MP backs fight against re­cy­cling plant

Res­i­dents gear­ing up to cam­paign once more

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

MP JOHN McDonnell has pledged his sup­port to res­i­dents in fight­ing against a waste re­cy­cling plant plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion in West Dray­ton.

The Hayes and Har­ling­ton MP and shadow chan­cel­lor has writ­ten to Hilling­don Coun­cil, ‘strongly urg­ing’ them to re­ject Pow­er­day’s ap­pli­ca­tion to trans­form the old coal de­pot site in Tav­i­s­tock Road.

Pow­er­day Plc sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion 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.

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, card­board and glass 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.

John McDonnell wrote to the coun­cil to ob­ject to the first ap­pli­ca­tion and put his back­ing of cam­paign against the site into writ­ing again.

He be­lieves the town cen­tre is not equipped to deal with large vol­umes of HGVs, is con­cerned for in­creased traf­fic and wor­ries for res­i­dents be­ing ex­posed to fumes.

He wrote: “I share res­i­dents’ con­cerns that the ac­cess point will be op­po­site West Dray­ton bus and train sta­tion.

“Not only will this cause chaos on the High Street and sur­round­ing roads, but buses and pas­sen­gers alike will have to ne­go­ti­ate with huge lor­ries that will be try­ing to ac­cess the plant.

“This pro­posed de­vel­op­ment is in the heart of a densely pop­u­lated area.

“I be­lieve that such a de­vel­op­ment will have a detri­men­tal im­pact for those work­ing and liv­ing in the be­yond.

“This pro­posed de­vel­op­ment does not pro­vide any ben­e­fits for the lo­cal com­mu­nity and will un­doubt­edly af­fect the res­i­dents’ qual­ity of life as they will be ex­posed to noise, light and air pol­lu­tion, as well as an in­crease in traf­fic 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Mr McDonnell also asks that the coun­cil con­sults as widely as pos­si­ble on the ap­pli­ca­tion as it will have an im­pact on the wider area.

The Hayes and Har­ling­ton MP said: “Af­ter an over­whelm­ingly neg­a­tive re­sponse to the first plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion by Pow­er­day, which in­cluded a pe­ti­tion signed by more than 3,000 peo­ple, it’s frus­trat­ing that we’re now hav­ing to re­ject a se­cond bid.

“I share the con­cern of lo­cal res­i­dents who say that our lo­cal area is al­ready heav­ily congested and that this de­vel­op­ment would worsen the traf­fic prob­lems and re­sult in

vicin­ity

and more air pol­lu­tion and noise.

“I be­lieve that such a de­vel­op­ment will have a detri­men­tal im­pact for those work­ing and liv­ing in our area and that Pow­er­day need to ac­cept the wishes of our lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Res­i­dents were pre­vi­ously lob­by­ing MPs to put their sup­port into writ­ing, af­ter sup­port from coun­cil­lors and the lo­cal as­sem­bly mem­ber.

Boris John­son, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip, was con­tacted but has not com­mented on the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Jan Sweet­ing, coun­cil­lor for West Dray­ton, is hop­ing for more in­for­ma­tion from Pow­er­day in the com­ing weeks.

She said: “The GLA are cur­rently ask­ing for more in­for­ma­tion.

“Once we have a date for the com­mit­tee meet­ing we’d like as many peo­ple from Yiewsley and West Dray­ton to at­tend and have an op­por­tu­nity to be there when the coun­cil makes the de­ci­sion.”

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