I AM writing in response to your article 'Treated like criminals for planning breaches' (Chronicle, May 15).
As a local councillor, I sit on the Central Hounslow planning committee, as well as the sustainable development committee.
Both of these are made up of members from all the political parties and it is during these meetings planning breaches are discussed and, if necessary, measures taken towards enforcement.
These decisions are taken with all due consideration and are voted on by all members of the committee.
The only details we receive during these meetings are of the breach of planning, the owner's name is not revealed.
The reason there has been a huge rise in prosecutions is because this administration, unlike the previous Labour administration, is not afraid to follow up on enforcement against unauthorised structures and abuse of the planning rules.
I would also like to comment on the Save Our Homes meeting from which you have taken Mr Punn's views.
One of the speakers at this meeting was Alan Keen, now MP for Feltham and Heston.
However, Mr Keen was once a Labour councillor for the Hounslow West ward.
During the meeting Mr Keen referred to his time as a local councillor, explaining the leniency of application of planning rules in the following way: "The local authority would take a more lenient view for those with extended families," and he also claimed: "That rules were relaxed for Punjabi families", which begs the question of how many other hidden policies were in effect when Mr Keen was a Labour local councillor.
While no one is questioning Mr Keen's intentions, one cannot help but wonder why he felt he was able to set himself above the law.
At present, as your article states, we are ploughing through the backlog of planning breaches.
If you break the law, you must be prepared to face the consequences, no matter who you are.
BRADLEY FISHER Conservative councillor, Hounslow South Ward.