RECENTLY announced Hillingdon Council plans for the commercialisation of Ruislip Lido, the Great Barn and the building of multi-storey apartment blocks within the Ruislip Village Conservation Area have caused widespread ripples of alarm in the neighbourhood.
Regrettably, the opponents of these schemes have received a less-than-vibrant support from the residents' association, which presents a particularly dispiriting irony since their stated aim is to protect, without bias, the interests of local residents via strong links with their elected councillors.
Of course, if councillors subscribed to the notion of consultation and involvement with constituents, there would be little need for a residents' association in the first place.
On the other hand, if the association were to nurture within the community links as sturdy as those they enjoy with councillors, then issues of compelling concern would undoubtedly get the vigorous endorsement they merit.
By way of a bonus, all suspicion of ethical conflict would evaporate and the membership could enjoy with confidence the sort of resolute backing for which they contracted.
Either way, I believe we deserve better.
Ruislip via email