request a crime number. This is very important if the item needs to be chased up.
Community charges are paid to our council, part of which is paid to the Mayor of London towards policing the 32 London boroughs.
Police say crime in this borough plummets by 13 per cent. Burglaries and attempted break-ins and robberies have not.
In my estimation, and in the estimation of people I have spoken to, this system is a charter for wrongdoers. They gain – we lose!
Windsor Avenue, Hillingdon
Chance to bid for branch line sign
I THINK your readers will be interested to know about an item of local interest which is coming up for sale on June 8 at Chippenham Auction Rooms.
It is one of the two original metal and enamel signs which were outside Uxbridge Vine Street station. This large nameboard has been kept for many years by the vendor in a spare room in his Wembley flat, following the closure of the station in 1962.
I understand there was a great uproar in Uxbridge when British Railways announced the closure of the branch line and station.
It is anticipated that there will be great interest among the ‘railwayana’ collecting fraternity in this item, which carries an estimate of £150 to £200.
Live bidding will be available via the internet and further information can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01249 720 888.