Seema Malhotra MP, Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston, has welcomed Hounslow Council’s decision not to redevelop two showpeople sites in Feltham.
“This is the right decision and it is clear that the council have listened to local residents. I have from the start along with many other local residents supported the showpeople staying in Feltham. I believe an outcome should be achieved that sees them continuing to be a part of the local community as they have for over 100 years and being part of our future story too. They are part of our history and heritage, and have much to offer in talking about their past and their contribution to the life of Feltham today. Their work is a unique offer to our local and national cultural life with the fairs bringing joy to the lives of thousands of families across the country. There is no doubt that the travelling showpeople are integrated in the local area – sending their children to local schools, working with local businesses in their supply chain and contributing to local history projects. We can and should think differently about showpeople as a unique local community asset and engage with their heritage as Feltham looks to transform for the future whilst celebrating and building on its roots.”