RE: COUNCILLOR Mark Bowen's criticisms of the Feltham & Heston MP.

Yes, Alan Keen was wrong but I would like to know how Mr Bowen comes up with a figure of 99 per cent of Feltham residents agreeing with him, if he has gone by the book.

It seems that MPs from all parties have their snout in the trough over expenses. It is good to see that the Government will have an independent committee review of this. It would also be good to see local government doing the same - I recall the Conservatives in Hounslow, on election, awarded themselves a major pay increase (even though it is a so-called voluntary job) and payments for attendance, and, indeed, no attendance at committee meetings.

Perhaps that should be investigated. Mr Bowen is deputy leader of the council, however, it often seems he is leader. He seems to be the spokesperson for Hounslow Council. He is everywhere promising this, that, and the other, but the invisible man when it comes to delivery of promises. It would seem he is training to become a candidate for future MP.

This is the councillor who made promises to so many community and voluntary sector organisations, and then turned on them. Take Feltham Community Association as an example. He made promises at public and private meetings that the council would never let the FCA go down. He then goes back on this suggesting that FCA are an

incapable organisation. He then becomes the great promoter of the Youth Skills Centre to replace the Feltham centre. There is more to all of this than meets the eye - time for public disclosure methinks.

I have lived, brought up a family, worked and been voluntarily active in this community for 76 years. It's time to ensure that any councillor elected actually speaks for and lives in the area they were elected for. Perhaps then they will understand the needs and desires of the people they purport to speak for.

As to the proposed Feltham Youth Skills Centre; the design is a total mess and the traffic problems at this black spot will be immense.

This is the wrong site for a youth skills centre, that is much needed, and the end of one of the last buildings of history in Feltham.

In the current major economic crisis it is a community association that is needed to continue with the massive social welfare and community services provided by Feltham Community Association.

Shame on you Councillor Bowen and the administration you consider to have done so much good for Feltham and Hounslow. This is a wake-up call before elections for all main parties.

Les Currington