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Complainant Name:
Councillor Peter Thompson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Hounslow & Heston Chronicle


Councillor Peter Thompson, Leader of the Council, London Borough of Hounslow, complained that an article about plans for a new leisure centre in Heston was inaccurate and misleading.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following statement:

In the Hounslow & Heston Chronicle of September 11 we reported on the history of plans for a new leisure centre in Heston.

Our report included:

Mr David Blackett, chairman of Heston Residents Association said council leader Peter Thompson had told him tumbling house prices had put the buffers on talks.

The impression I got from talking to Cllr Thompson was that nothing would happen until such time as the property market picks up, he explained.

Heston Pool is 70 years old and if there was a major problem with the plant, which weve no good reason to suspect there will be, it might have to shut for good.

We now understand that any dialogue between Mr Blackett and Cllr Thompson was in email form, and not in conversation, and apologise for any confusion. It was Cllr Adrian Lee who first spoke on the implications of the housing slump in relation to the project, at a meeting of the Heston and Cranford Area Committee in May.

We are happy to set the record straight.

Report: 78

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