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Other Matters

Clitterhouse Farm’s garden will be closed from this Saturday until January 9th. The Grub Club – which tackles food waste and food poverty by turning surplus into delicious meals on a “pay as you feel” basis – will be returning also on the 9th. Help tackle environmental waste by bringing your tupperware along.

We do also want to thank

  • Barnet’s parks and street cleaning team for keeping our streets and playing fields free of litter.
  • Barnet Police and the Golders Green & Childs Hill Safer Neighbourhood teams for working hard to keep us safe.
  • Our councillors and council officers for their ongoing support in local matters and particularly with our Dump Donoghue campaign.

You can contact our police Safer Neighbourhood Teams for non-urgent matters:

Of course these contact points are not for emergency matters. For urgent help please dial 999.

https://www.met.police.uk provides a way of reporting crime online.

You can keep up to date with police local news and advice by joining www.owl.co.uk.

Concrete Batching in Cricklewood – Please Object

The Railway Terraces Residents’ Association has drawn our attention to a planning application by Capital Concrete for a concrete batching facility next to the railway line in Cricklewood just off the Edgware Road. The consultation period ends on 12 November – so please register your objection as soon as you can.

You can see the application and comment on it by following this link https://publicaccess.barnet.gov.uk/online-applications, entering the reference 20/4817/FUL at the bottom of the page and clicking Search. If you would like to comment privately you can instead email planning.consultation@barnet.gov.uk and the Barnet case officer, Chloe Jenkins, chloe.jenkins@barnet.gov.uk, quoting the application reference number 20/4817/FUL; if you do email your objection please also copy in your local councillors (full contact details on the Useful Links page).

Residents of the Railway Terraces are very concerned about this proposal. It will site heavy industry in what was supposed to be simply a rail freight transfer terminal. Concrete batching is a dirty polluting industry that has no place very close to a heavily populated area. Similar plants owned by Capital Concrete and others on the Claremont Industrial Estate have, over many years, blighted land around Brent Terrace with dust and noise pollution.

The only hope of preventing the application being approved appears to be massed and concerted action by concerned residents of Barnet and Brent. We hope that you will be willing to join the campaign.

Below is a map of the proposed location. To see it in Google Maps, click this link: https://goo.gl/maps/deUXM6SXFXgJ6cRy7. As you can see, with the prevailing westerly wind this is bound to cause more dust in the Golders Green Estate area.

The main points to note are:

  • The height of the proposed facility is just under 17 meters tall. This will affect fundamentally the nature of the skyline in the surrounding area.
  • The noise generated by the facility will be significant and there has been inadequate mitigation of this in the proposed plans.
  • The facility will mean that hazardous materials are IMPORTED by road onto the site for the first time with the added risks of pollution and contamination (cement is needed to make concrete and is currently not delivered to the site. The building waste that currently is imported by road is non-putrescible non-hazardous waste that is graded off site before being imported).
  • The air pollution modelling has not been based on samples taken at an analogous site but on purely hypothetical models.
  • The use of existing facilities have led to mud and dirt being tracked in/out of the facility. The inability to contain the egress of waste is concerning in the context of concrete/cement being handled on site.
  • The introduction of heavy industry into this part of NW2 is unprecedented. Previously there has been light industry only on this site and manufacturing/retail/ light industry in the surrounding area.
  • The environmental assessment has treated the sensitivity of the site currently occupied by Matalan as retail (and so therefore not a particularly sensitive site). In fact the area is going to be developed as flats (height of development yet to be confirmed) and so the assessment has a gap in it.
  • The consultation process has been patchy and the consultation period too short for a significant development such as this.

Protest – Friday March 22, 8:00-9:30 am

We urge you to join our protest on Friday 22 March and stand up for clean air, environmental justice and the protection of our most vulnerable. The time has come for Donoghue to move on.

As you well know, residents and businesses have suffered for more than a decade from Donoghue’s dust and chemical pollution, noise, work out-of-hours, speeding HGVs, transport of uncovered waste and illegal parking.

For the past two years, Barnet councillors, the most affected residents’ representatives, the Environment Agency and Council officers have been meeting quarterly at the Council to find the best way forward.

Thanks to people speaking up…

  • Donoghue is now a high public interest site for both the Environment Agency and Barnet Council.
  • Alarming findings from an independent monitoring report highlighted:
    • Donoghue breaches its daily tonnage limit.
    • Site samples included traces of unauthorised toxic substances, including asbestos.
    • Donoghue’s methodology for handling and recording waste needed to be improved.
  • Barnet Council conducted a deep cleaning of The Vale and Claremont Road.
  • The Environment Agency placed an air quality monitoring station next to the site – although to our surprise it was prematurely removed on Friday 22 February.

This has put pressure on Donoghue to comply with regulations and resulted in more cleaning and dust suppression mechanisms on site.

On the other hand, very little has been achieved to improve the life quality of directly affected residents and businesses. More worryingly, there has been no news of any relocation site.

Under these circumstances, our frustration has been growing. To make matters worse, residents feel angry and betrayed because of Barnet’s Mayor’s decision to include Donoghue in Barnet’s New Year’s Day parade and the recent consultation on the introduction of width restrictions in Somerton Road.

See the recent media coverage on the situation.

See also: Why Donoghue’s Relocation Cannot Wait

Why Donoghue’s Relocation Cannot Wait

1) It is in everyone’s interest.

  • Donoghue wants to move as the site is too small.
  • Both Barnet and the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) require a fully functional waste management plant to cope with present and future demand.
  • Residents and businesses cannot wait.

2) The site is inadequate for waste management for Barnet and the NLWA.

  • It is too small to properly manage the current volume of waste.
  • The site has no space for the number of HGVs transporting waste and so there is an overflow onto Claremont Road.
  • The site is not coping with current waste needs and will not be able to cope with any additional demand from the Brent Cross Regeneration.

3) The site is in the wrong location and puts at risk our most vulnerable. 

  • The area around Donoghue has changed in the last 40 years and is predominantly residential.
  • The site is blocked to the west by the railway; its only point of access is on Claremont Road. Along this road there are 3 schools (a primary, a secondary and a special needs), 2 playgroups, a nursing home for the elderly, a post office sorting office, 2 churches and a community hall. 4 bus routes also use this road.
  • Donoghue shares fences with a young person’s homeless centre, a social housing development and a children’s playground.

4) The quality of the air we breathe is a hazard to our health. 

  • According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), “Regularly breathing construction dust can cause diseases like lung cancer, asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and silicosis. These diseases cause permanent disability and early death. Over 500 construction workers are believed to die from exposure to silica dust every year.”
  • Alex Chown, the Environment Agency’s Area Environment Manager for North London, responding to our concern about the amount of dust in the area, said that what we cannot see is the bigger problem. The visible and invisible dust we all breathe is a hazard to our health.

5) The intensity of use harms our neighbourhood. 

  • This is against national, local and NLWA policies that aim to protect local amenities.
  • In order to prevent this, Donoghue would need to significantly scale down.

6) Our roads cannot cope with the additional load.

  • HGVs are getting bigger, heavier and significantly increasing in number.
  • It is unjustifiable for the Council to spend taxpayers’ money to keep this one business under control and to repair road damages partly caused by its overloading and intensity of use.
  • The Vale repairs alone are estimated to cost over £240,000. We would rather see this money invested in our children’s future.

7) Children need protection. 

  • Children have been speaking up against climate change. Local schools encourage them to walk and cycle to and from school.
  • Lack of action from Barnet Council and the NLWA sends a mixed and wrong message, as it exposes children to very high levels of pollution and terrifying road safety risks.
  • Please do not wait for an accident or casualty before the relocation of Donoghue is taken seriously. 

Electoral Boundary Review

The Local Government Boundary Commission is carrying out an electoral review of Barnet Council.  The deadline for making comments is Monday 3 December.

The aim of the electoral review is to recommend ward boundaries that mean each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters and to ensure that the ward boundaries reflect the interests and identities of local communities, as well as promoting effective local government.

Follow this link to have your say.