‘We will fight any Pow­er­day ap­peal’

Re­fusal de­ci­sion await­ing ap­proval from mayor

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil has vowed to take ‘ro­bust and ap­pro­pri­ate’ ac­tion if an ap­peal is launched against a de­ci­sion to block the con­tro­ver­sial Pow­er­day re­cy­cling plant in West Dray­ton.

Af­ter in­tense de­bate on June 21, the coun­cil opted to throw out the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a new re­cy­cling cen­tre near West Dray­ton High Street.

Coun­cil leader Ray Pud­di­foot said the de­ci­sion is still wait­ing ap­proval from the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, but he said the coun­cil will de­fend the rul­ing if ap­pli­cants Pow­er­day Plc opt to ap­peal.

Cllr Pud­di­foot said: “As I’ve men­tioned on many oc­ca­sions in this cham­ber of the last 16 years, one of the rea­sons that I be­came a coun­cil­lor was to de­fend the res­i­dents of this bor­ough against in­ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ment.

“The Con­ser­va­tive ad­min­is­tra­tion in Hilling­don has an en­vi­able record of de­fend­ing its res­i­dents in this area.

“As with any in­ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ment this ad­min­is­tra­tion will take ro­bust and ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion, util­is­ing our ad­e­quate fi­nan­cial re­sources as re­quired to de­fend the plan­ning com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sions if Pow­er­day chooses to ap­peal.”

His com­ments were prompted at a full coun­cil meet­ing held in Uxbridge on Thurs­day July 7 af­ter a ques­tion from West Dray­ton ward coun­cil­lor Jan Sweet­ing.

Cllr Sweet­ing’s ques­tion read: “What sup­port will the coun­cil pro­vide the res­i­dents of Yiewsley and West Dray­ton in the likely event that Pow­er­day ap­peals the de­ci­sion made by the ma­jor ap­pli­ca­tions plan­ning com­mit­tee re­gard­ing Pow­er­day’s plans to build an in­dus­trial waste plant on the Old Coal Yard site, Yiewsley?”

The MP for Hayes and Har­ling­ton and shadow chan­cel­lor John Mc­Don­nell backs the res­i­dents’ op­po­si­tion to the de­vel­op­ment.

Pow­er­day’s ap­pli­ca­tion would have seen a re­cov­ery and re­cy­cling build­ing built on the site just off Tav­i­s­tock Road, as well as stor­age vats, car park­ing, in­fra­struc­ture and fenc­ing.

But the ap­pli­ca­tion was unan­i­mously blocked by the ma­jor ap­pli­ca­tions com­mit­tee be­cause of its im­pact on high­ways, trans­port and air qual­ity.

n PLANT FIGHT: An ap­pli­ca­tion from Pow­er­day has been re­jected by Hilling­don Coun­cil; (far left) coun­cil leader Ray Pud­di­foot will ‘de­fend res­i­dents; (cen­tre) ward coun­cil­lor Jan Sweet­ing asked the ques­tion; (left) John Mc­Don­nell MP backs the de­ci­sion

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