I FEEL the residents of Southbourne Gardens were portrayed in the wrong light in last week's issue of the Gazette (Council paint in bus stop to end dispute, Ruislip and Northwood Gazette, February 23).
I would like to start by saying we are not against Mr Weinling using the bus stop closest to his home.
However, there are now 60-plus people that have been 'put out'. This includes two or three people who are registered disabled, many with walking disabilities, who are now made to walk up to 450 yards to get their vehicles, which are their only means of transport to doctors and hospitals.
We can't understand why people can't carry on using the disabled access bus stop outside the community centre, as it's a safer option.
The bus driver can see commuters much more clearly and pull in and out much more safely. It is only 250 yards from this new location and the next stop after that is Eastcote station.
As stated by Jean Palmer in the article, 'the end result is a service that is fully accessible to all in Southbourne Gardens'.
Thing is, it's most of the residents of Southbourne that don't want, and certainly don't need, yet another bus stop. There are now four within 0.6 miles, two of which have disabled and raised kerb access in safer locations.
As a community we met with the council on January 24, to find out if they would be able to find any other parking spaces or if we even needed the bus stop in the first place, and were told by the council and TfL that they would go away and we would have another meeting to discuss where we go from here in a couple of weeks.
We were then greeted three weeks later by the council painting the bus stop in, without any further consultation with us at all.
I then spoke to the person dealing with it for Hillingdon Council and I was told: 'Tough, it's gone in and there's nothing you can do about it'. We were willing to listen to Hillingdon's options of finding more spaces but now just feel betrayed and very let down by them not listening to the majority. We will now submit a new petition to have the stop completely removed and parking put back in.
CHRIS PRICE Southbourne Gardens Eastcote.