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I have lived in Hayes my whole life and if your thinking of moving here for whatever silly reason i would say do not bother.
Hayes is located in Middlesex (Greater London) 5 minute drive from Heathrow Airport, other nearby places include Uxbridge (end of the Picadilly line), Ruisclip, Watford isnt too far off!
Schools - There is a great variety of school based around Hayes, Personally I went to Harlington Community School on Pinkwell Lane, The school was great under the lead of headmaster Mr Targett, but was taken over in aroud 2000 mr Mr Sherman who led the school to fail an ofsted with a recovery plan. My sherman has retired this summer so hopefully new prospects await HCS. Other schools include Mellow Lane, Hayes Manor, nearby there is Vyners , Bishops Ramsey (very good school!), Harefield Academy (great sports school, my brothet attends is excellent!) and many many more.
Transport - I will state that the transport links in Hayes are great! there are buses going everywhere and night buses into central london, train station which goes to Paddington or Reading. Transport is easy around Hayes, bus fares are expected to be reduced which is great news. Id say its probably easier to travel by public transport although alike any it can get a bit packed and smelly!
Houses - Hayes has a lot of estates when in comparison to owned homes. If your looking to buy in Hayes your average 3 bedroom home will set you back about £250,000 however im pretty sure you can get better for less elsewhere.
Hayes Town Centre - The highlight of Hayes town centre is superdrug, other big stores include Wilkinsons, wh smiths, boots pharmacy and greggs, ooops and mcdonalds and subway! Its pretty much crappy shops selling sh*t hair extensions ans awful phone contracts! Better to go into Uxbridge where the Chimes holds host to more stores such as topshop, new look, river island etc...
Nightlife - Honestly there is none. Well theres a sleazy pub anmed the woolpack where women strip for 50p, and outback and skanky strip bar which is full of old men and perverts. If your going to go to a strip bar go somewhere where the dancers arent fat, chavvy or pig ugly!
Other than that theres a few local boozers, most popular is probably the brook house, has some great live music at weekends!
Local Talent - There are a few local bands out and about Hayes, My favourite being Undiscovered who you can catch the last Friday of every month at the Brook House in Hayes, great rock covers band! Theres Hayes and Yeading FC, not the worst small footy club, in the conference premiership ill have you know!
Local Footy - If you live in Hayes you should either support QPR, Chelsea (BOOO!!!), Fulham and ill amke allowances for spurs and arsenal. ny london club really but Chelsea and QPR are your west london teams!
Things Mums worry about - Hillingdon Hospital is the closest hospital, long waits not the dirtiest hospital though! A few park for the children to play, but supervised. Hayes pool for swimming lessons, Big Tescos in Hayes! and a bigger Sainsburys!
Asbos? - Lots of "chav" culture around Hayes, probably not completely safe to be walking alone in the Dark, as anywhere in that matter. Avoid estate areas. Best for homes to ahve burgular alarms, I have been burgled as has my gran whilst in the house, Gran was in Daylight. It is known for travellers to set up camp in Hayes which is not always great.
Business - Home of Heinz and Nestle. Theres are lots of different companies based around stockley park. Coca cola is based in Uxbridge. The airport is nearby laying host to thousands of working opportunities. Its not a place too effected by the recession thanks to Heathrow.
Overall I dislike Hayes, its Graffiti ridden and not the best place, Im moving away. If looking for something near look into Feltham, Uxbridge, Northolt, Ruislip, Pinner, Harrow. All alot better.
Hayes has been my hometown since I was 4 years old, which means I have lived here for nearly 10 years. In case you didn't know, Hayes is a town in Middlesex, West London. The nearest towns to Hayes are Uxbridge, Southall and Hillingdon. There is a wide range of people in Hayes, from lots of different cultures, like British, Asian, African, and Irish. To get to London from Hayes, you can either drive, or get several buses, but the easiest way is to get the tube from the station in Uxbridge. Hayes is near to these well known places: Heathrow Airport, which provides jobs for lots of people in Hayes and the surrounding area, RAF northholt, And the Heinz factory (look on a tin of baked beans!) Hayes is not a particularly attractive place, as there is a lot of graffiti and litter. The Hillingon Hospital, the nearest hospital, hasn't got a particularly good reputation, as it is not very clean, the waiting times are high, and a patient was recently raped by a nurse in the Hospital toilets. There is also quite a lot of crime in Hayes, with incidents like assault, muggings, and a high rate of drug use, especially in youngsters (You see 10 year olds smoking weed in the streets, not bothered by who sees.) There's a curfew of 10 O'clock in Hayes Town, as there is a lot of trouble there after dark. Now I have told you about the bad side of Hayes, I'll tell you about the good points: EDUCATION: There are many schools in Hayes, especially Primary schools, so if you have kids, you will be spoilt for choice. There is a college in the area, and it has 2 sites, one in Hayes Town and the other in Uxbridge. There is a University in Uxbridge(which is about a 45 minute walk or 15 minute bus drive from Hayes) called Brunel University. Lots of sports activities take place here. TRANSPORT: Hayes has a train station, but I've never been there, so I can't comment on it. I have, however, been
in the Uxbrige tube station, which is situated next to the Bus Station, so it is in quite a convienient place. Hayes is one of those places where you wait ages for one bus to come along, then 2 come alon g at once! The bus I mainly get, the 207 to Uxbridge from Ealing, is usually quite clean, as they are relatively new, but if you are unfortunate to have to get the old type of 207, they are dirty and smelly. SHOPS: Hayes is quite good for shops, as it has lots of them. A particulary good place to shop is down the Uxbridge Road, which is in Hayes, not Uxbridge. It has a variety of shops on 3 or 4 parades, starting from the Beck Theatre, which I'll come on to later, to the Grapes. It's best if you walk, as there are limited parking spaces. There are shops like Woolworths, Londis, Spar, Nisa, Wimpy, hairdressers, take away shops(fish and chips, Indian, Chinese....)bakers, grocers, a card shop, butchers, a pet shop, newsagents, estate agents and clothes shops(like Abbas, which sells fashionable clothes at low prices, and Morsons Kids, which sells uniforms from all the local schools.) A few minutes up the road, you get to a retail park, called the Lombardy Retail park, which has shops like Sainsburys, Homebase, Mothercare and sports shops. Another few minutes up the road, you will come to lots of DIY stores. like B&Q, MFI, as well as Office World, and carpet stores. If you want to get away from Hayes, and shop, good places are Uxbrige, which has 2 shopping centres, one of which is the Chimes, which is quite new and has a cinema, Hounslow, Harrow, or London. ENTERTAINMENT: I have already mentioned the Beck Theatre, which is the main theatre in Hayes. It has lots of shows on, for both kids and adults( I remember my mum taking me to see Snow White and Postman Pat when I was little.) I also remember going to a beanie fair there a couple of years ago, so the Beck is also home to craft fairs. The garden is really nice too, a
s it has a coffee shop, flower garden and a big water fountain. There are no cinemas in Hayes itself, but there is some in nearby Uxbridge and Feltam, which are only a bus ride away. There are many pubs in Hayes, a lot of them are not very good, but there are a few popular ones, which have night time entertainment like live bands and kareoke. There is a few parks in Hayes, but the best one is Barra Hall. It is in Freemans Lane, near Hayes Town and the Beck Theatre. It is quite big, and has the normal kids play area, with an assault course, as well as a bandstand, tennis courts and lots of open space. Lots of activities and events take place in this park, like the fair and carnival which has just been. There was rides and attractions, and lots of people visited and had fun. A new open air theatre is also soon going to be built there, as the old one is falling down. There is also a church in the grounds. Overall, I think Hayes is not too bad, it has its good points, but it also has its bad points. I've been told its not as bad as some places, but it depends which area of Hayes you see, as some are ok, then some are really bad. So there is my hometown, thankyou for reading, I hope you enjoyed it. Marie .