Ruislip Lido enhancement project
As part of the Hillingdon Improvement Programme, Hillingdon Council is undertaking a major enhancement project to improve access and facilities at Ruislip Lido.
- Hillingdon Council is proud of its natural environment and will enhance and improve its parks and open spaces.
- The enhancement project will provide significant improvements to the lido for Hillingdon residents and will be in keeping with the local environment.
- The council will ensure that while making the improvements it preserves the 'look and feel' of the lido, wildlife and the natural environment.
The newly constructed Woodland Centre was opened in August, and boasts a classroom, exhibition area, café and an office for the newly appointed Ruislip Lido Manager.
Following the Flood Risk Assessment, completed in December 2011, the Environment Agency confirmed that plans to enhance Ruislip Lido would not increase the risk of flooding in the local area.
The Council has therefore commenced the work on the proposed enhancements for the Ruislip Lido site which are detailed below along with indicative timescales for completion.
Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council said: The council's continued investment and long-term plan to provide top quality facilities for the residents of the borough at this popular beauty spot means that visitors of all ages will very soon be able to benefit from a brand new beach side catering facility, a state of the art woodland centre and a much needed overflow car park.
Enhancement programme updates:
Overflow car park
Following selective vegetation clearance in February, Natural England issued a licence for the trapping and removal of great crested newts, which is a European protected species. The original licence was then modified to reflect the exceptionally adverse weather conditions experienced in March which is when the work would normally have taken place. The translocation work commenced on the 8 May and was completed on the 17 June 2013. The work to develop the car park has now started with an anticipated completion date of early August.
Catering Facility/Woodland Centre
The modular building units which make up the new Catering Facility and Woodland Centre were transported to site during the week commencing 28 January 2013. Due to adverse weather conditions during the early part of the year the work to install the building was delayed until early April. Since then the works have gathered momentum and the Woodland Centre/Catering Facility was completed early July 2013.
San Remo are the new catering providers on site and will commence operation from the brand new catering facility in the very near future.
Ruislip Lido Railway
Planning approval has been granted for both the Woody Bay and Willow Lawn Station developments.
The newly refurbished Woody Bay Station and new Mess room were installed during April and were completed to coincide with completion of the Catering Facility/Woodland Centre at the end of June.
The work to install the new ticket office/café adjacent to Willow Lawn commenced on the 24 June 2013 and will be completed by the end of July 2013.
New public toilets (adjacent to Willow Lawn)
The installation of the new toilet block besides the new RLRS ticket office/café has also started and completion is also anticipated to be the end of July 2013.
The rain shelters were installed during March/April 2013.
Beach bathing area
Following meetings with operators of other similar sites and assessment by the Environment Agency, the Council is putting together a proposal (to include operational policies, management and required resources) to consider implementation of bathing in an enclosed area during the 2014 bathing season. Analysis of water testing will continue throughout 2013.
Bird feeding area
Officers continue to encourage movement of the wildfowl to allow feeding at the more appropriate slipway area adjacent to Willow Lawn. Once coppicing has been completed in the woods a board walk, using home grown timber, will be constructed to create a fully accessible feeding station in the same area.
Proposals also include offering angling opportunities in designated areas for a range of age groups.
Site security, signage and fencing
The installation of the CCTV security system for the Woody Bay development was completed at the end of June 2013 and the installation of the perimeter fencing is now being progressed. The security arrangements for the car park, new toilet block and the RLRS ticket office/café development adjacent to Willow Lawn are being reviewed with installation planned to coincide with the completion of the Willow Lawn developments.
The Council's Enforcement team will also be visiting the Lido during peak times to tackle both littering and dog fouling. Fixed Penalty Notices will be issued as and when required.
A Ruislip Lido Manager is now in post who will monitor the site. In addition, Green Spaces staff, together with the Ruislip Lido Volunteers, work at the Lido formally on a Thursday once a month.
Additional toilet cleaning and litter collections have been initiated since Easter and will continue during weekends, bank holidays and school summer holidays.
The proposals for the enhancement of the Ruislip Lido site will continue to respect and provide quiet natural space for wildlife to flourish.