PINKHAM WAY IS BACK IN THE NEW VERSION OF NORTH LONDON WASTE PLAN
In spite of all the evidence from their own consultants showing that the site is not viable and not suitable for development, that it’s a highly valuable ecological site, and in spite of their promise to decide at Cabinet level whether the site could be included in the new NLWP - the site is in the new NLWP. How did that happen? Who decided that it should go into the NLWP and when?
North London Waste Authority have stated they have “no plans for the immediate or interim future for the site but they wish to retain it as a “strategic asset”.
Barnet Council have indicated to Haringey that they wish to relocate their Waste Transfer Station from Cricklewood to Pinkham Way to make way for a housing development at Cricklewood. WTS’s are bad neighbour developments, bring additional heavy vehicles with all the accompanying pollution and nuisance not to speak of traffic congestion. They are high fire risks. Enfield Council we are told is against waste development at Pinkham Way because it will result in traffic rat running up Waterfall Road and surrounding residential streets to avoid the congested A406.
Ecological value of Pinkham Way site confirmed by ecological studies
over past two years
“A large unlit site ... almost undisturbed ... a rare resource for Haringey ... of high ecological value” (Land Use Consultants)
“considerable conservation value” “it should be an urgent matter to conserve the site" (Edward Milner BSc MCIEEM)
" ‘Wasteland’ habitats … open mosaic habitats are becoming increasingly uncommon within Haringey … the site is of borough importance"
"Plant species recorded at the site – noteworthy for a site of relatively small extent located within inner London”
"A breeding site for no less than 6 notable bird species (UK BAP Priority Species or RSPB Red or Amber Status) as well as slow worms and cinnabar moth caterpillars which are species of Principal Importance" (Huma Pearce BSc MSc MCIEEM & Denis Vickers BSc FLS MCIEEM CBiol, MBS commissioned by PWA)
"A culverted watercourse runs beneath the site, the reinstatement of this watercourse would further enhance the biodiversity value of the site."
In March 2015 we submitted substantial evidence, including a Risk Assessment spreadsheet setting out all the site constraints identified over the past eight years by various consultants commissioned by NLWA and Barnet Council. We found when we went to a meeting with council officers recently that they had not even read the submission, having undertaken in writing to do so prior to the meeting!