Pow­er­day pulls plug on re­cy­cling cen­tre

Waste man­age­ment firm will not ap­peal de­ci­sion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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