YOUR recent article 'Too Big and in wrong place' [see reference above] referring to Ballymore's proposals gave the impression that the proposals, which mark the single biggest economic investment in Hayes for more than 10 years, would provide little of benefit to the local community.
Ballymore have worked with the Council and the community since 2004 to bring forward these plans, which are now seeing the transformation of a former scrapyard into a high quality residential and hotel development with landscaped and well-managed public open space, cafés, retail and leisure uses.
The aspect along the canal achieves a development which will open up the waterfront, providing a safe and secure environment in which to enjoy the space.
Ballymore have made a significant financial contribution of over £600,000 to ensure that schools and doctors surgeries can accommodate the development, relieving pressure on existing services.
The development also includes a unit for the local police to be used as a Hayes town office.
Throughout this process we have received overwhelming levels of support across the community from people who have been delighted to see the positive regeneration of the town, for so long promised, finally taking shape.
By creating a pleasant and secure space,the development will have a positive impact on the vitality of Hayes town centre by supporting the attraction of Hayes as an employment destination, supporting local shops and services and by encouraging long-term future investment in the area.
Without this investment, the plans for the redevelopment of Hayes station, improvements to the town centre and business relocations to the area will be under threat.
We are delighted to be working and investing in Hayes and look forward to seeing the positive impact the development will have on the town centre.
JOHN TURNER, director, Ballymore Properties, Greenwich Place, London.