New homes need new in­fra­struc­ture

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - DAVE ROB­BINS Wim­pole Road West Dray­ton

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.

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