Wards over­looked in war and peace

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - COUN­CIL­LOR JAN SWEET­ING Ward coun­cil­lor West Dray­ton CLLR MAL­COLM BEER Or­chard Road, Old Wind­sor

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.

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