We support the community in its battle to compel Thames Water to do whatever is
possible to end the "Mogden Pong". Both major political parties on Hounslow Council and the council
bureaucrats have consistently turned a blind eye to the unacceptable environmental practices of Thames Water.
We oppose building on green spaces on council estates and on
The policy of the Labour
Council has been to build on green open land regardless of local opinion. The ICG’s policy is that this is completely
wrong and green land on estates should be fully protected by the Council and Hounslow Homes. Similarly with local parks
- we will fight any plans to sell off chunks of our parkland such as the recent Tory plan to develop Gunnersbury Park with
the removal of over 400 trees. Who is to say this wouldn’t be proposed with Redlees Park or St Paul’s Recreation
We believe the abolition of area planning committees
and consequent reduction in area forum meetings to have been a deliberate assault on local democracy returning
too much power to unelected council bureaucrats. The ICG would press for a monthly Brentford & Isleworth Area Forum where
applications were discussed by elected councillors, community leaders, user groups and businesses.
The ICG supports residents who wish to see the heritage of their local area
conserved and would press for more council resources to be employed in this field.
We do not believe residents should be bullied into having unwanted changes made
to the areas in which they live.
Two hours of free parking in one car park in each town centre to encourage
shoppers. We propose to introduce a "Roamer"
scheme whereby roads in Controlled Parking Zones with less than 50% space occupancy during the working day are designated
"Roamer" roads and Hounslow Borough residents from outside these CPZs would be able to buy passes to park in these
roads. Residents of other boroughs would still be excluded as they are now.
The ICG believes a maximum school year size of three
classes per school year is desirable for primary schools in order to preserve the atmosphere of the school. We are concerned at the national trend for schools to
become "academies" because of the lack of proper democratic control and would want the council to protect services
for remaining LBH children with Special Educational Needs (SENs) in the event of them being introduced.
introduce a robust monitoring system place to ensure the new Highways Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme meets
all of its more than 300 targets.
We are appalled at
the recent grant cuts to elderly and disabled people and will press for this kind of cut to be fully reversed and safeguarded
against in the future.
Leisure and Public Facilities
The ICG is fully committed to the continued existence of
Isleworth and Brentford Libraries, Isleworth Public Hall and all locally active community centres. We would
immediately restore full Council funding to the Brentford Festival without prohibitive pre-conditions.
The ICG recognises Heathrow as a long-established local fixture and welcomes
the airport as an important source of local employment. However we oppose the Third Runway, relaxed regulations
on night flights and runway alternation, or any further expansion of the airport or its activities at the expense
of local communities.
Councillors and Democracy
We guarantee that any future ICG councillors will continue to live or work
in the London Borough of Hounslow or stand down should they move away, rather than continue to collect their allowances whilst absent as
some politicians from both major parties have recently done.