Campaigners urge Olympic legacy chiefs to block concrete factory plans

Impression of regeneration plans for the Olympic Park
Future: impression of regeneration plans for the Olympic Park. Photograph: OPCRD

Campaigners and residents have slated “tragic” plans to build three concrete factories and an asphalt plant inside the Olympic Park.

The proposals for Bow East Goods Yard will see the factories built on a derelict site at Pudding Mill Lane, close to the London Athletics Club and new UCL East campus.

Residents say that hazardous chemical dust from the site poses a serious health risk to the populations of Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham.

Hanan Maayan, 39, heads up the Olympic Park Coalition for Responsible Development (OPCRD) campaign group.

The father-of-one, who lives on nearby Wick Lane, said: “London is about to commit a huge mistake. Once millions of pounds have gone in to building these factories, they won’t be demolished.

“It’s like watching a road accident happening in front of your eyes.

“It is tragic. This will be one of the biggest industrial sites in London. And it will be built in a residential area.

“The whole thing is a combination of stupidity, inertia and financial interest.”

OPCRD campaign chief Hanan Maayan
Protest: Hanan Maayan is leading the campaign to scrap the factories. Photograph: OPCRD

Mr Maayan has launched a petition, now signed by more than 8,500 people, calling for the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) to block the plans.

The LLDC controls the Olympic Park site and is tasked with protecting London 2012’s legacy. Its planning committee is set to decide on the factory proposals in September.

Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson joined LLDC last year to announce plans for a new housing development at the Olympic Park. The Sweetwater estate will contain 650 homes, as well as a new primary school and two nurseries.

Supporters of the petition say the proposed industrial plant is not in keeping with LLDC’s vision for the park’s future.

Rebecca Ward said: “Utter disgrace after encouraging local businesses and schools to develop there. Just no!”

Andrew Irvin added: “The air quality is already bad enough. My wife is pregnant – what sort of environment will this create for our newborn?”

Another resident, Gemma Bell, who has lived on Fish Island in Hackney Wick for seven years, said she would be forced to leave if the plans go ahead.

She said: “This would directly affect my daily life in a negative way, and bring the entire appeal of the area, the road I live on and the atmosphere down significantly.”

Derelict site under consideration for the industrial plant
Derelict: the site under consideration for the industrial plant. Photograph: OPCRD

But others cited the area’s industrial history. Joe Giacomet wrote on Facebook: “I get the problem, but there’s been concrete factories there for years.”

And Fiona Sibley commented: “It depends whether you think it is better for concrete, which is needed for all the development in this area, to be shipped in from further way. More road miles.”

But Mr Maayan said: “We’re not anti-industry, but why this industry? Why not energy, bio-mass or recycling?

“This is a classic case of trying to hold the stick at both ends. No-one involved is evil, and everyone is just trying to do their jobs, but supporting both the regeneration of the area and a polluting industry is impossible.

“After reviewing the survey data, we were horrified. The noise survey basically assumes that all residents in the vicinity will never open their windows.

“There are omissions, inaccuracies and a general sugar-coating of the data.”

Four separate companies have lodged applications with the LLDC to use the site at Pudding Mill Lane, and the factories are set to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A spokesman for LLDC said: “The Bow East Goods Yard is designated as a Strategic Industrial Location.

“Any proposed development will be assessed by the Planning Authority in terms of its environmental and transport impact.

“There has been consultation with local residents, businesses as well as with local authorities, the Environment Agency and other statutory bodies.

“The Planning Authority has also sought the views of independent environmental consultants to help in its decision-making.

“People can make representations about the planning applications via the planning authority website, by email or by letter.

“The application is likely to come to the Planning Decisions Committee in September and this will be confirmed nearer the time.”

Mr Maayan’s petition will also be delivered to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who ultimately oversees the LLDC.

“We know air pollution is an issue close to the Mayor’s heart and it is something he is trying to fix. But this ain’t fixing it,” Mr Maayan said.

A spokesperson for Sadiq Khan said: “The Mayor does not have planning powers to call this application in and it will be determined by LLDC.”

  1. Ray Gipson on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 3:09 pm

    I cannot believe after the re-development of the whole of the Olym. Pk.Site. Dirty Industry’s are attempting to come back to the area. I have lived in Bow East Ward all my life 75yrs. And know what the place was like right up to the Country were awarded the Olympics’s on the site. We cannot let this application proceed. Ray Gipson.



  2. Muhammad Haque on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 8:54 pm

    As I have been saying now for more than at least 11 years,
    the whole Olympic Games “Linking” with “East London”
    was done on purpose by agents of Big Biz.

    The problem has been that both Newham Council and Tower Hamlets and Hackney have been allowed to be de-democratised by the foisting of “elected mayors”.

    These “mayors” are agents of Big Biz agenda.

    They are also against basic, ordinary, local Communities.

    Any audit of the decisions made by the three Councils will show that in the past 10 years, they have NOT stood up for the Communities in Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

    It is my view on the trend and on the evidence that these “mayors” will not change
    in the foreseeable future.

    It is remarkable that no “elected Councillor” has, so far, come out with amy “whistleblowing” account on what has been going on in any of the mayor-ed ( I use that as “tether”-ed) formerly Councillors-fronted local Councils of Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham.

    It follows that the “elected” “councillors” in the three boroughs are serving time, collecting the allowances and other perks while the tetherers, the “elected mayors” carry on with the rubber stamping jobs for Big Biz while at the same time allowing the certain Social Cleansing of the East London Boroughs to take p;lace.

    No way is anything going to change unless the Communities mobilise to reverse the anti-Social, anti-Democratic, anti-Environment, anti-Community and CORRUPT and CORRUPTING mayor posts in all three Boroughs.

    Immediately!

    Now!



  3. Muhammad Haque on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 9:05 pm

    CONTEXTUAL EVIDENTIAL NOTE on SOURCE

    CONTEXTUALLY ALSO NOTING at 2104 GMT Thu 11 August 2016 that
    the Muhammad Haque DIAGNOSIS of the 2012 Games LIES was broadcast LIVE on Wednesday 05 September 2012 on the SKY Satellite TV ChanneliEurope



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