As the temperature of the wheelie bin debate hots up all over the borough, the Brentham Society is working to persuade the council that our Garden Suburb is a very special case, and should be exempt from any move to impose bins for rubbish and recycling.
The two large bins being proposed would spoil the appearance of any garden, whether back or front. But in Brentham, a large number of houses have no easy access to the rear gardens, and in these cases the bins would be on display in the front gardens all along the street.
The estate has been awarded conservation status both because of its distinctive architecture and the unique appeal of its gardens and street views. The Brentham Society believes wheelie bins would have a severely damaging effect on those precious views.
Chairman Richard Costella’s recent letter to the Ealing Gazette spelled out our reasons for opposing the scheme, and at a recent Hangar Hill Ward Forum, members of the Brentham Society spoke out against the plans.
The last time that wheelie bins were proposed for this area, a consultation showed that most people were opposed to them. This time there was no consultation.
On Wednesday 8th July, one of Councillor Bassam Mahfouz’s colleagues will walk around the area with Brentham Society Committee members and see for himself the effect the scheme would have on the gardens of Brentham.
The next day, on the 9th July, a Council Scrutiny Panel will examine the council’s decision to approve the plans. A member of the Brentham Society Committee will attend to put forward our case.
At the full council meeting on 28th July, councillors will debate the recent e-petition that expressed borough-wide opposition to the scheme.
The Council has published a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) with answers.
We know most Brentham residents feel strongly on this matter and we will report on developments following the meetings on the 8th and 9th July but in the meantime please continue to make your views known.