Par­ties are OK but please set lim­its

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - MAR­GARET

HAVE lived in this bor­ough for nearly 30 years. For the last few, we have been dis­turbed through­out the aca­demic year by Brunel stu­dent par­ties held nearby.

I must say at this point I am not against stu­dents en­joy­ing them­selves; I, too, was young once. How­ever, I do ob­ject to a DJ blast­ing out mu­sic till 4am, as hap­pened last night.

But I am even more con­cerned that an or­di­nary dwelling held in ex­cess of 100 young peo­ple, filling the house and spilling out into the gar­den – surely not an ideal venue for so many?

On a pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sion an ad­mit­tance charge of £5 was sign­posted at the front door. So my ques­tion is: ‘When does a party be­come a rave?’

I and other res­i­dents have called the [Hilling­don Coun­cil noise con­trol] team and con­tacted Brunel Univer­sity and spo­ken to the Com­mu­nity Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer many times.

Whilst I un­der­stand that they have to follow their pro­ce­dures, they ap­pear to have lit­tle or no ju­ris­dic­tion over the stu­dents.

Are there other peo­ple in the bor­ough af­fected by this? What is the an­swer?

Could the stu­dents have a rave that ends at mid­night? Could th­ese par­ties be hosted by the univer­sity, although they have a strict zero tol­er­ance for noise pol­lu­tion in halls? Or should I just move and make it some­one else’s prob­lem?

Ipro­posal, the gov­ern­ment pointed out the poor qual­ity of east-west links, and said im­prov­ing th­ese was the key to im­prov­ing the econ­omy of the north. The Prime Min­is­ter said that it would cost £6-£7bil­lion if it cost the same per mile as HS2.

This fol­lows the pub­li­ca­tion of a Sun­day Times poll, which showed that HS2 was the bot­tom of the list of pos­si­ble in­fra­struc­ture projects among the Bri­tish pub­lic, and that op­po­si­tion to HS2 far out­weighed support for it.

Orig­i­nally, HS2 was sup­posed to be about speed­ing up jour­neys to and from London to re­vi­talise the north. But even the prime min­is­ter re­alises that HS2 won’t do that, and HS3 is a smoke­screen to hide the fun­da­men­tal flaws in the HS2 pro­posal.

The gov­ern­ment say they are look­ing for ways to re­duce the costs of HS2. They al­ready know that high-speed rail is more ex­pen­sive then con­ven­tional rail, but rather than ask­ing what is the right sort of new con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween the north-east and the north-west, they are as­sum­ing that the op­tion to look at must be high-speed.

The real risk is that by start­ing with high-speed as the an­swer, they will de­sign another rail­way that does not solve the is­sues that there are with trans­port in the north of Eng­land.

With the Court of Au­di­tors in France re­port­ing last week that the em­pha­sis on high-speed had a neg­a­tive ef­fect on the con­ven­tional rail­way used by or­di­nary peo­ple, it looks like Os­borne and Co want the sound­bite of high-speed with­out nec­es­sar­ily build­ing a rail­way that would be right for the or­di­nary com­muter in the north of Eng­land. who had a fam­ily of nine. On search­ing the 1901 cen­sus, found Jane Kennedy, his daugh­ter, who was born in 1886.

Ask­ing cur­rent fam­ily mem­bers, their only mem­ory was of a photo of her and she died very young. My mum, who was born in 1930, said peo­ple never talked about their fam­i­lies and they never thought to ask. Through years of re­search, even­tu­ally found she mar­ried Pa­trick McGurk on July 20, 1910, here in the Don­agh­more parish. They moved to Glas­gow.

In Oc­to­ber 1911 they had a daugh­ter, Mar­garet. Jane died shortly after giv­ing birth. She was only 26.

Pa­trick McGurk re­turned to Ire­land with his daugh­ter and left her in the care of my great-grand­par­ents, and a few years later, he re­turned after re­mar­ry­ing and took Mar­garet back to Glas­gow.

That was where my re­search hit a brick wall.

About six months ago, I tried a well-known fam­ily re­search site and there was all the in­for­ma­tion on Mar­garet.

She mar­ried an Emilio Scarpa, and they had a son David, born in 1939 in Uxbridge. Mar­garet died in 1992 in Bishops Waltham, Hamp­shire.

David had en­tered the in­for­ma­tion but did not stay a mem­ber [of the web­site] and I was un­able to con­tact him.

I would be de­lighted if I could con­tact David or any of his fam­ily.

My late grand­fa­ther would [have been] de­lighted, as would my mum and I to con­nect with David and wel­come him into a very large Kennedy fam­ily here in Ire­land.

I can be con­tacted via my email ad­dress be­low with any help or in­for­ma­tion to re­unite the fam­ily.

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