Friday, June 23, 2017

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ERA to support Eastcote House Gardens with £1k donation

Following our exclusive story last month, revealing that the Heritage Lottery Fund has accepted the £1.28m bid to help restore Eastcote House Gardens, the ERA are delighted to announce that they have pledged £1,000 towards the funding volunteers need to raise as a condition of the Lottery bid.

The Friends of Eastcote House Gardens have been working tirelessly and recently announced that they have raised over £12,000, but crucially need to raise another £13,000 as part of the matched funding. In addition to the cash funding, the group of volunteers have also pledged to contribute over £125,000 worth of volunteering hours to the project, giving a combined effort of £150,000 of funding towards the bid.

Read more: ERA to support Eastcote House Gardens with £1k donation

Hillingdon Planning Law Update

The Hillingdon head of planning recently gave a briefing to planning officers regarding the new changes introduced by the government.

The changes open up a number of additional planning opportunities for both residential & commercial properties, with planning guidelines being considerably laxed. Part of the changes mean that residential properties will be able to build a good sized, single-storey extension without formal permission. The applicant will be required to notify the council still, and immediate neighbours may object, but elements such as petitions and lodging to a planning committee panel for appeal will no longer be possible in these instances.

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Eastcote House Gardens Wins Lottery Funding

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) recently published its latest list of supported projects and announced that Eastcote House Gardens was successful in a bid for £1.28m to help restore the gardens and buildings.

The funding comes as part of the HLF's continued support of green spaces throughout the country, with 11 projects across England receiving much needed funding to help restore and regenerate parks and green spaces. Eastcote House Gardens was one of 4 successful bids in London. The grant means that plans for the regeneration of Eastcote House Gardens, including the restoration of the stables and dovecote, and a brand new tea room, can now begin to be put into action.

Read more: Eastcote House Gardens Wins Lottery Funding

Exclusive invite to ERA members

Exclusive invite for ERA membersAs part of a welcome to the local community, new RAF Northolt station commander, Group Captain Andy Bacon, has extended an invite to all members of the Eastcote Residents' Association to join the station staff in a private "Families Day" at the Northolt base on Saturday 13th July.

Gates will open at 12:00 and there will be a range of activities including marching bands, the Northolt military wives choir, a flypast of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at 13:00 and fun for kids – bouncy castle, pony rides, face painting etc. However, there will not be a large number of static aircraft this year.

Read more: Exclusive invite to ERA members

Residents urged to join local life saving scheme

Local residents are being urged to join an emergency volunteer scheme which could help save the life of a neighbour in a medical emergency.

St John Ambulance is inviting local people to come along to an information evening to find out more about becoming a Community First Responder (CFR).

The first information event will take place on the evening of 2 July at the London Ambulance Service (LAS) HQ, 220 Waterloo Road, SE1 8SD. Two other information evenings will be held on 17 July and 21 August at the London HQ of St John Ambulance - 63 York Street, W1H 1PS.

Anyone subsequently interested in volunteering as a CFR will be expected to undergo four, full day training sessions which will be held every Saturday from 31 August at Birchwood House, St Margaret’s Hospital, The Plain, Epping, Essex.

Read more: Residents urged to join local life saving scheme