Call For Action On Dark Alleys In Chiswick

Residents want Council to put safety measures in place


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Residents in the Oxford Road South area have complained to Hounslow Council following a reported increase recently in attacks and robberies in dark alleys near their homes.

One local woman told that lighting was a big problem in the area, as it was quite dark for anyone coming along a number of alleys which lead up from Gunnersbury Tube.

“There are quite a lot of lights not working because of bird mess, and also there are a lot of trees along the alleys. I would certainly like to see something done about this” said the resident.

An alleyway in the area

One local report claimed that residents had recently come to the aid of a woman when they heard her screaming from an alley that lies parallel to the motorway.

According to the report, local resident Stephen Jones wrote to six local councillors outlining his concerns and had not received any response.

Residents want to see trees removed or cut back, and security mirrors, lights and CCTV cameras installed.

“The absolute lack of any response from all six councillors who were contacted just goes to endorse the opinion held by most citizens, that modern politicians, councillors, etc, stop caring about the genuine concerns of citizens once they have attained office.” said a letter from Mr. Jones to local media.

He added that it was lucky that nobody has been seriously hurt yet but ‘opportunistic lowlifes’ needed to be deterred.

Hounslow Council have visited the site and its community safety team is liaising with local police to see what can be done to improve safety in the area.

September 7, 2012