‘Ridiculous’ recycling plant plan slammed
Councillor says applicant Powerday is ‘already a very poor neighbour’
WEST DRAYTON and Yiewsley residents are furious after plans were submitted for a recycling plant on their doorstep.
Powerday Plc is seeking permission to demolish the Old Coal Depot, in Tavistock Road, and construct a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), despite a promise in early 2015 not to develop the site.
Residents who fought a five-year battle previously are accusing the company of going back on its word and are pledging to fight the latest p plan.
West Drayton councillor Jan Sweeting, who is also secretary of the Garden City Estate residents’ association, has been going door to door to raise a petition.
She said: “We’re talking about a very major industrial plant being plonked right into the middle of three residential areas.
“The company is already using the site until December 2017, as the council has employed them to take away domestic waste every month and that has caused residents no end of problems.
“An enforcement notice was issued to stop them using it 24/7 and they haven’t, so it’s going to the inspectors. They’ve been a very poor neighbour already.”
If granted, the site would incorporate a recovery and recycling building, storage bays and associated car parking, landscaping, fencing and infrastructure. It would be used to recover recyclable materials such as plastics, glass and cardboard from businesses and households.
But Cllr Sweeting said a recycling plant at the site would generate 120,000 HGV movements, causing noise and pollution for residents as well as gridlock on Yiewsley High Street.
She added the facility is not needed because there is already ‘sufficient provision’ for recycling in west London including at Old Oak Common, which Hammersmith and Fulham Council is operating.
Hayes & Harlington MP and shadow chancellor John McDonnell joined residents and councillors in a demonstration against the plans on December 30 and is calling on Hillingdon Council to reject the application.
He said: “I share my constituents’ concerns at the impact of heavy traffic, the air pollution and the noise disturbance this development would generate. This site is in the close vicinity of a residential area and this type of development so close to people’s homes is not acceptable. For these reasons I have urged the council to reject this latest planning application.”
West Drayton resident Dave Robins, who is one of the objectors, called the plan ‘absolutely ridiculous’, adding: “It’s a totally anti-social development. It’s the worst possible place for such a development.”
The site was previously rejected by Hillingdon Council after a 4,000-strong petition.
n PROTEST: Residents opposed to the building of a large recycling facility were joined by MP John McDonnell (left)