Dump site re­claimed by railway

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL PLANS FOR WASTE FA­CIL­ITY UP­SET BY LAND OWNER NET­WORK RAIL

Uxbridge Gazette - - News -

PLANS for a con­tro­ver­sial rub­bish tip just off the High Street in West Dray­ton have been “ef­fec­tively scup­pered” by Net­work Rail.

The site at the Old Coal Yard, off Tav­i­s­tock Road, was con­tro­ver­sially ap­proved at a Hilling­don Coun­cil meeting in May, but at the time op­pos­ing Labour coun­cilors branded the de­ci­sion “de­plorable”.

Hilling­don Coun­cil and Pow­er­day, its part­ner on the site, an­nounced on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 22 that their plans were “ef­fec­tively scup­pered” by Net­work Rail, which said it wants to use the site for its own freight ac­tiv­i­ties.

The site cur­rently op­er­ates as a week­end-only waste cen­tre on se­lected dates, but un­til Au­gust 2017, it had been used by Pow­er­day Plc as a skip and waste con­tainer trans­port site 24 hours-aday.

The op­er­a­tion stopped when lo­cal res­i­dents won a seven-year le­gal bat­tle to end night-time work at the site, after an in­spec­tor found they caused “sig­nif­i­cant harm to neigh­bours’ liv­ing con­di­tions.” How­ever, Pow­er­day and the coun­cil teamed up over the pro­posal to turn the site, owned by Net­work Rail, into a waste fa­cil­ity seven days a week. Pow­er­day has now been told by Net­work Rail that it wants to “use the wider site for freight ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing ad­di­tional freight train move­ments via the Colnbrook Loop”.

It is not yet known if the de­ci­sion by Net­work Rail will af­fect the cur­rent week­end waste col­lec­tions.

While con­tro­ver­sial, many res­i­dents wel­comed the site as an al­ter­na­tive to the Hare­field waste fa­cil­ity in the north of the bor­ough.

Coun­cil­lor Keith Bur­rows, cab­i­net mem­ber for plan­ning, trans­port and re­cy­cling, said: “This is an in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­point­ing and frus­trat­ing de­ci­sion by Net­work Rail, to say noth­ing of the poor tim­ing. “Res­i­dents and busi­nesses have long been call­ing for a waste and re­cy­cling site in the south of the bor­ough, and the Tav­i­s­tock Road site was the ideal solution.

“De­spite plan­ning ap­proval, Net­work Rail has come up with a num­ber of ob­jec­tions and ob­sta­cles to our plans.

“We are seek­ing one last meeting with them to see if there is any prac­ti­cal way in which a slightly scaled down civic amenity op­er­a­tion might be ac­com­mo­dated with ad­di­tional freight and train uses of the site.

“After do­ing ev­ery­thing nec­es­sary to get this site up and running as quickly as pos­si­ble, it will be very dis­ap­point­ing if a new fa­cil­ity doesn’t ma­te­ri­alise here, and it will un­doubt­edly come as quite a blow for res­i­dents.

“How­ever, we re­main one of the few lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to of­fer free weekly waste and re­cy­cling col­lec­tions and a free bulky waste col­lec­tion ser­vice, and we will be ex­plor­ing other op­tions for im­prov­ing our ser­vices even fur­ther.”

This is an in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­point­ing and frus­trat­ing de­ci­sion by Net­work Rail, to say noth­ing of poor tim­ing.

The Old Coal Yard site is cur­rently run as a waste cen­tre at week­ends, with the con­tract awarded to Pow­er­day Plc

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