Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

Ev­ery week BAR­BARA FISHER looks at is­sues that af­fect us all – the is­sues that get you talk­ing. You can join in by email­ing bmail­bar­

WE DON’T need the Wizard of Oz to tell us that home is where the heart is.

My sat­nav con­stantly re­minds me. As soon as we en­ter Uxbridge a lit­tle heart ap­pears on the screen where our house is. Aww...

But on a prac­ti­cal note, home is also the place we need to park our cars and it’s get­ting more and more dif­fi­cult isn’t it? Even our pub­lic car parks are over­flow­ing.

I did feel for that cou­ple in Chel­tenham who lost their car for a few days when they for­got where they’d put it. A na­tion­wide ap­peal meant that some­one even­tu­ally spot­ted it, al­though sadly by the time they re­trieved it, it was dec­o­rated with park­ing tick­ets.

Years ago, Mr F and I once thought his Polo, (the car, not the mint with a hole) had dis­ap­peared from a vast Ikea car park, rather like the nuts and bolts that go miss­ing from their flat pack fur­ni­ture. Luck­ily, we had only tem­po­rar­ily mis­laid it.

To avoid re­port­ing it as stolen if we were daft enough to lose it again, we now make a point of al­ways clock­ing our cars’ po­si­tion with some kind of marker like a hoard­ing or di­rec­tion sign so we can eas­ily trace it later. Please do not look smug if you have al­ways done this. Some of us need time.

If parked in a mas­sive field, at a festival or con­cert, we now fly a dis­tinc­tive ‘flag’ from the ae­rial - a sock or scarf or any item of cloth­ing that can be de­cently dis­played in pub­lic.

Talk­ing of pub­lic ap­pear­ances, it was great to see our MP Boris John­son and Ray Pud­di­foot, leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil, meet­ing res­i­dents con­cerned about a pos­si­ble huge de­vel­op­ment be­ing built on the Hal­fords/Wickes site in Hare­field Road.

You will re­mem­ber the plan (now slightly amended) was to build 264 flats in­clud­ing one 12-storey block, with only dis­abled park­ing spa­ces, mean­ing a mas­sive over­spill into the jam-packed neigh­bour­hood roads. Any new res­i­dents would be ex­pected to sign up to not hav­ing cars (hmm- re­ally?). But what about de­liv­er­ies or vis­i­tors?

The two politi­cians lis­tened in­tently to the very real worries and ar­gu­ments against the pro­posal, in­clud­ing the pres­sure on ser­vices. They agreed whole­heart­edly that this was the wrong spot. It’s great that they’re lis­ten­ing – and back­ing lo­cal peo­ple.

But it might be eas­ier to put on ruby slip­pers and click our heels three times.

Take us back to Kansas. There’s plenty of park­ing there.

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