From 4 July 2011 the roll out of 101 as the new UK national non-emergency telephone number for the public contacting police will begin.
The Met. will be one of the first police forces in the country to adopt the 101 number. By 2012 all police forces in England and Wales will have introduced 101 as their main contact number. The existing non emergency number for contacting police in London (0300 1231212) will eventually be discontinued.
Once the 101 number is launched having just two phone numbers: 101 for situations that do not require an immediate police response (18001 101 for people with hearing difficulties) or 999 if it's an emergency, will make it simpler for people to contact the police, it is expected to reduce the number of inappropriate 999 calls the MPS receives, enabling officers to respond to genuine emergencies more effectively.
Eastcote Library has re-opened following its closure at the end of last year for major refurbishment.
The library, which had become tired & dated, re opened its doors on Monday (11th July) - 3 months after refurbishment was due to be completed.
Hillingdon Council have continued its pledge to renovate a number of its libraries, with Northwood Hills recently re-opening following refurbishment, while Hayes End Library is currently closed to the public for its own make-over.
The new look Eastcote Library is open 6 days a week (see below) and offers Hillingdon Residents a large selection of fiction and non-fiction books, talking books & DVDs. The library also boasts 3 computers which can be booked for free for visitors to browse the internet, email or even make use of word processing facilities. There's also a new-look children's library and study area for students, or on Tuesday afternoons, younger visitors can enjoy regular weekly story telling sessions.
Eastcote House Gardens has successfully fought off competition from 5 other short-listed projects in Hillingdon to scoop funding from the Chrysalis programme.
The programme, which offers financial support for eligible projects in the borough, enabled residents to vote on their favourite two projects to receive funding. Eastcote House Gardens stormed to victory with an incredible 1080 votes, almost double of second placed Sanctuary Close in Harefield. The victory also showed that Eastcote are leading the way in online communications in the borough, with a staggering 99% of the votes (1073) being made through the online voting system. Had Eastcote Library not been closed during refurbishments, the total number of votes received could have been much higher.
On Wednesday 25th May 2011 approximately 100 members attended the AGM at the Eastcote Community Centre.
Mr Nick Hurd MP – our local MP and Minister of Civil Society – He had recently had the pleasure of shaking hands with Barack Obama and hearing The Presidents’ speech in Westminster Hall.
The main speaker was Garry Coote – Hillingdon Corporate Fraud Manager. He gave details of the frauds that he deals with, namely benefit fraud, blue badge fraud, sub-letting both council and housing associations, single person discount and many others. He went to say that most of the investigation were brought to their attention by people ringing the Hot Line – he asks that if a fraud is suspected that you ring the HOT LINE 0800 389 8313 or email email@example.com - all reports will be treated in the strictest confidence and can be given anonymously. This was followed by a short question and answer session and he handed out pamphlets to everyone present.
Carys Walker –Hillingdon - Community Leadership Coordinator – She gave a talk and power-point presentation on “Pride of Place” or “Proud Proud” – this is a way of getting communities to work together for the benefit of the community. Details of the various activities, designed to get everyone working together, will be advertised.