PLANS to build nearly 4,000 flats on the Southall Gasworks site are now being re-considered by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, after being rejected by Ealing Council. We believe this is probably the biggest issue facing our community for many years and as you know will be a disaster in many ways.
As well as all the Southall councillors and the Southall community opposing the plans, it has also been opposed by both local MPs, Hillingdon Council and even the Greater London Authority member and Deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes.
Despite this, Mr Johnson has taken the shocking decision to override the democratic process in both Southall and Hillingdon and quite possibly impose this horrendous development on the Southall community.
On Thursday, March 25, a representation hearing is taking place at City Hall, starting at 6pm, for the mayor to consider the planning application. This meeting is open to the public.
It is vital that we get as many people from Southall to attend, to show the mayor that he cannot just override local democracy, the wishes of local people and expect to get away with it. Mr Johnson needs to know that, if he does approve the application over our heads, we will not let him forget it and that there will be strong protests.
Alongside the community, our local councillors must make every effort to attend to show support for the needs of our community and their influence to bring as many people as possible with them. Even if each local councillor and
prospective candidates each bring 10 supporters we would have a large community representation and uphold local democracy.
A coach to City Hall has been organised with the help of Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Southall. People who want to go to the meeting are requested to assemble at 3.30pm at Park Avenue, Southall. The coach will leave for London at 4pm sharp.
SALVINDER DHILLON secretary Indian Welfare Association Southall