UKIP noticeboard 180217Christine Taylor writes :-
I am furious! A third runway would destroy a huge part of our Heathrow Villages ward and force thousands of residents out of their homes but our Labour councillors are taking no interest whatsoever. They did not even realise there has been a consultation involving the third runway going on for the past two weeks!
Residents from Harmondsworth and Sipson turned up to the monthly surgery/meeting on Saturday 18th February to discuss local issues. Many of us have given up on these councillors’ ability to achieve anything so attendance has dwindled to about half a dozen or so.
Only two councillors turned up, Cllr June Nelson and Cllr Manjit Khatra turned up and neither could announce any progress on previously raised issues. I’m told that residents then began updating on the continuing problems that never get resolved. After nearly two hours, at about 11.50am, a resident who is distraught at the prospect of losing her home asked about the consultation.
The response was, “What consultation?” This total lack of interest in such a serious issue is inexcusable.
Even when the resident handed them a consultation document from the Department for Transport titled, “Draft Airports National Policy Statement: new runway capacity and infrastructure at airports in the South East of England”, the penny didn’t drop that this was a government consultation that they should know about and should be telling residents about. They blamed their ignorance on John McDonnell MP and his staff for not telling them.
They are our paid representatives but obviously not one of them had attended the Uxbridge consultation event last Tuesday, which was not far from Cllr Khatra’s house. By contrast, I was at the first public event in Southall on Monday 17th February. I also spent most of Tuesday speaking to the DfT officials. In addition, I spoke to Sir Jeremy Sullivan who has been tasked with ensuring the consultation is “full and fair”.
I had spoken to Sir Jeremy Sullivan before and, amongst other things, raised the issue of transportation to any events that are not easily accessible. It later turned out that Heathrow Villages, the area that would be most affected by a third runway, had no consultation venue at all. After further conversations and correspondence with the DfT, I hope to have information soon on DfT buses to some of the local consultation events – particularly the West Drayton event on Saturday, 4th March. This will also be posted on www.stopheathrowexpansion.co.uk
I am wearing my Harmondsworth and Sipson Residents’ Association hat to obtain this assistance for residents, as I am a co-opted member of the committee to support Harlington, which hasn’t had a functioning residents’ association for over a decade.