Where You Live: Hillingdon

Where You Live >> Hillingdon

London is more than just the City and its famous landmarks. More than its museums, theatres, palaces, taxis and red buses. It is home to some 8 million people. You live, work and socialise across London’s 32 boroughs – you make them tick. You give Hillingdon’s neighbourhoods, from Northwood to Heathrow Villages, their unique identity. It is these distinct areas that make our great capital such a rich and diverse city. Unlike the previous Mayor, Boris is working to give all your boroughs - not just Zones 1-3 - his attention.

Boris Johnson has a nine point plan to secure Greater London’s future. He is paying for this plan by cutting waste at City Hall to free up £3.5 billion for services.

In Hillingdon the plan means:

  • Freezing City Hall’s share of council tax for three successive years and cutting it this year, benefitting 105,364 Hillingdon households and putting an extra £445 back into pockets  (GLA Website, ‘Budget archive’, link, GLA, Press Release 1 February, link, DLG Website, Calculation of Council Tax Base for Formula, Grant Purposes, October 2011, link).
  • Growing the local economy with £2.7 million for regenerating Ruislip Manor and Northwood Hills and a £240,000 economic boost for Hayes Town Centre sponsored by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund (GLA, Outer London Fund – Round 1 Grant Funding, 8 December 2011, link ) (GLA, Outer London Fund –Round Two Grant Funding, Summary of Winners, 12 January 2012, link).
  • Investing in transport with three Crossrail stations in Hillingdon including West Drayton, Heathrow Airport and Hayes & Harlington, pedestrian improvements for West Drayton and Yiewsley Town Centres, rolling-out Oyster cards onto national rail, and investing £16.9 million to boost local transport in Hillingdon(TfL, Press Release, November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2009; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2010; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link; Hillingdon Borough Website, Accounts 2010-11, 31 March 2011, link).
  • Boris is also supporting local pensioners by reversing the previous Labour Government’s decision to stop those at 60 getting the Freedom pass until 65 (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 17 December 2008, link).
  • He is the only candidate in this election who can secure a better deal for London  from No 10.

 Freezing council tax

  • Boris Johnson has frozen council tax for three years and is cutting it this year. Boris Johnson has frozen his share council tax for three years and is cutting it this year (GLA, Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2012-13, link).
    • This has helped keep the cost of living low for 105,364 households in Hillingdon, (DCLG, Council Tax Base, October 2011) putting an extra £445 back in the pocket of the average household.

Restoring green space

  • 260 street trees. 260 street trees have been planted in Hillingdon under Boris Johnson. (GLA, Mayor’s questions, 25 January 2012, link).
  • 18 green spaces. 18 green spaces have been created for Hillingdon residents to grow their own food. (Capital Growth Website, link).
  • Ending garden grabbing. Boris Johnson has introduced new protections for gardens from development. His revised London Plan enables boroughs to: ‘introduce a presumption against development on back gardens or other private residential gardens where this can be locally justified’ (GLA, The London Plan 2011, July 2011, p. 86-87, link). Draft guidance also urges councils to prevent garden grabbing: ‘Such a presumption reflects Government’s recognition in PPS3 of the need to provide support for justified, local measures to prevent “garden grabbing”’ (GLA, Draft supplementary planning guidance, December 2011, link).

Investing to transform local high streets

  • Ruslip Manor and Northwood Hills. Ruislip Manor and Northwood Hills received 2.7 million from the Outer London Fund, delivering economic and social benefits including provisions for new markets, cultural and community events, retail and business support, and the promotion of apprenticeships within local firms (GLA, Outer London Fund – Round 1 Grant Funding, 8 December 2011, link).
  • Hayes Town centre. Hayes Town Centre also received £240,000 from the Outer London Fund (GLA, Press Release, 14 February 2012, link).

Making your streets and homes safer

  • 1,000 more police across London by May and £132 million more investment under Boris. The number of Special Constables has more than doubled from 2,500 to well over 5,000. (GLA, The Mayor’s Consultation Budget, 22 December 2011, link; MPA Website, Police numbers, link; GLA, Mayor’s Final Budget 2011-12, link; Evening Standard, 30 January 2012, link).
  • 400 more patrols a month. In January 2012 there were 402 more monthly police patrols in Hillingdon compared with April 2008. (GLA, Mayor’s questions, p 168, 25 February 2012, link).
  • Total crime and robberies in Hillingdon have reduced. Since May 2008, Hillingdon has seen a 11%% decrease in total crime and a 1% reduction in the number of robberies. Youth violence is down by 19% and bus crime has fallen more 37% (MPS Statistics, May 08 - Jan 12 compared to August 04-April 08).

Ensuring a true Olympic legacy

  • Boris Johnson has funded four sport participation programmes in Hillingdon so far. They are (Mayor of London, Sporting future for London, April 2009, p. 9, link):
  • 12 organisations in Hillingdon are receiving Sports Legacy Programme grants. 12 organisations in Hillingdon are receiving Sports Legacy Programme Grants to offer free sports coaching to London. (Freesport Programme Website, link).

Investing in transport

  • £16.9 million of funding for local transport in Hillingdon. Since becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has invested over £16.9 million to boost local transport in Hillingdon including £60,000 to improve the physical environment with a new pedestrian crossing initially in Uxbridge, then in other town centres such as West Drayton. (TfL, Press Release, November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2009; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2010; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link; Hillingdon Borough Website, Accounts 2010-11, 31 March 2011, link).

Underground

  • Upgrading Tube lines running through Hillingdon. This is part of the Tube upgrade programme, secured by Boris Johnson.
    • Metropolitan Line. The line has benefitted from new air-conditioned trains and new signalling, increasing capacity 27% and providing more frequent and faster journeys, meaning that the line can carry an additional 9,500 passengers per hour at peak time (TfL Website, Metropolitan line upgrade plan, link)
    • Piccadilly Line. The Piccadilly will be one of the two last lines to be upgraded. The upgrades will deliver new trains, new signaling and new control centres, allowing for increased capacity on the line (TfL, ‘Tube Upgrade Plan’, link).

Rail

  • Crossrail Stations. Three Crossrail Stations are being built in Hillingdon to provide better cross London links for the boroughs: West Drayton, Heathrow Airport, and Hayes & Harlington Hillingdon. (HMT, Spending Review, 22 October 2010, p.23, link).
  • Oyster Cards rolled out on national rail. After years of talk under Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson secured the roll-out of Oyster cards onto national rail in 2010. Hillingdon is the now the 28th highest oyster-using borough. (TfL, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link).

Roads and congestion

  • Introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme. Boris Johnson introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme in 2010, resulting in an average 17% cut in the number of road works. Hillingdon is set to join the permit scheme (TfL, ‘London Permit Scheme’, link).
  • Pedestrian improvements. West Drayton and Yiewsley Town Centres are benefitting from pedestrian improvements totalling £2.4 million. This will support local initiatives to maintain a positive environment on the towpath while encouraging walking and cycling (Hillingdon Council, Press Release, 21 Feb 2012, link).

Buses

  • Bus improvements. 24 bus routes in Hillingdon have been expanded and or/improved under Boris Johnson, as well as 2 new routes being added. (TfL, ‘Bus service changes May 2008-Jan 2012, link)
  • Bendy Buses replaced. Nearly 500 new vehicles boasting the latest clean engine technology will replace the Bendy buses and this will save more than £7 million a year. By the end of 2011, the new buses will replace bendy buses on Route 207 in Hillingdon. (TfL, Press Release, 5 October 2011, link).

Cycling

  • Cycle Funding. £25,000 worth of funding has been made available to Hillingdon’s cycling projects (Going Going Biking Website, ‘Funding made available for London biking boroughs’, 18 February 2011, link).

Housing

  • 1,130 affordable housing units completed in Hillingdon. 690 social rented and 440 intermediate – were completed in Hillingdon between 2008/09 and 2010/11 (DCLG, Affordable Housing Live Tables 1006, 1007, 1008, link).

Mayoral visits

  • Boris Johnson has made more visits to Hillingdon in his first term than Ken Livingstone made in his first term. Boris Johnson has visited Hillingdon six times since May 2008. Ken Livingstone visited Hillingdon just once times in his first term as Mayor (GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2000 – April 2008; GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2008 – March 2012).

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