Is open door the an­swer, se­ri­ously?

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - K ROW­LAND By email DAVE DE­GEN By email

WITH all due re­spect to your cor­re­spon­dent Mr A Boff who urges the UK to take in more refugees (Gazette Letters Septem­ber 16), I quote the well known ten­nis player “you can­not be se­ri­ous?”.

Ger­man chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s open arms pol­icy is in the light of re­cent events be­ing bit­terly re­gret­ted now – a case of Ger­manic con­science in the first in­stance no doubt!

Mr Boff ’s fur­ther ob­ser­va­tions that we in the bor­ough, and in­deed the coun­try as a whole should swing wide our doors is another lu­di­crous re­mark and wor­thy of the waste bin.

I con­sider we in this coun­try have done more than any other to up­hold the cause of free­dom and welcome.

Once again thank God for the Chan­nel. lit­tle has found its way to the bor­oughs.

At lo­cal level, coun­cils like Har­row have their cash strapped – and their pow­ers gagged by cen­tral gov­ern­ment from pro­tect­ing cy­clists by for in­stance, pro­hibit­ing mo­torists park­ing in cy­cle lanes (as is cus­tom­ary along the Uxbridge Road in Hatch End near the Har­row Arts Cen­tre).

The In­fra­struc­ture bill which was passed back in Fe­bru­ary in­cluded pro­vi­sion for cy­cling ini­tia­tives. But so far there has been lit­tle ev­i­dence of any in­vest­ment in cy­cle routes.

Ar­te­rial roads like Sheep­cote Road or Ken­ton Road with their wide empty pave­ments are ideal for cy­cle paths. But the green as­phalt is ab­sent.

In­stead, the roads show up rou­tinely on the Air Qual­ity Mon­i­tor­ing map as pol­lu­tion hot spots, whilst Har­row tops the list for high­est rate of di­a­betes 2 suf­fer­ers.

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