Hun­dreds op­pose re­cy­cling plant

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

MORE than 2,000 res­i­dents have signed a pe­ti­tion against a re­cy­cling plant from go­ing ahead in West Dray­ton.

The cam­paign against the plant has been gath­er­ing pace since the launch of the pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing a demon­stra­tion that took place in late De­cem­ber.

Pow­er­day sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to de­mol­ish the ex­ist­ing Old Coal De­pot build­ings and con­struct a ma­te­ri­als re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity, de­spite promis­ing in early 2015 not to de­velop the site fol­low­ing a five-year bat­tle with res­i­dents.

Since then seven pe­ti­tions were cre­ated each with a spe­cific rea­son against the plant, as well as an over­all pe­ti­tion which is near­ing 2,100 sig­na­tures.

Jan Sweet­ing, West Dray­ton ward coun­cil­lor and sec­re­tary of the Gar­den City Es­tate Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion (GCERA) said: “The main thrust of all of this work has come from the GCERA – they’ve de­liv­ered leaflets and col­lected sig­na­tures.

“We’re a very small com­mit­tee but we’ve had such great sup­port from lo­cal peo­ple and busi­nesses. It just shows the amount of anger there is lo­cally about this com­pany com­ing back for a third time try­ing to put their ma­jor re­cy­cling plant in the middle of a res­i­den­tial area.”

David An­drew, chair­man of the GCERA, added: “With Cross­rail com­ing, even more peo­ple will want to live here and it’s in­ap­pro­pri­ate to build this plant.

“It’s in the wrong place. The na­ture of the area is chang­ing, it doesn’t con­form with waste pol­icy and they’ve not demon­strated a need for it at all.”

Mr An­drew is invit­ing as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to go to the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion hear­ing on March 3, 2016.

The site, which will in­cor­po­rate a re­cov­ery and re­cy­cling build­ing, stor­age bays and as­so­ci­ated car park­ing, land­scap­ing, fenc­ing and in­fra­struc­ture, will re­cover re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als such as plas­tics, glass and card­board from busi­nesses and house­holds.

But the site was pre­vi­ously re­jected by Hilling­don Coun­cil af­ter a 4,000-strong pe­ti­tion, and ac­tive res­i­dents are gear­ing up to cam­paign again.

Pow­er­day has ac­knowl­edged that they face op­po­si­tion ahead of the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion hear­ing.

A spokesman said: “We will be not­ing all the feed­back from the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod which closes on Jan­uary 27, we will then be com­ment­ing fur­ther on our pro­posed plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion.”

If you would like to get in­volved, con­tact Cllr Jan Sweet­ing on JSweet­ing@ hilling­

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