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Plans for much-needed waste and recycling site halted by Network Rail

News release: 22/10/18 - Hillingdon Council and waste management company Powerday have today (22 October) expressed their disappointment at a move by Network Rail that threatens to block plans for a new civic amenity site in West Drayton.

Earlier this year the council announced that it intended to work with Powerday to provide residents with a much-needed waste and recycling site in the south of the borough.

Part of the Old Coal Yard site off Tavistock Road, West Drayton, which is owned by Network Rail and leased to Powerday, was earmarked for the facility and the proposal was given planning approval in May. The council already runs popular monthly waste weekends at the site, and has done so since 2009. The new facility was planned to operate throughout the week.  

However, Network Rail has now told Powerday of its intention to use the wider site for freight activities, including additional freight train movements via the Colnbrook Loop, effectively scuppering plans for the site.  

The new facility was set to be a welcome addition to existing services, offering residents in the south of the borough a more convenient alternative to Harefield Civic Amenity Site. It was also due to receive controlled amounts of trade waste material - a particularly beneficial service for small local businesses. It is not yet known how Network Rail's plans will affect the current monthly waste weekend service enjoyed by residents.

Councillor Keith Burrows, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation 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."  

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