I am writing following your front page story (Southall Gazette, June 28) about the new car park to be built on the site of the former cattle market by the autumn.
I would like to congratulate Virendra Sharma MP and Cllr Julian Bell for making this happen because we have been crying out for more car parking space in Southall for years.
There has been massive under-investment in Southall for many years but it is good to see that, finally, we have people who are committed to helping regenerate the area.
We now have a number of car parking spaces in Southall Broadway for the public to use, such as Herbert Road car park, Iceland car park, Hamborough Road car park and Lidl, but in future the emphasis must be on improving the public transport in the area and encouraging the public to use it.
Those who live outside Southall may not appreciate how congested the area is because it is densely populated, is a commercial centre for South Asian shopping and a central point because of the many places of worship it has.
However, as a resident I would disagree with the comment that the controlled parking zone (CPZ) hours should be reviewed. We do not want to turn residential streets into a car park for shoppers and visitors to the area.
Residents deserve to keep their roads residential and any change can undermine that.
Our CPZ permit price has increased from £45 per car a year to £75, as well as the visitor vouchers and it would be a massive mistake if changes are made to CPZ conditions and timings.
If this was done, residents would question why they paid this extra money to park their car on the road if they couldn’t even park on the street where they live.
I hope investment continues into Southall but also the needs of the residents are taken into account.
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Bereft of ideas? Bash benefits
I read with amazement the letter from Councillor Millican, leader of the Tories on Ealing Council, about welfare benefits.
When you run out of steam, stir up the pot on benefits… is the recipe of every sad politician who draws public expenses.
He says that in Ealing a staggering £1.5billion is paid in welfare payments. What he failed to say is that 85 per cent of this figure is the cost of the basic old age pension, and credits for working people in low-paid employment.
Note, not the unemployed, but your bog-standard pensions and working people’s credits.
The logic of his argument, is therefore, that the state pension should be cut.
What next? Our bus passes? It seems the Grim Reaper is alive, well and dwelling among us.
Pub site homes are a fire risk
Malcolm Ede has a fair point about the design of some new buildings in Greenford (Architects putting town into boxes, Gazette, June 21).
At least William Perkin CofE High School will be clad in traditional brick, but it is most regrettable that it is being built on Metropolitan open land (the London equivalent to Green Belt).
We agree the proposed replacement for the former Red Lion in Greenford is one of the worst schemes of its type that we have seen in a town centre location. The bulk and massing of the flat-roof building might be appropriate for a discount warehouse on an industrial estate, but is completely inappropriate for a prominent corner site in Greenford, surrounded for the most part by domestic scale buildings with pitched roofs.
The most serious criticism, however, relates to the internal layout of the building where most of the proposed flats on all floors are accessed via internal dead-end corridors without windows.
These unpleasant passageways would have serious implications for the safety of residents because they could be trapped on any floor without access to an alternative means of escape if a fire were to break out in one of the flats near to the only staircase.
Building regulations state that the building should be designed so that in case of fire there is appropriate means of escape to a place of safety outside the building.
For this reason alone the application should be refused.
Dr Robert Gurd
Chairman, Ealing Civic Society
Labour knows the Tories are right!
The Chancellor’s latest spending round for 2015/16 is to be welcomed.
It demonstrates that Britain is on the road to recovery and that the government’s principles of reform, fairness and growth are the right ones to follow.
Many people have told me they support the cap on welfare because they wish to ensure fairness for people who work. The spending round continues that initiative, while protecting schools and health budgets.
The vast deficit government inherited from Labour has meant making hard choices and Ealing is no exception. Yet the government’s grant to continue the freeze on council tax to 2015/16 will save another £100 on the average council tax bill for Ealing families over two years.
In addition, 20 per cent of Ealing’s most vulnerable
two- year-olds will now have 15 hours free early education.
The government is doing this while reducing the deficit, prioritising spending on infrastructure and living within its means.
The fact that Labour has accepted government plans indicates they have accepted that they’re on the right track.
Councillor David Millican
Conservative Group leader
Ealing Town Hall
Store closure is not because of JS
Your recent article (Store faces axe from developers, Gazette, June 28, p3) on the proposed development of Marie’s Stores in Cunnington Street is misleading.
Mr John Ezquerro’s remarks are purely opinion: Sainsbury’s well pre-dates Marie’s shop, so it is inaccurate to attribute any minor downturn to the store.
Everybody is spending less, no one is immune, not even the supermarkets.
I think he is being offensive to say the shop is ‘going to wrack and ruin’.
In my judgement, it is scrupulously clean, well stocked, and a pleasure to go into.
When was the last time the gentleman visited the viable, essential, friendly, personal, rare little gem of a store?
Julia St John
Chiswick (via email)