On Wednesday evening the Sustainable Development Committee passed a recommendation, proposed and seconded by New Labour councillors John Cooper and Ruth Cadbury, who appeared exceptionally motivated and well-briefed, to permit the expansion of Thames Water's operation at Mogden in the face of protests from residents. Sadly it is extremely likely that this will result in increased odour problems for the already long-suffering residents of Isleworth and Hounslow South.
There is not a word in the English language to describe the way I feel right now. Officers, at best, were remiss in failing to share crucial information with the Committee regarding possible funding options for the covering of the storm tanks, but frankly I don't envisage that any action will be taken nor even any questions asked.
There is much that I would like to say right now but will not do so, for reasons of discretion and (possibly misplaced) loyalty. I am awaiting a response to an e-mail.
But in the meantime I would like to sincerely apologise to my constituents and to ask them to bear with us, for I promise that whatever happens over the coming weeks and months Isleworth residents will not be the sacrifice.