|The Heron House development|
A prominent local resident has taken the unusual decision to write to friends and neighbours about the forthcoming local election.
This is what she had to say:
Save Wembley From Becoming A Total Concrete Jungle - Please Read Urgently!
-->Dear Friends and Neighbours,I would never normally try to influence you on how to vote on Thursday, but desperate times call for desperate measures!Who can best represent us on the contentious issues of the Regeneration of Wembley? The GREEN PARTY are fielding candidates and in other wards, hopefully an INDEPENDENT. These may be the very best people to represent us.I am certainly not against progress and the Regeneration will hopefully bring jobs and prosperity to Brent, but there has to be a sensible balance! This has not happened. Do we really want to see the future of Wembley to be entirely covered in concrete with multi-storey buildings? It would be a nightmare with all the extra congestion, but that is the way it appears to be going. Does the Council not think anything is worth preserving of the existing houses, bungalows and flats in Wembley? I appreciate that the Regeneration of the Stadium and Wembley High Road areas are a "done deal", but we must do better in preserving the other areas of Wembley, which do not fall within the Regeneration. These could soon also be under threat, so this is why we must act now.Once they start knocking down a building on a residential street to build something higher, do you really think they will stop there? It just sets a dangerous precedent for other smaller construction companies to also apply for permission to do the same. Brook Avenue is a case in point. I am sure it will not be long before all the houses with their gardens will be converted to concrete buildings.The residents fought long and hard to try and stop Heron House on Wembley Hill Road from being turned into a much higher building, but despite all our efforts they received planning permission. Once built, this will certainly start to change the residential character of Wembley Hill Road. Where will it end?Quintain promised the residents that they would not only replace every tree which was destroyed, but plant many others around the tall buildings. This has not happened either. They will be building a small park, but that is not the same, as it is amongst the very dense high rises that we need more trees and bushes to combat the increased pollution.Trees do not only enhance an area, they are vital for our good health and well being. Pollution levels will rise due to the density of the new buildings and this will adversely affect everyone. We desperately need cleaner air and amongst other things, the best way is to plant as many trees as possible. I strongly feel that the GREEN PARTY would be the very best party to achieve this and to help us preserve the areas of Wembley we want to continue to live in.The future of what Wembley will look like in the next 4 years is down to us. Vote wisely!Warmest wishes