Monthly Archives: May 2018


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Litter Picking

We have not organised a litter pick around the Golders Green Estate for a while.

Please let us know soon if you would be interested in taking part in an event on a Saturday morning in June or July. Possible dates are the 16th, 23rd or 30th of June, or the 7th or 14th of July.

We need a core group of around 10 people to make it worthwhile. All the equipment you need will be provided.

Relocate Donoghue Campaign

Donoghue’s is still a concern for all of us in the neighbourhood. Please support any initiatives to draw attention to the issues it causes.

In particular, do please continue to advise the Environment Agency (telephone 0800 80 70 60 day or night) if you see or hear any problems on the Donoghue site or on its vehicles (e.g. loads with no cover, excessive noise or dust). A photo always helps.

Donoghue’s planning permission allows them to work only on Mondays to Saturdays from 7 am to 6 pm. They are not permitted to work on Sundays or Public Holidays. If you witness any works on the site outside the permitted hours, please take a photo if possible and let the committee know.

If you see any of Donoghue’s vehicles committing any parking, speeding or other traffic offences, please take a photo and report it to the Police (telephone 101).

The Environment Agency recently commissioned a thorough site audit which highlighted a lot of ways in which Donoghue’s are potentially or actually in breach of their permit. One significant fact is that they are storing on site more than 3 times the amount of waste that they are permitted to. The Donoghue Out team are following this up. You can download and read the EA’s most recent newsletter EA Donoghues Newsletter Dec 2017 (PDF – 297 KB).

Finally, you can read a letter from the Health and Safety Executive that was sent to our MP, Mike Freer, in February HSE Report Feb 2018 (PDF – 346 KB).

Centenary of Paris Flight – September 1919

Our committee would like to gauge the enthusiasm and commitment we as a community have to celebrate the centenary of the inauguration of flights from Cricklewood to Paris Le Bourget which started in 1919 via Hounslow Heath and then directly from Cricklewood in February 1920.

If there is real interest amongst the residents we could plan a great event to commemorate this. Please get in touch if you are interested in taking part.

Christmas Party

Thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas party in December, whether it was by offering a raflle prize, decorating the hall, catering, or just being there!

It was a fantastic opportunity to relax and to get to know one another a bit better.


Palace of Westminster Visit

We are grateful to our local MP, Mike Freer for organising the tour of the Palace of Westminster in February.

About 30 of us were able to attend. We were entertained by an impromptu speech from the Speaker, John Bercow, after which Mr Freer led us on an informative tour of Westminster Hall, with its magnificent hammer-beam roof, and the House of Commons.