Tory councillors call for a vote of no confidence on LB Hounslow leader

Images above: Hounslow Council Leader Steve Curran; Leader of the Conservative group of councillors Gerald McGregor

The ten strong group of Conservative councillors on Hounslow council, nine of whom represent wards in  Chiswick, are calling for a vote of no confidence in Steve Curran, leader of Hounslow council at next week’s council meeting.

Next week’s agenda, for the meeting to be held on Tuesday 10 November, already has some weighty reports to councillors to consider, including the Medium Term Financial Strategy, which sets the tone for the budget next year and the Local Plan, which has had to be revised in the light of changes to planning regulations recently announced by Housing, Communities and Local Government Minister Robert Jenrick.

It is possible that the two hour meeting might not get as far as item 15. Proposed by Councillor Gerald McGregor and Seconded by Councillor Joanna Biddolph: “This Council has no confidence in the Leader of the Council, Councillor Steve Curran.”

Images above: Leaflet published by ‘One Chiswick’ group; News sheet published by Chiswick Conservative councillors

Chiswick’s councillors are challenging Steve Curran on ‘his reckless disregard of local residents and retailers, their neighbourhoods and livelihoods, and their views’.

‘The no confidence motion is a direct response to the huge level of anger expressed by residents, particularly in Chiswick but also throughout the borough, about the imposition of road closures and an untested cycle scheme that together force residents on longer local journeys; push congestion and pollution onto other roads; put elderly or vulnerable residents in dangerous situations; trap emergency vehicles in traffic jams; disrupt bus journeys; make people late for work or medical appointments; and continually threaten our local retail, hospitality and leisure economies at a time when local government should support and encourage them to recovery’.

Leader of the Tory group, Cllr Gerald McGregor said:

“The anger in Chiswick is so great, we felt a drastic move was our only option.  It is reflected elsewhere in the borough but nowhere else has had so many road schemes imposed on them, and certainly not in such an exaggerated and concentrated way as here in Chiswick.

“We could not treat this borough council meeting as if it were normal council business, subject to the usual Labour charade of tabling earnest and worthy motions, or seeing opposition motions amended to meaninglessness, having Labour councillors wallow in self-praise.”

There is no doubt that traffic in Chiswick is in chaos at the moment, but those who back the council’s traffic changes point out the roadworks on Chiswick High Rd are temporary, while the cycle lane is being installed, and they are compounded by the emergency works by Thames Water on the burst water main in Acton Lane, also temporary, just as they were earlier in the summer by major works on the High Rd by British Gas.

Those who are in favour of Cycleway 9 and the introduction of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods argue that after the initial few months it will take for things to settle down, there will be less traffic on the High Rd and in residential streets. Clover Summers posted this version of the Conservative councillors’ ‘traffic bulletin’ on Twitter.

Image above: Tweet by Clover Summers

Her tweet was answered by broadcaster Jeremy Vine, who posts a great deal on cycling issues, often including videos of errant drivers he comes across on his journey to work,

“Are you in W4 Clover? Hope so. Area is improving dramatically”.

Answer: “Yes I am and yes it is!”

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