Rubbish problem’s getting out of hand
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’.