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Petitions

Volume 115: debated on Friday 8 May 1987

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Rates (Ealing)

9.34 am

I beg to ask leave to present a petition to

The honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.
The humble petition of the Greenford Residential Group for the Environment, showeth
That Ealing Council is demanding an extravagant increase in rates from the residents of Greenford, and the rest of the borough of Ealing to which we object most strongly.
The petition is signed by a large number of residents especially from the Greenford area. It stands in the name of Mr. N. D. Keating and Mrs. C. A. Keating, chairman and secretary respectively of the Greenford Residential Group for the Environment. They are protesting most vigorously with thousands of other signatories against the horrendous, hideous and totally unjustified rate increase by Ealing Labour council of 65 per cent. for domestic ratepayers and 57ยท3 per cent. for industrialists.

Domestic ratepayers are finding it extremely difficult, and many find it impossible, to pay the horrendous increase. The increase in industrial rates is expected to threaten jobs, has already caused people to lose jobs and will increase prices.

As I have said, there are thousands of signatories.
Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House will do everything in its power to help us in our protest against this outrageous rates increase.
And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray, etc.

To lie upon the Table.

It would be for the convenience of the House if the hon. Member for Ealing, North (Mr. Greenway) presented his second petition now.

Residential Development (Northolt)

9.36 am

I have the honour to present a second petition.

To the Honourable the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.
The humble petition of the Northolt Village Residents Association, showeth:
(1) That we wish to register the strongest possible objections to the proposal for change of use of the `Sadia' site in Rowdell Road, Northolt, to incorporate a housing and non-industrial development;
which includes a mosque.
(2) That we believe that the proposal, and the circumstances under which the London Borough of Ealing purchased the land and intend to dispose of it need full, frank and public discussion
and a public inquiry.

The petition is in the name of the chairman of the Northolt Village residents association, Mr. Harry Hellier, the vice-chairman, Mr. Adams, the hon. secretary, Mrs. Carole Adams, and the treasurer, Mr. Douglas Greatorex, and many thousands of signatories. The petition concerns the proposal of Ealing council to sell an industrial site which has always been a site for jobs and industry to a group which proposes to change its use, build a mosque and residential housing in the middle of the industrial estate. That will add greatly to the traffic difficulties in an already congested area and to the difficulty of residents with jobs on the site. The site is an industrial site and not a residential site. It has never been a residential site. There are strong objections about the proposal and local people have not been consulted by Ealing council.
Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House will support our demand that Ealing Council immediately set in motion the procedures to hold a full public inquiry to review the purchase, disposal and future use of the site
along the lines of the public meeting that I called, attended by 500 people.

And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray, etc.

To lie upon the Table.