New homes need new infrastructure
LIVING in West Drayton these days is a bit like being on a building site.
Practically every time I go out I spot another new block of flats under construction.
Thousands have been built in the last few years and more are planned as developers’ eyes continue to come out on stalks at the prospect of Crossrail.
When exactly is the infrastructure coming to cope with this big increase in population?
I know a new primary school has been opened and Hillingdon Council can’t be blamed for the proposed Yiewsley Health Centre falling through but the fact remains that the town has lost a swimming pool and has gained nothing in its place.
No doubt the site in question will be taken up with yet more flats.
We desperately need a new health centre and a leisure centre as well which would improve the wellbeing of local residents.
This is much needed as West Drayton suffers from considerable deprivation and of course has very poor air quality which can only get worse with all the building developments going on.
More flats = more people = more cars = more air pollution.
This will never come down even if Heathrow Ltd were to put tunnels over all the main roads hereabouts.
The Local Plan envisages the Coal Yard by the station as home to community facilities as well as even more housing.
I certainly hope this will happen. The population increase around here must give a lot more revenue for the Council. It is time more of it was spent in West Drayton which should not act as a cash cow for the benefit of the rest of the borough.