Yesterday (Saturday 15th September) saw another of our scheduled UKIP street stalls in Uxbridge.
Hillingdon Secretary Martin Shelvey sets up the stall outside The Pavilions Shopping Centre
Amongst the items we distributed was a DVD of a two year old film, ‘Over-Crowded Britain’, which lays bare the truth about mass immigration in to the UK.
Despite it’s age, this DVD is probably even more relevant today than it was when it was produced. We have just seen a petition on the subject reach 100,000 signatures, automatically triggering a debate in The House of Commons – This debate, however, was attended by a pitiful 30 MP’s, showing how high a priority they give to a subject that regularly features in the top three concerns of voters during our canvassing sessions.
Mass immigration at a local level
We have also seen an upturn in the local housing waiting list from 3000 to 9000 in just a year, as quoted by Councillor Janet Duncan during a debate on the ‘Core Strategy’ policy that Hillingdon will adopt as their blueprint on meeting need over the next 10 years. I was involved in that debate, and commented that there is no way the council can plan a strategy when they don’t know how many will be arriving via the ‘open door’ immigration system that we currently employ – My concerns were ignored by the civil servant who was giving the Council case, who kept chanting the mantra that he was going by figures provided by the GLA (Greater London Authority) and therefore his section of the work was ‘sound’.
This level of immigration is putting huge strain on housing,which in turn impacts on schools, transport and the NHS.
Our council have earmarked green belt land at Lake Farm to build a new school, whilst the planned closure of A&E at Ealing Hospital will pile more stress on the already overworked Hillingdon Hospital which will have to deal with more people locally and more coming from surrounding areas at the same time. Access to both sites via road at peak times is already difficult – This extra traffic,in my opinion, could put lives at risk and will also make for an even harder school run in the bottlenecks around Merryman’s corner.
Above – Migrants outside The Harlington Hospice shop in July this year
Meanwhile, existing local residents are struggling to get their children in to the schools of their choice and are way down the pecking order when it comes to allocation of affordable housing. The massive High Point development in Hayes Town has already seen it’s ‘affordable housing’ element filled by Thames Valley Housing Association, whilst The Gazette reported back in March that almost half of the development buyers were from overseas.
The Old EMI site in Hayes is earmarked for 510 flats in five new blocks rising to 10 stories, whilst yet another block has been approved this week for a further 120 flats in Blyth Road spanning 11 stories. There are also developments at the old NATS site in West Drayton and at RAF Uxbridge. It will be interesting to see if the buyer and affordable housing spreads are in line with what we have seen at High Point – It will also be worrying to see how the council will put in place the extra facilities needed to cope with this huge surge in demand, especially in view of the changes to funding coming in to effect next year from Central Government.
The message of Over-Crowded Britain is clear – If we continue down this road then we are looking at a population of over 70 million in the near future, a figure that we cannot afford to support from both an environmental and financial point of view.
The first stage to taking back control of our borders is withdrawal from the EU – Lobby your MP, write to the press, participate in talk radio shows and let them know in Westminster that mass immigration is an issue that won’t just go away!