Mogden

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.


Housing

We oppose  building on green spaces on council estates and on local parks.

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 Ground?

Planning

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.

Parking

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.

Education

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.

Highways

We would introduce a robust monitoring system place to ensure the new Highways Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme meets all of its more than 300 targets.

Social Services

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.

Heathrow

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.

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