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Brent Lea recreation ground is the thin end of the wedge

June 19, 2015 9:55 PM

If you want to understand a political party's values, look at one thing: how do they spend your money? Waste and incompetence becomes endemic in places where political control rarely changes. Hounslow Borough labour party (with the exception of one brief period) has been in continuous control of the local council for thirty years. The results are evident for all to see.

Joe Bourke, Lib Dem Prospective Councillor for Brentford Ward said: "We are deeply concerned with Labour's local area plan and housing plans, developed without seemingly considering the regeneration implications. Hounslow with its high and growing population density already has an education, health and transport system under severe strain."

The loss of Metropolitan open land at Brent Lea is but the most recent example of a failure of long-term planning and common sense by the Labour Council. In Brentford we are facing the loss of Houseboat accommodation at Waterman's Park as it is converted to a private marina. Feltham sports arena has been covered in tons of building rubble completely destroying a much loved athletics venue. In Isleworth, residents have had to fight the council to recover a public amenity area on the Worple housing estate (formerly a children's play park), that was unilaterally confiscated by Hounslow Council and handed to a private individual for use as a grazing area for horses. No consultation whatsoever had taken place with residents of the estate. Will Carville Park in Brentford suffer the same fate?

Joe said "Hounslow Council has known for years it has an urgent need for primary and secondary school places. What we got at the recent public meeting on the Brent Lea plans was the equivalent of outgoing treasury minister Liam Byrne's note - 'I am sorry, there is no money left'. Having failed to adequately plan ahead for school places provision the council presented a planning decision on the basis that there is no money to maintain public open spaces and no money for land to build the schools the Borough urgently needs. Brent Lea may be just the thin end of the wedge, with much more to come"