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24 hours to save green belt land from development (Grow Heathrow)

Posted: August 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Lewdown Holdings have submitted a planning application for the Sipson Garden Centre site, the land where a large portion of the community project Grow Heathrow is located. Hillingdon Council’s planning department will be accepting comments on the application from the public until August 6th (TOMORROW!).

The link to the application on the council’s website is here:

http://planning.hillingdon.gov.uk/OcellaWeb/planningDetails?reference=67666/APP/2015/2413&from=planningSearch

Please write to the council why you think this over-development of Green Belt land is a bad idea: Click on the link above and then click on the ‘enter comment’ button

Quick! Only 24 hours to make a comment. Below are some suggested reasons you could use in your statement:

Habitat and health

· The area is designated Green belt land

Green belt land is intended to prevent sprawl of up built areas, to prevent neighbouring towns from merging into each other, to safeguard countryside form encroachment, preserve the special character of historic towns, to assist regeneration by encouraging the recycling of derelict land).

· The planning application shows no intention of maintaining the land for agricultural use.

· The 52 housing units will be too close to the motorway. Pollution in this area is already twice the EU limit for contaminated air leading to an increase occurrence of respiratory diseases.

· More housing will lead to increased emissions such as traffic congestions in this pollution saturated area.

· The land proposed for development is home to a variety of habitat, providing homes for an array of flora and fauna. The Ecology Report presented by Lewdown Holdings emits any inclusion of the most densely biodiverse areas of the land, with almost a third of the land survey simply labelled ‘no service access’ (Ecology Report 2015: 8, Figure 2.1: Reptile refugia locations). The proposed green area and allotments in in the current plan will not compensate for the loss of habitat and species, especially in the areas that have not been surveyed.

· Biodiversity offsets carbon and local air pollution, and saves species from losing their natural habitat.

There is no indication that the housing would be built from sustainable materials.

Mental well-being has been shown to be adversely affected by an erosion of green spaces and community facilities (Guite, Clark, Ackrill, 2006). The reports provided by Lewdown Holdings do not compensate for the huge loss of local green space which the land is currently used for.

Community ·
Local community groups, a combined effort by Neighbourhood Plan Forum and HASRA aim to purchase the land as an Asset of Community Value in order to offset the aforementioned health and habitat damages that would be caused by developing this green belt land.

· Sipson already has a multitude of unused or short hold lease houses, areas with too many empty homes lead to poor social cohesion and related issues. An aim of Green Belt land is to protect historic character of towns; Sipson and the surrounding villages work towards preserving this character, which would be undermined by new houses being built upon traditional orchard land.

The project using this land has not only dramatically improved this derelict site but it has lifted the morale of the whole local community in the campaign against the third runway; it is integral in planning a sustainable future for our area. This development would undo what’s been achieved to help reverse the trend of blight in the Heathrow villages. “Grow Heathrow is about a living, sustainable, community based future. We should be enabling projects like this not closing them down. Growing food, cooking it and eating together is the glue that has held societies together – we need a lot more of it, not less.” John McDonnell, MP

· Considering the airport expansion plans, it would be completely unethical to put new homes so close to the runway (air pollution, noise pollution, lack of access, road congestion)

Infrastructure and economics

· In the event of airport expansion, local schools such as Heathrow Primary will be wiped off the map and other schools will be over-subscribed by displaced local children. The possibility of families moving into these new 52 housing units and their needs not being met has not been considered.

The planning application hasn’t taken into account the higher numbers of driver produced by 52 housing units. Roads in the surrounding area are already congested with taxi drivers, airport workers as well as local residents.The planned affordable housing and the adjacent open market housing especially do not provide adequate parking. This has not been adequately addressed in the Travel Planning Report (Bacon, Coleman and Blacker, 2015)

· Planning for pedestrian access is unrealistic with only three access points.

· The proposed housing is not sustainable; relying on imported materials and fossil fuels.

· Airport expansion might lead to this new housing being destroyed or becoming uninhabitable due to noise and pollution. This would be a waste of time and resources.

Bibliography

Bacon, Coleman and Blacker, 2015. Sipson Garden Centre Travel Plan WSP UK Limited, Mountbatten House

Guite, H.F., Clark, C, Ackrill, G. 2006. The impact of the physical and urban environment on mental well-being. Public Health, 120, 1117-1126.

Phase 2 Ecology Report:2015 “http://planning.hillingdon.gov.uk/OcellaWeb/showDocuments?reference=67666/APP/2015/2413&module=pl


Zine Making Workshop – OOMK Collective – Sunday 9th August, 13:00

Posted: July 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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Future City Zines with OOMK

A zine drop-in workshop with OOMK at Grow Heathrow. Participants will be invited to use various templates and collage materials to create their own future city zines to take away. Participants will be able to explore the Grow Heathrow site to draw inspiration from it as well as sifting through a collection of zines and emphera brought along by OOMK. 

Suggested donation – £2

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/zine-workshop-with-oomk-at-grow-heathrow-tickets-17973156194

OOMK is a highly visual, handcrafted small-press publication. Printed biannually its content pivots upon the imaginations, creativity and spirituality of women. Each issue centres around different creative theme, with more general content exploring topics of faith, activism and identity. Studio OOMK is a design studio that specialises in bespoke booklet design, project documentation, exhibition design and live illustration. The studio is run by Sofia Niazi (illustrator and educator), Heiba Lamara (researcher) and Rose Nordin (graphic designer). Previous clients include the Museum of London, Southbank Centre, 3FF and the Migration Museum.

 

Directions

By public transport from Central London: Travel to West Drayton in TfL zone 6 in 20 minutes by train from Paddington. From West Drayton station take the 222 bus towards Hounslow and get off at the Harmondsworth Lane stop, next to the King William pub. The stop before is The Plough and the stops afterwards are Sipson Close and Sipson Way. Grow Heathrow is 50 metres from the bus stop: continue in the same direction, take the next left into Sipson Lane, and left again passing the Church. You will see the banners on the gates to our site on Vineries Close, next to the Cooperative nursery.

Alternatively, travel on the Piccadilly Line to Hounslow West and then take the 222 toward Uxbridge and get off at Sipson Close. Grow Heathrow is a minutes walk away from the bus stop, continuing in the same direction. The entrance to our site is on Vineries Close, next to the Cooperative nursery, and can be found after turning right onto Sipson Lane.

By bike from West Drayton: A well-marked cycle path runs south from West Drayton station: after turning left out of the station, continue straight ahead on Station Road, which becomes Sipson Road, all the way. You go through a motorway underpass and through Sipson village, where you’ll see the King William pub on your right that we’re near to. Bikes can be taken on all trains between Paddington and West Drayton and they tend to be fine about people taking bikes on during peak hours. It’s possible to cycle between Hayes/West Drayton and central London in under 2 hours following the route of the Grand Union Canal.

 


Open Mic Night at Grow Heathrow – Saturday 25th July

Posted: July 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Grow Heathrow Open Mic

Fellow singers, dancers, mortal beings and purveyors of the arts. Tomorrow evening will be Grow Heathrow’s second Open Mic Night, Cèilidh dancing session and spiritual conflux.

To get started we will gather round the table and enjoy five, fine courses of fine vegan cuisine at 7pm.

A tour of the site will commence after dinner, ending in a fireside gathering.

The Open Mic will begin at approximately 9 o clock.

Scheduled performers include:

Early Glide

La Funkbadger

The Bluegeoisie

The Goat King

Dizzee Rascal

Abichuela

Steve

And many, many more.

People are welcome to stay over and sleep in our newly constructed guest inn.

Disclaimer: This will not end in a rave.


BAILIFFS SUCCESSFULLY RESISTED

Posted: July 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Action, legal | Tags: | 1 Comment »

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At 10:00 this morning the land owner plus 5/6 bailiffs arrived to evict the residents of Grow Heathrow, threatening to break entry. Residents locked themselves to structures and climbed to higher ground. The police arrived, explaining to the bailiffs they were woefully unequipped to enforce an eviction. Indeed they were. Moreover, Inspector David George from the Heathrow Villages Area Police confirmed to us that as no official documentation regarding a warrant for the eviction was presented to Grow Heathrow or the police, the attempt to evict the site was unlawful.

This success has proved to be useful practise for our call-out response, with many locals and individuals in the Grow Heathrow family arriving this morning.

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME DOWN!

If you’d like to be added to the eviction call-out phone tree, email us at info@transitionheathrow.com with your phone number, or text us on 07706602284.

HAYES CARNIVAL HERE WE COME!

We are still, as always, trying to buy our community garden’s land instead of having bailiffs at our home.

The Airports Commission found that at least 783 homes would need to be evicted and bulldozed under Heathrow’s plans for a third runway, and obviously more for a fourth runway. However, houses next to the runway would be unliveable due to noise and possibly air pollution. Final blueprints may include more homes. Grow Heathrow has been teaching local residents how to peacefully resist eviction, as a third runway could emit 11.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year – more than the whole of Kenya. It is no surprise that people are refusing to be evicted to make way for climate crimes, when scientists warn that such airport expansion is incompatible with the government’s legally binding obligations under the Climate Change Act 2008 to cut carbon by 80% by 2050.


BAILIFFS AT GROW HEATHROW (10:00, 8TH JULY) – NEED PEOPLE HERE ASAP!

Posted: July 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Action, legal | Tags: | No Comments »

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EMERGENCY: Grow Heathrow Under Eviction. We need people here ASAP. Spread the word to all. Postcode UB7 0JH

(10:00 – 8TH JULY)

 

PEOPLE LOCKED ON


Sat 5 Sep, 1-5pm: Elderberry vinegar workshop

Posted: July 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Foraging | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Along with steamed hogweed buds (and blackberries), the other favourite foraged edible at Grow Heathrow is elderberry vinegar. Come on Saturday 5 September from 1 till 5 and join us.

As always, we’ll big you up and thank you loads for any/as many clean empty jars as you can bring :). So – elderberries. This widespread, delicious wild food has been one of Britain’s best loved hedgerow treasures for centuries, brewed into a unique smooth, rich and port-like wine with a flavour unmatched by anything on supermarket shelves (see recipe). The tree (sambucus nigra) is easy to identify if you’ve smelled the sweet elderflowers around May and June; they turn into drooping clusters of shiny purplish-black elderberries hanging down from purple stems from mid August till October.

Its best kept secret is definitely elderberry balsamic vinegar. This is fun, quick to make and leaves you with a result  that transforms cheap vinegar into posh balsamic: a bit like Jesus turning water into wine, but more directly useful for climbing the greasy pole of Britain’s entrenched system of class hierarchy.

Strip the berries from the stems using your hands or a fork; compost the stems. Take a litre of British cider vinegar (ie, the perfect amount for a small portion of chips) and add a kilo of elderberries. Chuck them together in a covered stainless steel, glass or enamelled container for a week. Then strain, put the liquid on the hob, let it simmer for ten minutes and bottle. Now order a small portion of chips to go with your litre of vinegar and enjoy. Congratulations: the balsamic vinegar in front of you means you’re going up in the world!

Living in broken rotting greenhouses has its perks. What plant books flatteringly call ‘wasteland species’ may not have the looks but as we like to say here, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. And autumn is coming up, with our Garden of Eden maze of elderberries and blackberries.

You can also check out the Urban Harvest info on eating elderberries.


Heathrow Arts Gallery Exhibition

Posted: July 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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Thursday 16th July, 3-4pm and 8-9pm​

Surprise public location in the Heathrow Villages – to be announced

A gallery showing of community art work in the Heathrow Villages, inspiring community care, social change and positive investment for the long term.

Drink and refreshments provided

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Carnival time – Sat July 11th

Posted: July 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events, music | Tags: , | No Comments »

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Hayes Carnival – 11th July – Save the Date. Transition Heathrow will be taking part in Hayes Carnival for the 6th year running. The theme this year is ‘Ringing in the changes – Hayes through the decades’.

Just like last years carnival, to start the day off there will be a procession with music, fun costumes and crazy bikes, leading us from Hayes Town to the free festival in Barra Hall Park.

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In the Transition Heathrow ‘eco-zone’ at the park we’ll be putting on our usual range of activities promoting sustainable living and community resilience, including:

  • a solar powered sound stage with live music and performances.
  • a comfy well-being tent with space for guided yoga and massage.
  • crafts activities, making puppets, seed bombs and more.
  • pedal powered fruit smoothies and phone charging.
  • the Rocket Stove Cafe – serving hot drinks and home baked cakes.
  • an info stand and growing area with information about us and other local campaigns, and seeds to swap and share.

As in previous years, we’ll be joined by Friends of the Earth Hillingdon, and also for the first time Stop Heathrow Expansion will be bringing a stall to share news of the campaign against the third runway.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Transition Heathrow space at Hayes Carnival, whether it’s providing music, baking or costume making, please get in touch asap at info@transitionheathrow.com.


Harmondsworth Summer Fair

Posted: June 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , | No Comments »

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Summer fair season has reached the Heathrow Villages, starting this saturday 27th June in the shady, historic grounds of St Marys Church in Harmondsworth.

There will be live jazz, home made cakes and cream teas, sumo wresting, crafts, bric-a-brac, games, competitions, coconut shy and much more on offer.

We are hoping to see lots of people, visitors to the villages and local residents alike – out to enjoy the day and support the event. It’s a perfect opportunity to experience the best that the villages can offer, and see what is likely to be lost should a third runway at Heathrow go ahead.

Harmondsworth primary school have their summer event the same day – why not visit both – close by and very different but complimentary events!


Summer Solstice Weekend at Grow Heathrow

Posted: June 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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