What has the car park got to do with flood risk?
The site of the proposed new car park at Ruislip Lido is on the flood plain. Building a tarmac car park will have an impact on the flood risk elsewhere. In the original car park application submitted by LBH in September this was going to be mitigated by a 'compensatory flood storage area'. (for document see foot of page)
What does that mean?
As the planning application was incomplete, we do not have full details. But according to the documents submitted, another area of equal or greater size to the proposed car park would be landscaped. This is obviously of huge concern to those who love the Lido. As yet, we have been able to gain no information about this.
Is the new car park going to be pay and display?
LBH has refused to say. But several internal documents have been released to us which imply it will be pay and display.
How will that help local residents?
Local residents are concerned that pay and display will encourage visitors to continue to park illegally, and cause increased congestion as they drive round trying to find a free parking place.
Won't another car park help residents?
Residents are concerned that no matter how many car parking spaces there are, all the traffic must continue to use Reservoir Road. Increased parking provision will encourage more visitors. Increased visitor numbers and more cars will mean increased traffic, pollution and anti-social behaviour. Our requests for clarification on how the increased congestion and anti-social behaviour will be tackled have not as yet been answered.
Will the new car park be open all year round, or just in busy periods?
Again, Hillingdon Council has refused to say, but it appears the intention is to keep it open all year round. Once built, it is unlikely to be needed for more than a limited number of peak days each year, and will become an expensive 'white elephant' at the cost of major environmental damage to the Lido.
Will the proposal damage wildlife?
Two protected species of reptiles were found in the site last autumn.
I live in one of the streets beside the Lido/woods? Why wasn't I included in the consultation?
LBH council decided that only the streets immediately adjacent to the Reservoir Road entrance to the Lido would receive letters about the car park application. Ruislip Lido Residents Group have asked for the consultation to be widened, and so far this had been refused.
How can I object to the car park, and be part of the re-consultation?
If you wish to submit a comment on the council website please go here.
put Ruislip Lido in the location field and click on search. The car park should be at or near the top. If you submit a comment you will be included in the re-consultation.
Alternatively you can email the planning officer at
Please make sure you receive a reply confirming the addition of your name.
For a more detailed discussion of the implications of the proposed car park, please go to Car park further information