Following an uncertain few months in Westminster, I was delighted by the appointment of Rishi Sunak as the new leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister last month. A popular choice both locally and nationally, I welcome the stability the new administration brings, and I look forward to the Party unifying behind our new Prime Minister as we continue to tackle the impacts of Covid and Russia’s illegal of Ukraine. He has my full support in doing so.
Locally, I am aware that residents in Harefield have concerns about development proposals for Widewater Place, following its recent purchase. I value the importance of engaging with developers and recently met with the new owners. It was useful to hear from them first-hand and I was assured by their commitment to maintain the use of the site. I recognise there is local disquiet, and neighbours have reasonable concerns about the impact of the sale on the community. Of course, should there be proposals for a new use of the site, such as a school that will encourage an increase in noise and traffic, this would require planning permission and residents would have the opportunity to express a view in a statutory consultation. I will continue to follow developments closely.
As readers may know, last month the Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) were launched from the West Ruislip site marking an important milestone in construction of the new railway. Over the past few years many of my constituents have continued to raise their concerns about the disruption that construction work has caused. Many readers may live near to HS2 sites and have had experienced disruption locally. I was glad to have the opportunity recently as the TBMs were launched to raise the concerns of local residents with the community engagement team on site. I am encouraged by the feedback from affected residents about the steps that are being taken to minimise the impact of road closures, sound and debris on local residents. I am grateful that for the ongoing community engagement done by both Hillingdon Council and HS2, and I remain ready to assist any constituents of mine who continue to suffer from any undue disruption.
First published: My Local News, November 2022