‘The im­pact of this pro­posal on res­i­dents is un­ac­cept­able’

Call for coun­cil­lors to re­ject ap­pli­ca­tion for waste site at Tav­i­s­tock Road

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

David chair­man Gar­den City

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

Alis­tair Wil­son WL157386_1

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