Park and riding over everyone else
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.