Peo­ple power has won over Pow­er­day

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - JAN SWEETING Sec­re­tary The Gar­den City Es­tate Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion SI­MON HOP­KINS Chief ex­ec­u­tive, Turn2us, 200 Shep­herds Bush Road, London, W6 7NL

ON Jan­uary 20, Pow­er­day, the company which has, for the last five years, tried to build a 950,000 tonne in­dus­trial re­cy­cling plant on the Coal Yard site, Yiewsley/West Dray­ton an­nounced that it would not be sub­mit­ting another plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a waste plant on this site.

This is won­der­ful news for all of us, for all of you, who have fought for so long to stop such a large in­dus­trial re­cy­cling plant be­ing built a mere few me­tres from peo­ple’s homes, busi­nesses, schools and places of wor­ship.

Well done to the many thou­sands of you who signed pe­ti­tions, wrote let­ters, sent emails in support of the cam­paign started by the Gar­den City Es­tate Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion almost five years ago.

It has been peo­ple power’ which has won this fight.

Peo­ple power which has shown that the peo­ple of Yiewsley and West Dray­ton do in­deed care about their en­vi­ron­ment and are will­ing to step for­ward when it is un­der at­tack.

Thank you also to the Gazette news­pa­per which, very early on, joined the fight on the side of the peo­ple of Yiewsley and West Dray­ton.

It was a fight to stop the thou­sands of heavy lor­ries which would have trun­dled cease­lessly along our lo­cal roads and on to an in­dus­trial re­cy­cling plant with its 24/7 op­er­a­tions.

Pow­er­day lor­ries will still be seen on lo­cal roads un­til De­cem­ber 2017 as the company still has a lease on the land and has been awarded a con­tract by Hilling­don Coun­cil to con­tinue the ‘Waste Week­ends.’

Pow­er­day will also be con­sult­ing with lo­cal groups, the lo­cal coun­cil and oth­ers as to what they wish to do with the site over the next three years.

How­ever, a waste re­cy­cling site it will not be. So again, well done to one and all.

Peo­ple power has in­deed suc­ceeded in Yiewsley and West Dray­ton.

Fam­i­lies are find­ing it in­creas­ingly tough to bridge this gap, turn­ing to ex­treme meth­ods such as go­ing hun­gry, rack­ing up debt or risk­ing their heath by liv­ing in cold homes. This is sadly not sur­pris­ing.

At Turn2us we found that a huge 78% of fam­i­lies strug­gled with their en­ergy bills in the last year while three out of four fam­i­lies said cold homes were harm­ing the health of their chil­dren.

One in six fam­i­lies are even con­sid­er­ing pay­day loans which will only ex­ac­er­bate th­ese prob­lems.

As wages con­tinue to fall, the ris­ing cost of liv­ing shows no signs of slow­ing.

As fam­i­lies find them­selves in des­per­ate sit­u­a­tions and go with­out the ba­sic es­sen­tials they risk be­com­ing cut off from the rest of so­ci­ety.

We launched our Cut out the Cold cam­paign this month to reach fam­i­lies that need help so they can ac­cess fi­nan­cial support.

How­ever, we need to see a con­certed ef­fort by all or­gan­i­sa­tions that can pro­vide prac­ti­cal help in tack­ling fuel poverty.

It is vi­tal that those who need help now are not trapped in an end­less cy­cle of hard­ship.


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