“Shameless electioneering”

Press release by leader of the Labour group on Hounslow Council, Steve Curran

In answer to Chiswick’s Conservative councillors’ criticism of the suggestion that work on Cycleway 9 at the Kew Bridge junction could start before Christmas …

Cllr Steve Curran said: “Cllr Joanna Biddolph, Leader of the minority Conservative Group in Hounslow, is using the council’s approval of Cycleway 9 as a cynical attempt to divert attention from the Tory party candidate for Brentford and Isleworth, Seena Shah’s position on Brexit and Cycleway 9. As we know, the Tory candidate is a fanatical Brexiter and has also publicly stated she is against Cycleway 9, this is in stark contrast to Ruth Cadbury, the Labour Party Candidate.

“Cllr Biddolph is now using the temporary closure of Hammersmith Bridge as an excuse to try to stop Cycleway 9. She also has the bare face cheek to suggest the decline in the high-streets will be further exasperated by CW9 and the Bridge closure. She forgets that her own government since they were elected in 2010, have done nothing at all to help high-streets and small businesses, especially with regard to reducing Business Rates, as we all know when the Prime Minister was Foreign Secretary, he said “F*** business”.

“She is also complaining about leaves on the pavement and roads, I know she is surprised at this, but it is Autumn and that’s when leaves fall! We have over 11,000 trees in the Borough (making us one of the greenest boroughs in London), with 23 staff exclusively working on leaf clearance over the next few months. I am really grateful to Cllr Guy Lambert, Lead Member for Recycling and Highways who is working very hard with Hounslow Highways, who are out there in all-weathers keeping our pavements and roads clear and safe”.

“I would have hoped, Cllr Biddolph and her colleagues would be more worried about air quality and pollution. The Labour Group and the Council have already signed up to the Climate Emergency and we are committed to do everything we possibly can to improve air quality in the Borough, especially for young people and children. It’s a shame Cllr Biddolph doesn’t appear to share that view, she is more concerned about traffic congestion in Chiswick High Road”.

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See also: ‘Shockingly irresponsible’ decision to start work on Cycleway 9 at Kew Bridge junction – Cllr Joanna Biddolph press release

See also: Decision time for Cycleway 9