Consultation (Supplementary) [15]

Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Richard Barnes
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


Consultation has only got validity if those who are being consulted believe they can influence the outcome of the proposals, either to change and stop them or, indeed, at the end sometimes agree with them.

TfL are planning to build a new bus depot at the corner of Horn Lane and Western Avenue in Ealing, and in a written answer at the last Mayor's Question Time you stated there would be no special consultation procedures for the bus depot. But Ealing itself is giving the impression that the planning permission which is sought is virtually a foregone conclusion.

I wonder if you are aware of the strength of feeling that this issue has created amongst the local residents in Ealing, who simply do not believe that this residential area can cope with huge bendy buses and are very worried about the petrol storage tanks, which will be built next to their houses.

Will you come to Ealing and see the proposed depot site for yourself, and come and meet the local residents and endeavour to persuade them that this is the right way forward for this site?

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Answer for Consultation (Supplementary) [15]

Answer for Consultation (Supplementary) [15]

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

I am certain I will be going to Ealing in the coming months, and I will make sure I make a stop at the proposed site. I cannot remember the exact figure in the answer I gave you last time, but my recollection is that so far the complaints we have had have been in single figures. I might be wrong, but when I looked at the brief that came into question, it did not look yet as though you had been able to sufficiently alarm the whole community, but I am sure you are working on it.