At a council meeting on Thursday 2 November, the Leader of Hillingdon Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, issued an open challenge to those organisations, commercial or otherwise, and individuals funding and running the scaremongering campaign, Stop Northolt, to stop hiding and declare both themselves and their specific interest and level of financial support provided.
Council Leader challenges the funders and organisers of the scaremongering Stop Northolt Campaign to Put Up or Shut Up
Cllr Puddifoot said: "We defend our residents against inappropriate developments such as HS2 and the Heathrow expansion plans, and believe me if there was any truth at all in the scaremongering rumours about expanding Northolt Airport, being put about by an unidentifiable but well funded group similar to Back Heathrow, we would be leading the fight against that. And as we have done with both HS2 and the Heathrow project, funding the residents' groups running the campaigns against these proposals - writes hillingdon.gov.uk.
Speaking at the council meeting, Cllr Puddifoot continued: "In fact, in the interests of openness and honesty, we need to put out a challenge to those funding and running the Stop Northolt Campaign, to either "put up or shut up". By the end of this month I would ask them to send to me the names and addresses of all involved in managing the campaign and a list of all expenditure incurred to date, with details of who is providing the funding and the amounts provided to date.
"We will publish this request and details of the responses in the next edition of Hillingdon People and allow residents to judge for themselves the validity and purpose of this organisation. I will also report the response or lack of response, atthe next council meeting."
Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Puddifoot said: "If this is a genuine residents' campaign, they will have no hesitation in providing the information requested. However, if they are a commercial organisation or self interested individuals they will duck and dive and prevaricate, doing anything to avoid providing a truthful answer. Should that, as anticipated, be the case our residents can make up their own minds as to the real interest of the organisers of this campaign and as a council we will treat them appropriately."
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