On Thursday, November 27, there will be a local council by-election in the Charville ward.

This election is not about national or European issues: it is about who will have the most ability to affect the lives of Charville residents as regards the services and facilities provided by Hillingdon Council.

These are: Delivering on-going council tax freezes

Providing local school places

Excellent community facilities - libraries, leisure centres and youth clubs

Renewed investment in road repairs

Easy-to-use weekly refuse and recycling collections

Award-winning parks and open spaces

It has been many years since we had a Labour administration in Hillingdon and it is easy to forget their lamentable record of poor financial management, leading to council tax rises of 12 per cent, lack of investment in roads, libraries and facilities and numerous parks and green spaces threatened by housing developments.

Labour have not changed; they would have failed to deliver primary school places for Hayes and they have demonstrated a lack of ability in doing even the simplest mathematics.

 

Mary O’Connor, the Conservative candidate, is the only candidate who will have any influence with the administration in Hillingdon Council, and who comes with a personal record of achievement for this ward.

I urge the residents of Charville to look around at what is happening in other local authorities where Labour are in control and compare it to what you see and experience in Hillingdon.

Hillingdon is a sound and financially viable council that has, and continues, to buck the national trend by improving both services and facilities whilst others are closing them down.

Mary O’Connor will be an asset to Charville residents and an asset to Hillingdon Council. In my personal opinion a vote for any other candidate in this by-election is a wasted vote and a wasted opportunity for Charville residents.

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