Category Archives: Osterley

Local stations news

At Monday’s (24.8.2020) Labour Listens event, a resident asked of progress to complete level access to the three stations in Osterley and Spring Grove Ward. This item includes updates sought from Hounslow Council’s Traffic and Transport Team

Syon Lane Station lift commissioning

Platform 2 at Syon Lane Station October 2016

The 2012 planning consent for extensive development of Sky Campus at Grant Way yielded £1m for improvements at Syon Lane Station, implicitly to improve the flow of peak use commuters and achieve step free access.

New lift and additional footbridge at Syon Lane Station August 2020

Nearly complete in March 2020, the final pieces of construction were disrupted by COVID.  Works are expected to recommence in September for up to six weeks.  An accurate handover and operation of the new lift and footbridge will be subject to Network Rail inspection; a firmer date should be available by October 2020.

Osterley Station lifts completion and commissioning

Soon after Boris Johnson became Mayor of London in 2008 he reduced the tube stations step free access programme begun by his Labour predecessor; plans for lifts at Osterley Station for the benefit of the disabled and less mobile were in the throes of approval but then abandoned.

Osterley Station, Great West Road

Johnson, however, began to reveal a proclivity to spaff Transport for London money on vanity projects such as the unrealised Garden Bridge, overheated and overpriced toy buses and that cable car from nowhere to nowhere.

Osterley Station lift on eastbound platform under construction March 2020

Following his election, new Mayor Sadiq Khan in 2017 resurrected the lifts programme. Approved and already under construction before the lockdown, the lifts, to each platform at this famous Grade II Listed building, were due to be delivered and commissioned by the end of 2020.  TfL have confirmed that all its step free programmes paused in April have not yet restarted and are expected to be opened six months after construction recommences.

Isleworth Station

Often with its own resources or by securing S106 planning gain, Hounslow Council has a track record back to the late 1980s (Hounslow West Station being the first) for improving level access to stations across the borough.

Where local funds are not identified, the council’s transport team promote the priorities of residents and councillors and bid for funds when opportunities arise.

Isleworth Station forecourt, London Road

A range of lift locations designs for Isleworth Station were developed by previous franchisee, South West Trains and have laid fallow since 2015.  Optimism, however, has been buoyed since the 2019 Department for Transport announcement that Isleworth is on the list of stations for an Access to All programme upgrade.

Isleworth Station, behind Platform 2

Although some disruption togetting this project going has occurred, Network Rail have continued to develop plans for the station and Hounslow’s transport officers maintain dialogue with them and South Western Railway to agree options for step free conversion down to London Road and nearby.

New information on our stations will be shared when available.

TL  27.8.2020

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Planning application 00819/B/COM1: Telecommunication equipment at Northumberland Avenue

A planning application has been submitted on behalf of Hutchinson 3G UK Limited to erect a 20 metres (65 feet) tall telecommunications pole and associated infrastructure of four varied size cabinets otside the rear garden wall of 27 Roxborough Avenue, Isleworth.

Proposed location of telecoms pole and four cabinets at Northumberland Avenue to the rear of 27 Roxborough Avenue

Residents are invited to examine the proposal; all the application drawings can be found here.

Proposed telecoms kit at Northumberland Avenue includes a Huawei APM 5930 equipment cabinet

Directed by the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, local authority powers are limited on these specific matters apart, mainly, from the visual intrusions and their impacts on the character of an area.

Pole on Great West Road opposite Ridgeway Road

Government policy, passed down to planning authorities practically encourages collaboration to support the installation of new technologies.

Following that directive, Hounslow Council’s own policy, supported within the Hounslow Local Plan 2015 to 2030 (Policy EC4, page 225), also describes its approach on infrastructure for high speed broadband and telecommunications.  This does not, however, necessarily mean that all applications of this kind are approved.

Telecommunication utility cabinets on Great West Road are a magnet for graffiti, never addressed by their operator.

Residents opposing would be advised to respond at least for those reasons rather than on health grounds which, as things stand, would not be a planning consideration in this context. Neither would citing any impacts of radio waves nor perceived present or future skulduggery of foreign governments.

Pole on Great West Road from Jersey Gardens

Some folk on social media have recently been saying there is no point in making any comments because applications like these always receive permission; not so.

Three recent applications to install new equipment at locations on Great West Road, two in this Ward, were refused planning permission because of their potential visual impact on the character of the area and these are listed below.

Summaries of these applications are shown below but more detail can be found via this link using the location postcode or P reference numbers.

P/2019/2703  Great West Road opposite Ridgeway Road  – Installation of a 20-metre monopole mast, twelve aperture antennas and equipment cabinets, following removal of the existing 14.7-metre monopole, three aperture antennas, redundant equipment cabinets and ancillary development. Refused Planning Permission 17/09/2019

P/2019/1582  Great West Road opposite Penwerris Avenue and West Court –  Prior notification regarding Installation of 17.5m high monopole with 3 no. antenna within upper section of shroud. Proposed 2 no. radio cabinets and 1 no. electrical meter cabinet to be located at ground level along with ancillary development.  Refused 12/06/2019

P/2018/3235  Great West Road corner of Vicarage Farm Road –  Installation of a 15m monopole with three antenna which includes the replacement of one existing cabinet, installation of three equipment cabinets and development ancillary thereto with one equipment cabinet to be removed.  Refused 11/10/2018.

Happy to receive questions from residents of Osterley and Spring Grove Ward.

This is my own brief submission to the planners; to comment yourselves, please write to planning.comments@hounslow.gov.uk

TL 19.7.2020

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Filed under Great West Road, Health, Middlesex, Neighbourhoods, Northumberland Estate, Osterley, Planning, Spring Grove, TfL

Rus in urbe: Feather and fur

One of the Ward’s residents self management companies was recently in touch about how to control a localised Ring-necked Parakeet menace attempting to take over parts of their building.

Psittacula krameri

Mr Tony Bull, the London Borough of Hounslow’s Principal Animal Control Officer was approached for this expert control advice; he said that similar problems occur on certain buildings and estates across the borough.

All bird control in England is governed by The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and by General Licences issued under it by DEFRA that allow for the control of certain bird species in certain circumstances.  In this case we would be looking at General Licence GL35 allowing certain controls to protect public health and safety.

The Ring-necked Parakeet is not listed on that licence so any control of eggs, chicks or adults can only take place if a Special Licence has been applied for and granted.  Such licence will only be granted by DEFRA if it can be demonstrated that any other methods of non-lethal control have been tried and failed or if they are inappropriate for any reason.  Even then it is likely that a licence will only be granted in exceptional circumstances where it is not possible to await the end of the nesting season.

Property owners are therefore left with attempts at exclusion at times when the birds are not nesting.  Methods need to be resilient because the beak of the parakeet is exceptionally strong and as members of the parrot family, they are also very intelligent birds and good at problem solving.

Screens to protect cavities from intrusion need to be of decent grade steel and screwed into place; repair of tile roof or block and cement wall needs to be with high grade materials to help prevent further problems.

Without Licence proofing of vulnerable areas with high grade materials during times when the birds are not nesting is the only available solution.

Foxes are not specifically protected like birds but they do enjoy the general protections of other animals in the UK.  Tony Bull kindly gave advice on this matter too.

Vulpes vulpes with columba livia domestica

Foxes cannot be legally poisoned or gassed, they can, however, be trapped or shot.  Once trapped they will need to be humanely despatched rather than released elsewhere otherwise there may be contraventions of Animal Welfare legislation. There are problems with both methods of control in that trapping could see cats and or other wildlife trapped instead of foxes and the problems of shooting are obvious in an urban environment.

Foxes are highly territorial and their numbers are high and if foxes are removed from a territory then it will quickly become reoccupied due to population pressure from adjacent areas.  Attempts to reduce numbers is costly and must take place over a very wide area for a sustained period in order to be effective.

Hounslow Council’s position has been to advise on how to minimise nuisance and in the form of this leaflet.  If a particular fox is causing a problem that cannot be tolerated then there is scope for action to be taken. This would generally be through a specialist company with trained and licensed shootists.

TL 8.7.2020

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Filed under Council Business, Health, Middlesex, Neighbourhoods, Osterley, Spring Grove

Work commences on former petrol station site

A twelve year wait for any sustainable action on the former Syon Gate Garage site at the corner of Syon Lane and Great West Road is about to end as owners, Access Self Storage, are about to implement the permission granted by Hounslow Council Planning Committee on 2 May 2019.

The site looking south east

This will be a maximum six storey, storage only development as opposed to earlier ambitions for something more than twice the size including residential.

As with all these major schemes, permission was given subject to a fair few conditions just being finalised, including the all important to residents at least, Construction Logistics Plan. This suggests a six stage build sequence through to around September 2021 although mostly indoors and describes delivery vehicle routes (Great West Road, Syon Lane, Northumberland Avenue), hours of operation (should be, Monday to Friday 08.00 to 18.00, Saturday 0.900 to 13.00, not on Sunday or a Bank Holiday without council permission) and a fair bit more.

A contractor, Harmonix Construction, has been appointed as has a Project Manager, Troy Hunter, whose email is troy@harmonixconstruction.com and telephone is 079 3950 9552.

Artist impression looking west from Harlequin Avenue

Construction, starting with piling, should commence in mid-June 2020.

I have asked for regularly delivered bulletins for residents, the maisonettes from Northumberland Gardens to at least to Redesdale Gardens and nearby homes on Great West Road. The first issue can be found here.

Will make a change from the unauthorised site incursions experienced by residents.

Finally, the developer has advised to expect an amending planning application looking to increase the height by approximately 1.5m to address a need to increase internal floor to ceiling heights.

TL 20.5.2020

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Filed under Great West Road, Middlesex, Neighbourhoods, Northumberland Estate, Osterley, Planning, Wyke Green

Exhibition this Tuesday 18.6.2019: Revision of Osterley Station flats proposal

Transport for London’s preferred developer, Apartments for London, received a fair amount of stick when first suggesting that a development of 118 flats within up to nine storeys, in December 2018.

Residents learning more about Apartments for London latest proposals at Osterley Station

The latest idea is for 68 units within a development of three to six storeys on part of the Osterley Station Car Park. A copy of the proposal may be found here.

There will be an exhibition of the new proposal this Tuesday 18 June 2019 between 2.00 pm and 8.00 pm at the Indian Gymkhana, Thornbury Avenue, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4NQ where the architects and developer will be present to explain, justify and respond to questions.

If interested, please attend to see the new scheme and make comment. As always, Osterley and Spring Grove Ward Councillors would also be interested to learn from residents what they think, too.

 

TL  17.6.2019

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Filed under Council Business, Events, Great West Road, Middlesex, Neighbourhoods, Osterley, Planning, TfL