On the way home last night I met a nice lady who was collecting signatures for a petition against a new depot on Mandela Way which is intended to house 70 refuse lorries from Westminster. Given the impact on the area - noise, smell, additional congestion - I would urge people who live in the vicinity to email Southwark Planning or track down the lady with the petition (sorry, I didn't catch her name)!
I live very close to the site and none of my estate have been consulted (I checked the list on their site). It would be awful to have this kind of operation in a housing area. Can you imagine the smell in the summer? YUK!! Surely there must be areas in Westminster for this kind of operation?
Why does it have to be Southwark I wonder? and if the lorries are to be cleaned,hosed out where will all the detritus go...down southwarks drainage system, and to kill the smell of the lorries they would have to use copious amounts of disinfectant.
My wheelbin stinks to high heaven with the full sun on it, flies maggots oh boy....
The proposed Section 106 Agreement (a set of conditions obliging the applicant or developer to provide certain things in return) does list some mitigating benefits for Southwark:
* They need to pay for a new council staff member for 24 months to place unemployed people in construction jobs [cost £50,545.21 plus £13,883 towards the cost of managing this person]
* They need to pay for borough transport improvements (as set out in Southwark's Implementation Plan [cost £13,860]
* They also need to pay towards Public Realm Improvements (this is usually trees and things) [cost £16,912]
The other conditions are things like no waste is allowed to be brought onto or stored at the site, there must be a travel plan to encourage workers onto public transport and other usual stuff.
Worth noting that of the 70 vehicles not all are dustcarts - that figure includes street sweepers etc. The depot is currently in Lewisham so at least the journey's will be lessened - not good for Southwark but kind of good for emissions in general. Not sure why Westminster couldnt find land in their own borough, but unfortunately "who the applicant is" cannot be taken into account in a planning decision.
No connection to either LB Southwark or the Applicant, but I do work in regional government so spend half my life reading planning applications.
There are lots of objecters but most dont list "valid" (ie ones the committee is allowed to refuse on) objections. One thing that can still be done though is to encourage your local councillor to "beef up" the S106 so any distruption is minimized or eliminated.
Truthmonkey, sorry to be so dense,so would Westminster have to pay a site rental fee? and would the vehicles have to be washed and cleaned before they arrive? It just seems that Westminster is extracting the urine by soring their vehicles in another borough, a bit like civilised countries dumping their toxic waste on a poorer country!
and thank you for taking the time to explain love.