The conservative candidate for our constituency at the next general election, Shaun Bailey, has said he is "disappointed to hear about the decision of the council to grant approval to the Goldhawk Road Industrial Estate development". This decision by our council, run by his own party, would have a negative effect on local businesses he says. They of course, including Innocent Drinks who employ over 100 local people, will now have to move out to make way for the council's property developers.
'Disappointed' is quite a mild word but it probably reflects how far Mr Bailey can go in criticising his own local party. I'm not sure it will really be strong enough for the voters of Brackenbury, who the tories really need in their quest to win the new Hammersmith constituency which includes the Bush.
The relevance of this to the Bush is that this is a pretty good example to my mind of the Council making far reaching changes to our environment that affect people's lives, not really listening too much to local people if that planning meeting was anything to go by, and not even being held to account very strongly by someone who aspires to represent the area in parliament. Residents living close to Westfield might even think I am talking about them. Redevelopment of Shepherd's Bush Green anyone?
I am not trying to tell anyone how to vote - I would just say that Shaun Bailey has now demonstrated how timid he would be in sticking up for local people against their local authority if he was elected our new MP. Our current MP Andy Slaughter must be delighted.