Ruislip, of course, has not been spared the attentions of HS2,
Our municipal golf course is now a distended building site,
preparing for the delivery of tunnel boring machine.
In the interim large volumes of excvated material are being removed from the site,
transported along out unimproved Victorian farm track-based road system,
and dumped on local marginal grazing fields that will end up raised, in some places by 4 metres.
A competent contractor can easily arrange a wheel washing facility to ensure that HGVs do not leave muck on the roads. 'Competent' is seemingly an unfairly high bar for SCS, (Skanska Costain Strabag) the tunnelling contractor. Complaints to HS2 have previously been dismissed with promises to do better.
Complaints to HS2, copied to local councillors and council officers gained slightly more traction.
Complaints copied to the office of the local MP, were reportedly followed up at a high level meeting with HS2 Directors.
An HS2 Senior Engagement and Interface Manager took 15 working days to reply.
The LB Hillingdon Head of Transport wrote on the 24th November quoting the relevant sections of the Highways Act 1980.
Subsequently the LB Hillingdon Planning Enforcement Officer wrote, on the 27th November, to the Company Secretary of HS2 stating that a breach of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 (As amended) means that HS2 has 14 (calendar) days to 'provide the Council with further measures and procedures that will put in place with immediate effect in order to avoid/limit and mitigate the deposition of mud and other debris on the highway'.
'Failure to comply with an Enforcement Notice is a criminal offence, which on summary conviction, can result in an unlimited fine.'