Monday, September 24, 2018

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Eastcote Cut Crime With Coffee?

Cops @ Costa It's often been said that coffee shops are taking over our high streets, with more and more of them branching out to offer extras such as sandwiches and ice cream. But a Costa branch in Eastcote is set to offer a far more practical service with your freshly ground beans; Cops @ Costa.

The scheme is part of a new initiative by the Eastcote & East Ruislip Safer Neighbourhoods Team intended to create an informal atmosphere where local residents can "drop in" and raise issues relating to local crime & anti-social behaviour as well as receive advice from the SNT.

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British Legion Duo To Run London Marathon

Local residents Garry Marshall & Shaun Workman, both members of the Royal British Legion in Eastcote, are attempting to raise over £4000 to compete in this year's gruelling London Marathon on Sunday 17th April.

The pair will battle the famous 26-mile track while raising money for The Poppy Appeal on behalf of the Royal British Legion.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Garry & Shaun can do so, securely, at the official Virgin London Marathon sponsorship page.

The Royal British Legion is a UK charity providing help and welfare to the serving and ex-Service community and their families. It is also one of the country's largest membership organisations and best-known as the nation's custodian of Remembrance and for the annual Poppy Appeal. The Eastcote Branch & Club is located in Southbourne Gardens, (Next to the Oak Hall Community centre).

Any enquiries to Jeff Duley, Branch Secretary, Eastcote Royal British Legion (m) 07808739434

Council Issue Tax Scam Warning

Council Issue Council Tax Scam WarningHillingdon Council is warning residents to be on their guard against a scam offering fake council tax refunds in order to get people's bank account details.

People pretending to work for Hillingdon Council are phoning residents, claiming they are from the council tax section, and telling residents that they have overpaid their council tax. The callers then request bank details with the promise of a refund for the alleged overpayment. If successful, the resident is then given another number to call which informs them that they need to pay an admin fee to get the refund.

Cllr Jonathan Bianco, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services, said: Always be wary of anything which sounds too good to be true it usually is. You should never give your bank details to anyone who calls out of the blue claiming to be a member of our staff.

The council would never ring a resident to ask for their bank details to issue a refund. If an overpayment had been made, and a refund is due, we would either refund the money direct if it had been paid by direct debit, or by cheque sent to the bill payer's address.

The council has reported the scam to the police.

Any concerned residents should call the council tax team at the council on 01895 250000.

Photo of Eastcote House Gardens wins first prize

Local resident, Chris Williams, has scooped the first prize in the 2010 Eastcote Residents' Association photographic contest.

Chris's photo, of Eastcote House Gardens, was short-listed from all the photographs received and was awarded first prize by our independent Judge from the Field End Photographic Society.

The winning photograph:
Eastcote House Gardens - By Chris Williams

Click the image to see a larger version of the winning photo.

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RAF Eastcote - Major Planning Success for Eastcote Residents

Eastcote Residents' Association have recently been campaigning alongside local residents  against further expansions to the housing development at RAF Eastcote (Pembroke Park).

On the 7th December, At the Hillingdon North planning meeting, the 3 planning applications for 15 additional houses/flats were firmly rejected by every Councillor, failing to win a single supporter for the proposals.

Our thanks go to the local residents whose coordinated efforts presented 5 petitions with large numbers of signatures on each petition and for their passionate presentations on the night to prevent these applications from being approved.

Well done residents of Eastcote!