Powerday pulls plug on recycling centre
Waste management firm will not appeal decision
A WASTE management company has pulled out of controversial plans to build a recycling centre in West Drayton.
Powerday has decided not to appeal Hillingdon Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a 450,000-tonne materials and recovery centre at The Old Coal Depot, in Tavistock Road.
The company has withdrawn an environmental impact assessment report it had submitted to planning officers in preparation for drawing up a revised planning application.
In a statement, the company said: “Powerday will in the immediate future be concentrating its business growth on its existing facilities across London, where continued investment is being made.”
However, a spokesman said the company had not ruled out developing the site in the future.
The statement continued: “The company will now consider options for the Tavistock Road site and will in due course consult with Hillingdon Council, local residents and community groups, existing occupiers and Network Rail.”
Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonnell applauded local residents for their efforts fighting the plans.
He said: “This is a major victory for our local community. We came together as a community and won the argument overwhelmingly against this environmentally damaging proposal.”
Hillingdon Council refused planning permission for the plant in December 2013.
The original proposals had been for a facility with an annual capacity of 950,000 tonnes of waste, of which 600,000 tonnes would be transported by road, before Powerday decided to cut that figure by nearly half.
Because of the scale of the application, the plans were referred to London mayor Boris Johnson, but he opted to let the council’s refusal stand.
Meanwhile, the Garden City Estate Residents’ Association (GCERA) had collected nearly 4,000 signatures through eight petitions.
Co-founder member councillor Janet Sweeting, who represents West Drayton, said of last week’s announcement: “The residents have steadfastly opposed this proposal from the outset and after a six year battle we now find that a large company like Powerday is backing down on the proposed development.
“This is truly people power in action.”