In the second edition in the new monthly series for London West, DevComms Director, Maria Allaway, looks at what the region’s MPs have been focusing on in November and December. 

Brentford and Isleworth MP, Ruth Cadbury (Labour), spoke during the Environment Bill debate against ‘the Government’s refusal to tackle sewage pollution’. She called for higher fines for polluters, ‘proper parliamentary scrutiny and clear reductions in sewage discharges’.

Elsewhere in her constituency, she reported that Hounslow was awarded Council of Year in the Local Government Chronicle Awards. Acknowledging the work of staff and councillors, she noted that over the past 18 months the Council has achieved its housebuilding target, provided free school meals to young people during half term, launched a voucher scheme for local businesses and set up a Hub called “Community Solutions” to provide a single point of contact for any resident of the borough needing help, support or advice.

As reported in last month’s inaugural Spotlight on Westminster for London West, Chipping Barnet MP, Theresa Villiers (Conservative), lead a rally at City Hall in an effort to ‘save suburban station car parks’.

Protesting against station car parks ‘being built over by the Mayor of London’, Ms Villiers gathered campaigners from Barnet, Enfield and Harrow to meet outside City Hall for the last Mayor’s Question Time before the GLA moves to The Crystal.

Fifty members of the public attended, and GLA members including Susan Hall, Shaun Bailey, Tony Devenish, Keith Prince and Andrew Boff came out to meet campaigners. In addition, petitions with a combined total in excess of 20,000 signatures were handed in to the Mayor’s office.

According to Ms Villers, some of the station car parks at risk under the Mayor’s proposals include Arnos Grove, Cockfosters, Blackhorse Road, Canons Park, Harrow, Colindale, Finchley Central, Hounslow West, Northwood, Rayners Lane, Stanmore, and Wembley Park.

Over in Ealing, Rupa Huq MP (Labour), and TV presenter Sean Fletcher, lead criticism of the plans for Friary Park which would see almost 1,000 new homes, including towers of up to 24 storeys in height, developed on the Friary Park estate.

The plans, which were approved by Ealing Council in 2019, are subsequently being revised by developers Mount Anvil and Catalyst, with a proposal to increase the height of the residential towers.

In south west London, Richmond Park MP, Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrat), has been reporting on revised proposals by Avanton for the redevelopment of the Homebase/Manor Road site for c.450 homes. Ms Olney states that ‘the proposals are too large and unsustainable for the site and surrounding district’.

Staying with development proposals, Ms Olney has indicated her support for the latest plans to redevelop Kingsfisher Leisure Centre, launched by Kingston Council. She reports that the plans look ‘very exciting’ and is encouraging constituents to engage in the consultation process.

In other news in her constituency, Ms Olney has been supportive of Kingston Council’s move to sign an agreement with John Lewis in Kingston to lease the basement of the building and some parts of the ground floor ‘to create a new affordable workspace for local businesses and a creative performance hub for young people’.

In Twickenham, Munira Wilson MP (Liberal Democrat), voted against the Government’s Environment Bill as it failed to put a legal duty on water companies to reduce sewage discharge into rivers. Although some changes were made to the Bill following pressure from the Liberal Democrats, she felt that the changes still did not go far enough.

In Uxbridge and South Ruislip, PM Boris Johnson (Conservative), visited Travis Perkins in South Ruislip to see the role builders’ merchants play in both the local and national economy.

Mr Johnson was given a tour of the site to get a strategic and operational understanding of the industry. He also met some of the 1,000 apprentices that are enrolled on programmes across the Travis Perkins Group.

During his visit, Mr Johnson also listened to how Travis Perkins is beginning to prepare for a time beyond new petrol & diesel LGVs and HGVs.

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