At this evening’s public enquiry Boris used his executive powers to impose the Gasworks development on the people of Southall despite the rejection of the plans by Ealing Council’s planning committee last year.
Since becoming Mayor, what has Boris done to alleviate the problems faced by the people of Southall? Problems that include widespread drug dealing and drug related crime, a large population of unemployed, homeless young people, under-resourced policing to deal with drug trafficking, proliferation of Betting shops, over-congestion and traffic to name a few.
The Conservative led Ealing council, whilst rejecting the plans last year, has done very little to put pressure on Boris not to approve the plans. This saga is yet another testament to Ealing council’s ambivalence on matters pertaining to Southall. Phil Taylor, the Conservative councillor for Northfield ward had this to say on his website in December last year
“In many ways this is a very exciting project. It puts 3,750 homes on derelict land right on top of Southall station which will become a Crossrail station. Obviously people worry that an already busy area will become way too crowded.”
This sums up rather well the real position of Ealing council on this matter. No wonder the council failed to put up a fight to prevent Boris overturning their decision. Let’s wait and see how Ealing council reacts to this latest undemocratic imposition by the Mayor of London; no doubt the people of Southall still have the will to continue the fight based on planning, congestion, traffic and environmental issues.
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