|Winter views of Mill Hill Park|
It has to be said that Mill Hill has been absoultely glorious this week. Our morning strolls around the parks and open spaces have been a joy to behold. Although we don't as a rule plug local businesses, we have been thoroughly enjoying our smoked salmon and chopped herring bagels in Yummies to round off the walks this week. They seem to be the ideal breakfast treat to round off a brisk walk!
As ever there is plenty of local news to share.
Feargal Sharkey backs our campaign to keep local streams clean and safe
We are delighted that legendary Undertones frontman and Barnet resident Feargal Sharkey has pitched in to support our efforts to keep the streams of Mill Hill safe and clean. Yesterday, we were alarmed to see clear signs of pollution on Folly Brook, which runs parallel to the footpath that links Burtonhole Lane in Mill Hill to Totterridge.
Yesterday we posted this tweet warning dog walkers of the potential risks from whatever the contamination is. We are working with waterways expert Laurence Bard, who runs the Pond Life waterway maintenance company and is an expert in such matters to get the contaminents identified. Mr Bard has also notified the Environment agency.
*** Dog Walker Hazard Alert ***— A Better Mill Hill (@ABetterMillHill) February 16, 2019
We advise all dog walkers to keep dogs out of Folly Brook. It appears to have become contaminated. We are arranging for this to be tested, but in the meantime advise caution. We also advise washing hands after opening gates etc pic.twitter.com/wl7Li6c9u3
As well as being a superb musician, Feargal is also passionate about waterways. Having seen our post, he chipped in with some very useful advice.
We went back and had a look but much of the brook is inaccessible and there are very few houses on the route, so were unable to ascertain if this was the cause of the problem. We have been walking the route for over 40 years and have never seen this before so are rather perplexed as to where the contamination could be coming from. Until the source has been identified, we advise that dogs be kept on leads and all hands are thoroughly washed if opening gates etc in the vicinity. The big worry is that this stream feeds Darlands Lake and Dollis Brook etc. As there is a possibility that this is a wash off from the neighbouring NIMR site, we are sure that Barratts, as a responsible developer will be keen to ensure that the source is identified ASAP and look forward to their assistance in tracing the problem.It looks like sewage foam, suspect someone has a miss-connected sewer somewhere which is dumping into the river. Start from that point and walk upstream looking for an outfall or a pipe going into the river. Once located report to the EA, although they’re unlikely to do anything.— Feargal Sharkey (@Feargal_Sharkey) February 17, 2019
We will be keeping you well informed. Please make sure anyone who uses the path is aware.
Mill Hill Music Complex Celebrates its 40th Birthday
Mill Hill's world famous recording and rehearsal studio celebrated it's 40th Birthday this week. The studio has become a local institution with over 2,000 musicians, dancers, and other creative people using the studios every week. Over the years some of the worlds most loved artists have made their way to Mill Hill to use the studios. Josh Homme of Queens of The Stone Age even had his nose cut off in studio 1 for an episode of Toast of London.
Tomorrow is our 40th Birthday. Read a message from our Founder/MD here - https://t.co/wP97BcRxaD#40YearsOfGreatMusicInMillHill #SaveLondonMusic #KeepMusicLive— MillHillMusicComplex (@MillHillMusicCo) February 13, 2019
Thanks for all your support pic.twitter.com/ujDCKIK9J0
We wish them a very happy birthday.
Mill Hill Planning Update
Domino's Pizza Delivery service.
Dominos have now published their plan for deliveries, which is subject to planning approval. Full details are here. Click the link for full details
Submission of details of condition 8 (Waste Management Plan), 9 (Servicing and Delivery Driver Management Plan), pursuant to planning permission appeal ref APP/N5090/W/18/3207746 (planning ref 18/1288/FUL) dated 04/01/2019
127 The Broadway London NW7 3TJ
The area which most residents will be interested in concerns their delivery drivers. Here is what it says
Delivery DriversThis document sets out the measures that will be put in place to ensure any noise or disturbance from delivery drivers is kept to a minimum at all times. In relation to the numbers of delivery drivers, the precise number cannot be known until the store is operating. However, based on other similar stores there would typically be 2-4 drivers operating during the day (until 6pm) and 6-8 drivers during the busy evening period (between 6pm and 9pm). After this time, the trade would reduce,and the number of drivers would likely revert to 2-4 until closing time. The delivery drivers will only be making short stops and will be out delivering pizzas for most of the time. Therefore, it is very unlikely that there would be more than 2 (or at the very most 3) needing to park near the store at the same time. The delivery drivers would utilise a mixture of mopeds, electric mopeds and cars. There is a rear yard area which can be accessed directly off Goodwyn Avenue. This can be used by the delivery drivers of the proposed hot food takeaway. This area could accommodate a number of mopeds.Only delivery drivers using electric mopeds will usethis rear yard area to ensure there is no noise from the running of engines. The drivers using cars or non-electric mopeds would utilise on-street spaces on The Broadway or Goodwyn Avenue. During the later hours the drivers using non-electric mopeds or cars would always aim to park along The Broadway wherever possible as there would be a high level of existing activity to the front of the store.The team at A Better Mill Hill believe this plan to be hopelessly inadequate to protect the interest of local residents. We are urging all local people to post objections and ask for the following conditions to be applied, to reduce noise, pollution and disturbance.
In line with the permitted opening hours, the takeaway will be open to customer collections and deliveries between the hours of 11.00 and 23.00 Sunday to Wednesday and between 11.00 and midnight Thursday to Saturday. No hot food deliveries will be made from the unit outside of these hours. The delivery drivers will undertake a training programme, code of conduct training and compulsory basic training to ensure that they are respectful to any neighbours, the customers of the takeaway and other road users. At all times during the store’s opening hours, a manager will be on duty. The manager will be a visible presence within the store, ensuring effective staff management and management of delivery drivers as well as customers. In addition to this, signs will be posted within the store and at the rear of the building to remind delivery drivers of their responsibilities to ensure noise and disturbance is kept to a minimum. Such signs will inform delivery drivers that they must switch off their engines once parked, ensure they do not slam car doors, play music loudly etc. These measures will be further enforced by the store managers
1. All deliveries under 1 mile must be made using biccycle deliveries, as most environmentally responsible delivery services are seeking to do, unless the size of order precludes this.
2. All deliveries which are of a size, distance or volume too large for a cycle courier, should be delivered by couriers using electric cargo bikes.
3. If there is a requirement for car or moped deliveries, these vehicles should be electric.
4. Delivery drivers in cars must not play music at any time when parked or waiting in Mill Hill Broadway. This will be a written into contracts as a breach of terms of emplyment and any driver caught breaking these rules will be dismissed.
5. All local residents affected by noise will be given a hotline number to senior Dominos Pizza representatives so that any breaches can be reported easily and dealt with immediately.
We believe that these measures will provide a degree of mitigation of disturbance that would make the operation bearable for local residents.
There is also major development planned for IBSA house on the Ridgway. If you live around this area, you may want to check this out as it is likely to affect you.
Change of use from Offices (Class B1(a)) to 127 Residential dwellings (Class C3)
Ibsa House The Ridgeway London NW7 1RN
Other Local News
Quality Blues at Mill Hill Jazz Club
John Fry's Home Cookin' - 20 Feb - with some funky, soulful, foot stomping, shoulder rolling jazz-blues. Feel good music that rocks, that cajoles, that inspires, that looks neither backwards or forwards but just lights up the night sky with a great big smile. Please RT...— Mill Hill Jazz Club (@millhilljazz) February 16, 2019
Mill Hill Rugby Club Thrash Pinner
And Mill Hill's other rugby club did OK as well!
ICYMI |— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) February 17, 2019
Sarries are back on top of the @premrugby table after a bonus-point win over Leicester Tigers. ⚫🔴
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