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Thursday, 1 November 2012
Harlesden Town Team call for informed debate on Willesden Junction waste plant
The Harlesden Town Team issued this statement today:
A Statement on the Proposed Energy Recovery Centre at Willesden Junction
Harlesden Town Team were disappointed to learn about the proposed
Energy Recovery Centre at Willesden Junction only after formal
consultation by LB Ealing had ended. Although the site is closer to many
more Harlesden residents than Ealing ones, Harlesden Town Team were not
formally consulted. Brent Council planning officers were notified.
At this stage Harlesden Town Team has no view for or against the energy
recovery centre. What we seek is an informed debate so that all
Harlesden residents who could possibly be affected by the development
are informed and their views sought. We expect that this number of
households is considerably more than the 1,000 leafleted in the
consultation, as the majority of Harlesden (Town)'s 10,000 households
are directly down-wind.
We recognise the danger of much
ill-informed comment that is starting to circulate and we therefore
believe that wider explanation and consultation is urgently required.
To this end we shall discuss the development proposals at the next
Harlesden Town Team meeting on Monday 12th November (Salvation Army
Hall, 6.30pm). We expect representative of the developers, Ealing and
Brent Council planners and local councillors from East Acton, Kensal
Green and Harlesden to attend as well as those Harlesden residents that
actually live in Ealing.
If, at the end of the meeting, a
majority of our members consider it appropriate for the Town Team to
take a position, then we shall do so.
It is worth noting that,
earlier this year, Harlesden Town Team helped facilitate a consultation
on changes to Harlesden High Street which covered over 10,000
households and achieved a 10% response rate.