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A FORMER caretaker on the Guinness Trust estate in Northwood has been jailed for 19 months after admitting a sexual assault on a child six years ago.
Peter Cater, 57, of Iveagh Close, Northwood, also admitted inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and possessing extreme pornographic material.
A HOSPICE volunteer will get his five minutes of national fame when he features in a TV show on Monday night.
Len Turner, who has helped out at Michael Sobell House in Northwood for 20 years, receives a 'heart-warmer' prize during Channel Five show Celebrity Wish List next week.
Mr Turner, 93, who was runner up in the Community Champion section of the Gazette and Uxbridge College's Local Heroes Awards this year, was nominated by staff at the hospice.
PLANNING policies and procedures went under the spotlight at Northwood Residents Association's half yearly forum.
Nearly every seat at Northwood Methodist Church, Oaklands Gate, was filled on Tuesday night (1) as neighbours gathered to hear James Rodger, head of planning at Hillingdon Council, give a talk on how his department works.
He covered issues such as retrospective planning permission, when permission is needed for a building and the length of time it can take for a final decision to be made.
He also cleared up some common misconceptions about the planning process, such as why it can sometimes take so long for an application or an appeal to be heard and why some rejected applications are later overturned by government body The Planning Inspectorate.
NEIGHBOURS who have complained of 'selfish parkers' clogging up their Northwood street are still waiting for a solution 10 months after turning to Hillingdon Council for help.
Residents of Dormans Close were at their wits end when they spoke to the Gazette about the problems in March this year.
They claimed parents picking up and dropping off students from Northwood College in nearby Maxwell Road were causing chaos by clogging up the street and some were becoming verbally abusive when challenged.
IS it a cyclist? Is it a pedestrian? No, it's a horse waiting patiently for its turn to cross at the new Pegasus crossing in Northwood.
The specially-adapted crossing makes it easier for horse and rider to cross over Ducks Hill Road on their way from Ruislip woods to a nearby bridleway.
It is a result of a campaign by the Hillingdon Equestrian Society, some of whose members are pictured testing out the crossing.
A PLANNED revamp of Northwood Hills could be bigger and better than expected.
Hillingdon Council has already set aside £400,000 to improve the town centre at the request of residents.
Now a bid has been made to the Greater London Authority's (GLA) Outer London Boroughs Fund for money which would take the project even further.
A CAT owner whose beloved tabby was shot with an airgun fears the attacker will strike again.
Three-year-old Toby was shot from above as he strolled in gardens near his home in Hilliard Road, Northwood.
The lead pellet became lodged behind his knee cap and the moggy had to have an operation to remove it. Owner Justin Darbon said it was lucky Toby was not killed.
A TEAM from Hillingdon council will investigate whether it needs to install traffic calming measures in three roads, following petitions from residents. Neighbours from High Street and Church Road, as well as Townsend Way, have asked the council to take the steps after noticing cars speeding near their homes.
They gathered at Hillingdon Civic centre last week (Weds) to voice their concerns to cabinet member for transportation Councillor Keith Burrows.
The meeting heard that speeding traffic in High Street, Northwood and nearby Church Road, is making residents lives a misery.
A FORMER bus driver recovering from brain surgery is furious that he was barred from travelling on the route he used to work because his daughter had her bicycle with her.
Richard Taylor, who had an operation to remove a tumour in August and now has to use a walking stick,went to catch the H13 from Northwood Way, Northwood Hills, on Wednesday last week with his daughter Rianna, aged seven.
The bus driver opened the doors, saw the bike and waved the pair away before driving off.
42 THE AVENUE - amendment, to extend the garage.
162 HALLOWELL ROAD - Conversion of ex-wardens house into two self-contained one-bedroom flats to be incorporated into neighbouring Sheltered Housing Scheme.