Conservative run Hillingdon Council has given further details about new proposals to provide residents with a much-needed waste and recycling site in the south of the borough.
The plans were put forward as part of the council's budget for 2018/19, which was given the green light by councillors last month.
The council has since submitted a planning application for a new facility on part of the old coal yard site off Tavistock Road, West Drayton.
As well as providing a household waste and recycling service for residents, the facility will also accept controlled amounts of trade waste, which will be particularly beneficial to local small businesses.
Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: "Residents and businesses in the south of the borough have long been calling for a waste and recycling facility in their area, especially since the closure of the Westwaste site in South Ruislip.
We have been offering a waste weekend every month at this site since 2009, which has been extremely well received. However, it is clear that it needs to be a permanent facility. Therefore, we have taken immediate steps to ensure that the facility is up and running as soon as possible.
Many positive benefits will arise from our plans, including an overall reduction in borough-wide traffic and associated air quality issues, and a likely reduction in fly-tipping.”
The council is keen to stress the planning application is no comparison whatsoever to the very large scale waste transfer and recycling facility refused planning permission in 2016 for the former coal yard site. The new use will only occur during normal day-time hours: 8:00 to 18:00 hours - Mondays to Fridays and 9:00 to 17:00 hours - Saturdays, Sundays and Bank /Public Holidays (subject to seasonal variation).
There are also, therefore, no comparisons to be made with the separate 2017 planning enforcement appeal the council successful won against Powerday, which concerned a night-time skip transfer operation.
The planning application will need to go before the council's Major Applications Planning Committee, which is likely to be on 15 May. If given the go ahead, the council will look to quickly expand use of the facility to a daily use. It is envisaged such an expanded use would commence this summer.
To view the planning application, please visit: https://planning.hillingdon.gov.uk/OcellaWeb/planningDetails?reference=18736/APP/2018/628&from=planningSearch