I have heard back from many, many people that they are getting a bit fed up with Councillor Stephenson and his Labour colleagues' constant, cheap political point scoring.
In the December 11 edition, Mr Stephenson has written a very nasty little letter citing as inappropriate me, as the planning portfolio holder for Harrow, taking the credit for locally listing St George's Vicarage ['More buildings are under threat'].
Mr Stephenson then goes on to make a point about the de-listing of the Vaughan Centre. This has been quite rightly demolished to make way for a state-of-the-art neighbourhood resource centre, which helps vulnerable people.
The truth is that he cannot stand it that this administration has done such excellent things in terms of protection of our conservation areas, such as writing supplementary planning documents to protect them, something that the previous administration refused to do, thereby potentially exposing them to inappropriate development. The current administration has a very good record on heritage projects, including West House, Headstone Manor, Bentley Priory and the adoption of policy to protect our heritage. Mr Stephenson is also a bit precious about his own ward, Headstone South, and perish the thought that a Conservative might do something worthwhile in his own patch, like locally listing a charming building such as the vicarage and should dare to tell the truth about that achievement.
Sorry Mr Stephenson, this petty attitude doesn't wash with most people out there. If you haven't got anything constructive to say, like asking what happened to the Heritage Bill (he won't do that because it is his own party who left it out of the Queen's speech), other than to mislead people and score points off the current administration and me personally, please do us all a favour and say nothing at all.
COUNCILLOR MARILYN ASHTON
Portfolio holder for planning development and enterprise
Harrow Civic Centre