Teens injured in stabbing in West Drayton
HILLINGDON parents have pleaded with the council to re-consider axing two children’s centres at a hearing which saw nine petitions being put forward.
School staff and parents gathered at the Uxbridge Civic Centre on Wednesday February 2 evening to express their anger and disappointment after proposals to close two children’s centres in Hayes and in Northwood were announced.
Leila Melhem, who lives in Northwood and organised one of the petitions, said in her speech the centres were a “warm, welcoming place”.
She said: “I had a difficult delivery and the children’s centre helped me get my daughter to feed and from then, I attended on a near weekly basis.
“It was a lifeline for me. It’s nearby but travelling to another centres isn’t an option, transport means some can’t afford to get there and C-section mothers can’t drive for six weeks.
“Residents feel betrayed about the cuts.” POLICE sealed off roads in West Drayton after two teens were stabbed at the weekend.
On Staurday February 4 a 13-year-old and 19-year-old were taken to hospital following the incident at Drayton Garden Village housing development, off Porters Way, and near Summer Drive, at around 11pm.
The area was still a crime scene on Sunday (February 5) afternoon, with roads taped off and an increased police presence. Police say they were called to Summer Drive by the London Ambulance Service at 11.05pm and that the teens had suffered stab wounds. They were taken to a London hospital, with their injuries not thought to be life threatening.
No arrests have been made. One person
Leila also raised the issue of Hillingdon Council choosing to freeze a council tax hike, but promising services cuts won’t go ahead.
At least 780 people signed her online petition to keep Hillside Children’s described seeing a pool of blood on the road after the incident, and Centre open, which has 13 nurseries and four schools linked to the centre.
Each of the nine petitions were heard, which raised the points of a growing population in the borough and anger said there was a sense of disbelief in the area.
They said: “We’re just that consultations were not “transparent” enough for people to oppose the plans properly.
Assistant headteacher of Charville Primary School Sam Gemmill said: “I’ve been supporting work of all in complete shock. nothing like this occurs here. There’s a high children’s centre for seven years.
“I think its apparent that your residents are not happy and it’s something we would urge you to consider. We at Charville don’t feel like it’s been a consultation, but is police presence, everywhere is taped off and cordoned off.”
SCENE: A sealed off road the day after the stabbing in West Drayton on the night of Saturday February 4