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Today 25.11.2014


Campaigners waging a legal battle against the Government's high-speed rail project HS2 are in the Court of Appeal today.


The HS2 Action Alliance and Hillingdon Council claim the legality of directions for the London-Birmingham section of the scheme are fatally flawed and should be quashed.

Mr Justice Lindblom, sitting in the High Court previously dismissed all grounds of the claim, but today the groups will be hoping Lord Justice Longmore, Lord Justice Sullivan and Lord Justice Lewison will overturn the decision.



Boris faces Commons challenge


London Mayor Boris Johnson will learn tomorrow whether he has been selected as the Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip for the 2015 general election.

Boris Johnson

He is bidding for the seat alongside three other candidates - deputy leader of Hillingdon Council David Simmonds, Simon Dudley, the deputy leader of Windsor and Maidenhead and Harrow-born barrister Suella Fernandes. A secret ballot of party members will decide the winner.



Work to start on Gurkha cemetery

A dedicated burial site for the Gurkha Nepalese community is to be created in west London.



'First' Gurkha burial site


Hillingdon Council is believed to be the first council in London to create a dedicated burial site for the Gurkha Nepalese community.

Land near the Peace Memorial Garden in Cherry Lane Cemetery, West Drayton, has been set aside for the venture. In 2009 all retired Gurkhas won the right to live in the UK.



Heathrow campaigners on Boris bid


Leader of Hillingdon Council, Councillor Ray Puddifoot, who is against Heathrow expansion welcomed Boris Johnson's bid for the Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat. "He is a man of vision, he's the only Conservative of national standard who is solid against Heathrow expansion and that's a major factor in this constituency."

Back Heathrow's campaign co-ordinator Rob Gray said: "Boris Johnson's selfish plan to stand in the same borough as Heathrow is a slap in the face to tens of thousands of people in west London. Heathrow's bogeyman may win the selection battle but he won't get his way."



Business advice bus in Hillingdon


Hillingdon Council tweets: The business advice bus is back in town today - come along and have a chat! http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/28751/All-Aboard---Business-Advice-Bus …



Squat pledges 'peaceful' resistance

Squatters occupying land near Heathrow in protest at the airport's expansion, pledge "peaceful" resistance to bailiffs say they will "peacefully" resist bailiffs.

Heathrow squatters 'resist' eviction

A community of squatters who created a garden on derelict land near Heathrow's potential third runway, prepare to face the bailiffs.



Free allotments for over 65s


Up to 200 allotment spaces at six sites are available in Hillingdon, west London, and the council is offering residents over the age of 65 an opportunity to use them free of charge.

Those interested would still have to apply like others and possibly go on a waiting list, but once the person gets the space the fee will be waived, the council said.



Top council earners


Wandsworth Council also had the most number of employees in London making more than £100,000 a year in 2012-13 with 29. Barnet was second with 26, followed by Hillingdon with 24, the Tax Payers' Alliance study found.

Other local authorities with more than 15 people on £100,000 were:

  • City of London - 24
  • Camden - 23
  • Greater London Authority - 21
  • Newham - 20
  • Islington - 19
  • Tower Hamlets - 18
  • Brent - 18
  • Croydon - 15
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