Threat to the last village in London
HOME is where the heart is some may say, however many of Harefield’s residents who have lived there for generations feel helpless to the overdevelopment of the ‘last village in London’.
Hillingdon Local Authority is proposing to build a youth centre in the Ash Grove open space and playing field, without consulting the majority of the local community.
The application has now been submitted to the planning department and the residents are in agreement that this youth centre is not wanted right behind residential homes and would be better suited in an appropriate part of Harefield.
Despite the fact that this youth centre will tower over neighbouring houses, blocking natural light and destroying the natural habitat for bats and birds, it just simply does not fit in such a small space of the community.
Residents are concerned that the youth centre could potentially end family and community use, as the playing fields are home to regular dog walkers and children.
The sheer speed of the planning application has left residents with a cloud of uncertainty hanging over their heads and many are fearful for the outcome.
Accessibility is just one of the worries felt by residents.
There are concerns pertaining to health and safety issues, access for emergency services and boundary structures.
Additionally, the proposed plans do not factor that a youth centre in the middle of residents’ dwellings will be unable to cope with that kind of congestion.
Extra vehicles on the road impose a threat on the safety and security for the children and older people in the local area.
Furthermore, the congestion in the village may affect the emergency service access to Harefield Hospital.
Come on Hillingdon Council, as the last village in London – should the main priority not be to protect our green spaces?
The village of Harefield has numerous existing sports and community centres and where is the new promised playground to replace the old existing one?
Although intentions may be good at heart and residents do support youth development, common sense must override.
This proposed youth centre situated in Ash Grove Open Space will be a hindrance rather than an aid to this tight knit community.
Foremost the wishes of the residents should be respected.
Whether you are immediately affected by the proposed plans or empathise the resident’s plight, it is being encouraged to register a formal complaint on Hillingdon’s complaint section on the website.
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