‘The impact of this proposal on residents is unacceptable’
Call for councillors to reject application for waste site at Tavistock Road
HILLINGDON’S London Assembly Member has asked the council to ‘use common sense’ and reject an application for a recycling plant.
Dr Onkar Sahota, Labour AM for Hillingdon and Ealing, wrote to Hillingdon Council to urge councillors to reject plans by Powerday for a recycling plant at West Drayton.
More than 3,000 people have signed a petition so far against the proposals for Tavistock Road.
Dr Sahota said: “We were threatened with a waste facility on this site only two years ago, and I am extremely disappointed that the applicant has resurrected these plans.
“The impact of this proposed development on the quality of life of local residents is unacceptable.
“Our local roads are already very busy, if we see more HGVs coming into the area not only will local people be forced to sit for longer in heavy traffic, we could see a worrying increase in air pollution. That’s not good for anybody.”
Powerday Plc submitted a planning application in December, to demolish the existing Old Coal Depot buildings and construct a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), despite a promise in early 2015 not to develop the site and after a five-year battle with residents.
Similar plans for the site were submitted two years ago, but the council refused the application on the grounds of increased traffic, the impact on air quality, and a lack of plans to mitigate both of these negative side effects. Some of these issues still remain.
Residents’ associations and councillors have been working tirelessly to gather signatures and lobby MPs to halt the plans from being approved.
Their concerns include fears of a large increase in HGVs on local roads, adding to already heavy traffic in the area. Congestion is expected to worsen further once the nearby Crossrail Station opens in three years’ time.
Dr Sahota’s intervention comes as City Hall ruled that the proposals are not compliant with the Mayor’s London Plan.
The planning application has been referred back to Hillingdon Council, with Dr Sahota saying the authority should “follow suit” and reject the proposals.
West Drayton ward councillor Dominic Gilham, who is challenging Dr Sahota at the GLA elections on May 5, said he is “fully with residents” on their campaign.
He said: “The original application was rightly refused by Hillingdon in 2013, and since then the West London Waste Plan has identified the site as inaccessible and removed it from the list of suitable sites.
“Powerday have failed to overcome this clear notice of unsuitability. I will continue to lobby not only the Mayor of London but also the Secretary of State on this urgent matter.”
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Andrew, of the Residents’ Association, added: “Everyone we’ve contacted in the local area has supported us but we haven’t got anything in writing yet from our MPs, which is what we’re seeking.”
n STRONG FEELINGS: Protesters against plans to build a large recycling facility in Tavistock Road, Yiewsley
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