JUST read your article on Sipson down here in Cornwall (Sipson: a village dying on its feet, Gazette, December 1). Very sad and very moving.
I just wanted to say that although Jim and I have moved away, we are still working for the residents of the villages.
In fact, we have been in touch with BAA on some issues regarding the bond in the last few days.
Sipson is still in our hearts. We both worked hard with BAA to get a good code of conduct for the houses sold to them in both Sipson and Harmondsworth, regarding the renting, as Colin Matthews correctly stated in your article.
They will be families only - no houses of multiple occupation and no subletting - all gardens will be maintained and all household rubbish will be put out in correct bags on the correct day, and any previous agreements regarding shared drives and so on will be honoured.
Therefore I advise the residents in both villages to contact BAA should this not be the case and if they have any concerns regarding these houses.
It is the houses that were bought cheaply - from 2002 and before when the blight set in, prior to the government asking BAA to bring in the bond - by unscrupulous landlords that have caused most trouble in Sipson, and they are the reason some have moved.
People must also remember that an older generation has been trapped for nearly 10 years. These people would have retired, moved on and younger families would have bought the houses.
However, this did not happen as youngsters were - quite rightly - dubious about moving into the villages with the runway threat.
Sipson and part of Harmondsworth are lacking the support of the younger generation, and therefore the knock-on effect is the breaking down of the community.
Even if the older generation had stayed, they would not have lived forever and the situation would be the same.
I sincerely hope a community worker, as suggested at the meeting, will be able to help. I would also ask that local residents fully support those youngsters at Grow Heathrow as their help has been a godsend to the village.
You might find it strange but those of us who for various reasons moved out of the villages have all kept in touch and will continue to do so.
Most of us have been friends and neighbours for many years. I suppose it might be asked: why did you all move?'
I would say until these landlords and hotel owners and developers who own many of the houses in the villages are sorted, you will not stop them killing off communities.
I fought hard for nearly 10 years to save Sipson. This we did, but sadly the landlords, hotel owners and developers have killed the community.
Jim and I will continue to support the villages and do whatever we can.