Petition update

Public Meeting Monday 13 August, 6pm at Roxy's on The Green

David Marsden
London, ENG, United Kingdom

Aug 12, 2018 — 

Following the Southall Green Ward Forum meeting last month, residents we assured by Ealing Council that 'the properties on the south side of the site should not experience any odours from Southall Waterside, from Monday [16 July] for the foreseeable future.' 

In the 11 days that followed, I reported 13 instances of odour nuisance to Ealing Council, the Environment Agency and to Damian Leydon, Operations Director at Southall Waterside.

I didn't get a single reply.

Not listening to our concerns, not responding to our complaints, and generally disrespecting the residents of Southall seems to be the modus operandi of our elected representatives, the authorities tasked with enforcing that Berkeley Group stay within the law, and of course, Berkeley Group themselves.

Last Thursday evening, I and a group of neighbours and friends visited Southall Station, TRS Apartments, Beaconsfield Road and side streets leading up to the old gas works site handing out leaflets and knocking on people's doors to raise awareness and generate some solidarity.

What we found was both heartening and shocking.

Standing opposite the train station wearing dust masks for dramatic effect, we could not believe the number of people who came out of their way to talk to us, sign our petition and support our efforts to get clean air for Southall.

Visiting residents on Beaconsfield Road, where Damian Leydon told us very few people had complained, we found many who, in fact had complained repeatedly, and - like us - got nowhere. Worse, we found that people living on Beaconsfield Road not only have to put up with the odour nuisance and air pollution, but also dust from the huge mounds of uncovered soil left right outside their back gardens. Toxic dust in their homes and gardens!

In one night, we got many more signatures added to our petition, and shared the suffering of our neighbours the other side of the Southall Waterside site, which both divides us and unites us.

Please join us if you can, at our Public Meeting on Monday 13 August at 6pm, at Roxy's (New Asian Tandoori Restaurant) on The Green in Old Southall).

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