Uxbridge – is it grow­ing too fast?

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - GEOFF MY­ERS Her­cies Road Uxbridge

I FIRST came to Uxbridge in 1975. Since that time, Uxbridge has grown con­sid­er­ably but over the past few years this pace of growth seems to have be­come more rapid.

My ques­tion is, does Uxbridge have the in­fra­struc­ture to cope with this pace?

Al­though I am a strong sup­porter of our coun­cil, for some time I have been con­cerned that the plan­ners are not keep­ing pace with growth: we have seen build­ing of new houses and su­per­mar­kets in Cow­ley, large office blocks on both sides of the road at Den­ham bridge and of course, Stock­ley Park plus huge new es­tates on what used to be RAF Uxbridge and ad­ja­cent to West Ruis­lip Sta­tion.

We may ex­pect more build­ing on the old Mas­ter Brewer site and op­po­site not to men­tion smaller de­vel­op­ments around the bor­ough.

Only yes­ter­day (25/01/17) was there chat­ter around a new hous­ing de­vel­op­ment on the land of RAF Northolt.

Whilst new homes are needed, have we seen a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in in­fra­struc­ture, I sug­gest no. Try trav­el­ling at peak hours along the Uxbridge Road, Her­cies Road, down Long Lane, through Ick­en­ham or Den­ham – often bumper-to-bumper traf­fic.

All this very real traf­fic con­ges­tion on the back­drop of op­po­si­tion to the air­port ex­pan­sion on en­vi­ron­men­tal grounds, how­ever, just imag­ine the dam­age to the en­vi­ron­ment dur­ing the peak traf­fic hours as de­scribed but this isn’t be­ing chal­lenged.

Are there suf­fi­cient ser­vices and to cope with the likely re­sult­ing pop­u­la­tion in­crease? Schools, land, avail­able den­tists, avail­able doc­tors, hospi­tal fa­cil­i­ties, ad­e­quate polic­ing and fire ser­vices?

We are al­ready talk­ing about so­cial care fund­ing have we mod­elled the in­crease? I hope so but I re­ally won­der. I started by say­ing I am a sup­porter of our Coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion and I am but is it so wrong to ask to ques­tion where we are head­ing or to ask our plan­ners to stop and think or at least give us con­fi­dence?

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