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1970's

 

Ickenham residents faced the first of many battles to preserve their green surroundings.

At the end of 1970 a scheme was announced to built a NATIONAL EXHIBITION CENTRE on Ickenham's Eastern Green Belt. There would have been an access road from the A40 and the site would have extended from the High Road in the west to Northolt Airfield in the east. After much local opposition, the scheme eventually went to Birmingham, and the N.E.C. was built there in 1976.

At about the same time it was proposed to build a motorway link through the Borough of Hillingdon from Heathrow to Long Lane, Hillingdon - and then through Ickenham, possibly?

There was a protest about a development at The Buntings - as shown in the large photographs. Later in the decade the payment of rates was withheld as a protest against an exceptionally high rate increase by Hillingdon Council.

The 1970s saw Swakeleys House in gradual decay and there was much local concern about its future. Various restoration proposals were made, and the theme was even on TV. Prince Philip made a private visit, and representatives of the G.L.C. were at the House on a number of visits.

In December 1975 the United States Navy moved to the base at RAF West Ruislip. Prior to that the base had been occupied by the United States Air Force.

Changes in the Village included: The closure of Swakeleys Girls' School in Long Lane, and the opening of the Adult Education Centre there; the Memorial Hall in the High Road was demolished and Lynx House built; the buildings on the old Air Base became derelict; Ickenham Station was re-built; because of concerns about our environment, Ickenham Residents' Association started its Exhibitions in the Village Hall.

In 1977 there were celebrations and street parties to commemorate the Queen's Silver Jubilee.

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