Don’t use garages as dump­ing ground

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - NAME AND AD­DRESS SUP­PLIED CLIFF DIXON Chair­man of UKIP Hilling­don

THERE seems to be a grow­ing prob­lem with peo­ple us­ing the ac­cess roads to garages as dump­ing grounds.

Cur­rently in Oak­leigh Road a lot of the ac­cess is un­us­able due to poor main­te­nance.

Many years ago a spate of van­dal­ism to ve­hi­cles and garage thefts led to se­cu­rity gates be­ing in­stalled. This made the rear ac­cess pri­vate cause­ways.

Each house is en­ti­tled to use th­ese ac­cess roads and must main­tain their part of the ac­cess road from their two fence bound­aries to the middle of the ac­cess road.

Many ten­ants, es­tate man­agers and own­ers may not be aware of their obli­ga­tion to main­tain the ac­cess.

As neigh­bours we all have to look out for each other.

Please look out­side your garage into the al­ley and ask your­self if this is ac­cept­able and the rea­son why there is a plague of rats and other pests.

Would you want your kids play­ing in your gar­den know­ing what’s out there?

We have a right to get to our garages un­hin­dered. Any dam­age caused to our ve­hi­cles by over­grown plants or other rub­bish can be claimed off the home­owner, as can com­pen­sa­tion for the loss of ac­cess.

If you fail to pay, charges can also be placed on the prop­erty which will make them hard to sell! Clean it up!

Fe­bru­ary 3) to the let­ter from the pre­vi­ous week con­cern­ing the state of Hayes Town.

She states that ev­ery re­ported is­sue is reme­died within days.

If so, why is the chew­ing gum that was men­tioned in the orig­i­nal let­ter in­grained and ob­vi­ously very old around the top of Pump Lane and Botwell Lane?

I vis­ited the Is­lamic Cen­tre, in Pump Lane, a few weeks ago and the is­sue was men­tioned to me by some of the wor­ship­pers there and they were con­cerned that it was be­ing walked in to the foyer.

Like­wise, the rub­bish and ev­i­dence of home­less peo­ple in Crown Walk has been there for some time which, as a coun­cil­lor who claims to do her ward rounds ‘al­most daily’, she must surely be aware of.

The lo­cal res­i­dents, or­gan­ised by

David Brough, fre­quently do clear ups in the area for which they de­serve credit, but they are fight­ing a los­ing bat­tle when the coun­cil has cut the main­te­nance team at Har­ling­ton Road from more than 50 to just over 20.

Rather than claim­ing that the re­marks in the orig­i­nal let­ter were ‘hurt­ful and in­ac­cu­rate’, I feel that Cllr Gard­ner would be bet­ter served by ac­knowl­edg­ing the sit­u­a­tion and work­ing with lo­cal res­i­dents and or­gan­i­sa­tions to try and im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment for the cit­i­zens of Hayes.

If she fails to do so then I would urge those res­i­dents to vote her out at the next elec­tion and elect a new coun­cil­lor who is pre­pared to recog­nise the is­sues and act on them.

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