and Councillors Unite to Fight Bus Garage Proposal
release from Cllr Phillip Portwood
Wednesday (19th November 03) over 100 residents from the West Acton
Residents Association met with Cllr Phillip Portwood and Cllr Julian
Bell to express their opposition to Transport for London's plans
to build a bus depot right next to houses at the corner of Horn
Lane and the Western Avenue.
were angry at the proposals for the bus depot in this residential
area. They were concerned that buses using a depot on this site
would cause more noise and pollution especially late at night and
early in the morning as crews came on and off duty. Air quality
is already poor in this area due to the high levels of traffic and
all these extra busses would just make it worse.
air quality reports cited in the planning application do not take
account of the extra pollution that would be caused by the depot.
The plans would also mean closing Park View and restricting access
for residents on to and off the A40. Residents also had safety concerns
about the closeness of fuel storage areas to residential housing.
Residents were angry about the loss of the green corridor that runs
alongside the A40 that would occur if the depot were built.
Philip Portwood speaking to residents condemned the fact that, "the
proposals put forward by TFL go against the Council's UDP supplementary
planning guidance which seeks to preserve a green corridor to improve
the local environment. Local people and local councillors fought
hard to have this land dedicated for a green corridor and we are
not about to have it taken away from us without a fight."
Julian Bell told the meeting, "As your local councillors we
are against this proposal and will do everything we can to stop
a bus depot being built in this residential area. The extra levels
of noise and pollution would be totally unacceptable."
Selvajothy, Chair of the West Acton Residents Association urged
residents to write in to the Council's planning department objecting
to the bus depot planning application. She and other residents expressed
concern about the lack of notice residents received about the consultation
because of the postal delays and demanded that the council extended
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