I live nearby and was ''consulted''. Objected on traffic, pollution, environmental and policy grounds. All ignored - got a letter recently from Southwark Council, Planning are ''minded to approve'' .... Stick this mess in Green Park or at the back of Whitehall or the MOD, not next to 1000's of residents in Southwark!
Brings jobs and rates to the area. It was all industrial use years ago and was not a problem. Its not a waste transfer site! Most residents of Manor place and Rotherhithe have lived with these sites on there doorsteps for years.
I was at the Planning Meeting last night. The decison to go ahead with the Westminster dustcart depot went ahead 4:3 with the Chairman's casting vote. Surprisingly, one of the LibDems on the committe left the meeting before discussions started. There is considerable concern about the volume of parking needed to service 70 dust carts, with shift patterns starting at 5am and running for 24/7 roatation. There is likely to be considerable extra pressure on parking in Lynton, Fort, Balaclava, Rverdy Roads and Alma Grove. This pressure will happen at unsociable times of day. There was no consulation in these area. There is no commitment to employ local people in the operation. The agreement to ensure that Westminster's waggons stick to the approved route and don't take waste to the proposed clensing site on Mandela Way is still under negotiation. As things stand after the decision, the junction at Mandela Way, Dunton Road and Humphry Street will be redesigned with the removal of clutter (ie barriers to separate pedestrians from the traffic). The Westminster Rep says that its waggons have GPS tracking and defined routes... drivers that deviate from these are disciplined. So that's alright then.
Although the planning committee disagrees with me I think that given these extra pressures on an area we should continue to think about how to oppose this. And any other changes to use on Mandela way that involve more traffic or high buildings. There were three LibDems Councilors at the meeting, two managed to address the committee on behalf ofthe protesters.
I dont live in this area and feel so sorry for who do.Lorries starting to arrive at 5am, 24/7 will have a terrible impact on people living nearby. I live in a street where large vehicles regularly park to use the 7 day a week cafe, and that starts at 6.30am but at least in finished by the afternoon.
I would inform the local papers a.s.a.p. about this and drum up more public awareness? still get annoyed about southwark being used as a dumping ground, a previous poster mentioned bringing jobs to the area, so how many jobs will be created for local people?