Thank you to the an­gels that helped

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - WENDY PLOWRIGHT Wren Drive, West Dray­ton GRA­HAM HAWKES DAVID SEA­MAN Royal Cres­cent, South Ruis­lip

ON the evening of April 28 I was hur­ry­ing up Sta­tion Road to get to the Hus­tings in St Anselm’s’s Church, Hayes, when I tripped on a paving stone and went fly­ing, fall­ing flat on my face, break­ing my glasses and do­ing con­sid­er­able dam­age to my face.

Two an­gels came and picked me up and guided me to the church where one of the an­gels, named Ann, cleaned up my blooded face and nose and put a ban­dage on my nose.

Then Ann, who said she was a teacher, and Paris, a young cadet, left the church.

Would it be pos­si­ble to have a ‘thank you’ to th­ese two lovely peo­ple in your Gazette. I don’t know what I would have done had they not come to my aid.

fail them. If the men­tal health trust doesn’t talk to schools and health com­mis­sion­ers don’t talk to the vol­un­tary sec­tor its young peo­ple who will slip through the cracks.

Good com­mis­sion­ing, through con­ver­sa­tions with young peo­ple, par­ents and oth­ers, is the es­sen­tial task. There’s a great deal we can do be­fore re­fer­ring to spe­cial­ist treat­ment and our sense is that there is a grow­ing con­sen­sus for the need to tackle the chal­lenge of chil­dren’s men­tal health head on.

As we work to­wards pub­lish­ing our sec­ond re­port, and help­ing bring peo­ple to­gether, it’s worth re­mind­ing our­selves of our start­ing point. That is, that men­tal health mat­ters. This may sound ob­vi­ous but it’s a prin­ci­pal that all too of­ten we for­get.

CEO, Health­watch Hilling­don su­per­mar­ket (Sains­bury’s) and will shortly have an­other one in Vic­to­ria Road (Lidl), three petrol sta­tions, 10 pubs/cafe’s and restau­rants serv­ing meals etc there­fore it would be ut­ter mad­ness to build an­other petrol sta­tion, five more restau­rants and a multi screen cinema on this site in­stead of much more needed af­ford­able homes, and a much needed 24/7Med­i­cal Cen­tre which would help re­lieve the pres­sure on lo­cal GP’s and Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal.

The vice chair of South Ruis­lip Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, Sid Jack­son, men­tions that Ci­ty­grove’s pro­pos­als would pro­duce up to 530 jobs, yes, but the vast ma­jor­ity would be low paid shelf filler type jobs.

If more af­ford­able homes where to be built on this site which is ad­ja­cent to ex­cel­lent public trans­port fa­cil­i­ties it would open up op­por­tu­ni­ties for res­i­dents to com­mute to jobs of­fer­ing bet­ter pay and ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties, but then the coun­cil would not get the £2.7 mil­lion pounds promised to them by Ci­ty­grove for in­fra­struc­ture work else­where in the bor­ough.

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