Protests To Take Place at Brentford Conference This Friday

Residents' groups upset at 'over-development' to picket regeneration event

Some of the placards to be used in the protest in Brentford
Some of the placards to be used in the protest in Brentford


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The organisers of a protest outside a major conference being held in Brentford this Friday (23 July) are unsure, even at this late stage, of the numbers that will be attending.

The Hounslow Regeneration & Recovery Conference has been organised by the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Hounslow Council at the Holiday Inn from 2-8pm.

Some residents’ groups including Osterley and Wyke Green Residents’ Association (OWGRA) angered by the presence of a number of property developers at the event, plan to picket the venue from 2-6pm with a larger peaceful protest then assembling.

Hounslow Chamber of Commerce supports the proposed Tesco/Homebase redevelopment as does Hounslow Council which has approved the planning applications. But they still have to be approved by the Mayor of London, and possibly the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government if the minister decides to call in the application.

There will be presentations from numerous developers, including Berkeley Group. the developer for the Tesco/Homebase scheme. During the evening drinks reception, delegates will hear from the Chief Executive of Hounslow Council Niall Bolger as well as TV and radio financial commentator Justin Urquhart Stewart who is best known for wearing red braces.

The Holiday Inn Brentford Lock where the conference is taking place

A spokesperson for OWGRA said, “This meeting on 23 July gives us and the communities of Hounslow an opportunity to show our dissatisfaction with developers, their cosy relationship with the Council, ruining our low-rise suburbs with unsightly tower blocks and unsuitably small flats, instead of meeting the dire need for family homes, and not providing the necessary infrastructure like additional public transport, health facilities, etc. “

OWGRA are recommending that anyone wishing to join the protest should come by bus with the 235, 237, 267, E2 and E8 all serving the venue.

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July 23, 2021

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