Coun­cil not fly­ing the flag ev­ery­where

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

Open let­ter to Cllr Ray Pud­di­foot, Leader of LB Hilling­don Coun­cil I’VE just read the Septem­ber 7 2016 is­sue of the Uxbridge Gazette. The ar­ti­cle on page three re­gard­ing Hilling­don re­ceiv­ing ‘the high­est num­ber of Green Flag awards’ is of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to me.

I live on the South Ruis­lip Es­tate at the south­ern end of Vic­to­ria Road. Our leased prop­er­ties are blocks of flats in their own grounds.

Th­ese grounds are main­tained by your Hilling­don gar­den­ers, res­i­dents here are ei­ther coun­cil ten­ants or Hilling­don lease­hold­ers. We lease­hold­ers pay a monthly ser­vice charge which partly goes to­wards grounds main­te­nance.

Over the past few years, our es­tate and that of Brack­en­hill (in­clud­ing Brack­en­bridge House Care Home) have sys­tem­at­i­cally had our flower

beds dug up and grassed over.

This spring (2016) the gar­den­ers started to dig the rosebed up at the front of our 36 prop­er­ties, so I asked them what was hap­pen­ing.

They said their boss had told them to grass it over. I spoke to my coun­cil­lor Alan Kauff­man and said what a pity it was that the rosebed had been grassed over, ask­ing if we could have some­thing else put in or daffodil bulbs, which would at least look nice in the spring.

Mr Kauff­man said noth­ing could be done, ex­cept that I could plant some bulbs if I wanted to. Be­ing well into my 70s that’s a daunt­ing task.

Not many years ago there were three beds on our frontage. Now there are none. I am happy to show you where all the grassed over beds are on our two es­tates.

Mr Pud­di­foot, as you know, South Ruis­lip is an up and com­ing area with the de­vel­op­ment of the Arla site and, hope­fully, as soon as

plan­ning per­mis­sion has been granted, the new Lidl store where the old Im­pe­rial House/Rover work­shop used to be.

There will be at­trac­tive land­scap­ing on the Lidl site across the road from us.

How will that leave us? Look­ing re­ally run down with all our flower beds be­ing de­mol­ished.

It would be in keep­ing with the new Arla & Lidl de­vel­op­ments here in South Ruis­lip to do some­thing about our grounds be­ing made more at­trac­tive, not less as is hap­pen­ing at the mo­ment.

Don’t talk to me about Green Flag Awards! See­ing your cheer­ful pic­ture with my other two coun­cil­lors, Mrs Kelly and Mr Duducu, hold­ing up the Green Flag ban­ner was like a red rag to a bull.

Our area should be­come num­ber 43 on your Green Flag Award list. RACHAEL FELSTEAD Vic­to­ria Road South Ruis­lip

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