If you know the area, this map below shows the access plaan onto the Edgware Road, supporting the site.
This morning I yet again checked the status of the plan. When we first covered the subject, back in March, the local community were unaware. As a result of our first blog on the subject, there are now 64 letters of objection. As you can see, the plan is still in the pending consideration stage.
|Status as per 15/04/2016|
|Unloading the aggregates|
It is clear just what the bosses of these companies think of the people who have to live with the effects of their profit making schemes. The arrogance is breathtaking. However if you think it is bad enough that they don't give a stuff about the ordinary people, their attitude to the law and the planning authority is even more shocking. Here for your perusal is a video that may interest you.
As you can see the depot has been built and there is a train with a set of wagons in the facility. The video was taken on Thursday 13/4/2017. It seems that DB Rail feel no need to actually get planning permission from the Council and follow due process, to build and start using the site. One has to ask, what is the purpose of having a planning process if companies simply ignore it and do what they like. There are a few things I think do need to be said. Firstly, I support the concept of moving freight off the road and onto rail where possible. It is more eco friendly and sustainable than convoys of lorries, however this cannot be an excuse to ride roughshod over local communities and to ignore planning rules. There is absolutely no excuse to refuse to consult. In urban settings, such facilities should be housed in such a way to negate the effects of noise and dust. To claim that 10 lorries an hour will have no effect on traffic on the Edgware road is ridiculous. Anyone who drives, knows that Lorries move slower, accelerate slower and have to be given a wide berth. To me it seems that the access to the site is awful. I would assume that many will need to cross the Edgware road to get to the North Circular. This is ignored in the diagram. My assumption is one of the justifications for the aggregates is to supply the mega building project on the Brent Cross site. As such the site is on the wrong side of the railway, with a totally inappropriate road access. Of course DB rail has already said they consider local people to thick to understand such issues. I rather suspect that in Germany, such facilities are a tad "Vorsprung Durch Technic" and local people are not ridden roughshod over in such ways. Maybe that is why the UK is such a good place for foreign rail companies to make juicy profits?
I will give the last word to Jessica Howey, just one of 64 people to have objected to the proposal. I chose her objection at random as a fairly representative one. Jessica has requested the opportunity to speak at the planning meeting.
Comment: The transfer of aggregates in the open without cover from train to lorries using a mechanical grabber will create noise, dust, dirt and pollution and intolerable traffic on the Edgware Road, which is already heavily congested. This is totally unacceptable in the 21st century and makes a mockery of the London Mayor's attempts to improve the quality of air in London. It will also seriously affect the quality of life in the Railway Terraces Conservation area. There will also be considerable light pollution as the site will have 24 hour security and work will take place from 6am to 6 pm. The railway terraces and our allotments are very close to the proposed site but no screening or protection is proposed. However screening is proposed for the new flats in Fellows Square currently being marketed in the Far East by London estate agents. The Railway Terraces have been ignored by DB Cargo, which has an abysmal track record on the site in question where there have been many polluting and illegal fires. DB Cargo's past performance and failure to manage the site should dictate that this application is rejected outright.