Road made ugly by tree de­struc­tion

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - JOHN EVANS HA2 9TZ CLIFF DIXON UKIP Hilling­don Branch

RE­GARD­ING your front page on the trees be­ing chopped down from the side of the canal (Gazette, Fe­bru­ary 17) I have no­ticed this is not the only sneaky tree clear­ances oc­cur­ring in Hilling­don and Har­row.

I have lived in South Har­row for over 40 years. One of my many plea­sures is trav­el­ling along East­cote Lane be­tween South Har­row and South Ruis­lip.

Many, many of the beau­ti­ful trees burst out in blossom ev­ery spring and all through the sum­mer they are all a beau­ti­ful dull red colour.

Not any more. All have been chopped down to the base. It up­sets me so much that I have to take a de­tour so as not travel along such an ugly road. It was so un­nec­es­sary. So far we have wit­nessed tree de­struc­tion twice in Hilling­don and also the sav­age de­struc­tion of a com­plete street of trees in Har­row re­cently. How many more?

This goes to the top. Coun­cils have de­cided to cut back on tree prun­ing so have de­cided to re­move them all to­gether. Cen­tre was with a lo­cal in­ter­faith worker to meet the com­mu­nity lead­ers there with a view to fos­ter­ing re­la­tions in our com­mon goal to de­feat ex­trem­ism. The is­sue with the rub­bish was raised with me as a side is­sue by some of the wor­ship­pers as I pre­vi­ously stated.

My orig­i­nal let­ter was ac­tu­ally in sup­port of a vis­i­tor to the area who pointed out the rub­bish prob­lem, with Cllr Gardiner re­ply­ing to her in a par­tic­u­larly brusque man­ner – Ground in chew­ing gum is not some­thing that has been re­moved and re­placed with more within days, it is clearly aged. You men­tion that the Cen­tre is not in Cllr Gard­ner’s ward but she replied to the let­ter and there­fore I ad­dressed her in mine - Botwell Lane is and was also men­tioned in the orig­i­nal let­ter pub­lished in The Gazette.

You are quite right that Crown Walk is not in Hayes, but Crown Close – which I was re­fer­ring to – is and the rub­bish there is also clearly old and has been an on­go­ing prob­lem for some time.

Point­ing out is­sues that need to be ad­dressed is not ‘at­tempt­ing to trash the rep­u­ta­tion of a coun­cil­lor’ but point­ing out that trash is a prob­lem in Hayes Town that our coun­cil and the elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives need to take se­ri­ously and try and rec­tify to en­sure a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment for us all.

It is a pity that the un­named au­thor seems more in­ter­ested in play­ing pol­i­tics than in the real is­sues that af­fect our com­mu­nity

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