I WAS intrigued to read the letter from Councillor Mark Bowen (Youth Skills Centre will be good for the town), Middlesex Chronicle, June 26.

I note that Mr Bowen now refers to himself as parliamentary candidate for Feltham and Heston - what a surprise! We predicted this a couple of years ago. You always know that when people go out into the community, seeming to be all things to all people in politics, that there is a personal motive.

However, in terms of transparency this future parliamentary candidate has a real problem. In a response to Les Currington (president of Feltham Community Association) Mr Bowen said that among other things he has never stated that he would "not let Feltham Community Association go down". He then goes on to challenge Les Currington to provide the evidence for this and other suggested statements he made against FCA.

Oh dear Mr Bowen - big mistake! FCA, in compliance with charity law and good trustee management, has to keep six years back of all files, accounts and reports and indeed we have gone even further with relevant copies of local press letters to the editor etc, e-mails, letters, public meeting and council meeting minutes and notes.

FCA has always had witnesses at meetings with councillors and of course (unless it has slipped Mr Bowen's mind, there are numerous people who attended a public meeting he spoke at who will attest to what he has said in the past including representatives from all political parties).

Well, Mr Bowen, are you suggesting that in order to have the truth, you invite a public meeting and/or a public press conference at which FCA and witnesses will attest to the differences in your promises and action?

An independent councillor wrote a letter of his concern in the previous edition of the Middlesex Chronicle, concluding that there had been "dirty tricks" in regard to the identity of the Feltham People's Community Centre site for development of a Youth Skills Centre. I think it is a wake-up call to all councillors to look at the "dirty tricks" programme perpetrated against your local charity Feltham Community Association to vacate the site.

Get real - FCA has never opposed the development needs of Feltham for a youth skills centre - but not at the expense of the Feltham People's Centre and certainly not to placate a minority in Mr Bowen's area to ensure no development of the existing massive areas of youth premises sites at Boundaries Road.

A parliamentary candidate will need more than minority ward support for successful candidature. Let's have the truth about the exclusion decision of these sites for development.

MPs are in the discomfort zone from the legislation of Public Disclosure and the issue of expenses (not by any means always fairly reported) - time now for local government and their secret agendas and double dealing/dirty tricks.

David Howell MBE MA BA Secretary/Trustee Feltham Community

Association c/o 18 Vernon Road