Small vic­tory in de­feat by Tesco

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - BRIAN ADAMS Pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer, Ick­en­ham Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion PAUL BUT­TI­VANT Ad­dress sup­plied BRIAN GRIS­DALE Ever­s­ley Cres­cent Ruis­lip

IT IS with mixed emo­tions that after nearly 20 years of cam­paign­ing, in­clud­ing coun­cil re­jec­tions, a for­mal ap­peal process and many it­er­a­tions of the orig­i­nal plans, the Tesco pro­posal for the old Master Brewer site has been given the green light by LBH plan­ners (Tesco and ho­tel on Brewer site, Uxbridge and West Dray­ton Gazette, Septem­ber 3).

Jill Dal­ton, the chair­man of the Ick­en­ham Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, at­tended the ma­jor plan­ning meet­ing on Tues­day and, on be­half of the res­i­dents of Ick­en­ham, read out a pe­ti­tion high­light­ing our on­go­ing con­cerns, but the plan­ning com­mit­tee felt the lat­est pro­posal was fi­nally ac­cept­able.

Although we still be­lieve there will be in­creased traf­fic as­so­ci­ated with the new store, the res­i­dents of Ick­en­ham can gain com­fort from the fact that as a re­sult of their man­date to ob­ject to the store, changes have been made to the size and ap­pear­ance of the store and ho­tel as a re­sult.

The lat­est pro­posal now has a smaller store and ho­tel, im­proved site lay­out for ac­cess and park­ing and some soft land­scap­ing, and in­cludes changes to the lo­cal high­way net­work and traf­fic light tim­ings at Hilling­don Cir­cus. they think very se­ri­ously whether they want sub­stance or celebrity and re­mind them all that, for many decades past, the seat has had the ben­e­fit of sta­ble rep­re­sen­ta­tion from two very hum­ble, steady MPs, and it’s been the per­son not the party that has en­sured a Con­ser­va­tive MP re­mains in situ.

It would be folly not to se­lect coun­cil­lor David Simmonds.

Not only has David ded­i­cated much of his ca­reer to pub­lic life, he has in-depth knowl­edge of the area, its peo­ple and the is­sues af­fect­ing ev­ery­one, some­thing no other non-res­i­dent can­di­date will pos­sess.

He is also fa­mil­iar with the work­ings of the lo­cal au­thor­ity, and that’s ex­tremely in­valu­able if your MP wants to truly rep­re­sent the peo­ple.

It is long over­due, but if the Con­ser­va­tive Party is se­ri­ous about se­cur­ing an over­all majority at the next elec­tion, it should start by se­lect­ing can­di­dates who un­der­stand their lo­cal de­mo­graphic; the prac­tice of parachut­ing friends in to an area en­cour­ag­ing ‘high pro­file’ celebrity can­di­dates should be stopped.

Vot­ers are not stupid and rarely fall for such tac­tics.

The re­sponse that I re­ceived to this mat­ter from one coun­cil depart­ment was that the coun­cil uses the Royal Mail ad­dress sys­tem to de­fine lo­ca­tions.

A pe­cu­liar­ity of the postal sys­tem does use Pin­ner as an ad­dress for some parts of the Eastcote area, but the two roads in ques­tion are in North­wood Hills ward and this, or per­haps Eastcote, des­ig­nates their proper lo­ca­tion within the bor­ough.

It seems to­tally in­cor­rect for of­fi­cial coun­cil no­tices to lo­cate roads or any of its topo­graph­i­cal fea­tures by us­ing names of ar­eas that are not within the bor­ough.

The coun­cil should not be guided by the Royal Mail ad­dress sys­tem which suits their own postal op­er­a­tions and ig­nores po­lit­i­cal bound­aries.

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