Lawyers’ fees eat up cash for ser­vices

Uxbridge Gazette - - OPINION -

I would like to, yet again, voice my opin­ion on why Hilling­don Coun­cil has de­cided to op­pose the ex­pan­sion of Heathrow? They are wast­ing £50,000 of tax­pay­ers’ money, (yes, that is yours and mine), to fund a ju­di­cial re­view against the gov­er­ment’s de­ci­sion to en­dorse a new run­way at the UK’s only hub air­port.

This is shock­ing enough but, this is in ad­di­tion to the £154,219 of pub­lic money that Hilling­don Coun­cil has al­ready spent on op­pos­ing Heathrow ex­pan­sion from Jan­uary 2015 & Au­gust 2016!

My­self and a lot of lo­cal peo­ple don’t be­lieve that Hilling­don Coun­cil should be wast­ing more tax­pay­ers’ money on ex­pen­sive lawyers, just to pur­sue its own po­lit­i­cal agenda when the money could and should be spent on vi­tal pub­lic ser­vices in­clud­ing (but not lim­ited to) hous­ing, so­cial care and the el­derly. For the past seven to eight years Hilling­don Coun­cil has boasted about freez­ing the coun­cil Ttax. This has been to the detri­ment of the afore­men­tioned ser­vices. This wasted money could and should have been used where it was needed more.

Hilling­don Coun­cil and its lead­ers should hang their heads in shame. BARRY NEL­SON-WEST Granville Road

Hilling­don

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