Ealing Council recommends installation of incinerator in Harlesden

Residents and councillors opposed to the proposed incinerator in Harlesden

Residents and councillors opposed to the proposed incinerator in Harlesden - Credit: Archant

Fears that plans for a giant incinerator in Harlesden will get the green light from Ealing Council have triggered plans for a protest.

Members of TITRA – The Island Triangle Residents Association – will be among several residents groups’ protesting at the council’s planning committee meeting at Ealing Town Hall next Wednesday.

The groups oppose Clean Power Properties’ controversial planning application for a four chimney “energy recovery centre” they believe will increase air pollution and traffic volume.

TITRA member Mark Walker said he fears the plans for the incinerator at Willesden Freight Terminal on Channel Gate Road will go through.

He said: “Not many people are in favour. The local community is utterly dismayed by this development as they are really are dumping this waste on us. We’re up against it, we fear the worst.”

According to Mr Walker residents living in Harley Road will be just 200 metres away from the plant.

He said: “The processing plant will treat industrial waste with pyrolysis and anaerobic digestion technologies, releasing toxic gases in the local atmosphere while its waste lorries will add to local pollution issues.”

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Ealing Council confirmed the planning application is recommended for approval, subject to conditions, but the final decision rests with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

Cllr Zaffer Van Kalwala, who represents Stonebridge ward, has vowed to “keep fighting” all the way to City Hall if approval is granted. He said: “It’s an inappropriate site, and it’s right by Harlesden Primary School, just 200 metres away. The air quality is one of the worst in London and the traffic congestion will make things worse for residents.”

Cllr Kalwala said he will invite Boris Johnson to view Willesden Freight Terminal if the application is approved.

John Cox, of Chelsea Close, Stonebridge said: “This area of London gets dumped on all the time. I just do not think they can purify the air – you wouldn’t get this in a middle class area. There is ineffective political support [for residents].”

Brent Council has condemned the plans and a petition handed to Ealing Council in March by the Harlesden Environmental Action Residents Team attracted 1,321 signatures.

The planning committee from Ealing Council will be visiting the site in Old Oak Lane tomorrow at 11am.