Wards overlooked in war and peace
I AGREE wholeheartedly with the comments made by Dave Robbins in his letter (Gazette, December 2) regarding lack of adequate community facilities and infrastructure in West Drayton and Yiewsley.
At the last meeting of Hillingdon Council on November 5, the leader of the council and other cabinet members confirmed that the residents of West Drayton and Yiewsley wards would be getting none of the following.
– A new Health Centre on the old Yiewsley Swimming Pool site.
– Additional community infrastructure to accommodate the area’s booming population.
– A new secondary school or sports facilities.
– Protection of the areas existing community facility sites.
– No amendments/additions to the council’s book of remembrance to include the war dead of West Drayton which appear on the monument in St Martin’s Church.
Evidence provided by local historians has proved that a significant number of Yiewsley and West Drayton men who lost their lives in the First World War are not recorded on any monument in the area.
When Councillor Janet Duncan tried to get the names of these men recorded on local monuments she was told that the council was keeping to its policy of needing the agreement of families to record names on monuments.
So there we have it, quite a lot of evidence to suggest that West Drayton and Yiewsley are indeed the forgotten wards. local jobs/business activity, more traffic jams and demand for houses and other essentials of life would be detrimental to almost everyone over a huge area. Gatwick is a far better option. Heathrow’s huge contribution to the national and local economy is not disputed, but this would be a step too far.
People who seldom hear aircraft today will do so in the future if Heathrow has a third runway as there is not enough space in the sky to add 260,000 flights to the current limit of 480,000 a year without adding new routes.
Quiet ‘Respite’ periods will reduce, Heathrow want to continue night flights and do not deny an ambition for a fourth runway later.
Heathrow say today’s 73 million passengers will rise to 130 million a year with 54 per cent more flights of larger planes with a third runway and that will create 70,000 more airport jobs.
It initially said 70,000 new houses would be needed, 5,000 from each of the 14 boroughs within 12 miles of Heathrow, but then came up the astounding idea that the 100,000 unemployed living in West London could fill the jobs without needing more houses.
Heathrow’s promise of 10,000 apprenticeships is far in excess of only 3,188 in the past 11 years with only 92 last year.