‘Ridicu­lous’ re­cy­cling plant plan slammed

Coun­cil­lor says ap­pli­cant Pow­er­day is ‘al­ready a very poor neigh­bour’

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Kather­ine Clemen­tine kather­ine.clemen­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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)

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