One would have thought that anyone who had been even a half-decent councillor would have retained the ability to find out about important council projects, or at least kept in touch with his own party to avoid embarrassing them by his naive comments.
So it says much about Colin Ellar that in your last issue he wondered why we needed to redevelop the site in the High Street for a Skills Centre, when a Skills Centre already exists at the De Brome site in Boundaries Road.
He was correct in one thing, and one thing only, a Skills Centre does exist at the De Brome site in Boundaries Road.
In fact it is such an excellent institution (run by West Thames College in partnership with the council) that the Learning and Skills Council offered the council substantial resources to expand both student numbers and the range of courses.
This is a major achievement for the borough, and offers extended opportunities for our young people.
As you might expect, we have seized the opportunity eagerly, and we look forward to being able to offer more courses.
The decision had to be made whether to go for a new building or develop the De Brome site in Boundaries Road, (where the building is agreed to be at the end of its useful life, and is increasingly expensive to run).
There was public consultation on this issue in autumn 2006.
After consideration of public response it was decided, in a public session of the council's executive committee, to use the High Street site, which was better suited for expanded student numbers because (among other things) of its access to transport.
The new building will be highly visible to young people, and others who we want to encourage back into training. The new centre will also provide community facilities, more than replacing those lost with the demolition of the old building.
This has all been done in full view of the public, and representations by groups and individuals have been invited at every stage.
That Mr Ellar is completely unaware says a lot for his chances at a future local election.
He is either genuinely failing to follow events, or is mischievously suggesting that important business is carried out secretly.
Either should rule him out when his party select their candidates for 2010.
COUNCILLOR PAUL LYNCH Executive member for education and children, Hounslow Council.