Charville Lane Estate petition update

Regular visitors to the site may remember the residents of Hoppner Road, Romney Road and Raeburn Road approaching me about issues of flytipping in the garages at the back of their estates a couple of years ago.

Along with members of the local UKIP branch, I knocked on doors and raised petitions firstly to clear up the flytipping and then to secure the area around the garages and green areas to ensure a safe and pleasant environment for the residents.

After meeting with a council officer and contractor on site, things had gone quiet for a while but an email was received today to inform me that a survey is going out to residents about proposed changes to the area including bollards and fencing to sort the problem once and for all.

I have reproduced the information below and would encourage all residents to engage to make sure that the best solution is found to finally solve the issue.

Credit must also be given to new Charville Councillor Nicola Brightman who has discussed this at length with me and has been working behind the scenes to ensure that action is taken – a welcome change from previous Labour Councillor John Oswell who sent me a dismissive email telling me to keep my nose out.

 

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London crime rate – Khan has the answer?

The wave of violent crime in London has been making plenty of headlines recently, with murders in the Capital outstripping New York earlier this year.

Policing in London is the responsibility of the Mayor and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) who have issued plenty of soundbites so far but no real plan on how to tackle it.

With this in mind, Sadiq Khan’s latest statement on the causes shows just how out of touch with the situation on the ground he has become. Replying to a question on an LBC phone in show, the Mayor stated that ‘Cocaine use at middle class parties’ is driving the gang related violence on the streets, a position previously endorsed by both Simon Kempton of The Police Federation and Justice Secretary David Gauke when he mentioned it back in May.

In one way, I can see where the comment has come from – much of the violence is drug related and for the drug gangs to thrive, they need customers. However, cocaine use has not suddenly appeared out of thin air over the last couple of years under Khan’s Mayoralty and has been prevalent in London since at least the 1980’s. Indeed, when The City of London started to forge ahead after deregulation in the 80’s, the ‘yuppy’ culture embraced recreational drug use as part of their ‘work hard, play harder’ culture, not to mention the rise of the illegal raves at the turn of the decade where another drug of choice, Ecstasy, was a central part of the party experience.

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Project Fear 2.0

Following the Chequers agreement sell out, the remainers in government and their EU and big business allies are smelling blood in the water.

Whilst EU negotiators are playing hardball, the spin machine is launching in to Project Fear 2.0 in an attempt to either force BREXIT In Name Only (BRINO) or the EU’s preferred mechanism when a vote doesn’t go their way, a further referendum.

The latest scaremongering from Big Business saw Amazon UK head Doug Gurr stating that there could be ‘civil unrest’ within 2 weeks of a no deal BREXIT at a meeting with officials at the government owned country house, Chevening. Does he expect mass hysteria brought on by the inability to order a second hand hoover via his on line platform or is there a deeper reason to this statement?

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The more things change, the more they stay the same

May’s local elections saw the Conservative Council in Hillingdon returned to office with an increased majority, making a mockery of the Labour campaign centred around the hashtag #MarginalHillingdon.

In 2014, UKIP had stood in all 22 wards in the Borough, falling agonisingly close to picking up seats in Harefield and Yiewsley whilst affecting the outcome in many other marginals and establishing themselves as the third force in the locality. With no candidates standing this time, it reverted to a straight fight between the ‘big two’, with the Greens and LibDems not even making a dent despite aggressive campaigns in some target areas.

In my ‘home’ ward of Charville where I have stood before, the Conservatives took two seats from Labour in an unexpected clean sweep and their new team here have already made an impact in terms of getting things done on a local level – a welcome change from the invisible Labour Councillors during the last term of office. (It helps that all three are Charville residents)

However, whilst individual councillors on both sides of the floor are making an effort it would appear that there is no change at the top in terms of the running of both the ruling and opposition groups with Hillingdon residents the poorer for it.

The start of the year saw a familiar occurrence when an election is in the offing, notably the ‘special ward edition’ print runs of the Hillingdon People council magazine (Or ‘Pravda’ as many of us refer to it). This was also bolstered by banners appearing on lampposts proclaiming what a great job the Council is doing for residents with slogans such as ‘Council Tax frozen for 10 years’, neglecting to mention that in January 2016 the Council tax benefit for the low paid and disabled was cut.

With such propaganda being paid for out of your pockets, I once again submitted a Freedom of Information Request to find out how much had been splurged as my former colleague Jack Duffin had done previously in 2014.

The results are below and quite damning –

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EU Withdrawal Bill receives government assent

The Royal Assent was given to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act earlier this week, meaning that it is confirmed that we are leaving The EU in March next year.

But are we?

The last few weeks have been dominated by manoeuvring, backroom deals and uncertainty.

Theresa May apparently gave ‘assurances’ to remain supporting Tory MP’s that she would give them a ‘soft’ BREXIT, MP’s who have since been critical of the vote that stops them having a say on the final deal.

Some media outlets have been reporting that a compromise has been made where Speaker Bercow can decide whether the Government needs to go back to The House in the event of a deal that doesn’t match what he wants – why so much influence would be vested in this pompous Popinjay, a remain supporter as seen by his vehicle stickers, is beyond me.

Labour are all over the place, an opposition that fears taking a stand either way for fear of upsetting their remain supporting intelligentsia in the South and their leave supporting core base in the North, not to mention their major donor the Unite Union who are solidly behind remain. The ‘principled’ Jeremy Corbyn, an outspoken critic of the EU when a backbencher, has been a passive remainer since before the Referendum in an attempt to put party unity before country.

One day they are saying we must leave the Single Market and Customs Union, the next they are not ruling out a further referendum.

This morning we saw Tory minister Greg Clark on Sky’s Sophy Ridge show state that a ‘transition period’ could extend beyond 2021 if the ‘evidence’ changes – a transition period that is merely a way of delaying BREXIT until the remain element can carry on their new version of project fear and either keep us in the EU by stealth (BRINO) or reverse the referendum result completely.

This whole farce is further evidence that the establishment in this country do not respect the voice of the British people who voted to leave in 2016, but it is hardly surprising. In his book, ‘The Road to Freedom’ which was published before the Referendum was even a possibility, UKIP leader Gerard Batten MEP predicted just such a response from the ruling class if we went down the road of triggering Article 50 after a successful campaign to get ourselves out of the EU.

Whilst we are officially leaving the EU, the ‘transition period’ is just what the powers that be want to try and get a second bite of the cherry – after all, the Irish were made to vote again after a referendum went against The Lisbon Treaty and the French and Dutch were ignored after votes against the EU constitution (They just changed the name and whacked it through without a vote).

Any attempt to bring ‘the deal’ back to The House will only weaken our hand in negotiations – after all, if Barnier and the Brussels negotiating team know that offering a bad deal will bring the UK back to the table and delay BREXIT then they have no incentive to offer us anything like what we are looking for.

It’s not over yet

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You can purchase a copy of Gerard Batten’s book ‘The Road to Freedom’ here for a full overview

Survey of British attitudes to migration at odds with the political bubble

A report has indicated that most Britons believe immigration has been a negative, British values are not being protected and life was better when they were growing up than it is now.

But rather than being based on a poll from papers such as The Daily Mail/Daily Express or thinktanks such as MigrationWatch, this report was delivered by Demos, a left leaning organisation headed up by a former aide to Nick Clegg and much favoured by former Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

Amongst the key findings, 71% thought that communities where migrants had settled were more divided (Rising to 78% polled in areas that had experienced recent mass migration), 44% thought immigration had been negative versus 43% who thought it had been beneficial and 55% said that the Government is not doing enough to protect British values.

When asked whether those British values should be given priority over Multiculturalism, 47% said yes versus 36% for no – Tellingly, a whopping 63% said that life was better when they were growing up compared to just 21% who prefer today.

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