Speech by Cllr Nelson and Khatra to Oppose closure of Polling Stations

Dear All

At the Full Council meeting on 15th January 2015 the Tory-led Council has voted to close Polling Stations throughout Hillingdon. Residents of Sipson Village no longer have a polling station near to them.

Here is the speech that Cllr June Nelson said at the Council Meeting to defend the Polling Station.

Madam Mayor and Council,  As the councilor for Heathrow village I strongly urge you to reconsider the proposal to closed the poling station in HD4 Sipson Christian Fellowship in Sipson Lane. You will be Ignoring the petition not only from our residents but also from the residents association and their representatives. If this poling station should go then the democratic right of the residents to vote at an accessible poling station is being removed. Currently there are 901 residents living in the area. Some of Our elderly and disable residents who may not be able to used public transport to get to and from the proposed poling station to exercise their right to vote, will their rights be taken away. Currently a lot of the residents who live in Sipson,  work in or around the airport. Most of them are shift workers and this is why it is absolutely crucial that Sipson fellowship poling station in HD4 is saved. The finical impact on the council is a mere £2,500 a drop in the kitty considering that the council motto is putting resident first. Do you think that your proposal is putting resident first? I strongly urge you to please reconsider the impact that this will have on our resident and their democratic right. I oppose this proposal.

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Cllr June Nelson

Here is the speech that Cllr Manjit Khatra said at the Council Meeting to defend the Polling Station.

Madam Mayor and Council. Could the the leader of the Council explain why would any one want to reduce the number polling station in the Heathrow village word or any other word.I ask the leader to take things in consideration older member of the public who have difficulty coming out to Vote. I know and I under stand there is a system of postal voting in place, Still there are members of Public out there who prefer to go to polling station to vote. Please, I urge you not to reduce the number station we have in place in Heathrow village ward or any other ward.

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Cllr Manjit Khatra

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Motion to Council – Cllr Peter Money’s Speech opposing further expansion to Heathrow Airport.

Madam Mayor,

I am privileged to stand here today representing
the people of Heathrow Villages Ward. I can also fully claim to understand
their concerns about a third runway at Heathrow because I myself live in the
area and have done my whole life, as has my family.

Please let me explain to all here that these villages
surrounding Heathrow are home to whole communities, who have lived and raised
their children in the area, who have friends in the area, connections to the
schools and community centres that have sprouted up over the years to serve as
focal points for the community.


Madam Mayor, anyone who has followed the debate on Heathrow
and particularly Heathrow Airport Ltd’s response to local concerns, would be
forgiven for thinking that displacing these communities is simply a matter of
providing financial compensation for the loss of a house. This is not true. We
are talking about the wholesale transplantation of communities. These are
neighbourhoods, with neighbours who have known and supported each other for
decades. The job of finding a school place for every displaced child is
formidable in itself. These children will lose their friendships at the same
time that they are moving away from networks of family and neighbours. Old
people will have to re-establish themselves in new homes and set themselves up
with new GPs, new social services departments, new care providers. I urge all
policy makers in question that such devastation should be avoided at all costs.
There are other options on the table.


Finally, I would like to say, I reject any suggestion that
Heathrow would not continue to thrive without a third runway. Despite the noise
and the air pollution that these communities put up with daily, they recognise
its economic importance to the area, and many would be left without jobs if it
were to close. The idea that it would have to close if a third runway is not
granted is an empty threat by HAL, trying to get its own way. We in Labour
cannot see any reason why Heathrow needs to get bigger in order to get better.
So I fully support the motion today that we should be united in our opposition
to both expansion and to closure of Heathrow airport.

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Cllr Peter Money