Time for a change, a message from the Chairman of FoRL

May I start by thanking each of you for your support over the past eight years - 8 years as Chair where does time go! I would especially like to thank the committee members I have served with, without them none of what we have accomplished over the years would have been possible.

We have accomplished so much, Rain Shelters, Splash Pad, extra staff, pavement access in to the car park,  more bins and dog bins, nesting platforms, bird identification board, the telescope as well as protecting the wildlife and supporting them through the tough winters.

However for a number of reasons it is time for me to stand down - with the campaign against the car park and boating coming to an end my name has become linked to being against the Council and that is not what our group is about, this is stopping us moving forward. I feel that we need fresh ideas from a new Chair who can rekindle links with the Council and bring all of those who use and care about the Lido together; the new cafe, the pub and the Railway, to work together for the future of the lido. I have also struggled with competing demands at work and home and need to concentrate on other priorities.

Three main cornerstones of the committee are staying in post: membership secretary, the treasurer and the general secretary, trust me they do all of the hard work. What we need is a Chair and without one we cannot go on.

What is involved? Committee meetings perhaps four times a year, a meeting with the membership twice a year. Most importantly someone who cares about the Lido and has some ideas – how can we make a difference.

If you or anyone you know (even if not a current member) might be interested please let me know.

If we do not find someone we will may have to disband the group so please consider this carefully. If you would like to talk to me more about what is involved I would be happy to meet for a coffee.

We need to know by the 20th September 2014. please don’t think this is a huge role that would take up a lot of your time, it would not and I know the current committee will support and guide the person coming in. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Chair it has been a great experience, I have learned a lot about the environment, wildlife and the area but most importantly I have made some great friends.

Please give me a ring or drop me an E mail if you or some one you know may be able to help. I will be setting a date in October for a meeting which will be a very late AGM  and I really hope the start of a re-invigerated Friends through a new Chair.

With thanks as always

Vicky Brownlee

Gym equipment being installed by The Waters Edge Pub.

This is an email from the Chair of FoRL to Hillingdon Councillors regarding gym equipment being installed by The Waters Edge Pub.

At MAG you informed us of the new adult gym equipment going in at the far side of the Lido near the assault course.

The general opinion was a good idea, encourages fitness and appropriate use of the Lido and will have no impact on the environment nor the appearance as it will be hidden over the far side, around the tree line, it would be used by the runners as it is out of the way and you would not feel starred at.

They have started putting it in today, not where you said, it could not be further from it. It is on the pub side where they have put that double fence in. The opposite side from where you informed us, have they got it wrong?

The issues are if not stopped now -

  • This is going to be an eye sore
  • It is not covered by the CCTV and will be damaged
  • It is going to attract ABS from the road – believe me it will!
  • Less people will use it because it is out in the open and who wants to be watched in the gym

PLEASE PUT A STOP TO THIS NOW AND GET IT SORTED FOR US BACK TO WHERE YOU SAID IT WAS GOING TO BE

The Lido staff didn’t know about it, the first thing they knew was them turning up so they cannot tell them they are in the wrong place.

Please get back to me we are very worried about this as was EVERYBODY around the Lido today no one wants it here and I mean no one.

This has to be resolved today as once it is going to be another this that we have to find resolution after the fact rather than proper planning.

I do not know who else to turn to!

Ruislip Lido new car park opens

The controversial new car park has opened Bank Holiday weekend August 2013.

It’s not yet fully completed with missing drainage, fencing and top coat of tarmac.  But faced with only one more car parking opportunity in 2013 Hillingdon Council have opened it pre completion, even painting the car space outlines on the base tarmac, which will get blanked out when the top layer of tarmac goes down.

Ruislip Lido Questions and Answers to Hillingdon Council

Below are questions raised by the Friends of Ruislip Lido with answers from Hillingdon Council.

Q. Why did the council ask for advice from the wildlife trust and what was the question? As this would affect what advice was given, for instance “what can the council do to stop bird droppings affecting the water quality in this area as they want to bring in swimming” would get a very different answer to what can the council do to protect wildlife and encourage breeding.

A.The council asked the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust for advice on formalising bird feeding and moving the main concentrations away from potential bathing areas.

Q.Why are we trying to control the amount of feeding, it would almost appear that the council are trying to reduce the number of birds on the Lido, is this the plan, if so why?

A. Currently the main feeding is with bread which is both bad for birds, water quality and can attract vermin. We are not planning to reduce the number of birds at the Lido.

Q.The fence has been placed right across the slip, surely this is a health and safety issue, this is the main access to the water on that side, we have had sad events at the Lido in the past two years where access has been needed to emergency services has this been considered at all? Especially as we come up to the summer if they need to get a boat into the water fast, where are you expecting the police or LFB to do this? And are they aware of the new point of access?

A.There is a slipway at Willow Lawn which is as accessible

Q.Was coming up to nesting time the right time to do this? Was that really the advice from the trust? Or where they not asked when this should have been done.

A. Birds do not nest in the area which is fenced and never have.

Q.The birds have moved round todays Willow Lawn and the people are going there to feed the birds. The effect is more interaction between birds and dogs, more bird dirt on Willow Lawn. When the picnics start and people leave all of their rubbish, more swans will be affected by plastic bags and rubbish. Are we then going to fence this area off as well?

A. No

Q.The birds do appear to get too much bread. May I suggest the new woodlands centre assists with education in this are and even considers selling bird seed. Also there are many, including our society who do feed the birds correctly when they need it in the harsh winter, I take it we are now carrying the 20kg bags to Willow Lawn?

A.The feeding of the birds during the later part of this winter took place on Willow Lawn. It is proposed that the new woodland centre and Railway Station at Willow Lawn will have grain for sale. Interpretation boards on the effects of bird feeding will also be installed.

Q. Has anyone considered that Swans need water to tack flight in case of a dog attack and by promoting feeding on Willow Lawn the swans can become trapped if a dog does attack them or they get frightened by children, or vehicles all of which have access to Willow Lawn.

A. Yes, the advice we have received is from the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust following their visit to site.

Join us for a litter pick next Sunday the 14th July 2013 @ 10am

Ladies and Gentlemen, We are conducting a litter pick next Sunday the 14th July from 10am meeting at the Waters Edge public house on the grass near the Lido.

Join us for a litter pick next Sunday the 14th July 2013 @ 10amIf you are free even for 30 minutes we would love to see you. We normally take about an hour and then have a coffee back at the pub. All litter picking equipment supplied.

Please if you can join us do we want to support Andy the new member of staff and make the area look its best for the Summer, as at last it has arrived.

The only recommendation would be sturdy comfortable shoes.

I hope to see you there but if you cannot make it this time round we will be doing more through the year, this is an opportunity not just for us to give something back to the Lido we all love but also to meet up and get to know each other

With thanks Vicky Brownlee FORL

WEDNESDAY 12TH JUNE 2013 AT 7PM at THE WATERS EDGE PUBLIC HOUSE OVER LOOKING THE LIDO.

We would like to invite you to this years AGM, I have held off confirming the details as we hoped we would be able to hold it in the new woodlands centre but it is not yet open and do not want to delay the meeting any further.

Therefore the AGM will be on WEDNESDAY 12TH JUNE 2013 AT 7PM at THE WATERS EDGE PUBLIC HOUSE OVER LOOKING THE LIDO. Please come into the main pub and we will show you the area we have reserved. We will as always supply wine and soft drinks for the meeting.

Please come and join us, so much is happening at the Lido we need to get together and discuss your views about the current works, intended staffing provisions, the uses of the woodlands centre and ideas you have to help improve this fabulous facility.

The agenda will be brief with the nomination and voting of the committee, and a financial report, a short update from myself on any information we have around the works, then over to your selves for conversation and questions.

We need people to assist us on the committee all of the posts are up for consideration if you would be interested or would like to nominate someone please drop me an e mail it does make it easier if we know in advance. The positions are, Chair, Deputy chair, Membership secretary, Treasurer, pls four Executive members.

I am inviting our local Councillors and hope they will join us.

The Friends of Ruislip Lido has always been and still is a group representing the users of the Lido, who care about the area. Please join us to make sure we represent your views in the coming year.

I look forward to seeing you on the 12th
With thanks as always for your support
Vicky Brownlee Chair FORL

New visitors to the Lido……the feathered variety.

Some of you might have been really lucky to see an Avocet visit the Lido last week and land on one of the nesting platforms.

The Avocet is a distinctively-patterned black and white wader with a long up-curved beak. It is the emblem of the RSPB and symbolises the bird protection movement in the UK more than any other species. Its return in the 1940s and subsequent increase in numbers represents one of the most successful conservation and protection projects.

And we had a welcome return of a Black Swan who we haven’t seen for a couple of years.

Black swans are native to Australia and are the state bird of Western Australia. They were brought to the UK as ornamental birds like peacocks and golden pheasants. Like many other captive birds, they occasionally find their way out into the wild.

They are similar in size to the closely related mute swan. They appear all black when swimming but they have white primary wing feathers, which can be seen in flight. The bill is red with a broad white band on the tip.

Friends of Ruislip Lido AGM, Kings College Pavilion, 6th December 2012 1900hrs

Committee Members present:
Vicky Brownlee (Chair)
Nicky Saragossi (Deputy Chair)

Lindsey Hannigan (Secretary)

 Update from Chair

  • Chair gave update on following proposals:  Boating, Swimming, café, changing rooms, toilets and overspill car park.
  • The majority of membership have voted that they do not want the proposed car park where it is to be located.  Believed that our objections have delayed construction for up to previously two years and there are still 22 reserved matters which need resolving.
  • It appears that the Council may have breached their own planning conditions
  • It is important that FORL maintain communication links with the Council. However it appears that the Council have completely withdrawn links with the FORL.  We are aware of an instruction from Mr Puddifoot that no Council officer is to co-operate with the group.  However the FORL need to keep up efforts to speak with Council and maintain a good relationship with them.
  • The new Woodland Centre will be used for educational purposes & functions and will provide better catering facilities.
  • The Railway is to benefit from a new café, new ticket office and toilets near to Willow Lawn.  They will get toilets and a new mess room at Woody Bay.
  • Only diseased Oak trees have been removed.
  • The current overflow car park does not have good signage
  • There are now yellow lines in Bury Street
  • FORL have suggested a free bus to the Lido
  • It is understood that proposed CCTV will cost approx £26K
  • The entrance behind the bus stand will disappear

  What direction shall FORL take?

Following Agreed:

  • Maintain links with Railway
  • Maintain links with Residents Associations to support FORL protect the Lido, help the Council and to litter pick
  • Maintain links with voluntary groups accessing Lido & facilities

Membership Fees

Funds are healthy current – expenditures have been on postage, publicity & bird food.

  • Proposed to purchase storage container for food
  • Consider Water testing (passed by group)
  • Consider applying for FOIA for details of costs of Lido

Proposals:

  • Strategy around planned future developments of lido – passed
  • Minutes to be published on website – passed

 Lido Management Action Group:

  • Group will be looking at the planning approvals and Woody Bay development
  • Will be discussing apparent breach of own planning conditions made by the Council
  • The Council must still apply for a licence to Natural England

Membership:

  • 205 members
  • Membership is currently free – donations will still be gladly received.
  • Free membership to continue until next AGM in June 2013.
  • Roger Yates is given life membership
  • David Seaman is given life membership

Nominations & Voting committee membership:

  • Nomination of Pat Taverner to Membership Secretary.

Following voted to Committee:
Chair – Vicky Brownlee
Vice Chair – Nicky Saragossi
Secretary – Lindsey Hannigan
Treasurer – Hazel Toms
Membership Secretary – Pat Taverner
Executive Member 1 – Linda Lamb
Executive Member 2 – no nomination
Executive Member 3 – no nomination