AS A resident of Hayes and a councillor for Botwell, I feel that I should comment on the way that the Hayes Town Partnership is being steered to new heights by the new chairman, David Brough.
Having known David personally for over 14 years, when he was head of democratic services at Hillingdon
Council, I can vouch for his level of commitment for any venture he takes on.
Please take on board the fact that David has now retired from local government, yet felt sufficient enthusiasm and energy to take on the role of chair of the partnership, a voluntary post.
David is approachable, he can be brutally frank (as I found out in the past) but he is totally honest and genuine. He, like the local councillors and the MP wants to give Hayes Town a new lease of life.
We need to focus on the positive things in the town and get rid of the negative issues that ruin our lives as residents.
There are decent shops, pubs, retail outlets, fabulous curry houses and an LBH One Stop Shop that is invaluable for residents, plus many more things.
We as councillors want a dedicated police team in the town, so officers can be on hand immediately to get rid of the groups of youths hanging about on corners who might not be doing anything, but look like they might, people drinking on the streets and being abusive and people begging.
I want to be able to walk into the town to have a curry in the evening without having to look over my shoulder and check every corner, and I want to go shopping without someone asking me for money.
Trust me, if I had money to spare it would go to my sons, not some opportunist stranger who sits and intimidates people.
So come on Hayes people, let's see if we can turn the area back into what it once was: a thriving prosperous town, but remember, if you want something you have to ask for it.
David Brough might be a lot of things but he isnt psychic - more's the pity.
COUNCILOR JANET GARDNER,
High Street, Uxbridge.