The Gazette reported the concern of John Beeston, chairman of EPTUG, and others concerning the lack of consultation on the regeneration of stations in the borough to be served by Crossrail (Transport Watch, July 5).
This was followed by a letter from Arthur Breens criticising Ealing Council for the way it is letting the matter slide until it will be too late for any meaningful consultation with residents and organisations within the borough [They’ve lost the Crossrail plot, July 12].
Our neighbouring borough of Hammersmith and Fulham had consultations with Transport for London regarding the new stations required at Shepherd’s Bush and Imperial Wharf for the reintroduction of a service by London Overground between Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction. However, they put their money where their mouth was and contributed some millions of pounds towards the cost of each station.
Ealing Council thinks it can dictate to Crossrail what should and should not be done to our stations, without promising any financial contribution. If the Crossrail service is going to be such a benefit to the borough as some will have you believe, then why shouldn’t the council contribute?
Of course, Ealing Council and its officers have other ideas. They expect to get it all for nothing and then reap the benefits.
Transport for London’s research shows that to benefit from local transport services, residents’ homes need to be within 400 metres of the nearest service, or within 300 metres of their place of work.
What Ealing is working on is that all properties within half a mile (about 550 metres) of the rail line will get some form of surcharge on their council tax, which will in many cases put them into a higher tax band, to be collected by Ealing for many years to come.
Yet another reason why this borough is continuing its downward spiral.
Call to spend on roads and paths
As the Conservative opposition, we have received numerous complaints from residents right across the borough about the declining standards of roads and pavements. The roads are progressively worn out and have ever more potholes, while the pavements are increasingly uneven and unsightly.
The current Labour administration has seen fit to reduce the capital funding to maintain our roads and pavements in favour of other schemes, such as an unnecessary new car park in Southall.
Hence the main Conservative opposition motion at this week’s council meeting to call on the authority to reinvest in our pavements and roads, utilising the extra budget announced by the government in the recent spending round.
Councillor David Millican
Conservative group leader
Ealing Town Hall
Tax freeze is no thanks to Labour
I was annoyed to see in a recent leaflet put through my door that the Labour council is claiming the council tax freeze as one of its achievements.
But this is only because the Conservative-led government has supplied the funding to support local councils and make the freeze possible. And in the recent spending review, the government has pledged to freeze council tax again until 2015/16 – that’s five years in all.
However, in Ealing it’s been even longer, as the previous Conservative council had already frozen the tax for several years without any help from the then Labour government.
I think these facts should be made clear.
Reliance on you to run for trust
We are urging people to get their running shoes on and sign up for this year’s Great North Run – the world’s largest half marathon – to help fight meningitis on all fronts.
The deadline for entries has been extended until July 29. We’re looking for more runners to sign up and help represent Team Meningitis Trust/Meningitis UK.
Full support will be given for the atmospheric run between Newcastle and South Shields on Sunday, September 15. Our runners also receive a free running vest or T-shirt, an information pack on how to prepare and a free, well-deserved, sports massage at our post-race reception.
The merged charity needs to raise more than £10,000 every day to fund its life-saving and life-changing services.
Tragically, meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia continue to affect thousands of people in the UK every year and kill more children under five years old than any other infectious disease.
Meningitis can strike with incredible speed and the symptoms are notoriously difficult to detect, often being confused with flu. We are fighting back on all fronts by funding research to eradicate the disease alongside supporting survivors with lifelong help and care.
To take part, either as an individual or with a group of friends or colleagues, and help us achieve our vision, or for more information, call me on 01453 769 023 or email email@example.com.
Meningitis UK/Meningitis Trust
Cast your vote to keep charity ‘fit’
I am writing to ask for your readers’ help in recognising the achievements of all the lives that have been transformed locally by Age UK’s health and wellbeing programme Fit As a Fiddle.
Age UK has received the great news that Fit As a Fiddle has made it through to the final seven in the Best Health Project category of the National Lottery Awards.
We now need as many people as possible to vote for the project for it to become a winner.
The project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Wellbeing programme, has helped more than 385,000 older people across the country to get involved in a range of activities, from cooking lessons and exercise classes to pot holing and abseiling. As a whole, the project has encouraged older people to be more active, make friends and have fun.
Please spend a few moments today to recognise all those involved in Fit As a Fiddle. Register your vote by July 24, 2013 – please call 0844 836 9700 or log on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards
Your vote will really make a difference. Thank you.
for Age UK