Welcome to the latest edition of Hayes Town News. This week it is good to report that Hillingdon has finally fallen from the top place in the league table showing the latest figures for coronavirus infections in London's 32 Boroughs and is now the 4th highest. That comes as a great relief with the reopening of shops due to take place next week.

David Brough
Hayes Town Partnership
Stay Local, Shop Local campaign launched
Stay Local Shop Local
The Hayes Town Business Forum is launching a 'Stay Local, Shop Local' campaign to help get people back into the Town Centre when non-essential shops, hairdressers, nail bars, and so-called 'hospitality venues' reopen on Monday 12 April as the next step in the Government's road map out of lockdown . The latter include cafes, restaurants and pubs and they will only be able to serve customers who are seated outside. The procedure for pavement licences has been streamlined to help businesses and they are now free. Click here to find out how to apply.

Posters with the 'Stay Local, Shop Local' message will be displayed in shop windows and we are distributing a leaflet to shops with advice on how to reopen safely. A Facebook Page is also being set up to celebrate the reopening of the Town. In it you will find stories from our weekly email, as well as news of activities in and around the town. Please take a moment to Like the Page and share it with other Hayes residents.
The Hairdressers lead the way
Besides good publicity about reopening it will be down to local businesses to convince the public that they will be keeping their customers safe. The Hairdressers in Botwell Lane are a model of good practice. They have implemented a wide range of measures and received Covid-secure endorsement under the hair and beauty industry guidelines. The picture shows their reception and to find out more about the steps they have taken click here. They are now taking bookings and to see what they have to offer please go to their web site.
Restart grants for reopening businesses
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As part of the Government support programme for local businesses 'Restart Grants' are being made available from Thursday 1 April. There are two types of grant. One is for non-essential shops with one-off grants of between £2667 and £8000 depending on the rateable value of the premises. The other is for hospitality venues and personal care services with grants of between £6000 and £18000. There have been changes to the list of eligible businesses and the Council is yet to decide whether grants can be issued automatically to those who have benefited before or whether fresh applications will be needed. Interested traders are being encouraged to watch the Council's web site for further information. Click here for details of the grants.
Calling all readers under 50 years of age.
North West London NHS will shortly be inviting people under 50 years of age to make appointments for a vaccination and they want to find out their needs and concerns in advance. The hope is that this will help maximise take-up. To gather views they are running a survey for all residents aged between 18 and 50 and there is a chance of winning a £150 Amazon voucher for those taking part. Click here to find out more..
Your views needed on climate change plan
Green Borough
Hillingdon Council has acknowledged the challenges brought about by climate change and it has taken a number of steps in recent years to reduce carbon emissions. Now it has published a Climate Action Plan with a vision to become the greenest Borough in London, to protect and enhance the environment and to provide a brighter prospect for future generations. It wants the views of local people and you can read the Plan by clicking here. The deadline for responses is Sunday 20 June.
Indie band members return to Hayes
Successful indie band Bloxx were at the Hayes Campus of Uxbridge College last week to record a video for their latest release "All I Ever Learned". Band members Fee Booth and Taz Sidhu were both students in the Uxbridge College School of Performing Arts. In an interview with local journalist Liz Driscoll they described how it shaped their formative years. It was a great interview which you can read by clicking here.
Hope for Hayes Canal Festival in September
Canal Festival
Discussions are under way with the Canal and River Trust about having another Hayes Canal Festival this year after the cancellation of the last two events. No final decision has yet been made but Botwell and Townfield Ward Councillors have already given their strong backing to the proposal by recommending the Council to allocate a total of £10,000 from their Ward budgets to make it happen. Watch this space for further news!
Spot the pothole
According to a report in MyLondon News there is one league table where Hillingdon is way off the top. It is a survey done by GoCompare Car about potholes on roads in London with Ealing coming top with 8850 reports in 2018 and 2019. Hillingdon had just under 1300 in the same two years. To see the news item click here and to report a pothole on a road or pavement click here.
Met Police recruitment events continue
Met Police logo
The Metropolitan Police have a wide range of recruitment events coming up in the next few weeks. They start with an Easter celebration with the Christian Police Association at 5pm on Wednesday 7 April which you can sign up to by clicking here. The Sikh Police Association will be celebrating Vaisakhi at 5pm on Wednesday 14 April.and you can join by clicking here. In addition there will be 'Take off with a new career' events for recently redundant people. These will be at 5pm on Wednesday 21 April and noon on Thursday 29 April. Click here to book a place.
Speed petition blip now fixed
Blyth Road
Last week's edition of Hayes Town News reported on a petition that has been started by the Botwell and Pinkwell Councillors for action to deal with the use of Hayes Town roads as a race track. A number of readers who tried to sign the petition spent a frustrating amount of time getting nowhere. The link has now been fixed and you can see the petition by clicking here.
Green Quarter newsletter published
Green Quarter
Berkeley Homes have published the Spring edition of The Green Quarter community newsletter. It updates local people on the progress of their development at the former Southall Gas Works site which was previously known as Southall Waterside. Click here to see it.
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