Mar 10 2011 By James Cracknell
A CARE home, a supermarket, two pubs, a golf course, a hotel and a mechanics' garage. All are threatened by HS2, but none know what the future holds.
This week, many of these businesses received their first correspondence from the government – an invite to this month's consultation event in Ruislip.
Terry Hammond, who owns the TT Autosport garage in Bell Close, Ruislip Gardens, summed up the feeling among traders whose livelihoods have been put at risk by the high-speed proposal.
"It will destroy us," Mr Hammond told the Gazette. "It all seems to be cloak and dagger, the way they are doing it.
"I haven't been able to do anything about it yet because I haven't been told what's going to happen.
"But I had a look at the proposed line and where it is going run and it looks like it will wipe this place out."
It is a similar story in West Ruislip, where Blenheim Care Centre stands in the centre of a crude red line drawn on a map of the area by HS2 Ltd, indicating the 250mph railway's route.
The nursing home cares for 64 elderly residents, many of whom suffer from dementia and Alzheimer's.
Wendy McDonough, area manager for owners Southern Cross Healthcare, said: "The future location of the home will be dependent on the outcome of the consultation, but we can assure all relatives and residents that our main priority is always their health and well-being.
"We will do everything we can to minimise any disruption that may be caused by the high-speed rail plans."
On the other side of Ickenham Road lies Ruislip Golf Course, over which the red line has also been drawn.
Club secretary Neil Jennings said: "If we lose half the course it will kill our membership and unless we expand elsewhere it will finish us. The course will probably end up as a housing estate."
In South Ruislip, The Middlesex Arms, newly-built Day's Inn Hotel and Sainsbury's supermarket all lie directly in the path of the line to Birmingham.
The management at both Sainsbury's, and the pub owned by Punch Taverns, admitted to not knowing that HS2 would affect them, such was the lack of information they had been given.
The Day's Inn declined to comment and The Bell pub, in West End Road, was unavailable. But the HS2 maps suggest that both could be demolished to make way for the line.
Winston Churchill Hall, in Pinn Way, Ruislip, will host HS2 Ltd's fourth roadshow event on March 30 and 31.