Plans for re­cy­cling cen­tre thrown out for third time

Pro­posal ‘would have brought mis­ery and dan­ger to area’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL plans to de­velop land near West Dray­ton’s High Street to build a new re­cy­cling cen­tre were thrown out for a third time at a meet­ing on Tues­day June 21.

The application, sub­mit­ted by re­cy­cling com­pany Pow­er­day Plc, would have seen a re­cov­ery and re­cy­cling build­ing, stor­age bays and as­so­ci­ated car park­ing, land­scap­ing, fenc­ing and in­fra­struc­ture built just off Tav­i­s­tock Road.

But Hilling­don Coun­cil’s ma­jor application com­mit­tee unan­i­mously voted to refuse the application due to the im­pact on high­ways, trans­port and air qual­ity.

West Dray­ton ward coun­cil­lor Do­minic Gil­ham said: “I’m over the moon.

“It would dec­i­mated our Street.

“The coun­cil has done an aw­ful lot of work and de­liv­ered for our have High res­i­dents. We’ve pro­tected our high streets, which is the main thing”.

The application was a re-sub­mis­sion of an application that was also re­fused by the coun­cil in March 2014 and plan­ning of­fi­cers had rec­om­mended the scheme to be thrown out again.

A total of 231 res­i­dents wrote let­ters of ob­jec­tion to the coun­cil and a pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing the de­vel­op­ment at­tracted more than 3,000 sig­na­tures.

Plan­ning con­sul­tant Adrian James, from Bar­ton Will­more, spoke at the meet­ing on be­half of Pow­er­day.

He said: “There are no al­ter­na­tive sites in the west Lon­don area to ac­com­mo­date a fa­cil­ity of this type.

“Af­ter the re­fusal we have sought to re­duce the ca­pac­ity.

“There are al­ter­na­tive sites in west Lon­don area no the to ac­com­mo­date a fa­cil­ity of this type.”

Mr James urged the coun­cil to de­fer the de­ci­sion in light of the coun­cil of­fi­cers’ rec­om­men­da­tion to refuse the per­mis­sion.

But af­ter 90 min­utes of dis­cus­sion in the coun­cil cham­bers at the Civic Cen­tre, in Uxbridge High Street, the com­mit­tee pro­ceeded with the de­ci­sion.

Ward coun­cil­lor for West Dray­ton Jan Sweet­ing, who is also sec­re­tary for the Gar­den City Es­tate Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, ad­dressed the cham­ber to oppose the plans.

She said: “The 24 hours a day work­ing would mean there would be no re­spite from the noise and in­dus­trial work­ings of this plant.

“We fer­vently be­lieve, if passed, [this plant] would bring mis­ery and dan­ger to the people of Yiewsley and West Dray­ton, cause traf­fic grid­lock in our streets, harm the lives of lo­cal people and dam­age many, many lo­cal busi­nesses both big and small.”

John McDon­nell, MP for Hayes the and Har­ling­ton and shadow chan­cel­lor, backed res­i­dents’ op­po­si­tion to the de­vel­op­ment and at­tended the meet­ing to show his sup­port.

Yiewsley ward coun­cil­lor Peter Davis also told the cham­ber that Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP Boris John­son had written to him to say he was back­ing his con­stituents. He added: “We are united in op­po­si­tion to this application.”

Pow­er­day was fined £1.2 mil­lion in April for stor­ing and de­posit­ing 17,000 tonnes of waste il­le­gally.

n CON­TRO­VER­SIAL: A CGI image of the re­cy­cling cen­tre; (above left) coun­cil­lor Jan Sweet­ing

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