NOT many years ago, former Councillor Sears (Labour, Transport and Regeneration portfolio holder) got into bed with Ken and the Uxbridge Road Tram Scheme.
That little romance cost the taxpayer £38million in flawed consultations, plans and consultancy fees. Many of us quickly decided that this was folly. So it comes as no surprise that the tram scheme in Edinburgh has suffered huge delays, cost overuns and congestion during construction. The people of Ealing rejected our tram scheme. I'm certain they got it right.
Councillor Millican (Conservative, current portfolio holder) sent a team to the Mipim exhibition in Cannes this spring. He, or they, may therefore be able to report on the success of the new tram scheme in Nice, just down the road .
So why did Ealing take an expensive stand jollying around at this international property market in the south of France? I believe it was an attempt to sell off all/any council property (including car parks and council estates) the council owns under the guise of regeneration. Any income would be used to hold Council Tax rises to ensure the re-election of the Conservative group next year.
I might have got this all wrong but it is difficult to make reasonable judgments when this administration keeps the electorate away from: A proper debate (no area committees; the facts (no replies to letters or FoI requests); our views being properly represented by our councillors and; the decision-making process by way of consultation.
Readers and councillors, opposition councillors and prospective councillors might like to help by telling me whether I am right or wrong.
ARTHUR BREENS Waldemar Avenue