‘De­plorable’ de­ci­sion

RES­I­DENTS LEFT FEEL­ING ‘BE­TRAYED’ AS COUN­CIL AGREES TO WASTE SITE PLAN

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - QASIM PERACHA

A CIVIC amenity site and trade waste dump just off Yiewsley High Street has been ap­proved by Hilling­don Coun­cil.

The de­ci­sion to al­low The Old Coal Yard site, in Tav­i­s­tock Road, to op­er­ate ev­ery day of the year has been branded “de­plorable” by Labour coun­cil­lors.

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

The op­er­a­tion ceased when lo­cal res­i­dents won a seven-year le­gal bat­tle to end night-time ac­tiv­i­ties at the site, af­ter an in­spec­tor found they caused “sig­nif­i­cant harm to neigh­bours’ liv­ing con­di­tions.”

Labour Coun­cil­lor Stu­art Mathers, who rep­re­sents West Dray­ton, said: “This ac­tion by Hilling­don Coun­cil shows that it has a com­plete dis­re­gard for the health and well­be­ing of its West Dray­ton and Yiewsley res­i­dents, and its ap­proval of this ap­pli­ca­tion is de­plorable.”

While run­ning the waste site, Pow­er­day had two ap­pli­ca­tions to turn the site into a re­cy­cling plant re­jected by Hilling­don Coun­cil. How­ever at a coun­cil meet­ing on Wed­nes­day May 23, it emerged that the coun­cil’s new waste site will also be run by Pow­er­day Plc.

More than 600 lo­cal res­i­dents had signed a petition against the coun­cil’s waste fa­cil­ity which will op­er­ate seven days a week for five years, and will in­clude a pub­lic re­cy­cling area, a pro­cess­ing plant for trade waste and stor­age ar­eas.

Ob­jec­tions in­cluded the im­pact of heavy traf­fic on lo­cal roads which are al­ready no­to­ri­ously grid­locked.

Fel­low West Dray­ton coun­cil­lor, Jan Sweet­ing, said the coun­cil’s choice to al­low Pow­er­day to run the site on their be­half has left res­i­dents feel­ing “ut­terly be­trayed”.

“Lo­cal res­i­dents in their thou­sands have signed two pe­ti­tions to stop Pow­er­day from open­ing an In­dus­trial Waste Plant on this site,” added the Labour coun­cil­lor.

“Now we have our own coun­cil ask­ing this com­pany to run the fa­cil­ity, even though res­i­dents have con­firmed un­der oath the com­pany to be a very bad neigh­bour at a re­cent Pub­lic In­quiry.”

Re­spond­ing to al­le­ga­tions of hav­ing shown a “com­plete dis­re­gard” for res­i­dents’ heath, Hilling­don Coun­cil leader Ray Pud­di­foot said: “Res­i­dents and busi­nesses in the south of the bor­ough have long been call­ing for a waste and re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity in their area, es­pe­cially since the clo­sure of the West­waste site in South Ruis­lip.

“We have been of­fer­ing a waste week­end ev­ery month at this site since 2009, which has been ex­tremely well re­ceived. How­ever, it is clear that it needs to be a per­ma­nent fa­cil­ity and we have taken im­me­di­ate steps to en­sure that the fa­cil­ity is up and run­ning as soon as pos­si­ble.

“The Labour Group has a de­mon­stra­ble record of whing­ing and whin­ing and a lam­en­ta­ble record for ac­tu­ally do­ing any­thing in any area of ser­vice, which is why Hilling­don res­i­dents re­cently chose to con­tinue with a Con­ser­va­tive ad­min­is­tra­tion that de­liv­ers.”

Old Coal Yard waste site off Tav­i­s­tock Road

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