Feltham residents have been badly let down by Hounslow Council over the ongoing saga of the Feltham roadworks. The timing and impact of the Hounslow Road bridge works have caused havoc for residents.
Ordinary tasks like the school run and shopping trips have become lengthy chores. All it needs is one unplanned road works – like the recent gas works – for the entire centre of Feltham to become gridlocked.
Increased congestion and traffic jams will only have worsened air quality and reduced footfall for local businesses. However, Feltham’s Labour MP and Labour councillors are nowhere to be seen and have certainly not stood up for Feltham residents.
Current information from the Council is vague and unhelpful to residents who are trying to live their everyday lives in what is a chaotic and unpleasant situation. For local people trying to plan their lives, this is incredibly unhelpful.
I am calling for Hounslow Council to act. On behalf of residents, I am calling for:
1. A full and accurate timetable for the remainder of the works from Hounslow Council so residents can plan their lives.
2. Better, more regular communication between the Council and residents – both online and by post.
3. Once the works are complete, a thorough review by the Council to ensure this never happens again.
I am calling for Hounslow Council to take action to sort out this situation and make sure it never happens again.
Speaking to residents during the recent general election, many told me they felt that Feltham is the forgotten part of Hounslow borough. This is not acceptable; Feltham is a vital area not just of Hounslow but of London as a whole. I want to stand up for Feltham and be a strong voice for the community – starting now.
Commenting, Kuldeep Tak, Councillor for Feltham North, said:
"The Labour council has used the Feltham Bridge work as a learning opportunity at the expense of the local residents and local businesses. There was no planning before they went into the project and there was no mechanism to escalate the issues during the initial phases of the project. This resulted in massive delays and the project which should have been completed by March 2019 is still going on and there is no sign that it will be completed before Autumn 2020."
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