West Area Planning Meeting last night

Yesterday evening, we had a short agenda which turned out to be a good thing as item 4 – ASI House, Raleigh Road – needed a lengthy consideration.  In all my time as a Councillor, I have never seen so many residents attend the Area Committee.  Feelings among the residents were clearly running high.  That being said, as Councillors we needed to consider the matter with an open mind.  With one exception, the Committee was unable to support Officers Recommendations (to approve) as it had serious concerns about numbers and parking.

The meeting was a tough one to Chair and I thought that Gill Hutchison was first class.  One of the best performances I have seen from anyone in the Chair and I am someone who always praises how impressive former Feltham North Councillor, Mick Hunt, was as a previous Chairman of the West Area Committee.  Likewise for Feltham & Heston Conservative Association President, and former LBH Councillor, Tony Gurrin.  Not everyone can Chair meetings and very few do it brilliantly.  Gill knows how proud of her I was last night.

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