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As I don't have a car and cabs are more and more reluctant to drive around Chiswick, and are very expensive to boot, with many jacking up their costs recently,  I won't be able to use the new very distant recycling centre now that Stirling Road is closing.  So I am paying a licensed private contractor who charges less than Ealing Council does for bulk collections. Having in the past had very bad experiences with the NHS, when I went self employed more than 20 years ago I pay a hefty premium each month for critical illness and private healthcare cover as I have to work or can't pay the bills.   I do without expensive meals out, holidays, buying anything other than what is essential or running a car.  Yet I am also supposed to be paying for these service through my council and general very hefty taxation. Where does the money go?  Not on things that are important to me.  Yes, delivery drivers need to use roads, although I don't run a car,   and it's good to have some street lighting and a very basic level of NHS support, if you can access it in time for it to be of use,  and some rubbish collection although it is becoming more and more hit and miss, but I think before long, anyone who can pay for anything at all will do so as I have started to do, as we continue to get a  poorer and poorer service for things that our taxes should be paying for.  Councils and local goverments need to be held far more to account for the appalling waste of the money they get from incredibly hard-working people which is often not spent on even the basic services our taxes should cover.

Claire Moran ● 20d0 Comments ● 20d

Fishers Lane and the Southfield Lib Dems

Good news that Ealing have confirmed that Fishers Lane will stay calm and not return to 600 cars an hour competing to get through a tiny gap next to the playground and tailing back onto South Parade. Fishers Lane now the only safe north-south route for cycling in Chiswick and links Bedford Park/ Southfield and Acton to the High Road, and schools and businesses south of the railway. It is part of the Acton to Chiswick cycle route. Gary Malcolm, leader of the Southfield Liberal Democrats has opposed every active travel measure, despite representing a party that supposedly about the environment. He and his Southfield councillor colleagues voted to rip out Fishers, all Ealing LTNs and have been very silent about Cycleway 9. Where should environmentally-conscious ex-Lib Dem supporters in Southfield put their vote in May 2022? The CW4 story tonight is I suspect cut-and-paste copy from Gary Malcolm with his latest 'survey' showing yet again overwhelming anti-active travel sentiment in Chiswick. What is not mentioned is that the survey was first advertised via the Southfield FOCUS Lib Dem newsletter on 5th October, but mysteriously multiple people who had publicly supported the Fishers changes and were regular recipients of the newsletter did not receive that one. Then a day later at 2:13pm on 6th October Gary Malcolm advertised it on OneChiswick- Against Streetspace Changes private Facebook group. He's a member of that group. To join you have to pass a test to explain why you dislike the active travel changes. It has never to my knowledge appeared on the Southfield Lib Dems' own Facebook page and or Gary Malcom's Twitter feed.  The Deputy Leader of Ealing summed up well at the Scrutiny Committee last night.

Edward Seaton ● 35d105 Comments ● 25d