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Residents stage protest over Harlesden incinerator plans

PUBLISHED: 14:57 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:57 12 August 2013

Protesters gathered in Harlesden to oppose plans for a giant incinerator.

Protesters gathered in Harlesden to oppose plans for a giant incinerator.

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Residents opposing controversial plans for a giant incinerator in Harlesden turned out in force to meet council planning chiefs on Saturday.

Up to 80 people gathered by Willesden Freight Terminal on Channel Gate Road where Clean Power Properties want to install the incinerator that has raised fears over increased traffic flow and air pollution.

“It went really well, there was a huge turnout from Brent and Ealing,” said Cllr Zaffar Van Kalwala who represents Stonebridge Ward.

“I think residents were absolutely clear that they did not want this development in their community.

“The planning officers were left under no illusion.

“I think they really saw the strength of feeling.

“It was genuine concern from residents, not ‘nimbyism’.

“Ealing (Council) should scrap the plans.

“No one wants it and there is no need for it.

“If there was a pressing need for it you could understand.

“It’s blighting the lives of residents.

Cllr Van Kalwala added that the site for the proposed incinerator falls outside West London Waste Authority’s six designated zones for waste.

Mark Walker, a member of The Island Triangle Residents Association, (TITRA) believes there is hope the plans will be rejected, despite Ealing Council recommending Clean Power’s application for approval.

A briefing report for planning officers by Ealing Council’s Regulatory Services states the application should be refused.

Mr Walker said: “If there own experts are saying don’t do it, there is always hope.”

Ealing Council’s planning committee will meet on Wednesday (14) at Ealing Town Hall to approve or reject the application and a second residents’ protest is expected to take place.

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