A peaceful haven
Our Estate is a quiet place, albeit within easy reach of central London, with a strong sense of community and shared green spaces.
As a conservation area, it has kept its unique Mock Tudor appearance but the houses and flats are great for 21st century living! Do have a browse of this website if you are thinking of joining us here, and if you've already settled in... get to know your neighbours, be considerate about the basics like bins and noise, and if you have time please do get involved. Just Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help organise community events.
Watch out for details on Twitter, this site, the HHGE Newsletter and posters around the Estate.
We hold occasional community litter picking events, the last one of which picked up nearly 40 bags of rubbish!
Princes Gardens project celebration
We were planning a super nature themed event in May to celebrate completion of the project to replant the Princes Gardens central reservation. Then Coronavirus came. Watch this space for a new date, hopefully soon.
Playstreet will also be back as soon as the Coronavirus restrictions permit. This is when part of Monks Drive is closed to traffic so the kids can play safely and grownups can chat. Everyone will be welcome!
More useful stuff
Rubbish, recycling and litter
Bin days are Thursday (mostly) and Wednesday, depending where you live. The Association has had frequent contacts with Ealing Council and our local councillors about the service but there's a lot residents can do to help. If you're not sure how it all works, check out the Wheelie Bins page on this site. Please help by NEVER parking on service roads, ONLY putting rubbish into the appropriate bin, picking up any litter you see, and reporting missed collections via the Ealing Council website.
Since 1 July 2019 you have needed a permit from the residents association to put a skip on any of the service roads that belong to HHGER Ltd (broadly, those behind houses on the Estate). The cost of a permit, as approved by the 2019 Annual General Meeting, is £40 for the first month and £10 a week thereafter. Click here for an application form and guidance notes.
HHGERA is run entirely by volunteers and we would love more people to join us and help look after this lovely Estate. Don’t worry! It needn’t take up much of your time – just an hour or two a month, or we have one-off projects too. It’s rewarding and important work. And you will receive lots of support from the neighbours who already co-ordinate these tasks. Email email@example.com to discuss how you can help.
Houses service charge
Every house on the Estate contributes a small amount annually to cover essential items including insurance and routine maintenance of our communal gardens and service roads. The charge for 2020, which was set at the Annual General Meeting, was just £60 a house. We can't visit in person to collect it this year so please pay promptly and by bank transfer if possible, please do. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have lost the invoice delivered to your house, which contains full ldetails, or don't know how to pay.
You may get a letter through your door inviting you to join something called Nextdoor. This is a commercial outfit (not a scam) but it's nothing to do with the residents association. Like other US-based tech companies, it offers a 'free' service as a way of harvesting people's personal information for marketing purposes.
Local democracy in action
Ward Forums are a chance to meet your local councillors and air any concerns you may have about local services - from schools to street sweeping, road signs to recycling. All residents are welcome to attend. Click here for more information and links to profiles of our three councillors - Nigel Sumner, Greg Stafford and Joy Morrissey. Forum has a small budget, which has previously been used to pay for 'heritage' street signs, plant trees and put a new 'unsuitable for heavy vehicles' sign at the entrance to the Princes Gardens loop. Updated 1 Dec 2018
The planning application for replacement windows on all blocks of flats on the Estate was submitted to Ealing Council in April 2018 and had still not finally been decided at the time of writing. Further information was provided at the Flats AGM. Click here for full details of the application on the Council website. 12 March 2019
Houses: gate posts
The original mitred black gate posts were oak and the size is currently virtually unobtainable. Japan Services bought a batch from a contact in Lithuania a few years ago but they have all run out. The best option now is to buy treated softwood timber 5" x 5" from one of the local timber merchants and have someone cut the top to match. To give them a long life, the base should not touch the ground and they should be attached to concrete spurs which themselves are set in concrete in the ground.
In common with other organisations, HHGERA reviewed its data protection policy in light of new legislation that came into force on 25 May 2018. An outline of our approach was agreed at the Annual General Meeting on 19 April and can be found at www.hhgera.com/data-protection, along with the Association's formal Data Privacy Notice. 24 May 2018
Beware of scammers
We've all heard stories of people who have fallen victim to online fraud, courier fraud, online dating and romance fraud, identity fraud and any number of other criminal wheezes. Click here for a booklet produced by the Metropolitan Police to help you avoid falling prey to scams. 10 April 2018
Old Oak development
Land bordering our Estate is included in a massive development ('OPDC') that will ultimately bring more than 25,000 new homes and 65,000 jobs to Old Oak and Park Royal. Most of the impact will be north of the A40 but the Association is keeping a close eye on the plans. Click here to go to the OPDC website and here for latest consultation news.
You have probably seen orange Mobikes around the area. These have no physical docking stations, and bikes are hired using a SmartPhone app. Call 0330 131 9789 or email (not Ealing Council) to get badly parked Mobikes removed. Lines are open 9-6 Mon-Fri.Go to www.mobike.com for more information.
Massive waste processing site rejected
It's taken more than a year but the Environment Agency has refused an application to build a huge (350,000 tons/year) waste processing and recycling site on land next to the railway line that runs parallel with Noel Road. Local councillors added their voices to more than 270 local residents who raised strong objections to the application. Details of the application can be seen by clicking here. Updated 14 March 2018
Post Office counters
Disappointingly, we have now lost both the Post Office counters at West Acton and North Ealing. The nearest ones are at Park Royal and Ealing Common.
Who owns your drains?
Good news for anyone who has trouble with their drains in future: since a recent change in the law, householders are only responsible for the section of drains that serves only their property. Everything from the point at which that joins the common drain falls to the water company, regardless of whether it's on private land. For the houses on the Estate, that means you can confidently call Thames Water to deal with any blockages beyond the manhole behind your house. We understand they are charming, helpful and efficient when called! 2 March 2017
Use of the Church hall
Thanks to some persistent detective work by Ealing Council and local Councillor Nigel Sumner, we have had confirmation that the Church Hall has to be made available, under the school's planning approval, for meetings of the Residents Association and local councillors' ward forums and surgeries. 20 February 2017
Our Estate's hidden river
An inquiry from someone who's writing a book about London's hidden rivers has brought to light a stream that runs in an underground culvert through the Estate. We think the Acton Boundary Stream - a tributary of Bollo Brook - originally followed the course of Masons Green Lane and was enclosed in a pipe in the 1930s. If you're interested in following this up, the best reference books are 'The Lost Rivers of London' by Barton and Myers, and Norman Pointing's 'History of Hanger Hill Ealing'. 3 September 2016
A new online photo archive includes photos of our Estate in 1968. Go to http://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk and search for Hanger Hill Garden Estate. Apart from the trees being smaller, it's striking how little the view has changed. It's interesting also to see pictures of Greystoke House, whose gateway is still visible on Hanger Lane just before the roundabout. 17 August 2016
Double glazing - houses
Double glazing has historically not been allowed on the front of houses on the Estate. However, Ealing Council Planning Department does now approve like-for-like replacement of windows on houses in the Estate with double glazed timber framed windows at the front and UPVc at the back. Your builder or specialist double glazing company will help you apply for planning permission if needed. 17 April 2013
Service road gates
Keys can be ordered from the estate office at Japan Services 2 Queens Drive, near West Acton station. No parking signs have been erected at each gate. Residents should please note that parking is not permitted on any part of the service roads, in order to ensure access for emergency vehicles and rubbish trucks. For full details and updates, click the navigation link on the left.