Call to chal­lenge com­mer­cial flights

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - DR ONKAR SA­HOTA Lon­don As­sem­bly Mem­ber for Eal­ing & Hilling­don ANNA WIL­LIAMS Ad­dress sup­plied MRS KM BROWN Hayse Hill, Wind­sor

either. If you try and launch a ma­jor project with­out speak­ing to the peo­ple you’ll be re­ly­ing on to de­liver it, it’s never go­ing to end well. De­spite my urg­ing, the Mayor will not put a date on the in­tro­duc­tion of round the clock ser­vices for the res­i­dents of Hilling­don, claim­ing that there is lit­tle need.

The Mayor now needs to be com­pletely hon­est with Lon­don­ers about ex­actly when this ser­vice will be de­liv­ered and if noth­ing else, of­fer some cer­tainty to the cap­i­tal’s busi­nesses that need to put their own plans in place. COUN­CIL leader Ray Pud­di­foot whips up the pow­ers of Hilling­don Coun­cil to chal­lenge the lack of co-op­er­a­tion of the HS2 se­lect com­mit­tee with this coun­cil and takes on flaws and omis­sions in the third run­way Air­port Com­mis­sion’s fi­nal re­port.

But in the same week I am told that the coun­cil has nei­ther the ex­per­tise or resources to chal­lenge the MOD’s com­mer­cial VIP jet busi­ness at RAF Northolt which has un­leashed up to 12,000 high pow­ered, noisy, pol­lut­ing jets low fly­ing over Hilling­don’s homes, schools and work­places.

The coun­cil washes its hands of the huge en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of this com­mer­cial busi­ness be­cause it pas­sively ac­cepts the blan­ket ju­ris­dic­tion of the MOD, a ju­ris­dic­tion that has raised many wor­ry­ing is­sues.

I be­lieve that the MOD has not acted within the spirit of laws and reg­u­la­tions re­lated to its pur­pose, the defence of this coun­try, and the ex­pec­ta­tions and lim­i­ta­tions im­plicit in its com­mer­cial ex­pan­sion pro­gram.

There are also wor­ry­ing ques­tions about this gov­ern­ment min­istry’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to res­i­dents of this bor­ough through its elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Equally there are ques­tions con­cern­ing the dis­in­ter­ested re­sponse of Hilling­don Coun­cil.

This coun­cil does have pow­ers and should al­lo­cate the resources to chal­lenge the com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions of the MOD in this bor­ough with the same ur­gency and com­mit­ment as those re­lat­ing to HS2 and the third run­way. ready to help. It is a plea­sure to go there, I have rec­om­mended it to all my friends and neigh­bours.

I can­not praise the Gar­den Cen­tre and staff high enough. We go ev­ery week and also have a meal there which is also first class. Many thanks for read­ing this let­ter.

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