Noise and traffic the tip of the iceberg
POWERDAY has produced ‘evidence’ which states that no additional traffic and no additional noise will be produced by its proposed 450,000 tonne industrial recycling waste plant on the Old Coal Yard site, Yiewsley, West Drayton.
Reports compiled by the company’s consultants state just that. You can view these reports for yourself on Hillingdon Council’s planning application website.
Just imagine what this actually says. The plant, which would have the capacity of 950,000 tonnes, although the current planning application is for 450,000 tonnes of recycling industrial waste, would generate no additional traffic!
This lower figure is the equivalent weight of more than nine Titanics, and all of this waste would be trundling through Yiewsley High Street and West Drayton Station Road, as well as along Horton Road, but would produce no additional traffic from when Powerday’s consultants conducted a traffic audit for the site in November 2014.
If at a later stage the higher capacity of the plant became operational, then the number of Titanic equivalents would increase to over 26. We leave it up to the residents of Yiewsley and West Drayton to assess whether this report of ‘no additional traffic’ is likely to be confirmed if the plant becomes operational.
When it comes to the noise audit we have the same assessment of no negative impact on us locals.
So the proposed shredding of wood and crushing of concrete due to take place outside the huge plant at all hours of the day and night will be no worse than passing trains, which will be that much quieter with the advent of Crossrail.
We say nothing about the bundles of rotting and putrefying waste which would be left in the open, waiting for its transportation out of the site by rail or road, and the impact of wafting smells over all of West Drayton and Yiewsley.
Remember that smells and noise do not recognise discreet boundaries, so residents may not realise that this site, although some distance away, will indeed impact on their family life. We say nothing on what this might mean for road journeys through our already congested local roads.
So there we have it from the consultants employed by Powerday – no extra noise, even at night when there are no trains and when it is clear that the company has 24/7 working in mind.
This application will at some stage be considered by the council’s major application planning committee – please make sure you come to this meeting if you can, in order to show Powerday and the council that we do not want the equivalent of nine Titanics of waste coming through our high streets and, remember, what goes in has to come out again, either by road or by rail.
Please still take the time to comment on the application, which is on the council website, and write in to tell the council your views as to this proposal. We must all work together if we are to stop this very large company getting its way. It is indeed a David and Goliath battle and we all know who won that battle. COUNCILLORS JAN SWEETING AND JANET DUNCAN West Drayton Ward