Rub­bish prob­lem’s get­ting out of hand

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - BERNARD FA­GAN Avon­dale Av­enue Hayes TOM CROW Amnesty In­ter­na­tional Hilling­don

I WRITE in sup­port of Cliff Dixon’s re­cent let­ters to your pa­per re­gard­ing the amount and fre­quency of rub­bish ap­pear­ing on the streets in and around Hayes.

I have on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions been obliged to com­ment on this prob­lem in your let­ters page over the past two years and in spite of as­sur­ances from coun­cil­lors that Lon­don Bor­ough of Hilling­don is do­ing all it can to ad­dress this prob­lem, it is in re­al­ity es­ca­lat­ing out of con­trol.

Over the past 15 years or so, Hayes has changed be­yond all recog­ni­tion from be­ing a hive of in­dus­try to be­ing a place with few op­por­tu­ni­ties.

This, along with the ‘work­ing pop­u­la­tion’ be­ing re­placed by peo­ple who for one rea­son or an­other do not work, has played a large part in the area’s de­cay and fed into the rub­bish prob­lem. Other fac­tors such as chronic over­crowd­ing, de­plorable hous­ing and cul­tural and ide­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences have all played their part.

Hayes is un­der­go­ing a mul­ti­mil­lion pound facelift which in­volves both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, but here also there are short­com­ings and chal­lenges. This, along with the un­cer­tain fu­ture of Heathrow ex­pan­sion, does not bode well.

It is my be­lief that the chal­lenges that lie ahead can­not be ad­dressed by sub­mit­ting ‘snip­ing anony­mous’ let­ters to your pa­per. The is­sues in­volved are far too im­por­tant for such pet­ti­ness and the peo­ple af­fected by Hayes de­scend­ing into a fes­ter­ing rub­bish heap de­serve bet­ter.

There are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent coun­cil wards in Hayes. They are all part of the Hayes ex­pe­ri­ence past, present and fu­ture and all are sus­tained by pub­lic cash, so their bound­eries are largely ir­rel­e­vant.

I em­i­grated to the UK 33 years ago and I set­tled in Hayes in the early 1990s. I do not know if Mr Dixon is an ‘English pa­triot’ or not and frankly I don’t care, be­cause I hail from a gen­er­a­tion who ad­mired pa­tri­o­tism, as op­posed to the anony­mous au­thor who seems to have a prob­lem with some­one who vig­or­ously sup­ports their coun­try and is pre­pared to de­fend it.

For my part, I am only in­ter­ested in what is hap­pen­ing in Hayes, as I have no con­trol over what hap­pens on a na­tional level. them de­stroyed be­yond use. The tar­get­ing of schools which are not be­ing used for mil­i­tary pur­poses, as th­ese weren’t, is a war crime.

The UK con­tin­ues to sell arms to Saudi Ara­bia and a re­cent le­gal opin­ion, from em­i­nent lawyers, con­firmed Amnesty’s long-held view that the con­tin­ued sup­ply of weapons and equip­ment which could be used to com­mit abuses in Ye­men, breaks the law. The lawyers found that the sales breach UK do­mes­tic law, EU law and the Global Arms Trade Treaty which the UK once cham­pi­oned.

There is a real risk that the mis­ery of civil­ians in Ye­men, was ‘Made in Bri­tain’.

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