WANDERING around the Fray's Farm nature reserve near Denham Lock last week, I was dismayed to see the extent of the gas pipeline project and shocked at the visual impact.
Talk about a blot on the landscape - more like a long, deep scar.
The necessity of the pipeline is for others to debate but the necessity of 'making good' once the work is complete is beyond question: it cannot be allowed to detract from one of the few truly wild and utterly beautiful parts of the borough.
All bodies concerned with this project and especially, I would suggest, Hillingdon Council, must ensure that restoration work is done with as much diligence and gusto as the ripping open of the fields through which the pipeline will pass and the laying of, hopefully temporary, roads for the heavy machinery.
Too often the 'making good' part of a project is an afterthought and an inconvenient clause in the contract, done in a half-hearted way as contractors turn their eyes to the next job. This cannot be allowed to happen here.
We all need gas supplies, and I accept we probaly require a more efficient way of delivering them.
We also need our unspoiled areas to remain unspoiled.
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