Put Ran­dall site to good his­toric use

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - Nor­ton NatWest Ed­in­burgh

THE clo­sure of Ran­dall’s his­toric fam­ily business raises the ques­tion of what is go­ing to hap­pen to the premises.

I have con­sulted some of the mem­bers of Uxbridge Lo­cal His­tory So­ci­ety, and there is a strong feel­ing that the listed Art Deco build­ing would make a good home for a bor­ough mu­seum or her­itage cen­tre.

Hilling­don Coun­cil has com­mit­ted it­self to the pro­vi­sion of such a fa­cil­ity, but on the St An­drew’s Park site. A mu­seum in Vine Street, much nearer the town cen­tre, would seem to be a much more suit­able place.

KEN PEARCE Road, Uxbridge and sleigh in Hare­field Tackle’s win­dow. No.

Was it the fan­tas­tic ginger­bread house, tree and parcels in Hare­field Bak­ery? No.

Per­haps it was the life-size Santa with rein­deer and snow­man in Hare­field Car­pets. No. Well, who then? It was Hare­field Op­ti­cian, with their 18-inch tree and hare. Yes, hare!

The mayor par­tic­u­larly liked the hare, even though this is in the shop all year round and not part of the fes­tive dis­play, although tinsel was hung on it.

After all the hard work and ef­fort put into the majority of the win­dow dis­plays (I doubt they will bother next year) all I can say is: “Mayor, you should have gone to Spec­savers.” MS C BLOOM­FIELD

Ad­dress sup­plied

We’ve also lifted re­stric­tions for all our ba­sic bank ac­count hold­ers so they can use any Link ATM.

We do un­der­stand that some of our cus­tomers do not use the in­ter­net or a mo­bile phone app and pre­fer to be served over the counter. As a re­sult we have come to an agree­ment with the lo­cal post of­fice, which is close to the branch, and there are a fur­ther four post of­fices within a 1.2-mile ra­dius, so that cus­tomers can with­draw cash, check bal­ances and make de­posits free of charge. Our lo­cal business cus­tomers are now also able to get coinage.

There are two other branches within a two-mile ra­dius – Hayes branch is 1.2 miles away and Southall branch is 1.9 miles away.

We would be happy to dis­cuss pro­pos­als with any or­gan­i­sa­tion or com­mu­nity group who may be in­ter­ested in ac­quir­ing the premises once we leave. For more in­for­ma­tion please visit lo­cal­ity.org.uk.


St An­drew’s Square,

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