Park and rid­ing over ev­ery­one else

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - JUS­TINE BAY­LEY Chair­man, Heathrow Vil­lages Con­ser­va­tion Ar­eas Ad­vi­sory Panel NAME AND AD­DRESS SUP­PLIED

I WAS amazed to see the ar­ti­cle in the Gazette “Mas­sive park to coun­ter­act air­port growth” (Gazette Jan­uary 27).

Why? Well, the cur­rent pro­pos­als for a third run­way at Heathrow would ac­tu­ally de­stroy large ar­eas that are al­ready park­land, freely open to the pub­lic!

The pro­posed ex­tended air­port would re­move about two-thirds of Har­mondsworth Moor as well as the open land be­tween the ex­ist­ing air­port and the M25. Not con­tent with all that dev­as­ta­tion, one end of the pro­posed run­way (to the west of the M25) would al­most bi­sect the Colne Val­ley Park at its nar­row­est point. If the ar­ti­cle is the way that Heathrow is try­ing to per­suade the out­side world of their green cre­den­tials, I won­der why Mr Gor­man’s pro­posed de­vel­op­ments have not al­ready been given the go-ahead.

I am sus­pi­cious of the ‘small print’ your ar­ti­cle in­cludes: the de­vel­op­ment will only hap­pen “if the air­port is cho­sen to ex­pand”. Bribery to­day, or jam to­mor­row? chair­man Cliff Dixon.

He be­gins with an anec­dote about a visit to Hayes Is­lamic Cen­tre. I was at first in­trigued to know why he had gone there.

Was it for a the­o­log­i­cal dis­cus­sion? Ap­par­ently not. The most burn­ing is­sue on the mind of The English Pa­triot was chew­ing gum on the ground.

The main pur­pose of his let­ter is an at­tempt to trash the rep­u­ta­tion of Botwell coun­cil­lor Janet Gard­ner.

He takes par­tic­u­lar ex­cep­tion to the fact that she re­ports rub­bish when­ever she sees it and gets it re­moved.

Sadly for some­one who talks so much rub­bish Mr Dixon seems to have a very poor un­der­stand­ing of the fact that it is en­tirely pos­si­ble for one pile of rub­bish to be re­moved. Only to be re­placed by an­other.

Mr Dixon might also ben­e­fit from a ca­sual pe­rusal of the ward bound­aries for the area he claims to care about with such pas­sion. Had he done so he would know that The Is­lamic Cen­tre is not in Coun­cil­lor Gard­ner’s ward. He would also have dis­cov­ered that the only Crown Walk in The Lon­don Bor­ough of Hilling­don is lo­cated off the Ox­ford Road in Uxbridge.

This lo­ca­tion is ap­prox­i­mately five kilo­me­tres from Coun­cil­lor Gard­ner’s ward.

Per­haps Mr Dixon has not only lost the plot but has also lost his map.

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