HILLINGDON Council should have consulted with residents before closing a public facility (Residents against pool closure will be heard, Gazette, July 14).
The facility should also be replaced elsewhere, as part of the planning requirements for change of use.
In fact, two of our local Labour councillors raised questions at the last full council meeting, which were skirted around and not answered.
The people of Yiewsley demand the answers to the questions they have put. 1. Why is a site smaller than the St Stephen's site now considered big enough for three surgeries? 2. Why is the Gordon's Corner offer (three times the size, all on the ground floor with at least 30 parking spaces), not considered a better offer? 3. Why is the council's proposed site £3 per square metre more expensive than the private development at Gordon's, and why have they not matched the deal there with a three-year, rent-free period?
We think we are entitled to know. After waiting for 12 years - identified by even the GLA as an area of 'health deprivation' - why are we not entitled to the best deal for the people of Yiewsley?
What's more, how come when plans for the Ruislip Lido are objected to, the residents of Ruislip are listened to, but when we raise a much larger petition to stop the closure of the pool, we are ignored?
The PCT promised the people of Yiewsley they would be consulted before any decision was made on the location of the new health centre.
The promise was made by Kevin Mullins of the PCT, during two meetings held at the Methodist Hall last year.
Where's the promised consultation?
We all agree that the present management of the pool have not done the best of jobs; the place needs a damn good clean and repaint. It doesn't need closing!
The local schools, who have been able to walk there, will now have to find £8,000 per year from their budgets to get the children transport to Uxbridge or Hayes instead.
Mind you, they'll be lucky to get pool space; the swimming clubs who used to use the Hayes pool have all had their pool space and time cut, on the basis that there is a shortage of pool space in the borough.
We all know the answers though don't we? We are the dumping ground of the borough and all we will get from the council is rubbish planning applications, a superstore none of us want, and once again they take away from us while giving to the leafy north of the borough.
No wonder there's a vast difference between the north and the south. Perhaps if John Hensley, the chairman of the planning committee, was our ward councillor, we would get a chance at our fair share or the budget being spent on Yiewsley and West Drayton.
GAYNOR BROWN via email