‘Not legal’ to make non-residents pay

HILLINGDON discriminates against people who don’t live in Hillingdon.

Parking in Ruislip is 40p for residents and £1.20 for non-Hillingdon residents. Harefield Recycling Centre is free for Hillingdon residents and £10 per visit for non-residents.

I live a mile from the Hillingdon centre but have to drive eight miles to Langley. How green is that?

Last time I was at Langley Recycling Centre, the person next to me was emptying his Hillingdon recycling bags at no charge. How fair is that?

Hillingdon is discriminating against non-residents; discrimination is not legal.


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Councillor Douglas Mills, Hillingdon Council cabinet member for community, commerce and regeneration, responds: “HillingdonFirst [which allows the discounts described above] does what it says on the card; it puts Hillingdon residents and businesses first.

“Residents told us that they wanted such a scheme in the borough, they told us what they wanted included and even what they wanted the card to look like.

“We listened and responded. It is in no way discriminatory but it is our way of giving Hillingdon’s council tax payers the best rates.

“This is a great borough to live in, and if people want the benefits we offer, they need to move here.”

Act now for future education needs

AS A resident of Hayes and school governor in the borough, I would like to voice my support for the school on Lake Farm.

I know many of my fellow residents have expressed their concerns about the development. However, I believe there to be no alternative but to build this school.

The opportunity for the children of Hayes to be given a good state education with the best facilities is one we should relish and be thankful for in this difficult economic climate. We owe the children of Hayes, and the generations that follow ,the best chance at life with a decent education to start them off.

Our local MP, John McDonnell, has expressed his concerns about the Tory-controlled council’s plans to build a school on Lake Farm, but he and his Labour councillors have failed to provide an alternative site.

We are in desperate need of more school places in the borough, with a rise in population which doesn’t seem to be lessening any time soon.

It is only right that this development is allowed to go ahead to ensure every child in the area has a school place.

Sadly, in the neighbouring boroughs of Harrow and Brent, we have seen the consequence of councils who have failed to ensure that every child in their borough has a place to learn, and teachers have been reduced to holding lessons in cinemas.

I am sure many residents will share my concern that, if we do not act now, we will be betraying the children of Hayes and generations to come in providing them with the best state education available.


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Raise awareness of road safety

I JUST wanted to highlight how dangerous the roads are near Ruislip Gardens School, in Stafford Road.

Walking to school can be really stressful, and cars are driving too fast in the area and not slowing down at junctions to let children and parents cross.

The junction at West End Road leading on to Bedford Road, and the crossing by Trevor Crescent and Stafford Road, are especially dangerous. On two occasions I have been crossing the road with my children and drivers have not stopped.

Matters are made worse by parents who ignore the double yellow lines outside school and park there at drop-off and pick-up times.

When you cross the road to and from the school, the view of oncoming traffic is blocked by chaotic parking. There is no zebra crossing or lollipop lady, and I think it is an accident waiting to happen.

We need to get the issue of road safety across.


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Researching history of Lang Wheels

I AM writing a book on the history of the fairground dodgem car, which I will publish soon, and I hope some of your readers can help regarding the Uxbridge-based amusements ride manufacturer, Lang Wheels, who, I believe, closed some time in the 1960s.

I already have the history of their competitors, Supercar, who were based in Warwick, as four former staff members gave me details of working at the factory.

The dodgems came from the USA in 1921 as a tub-shaped car. The American Dodgem Corporation said Billy Butlin was their best customer in Britain, after he had ordered 500 cars in 18 months.

He became a Dodgems agent and sold them to fairground showmen, who at that time had never seen a dodgem ride before. Over the years since then, dodgem cars have come in all shapes and sizes, even in animal guise!

Uxbridge has a claim to fame in its history so it is only right that it is mentioned in the book.

I would appreciate anyone who was employed at Lang Wheels, of Hillingdon Heath, or had a relative who was there, to contact me, and does anyone have any old photos of the factory?


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