Labour councillors have called for the council to commission a full air quality audit around the site of Donoghue's waste management and skip hire at last night's Environment Committee (15 March). Residents have complained about dust pollution and debris caused by 7.5, 20 and 40 tonne lorries making hundreds of trips on a daily basis to and from Donoghue's.
Cllr Alon Or-bach submitted a member's item to the Environment Committee, and asked for the Committee to discuss what action the Council could take to tackle the pollution. He also asked for any air quality audit to include the neighbouring children's play area, nearby community centre and also Handley Grove which is next to the site.
The Committee did not have time to discuss the member's item, but local resident and campaigner Lisa Pate spoke at the beginning of the meeting on the issue. Councillors at the committee meeting agreed with her that more needed to be done to tackle the problems caused by the Donoghue site, including action by the Council and Environment Agency.
The member's item follows unsuccessful attempts by the Assets, Regeneration and Growth Committee (ARG) to find another location for the Donoghue's skip hire to move to.
Labour councillors are running a petition calling for the Council to support the relocation of Donoghue's, and will continue to raise the issue at future committee meetings.
Local resident and campaigner, Lisa Pate, who spoke on the issue at last night's committee said: "Residents have suffered for many years due to the dust and pollution from the Donaghue's site. We need urgent action from the Council on this issue."
Cllr Alon Or-bach said: "I am thankful for Lisa championing this issue - Barnet Council has been very slow to act on the poor air quality. We need this air quality audit to happen as soon as possible, and if legal pollution levels have been breached we need tough enforcement action to improve conditions straight away.
"I'm glad that the councillors who spoke at the meeting agreed with Lisa - residents have been putting up with the problems caused by this site for far too long. As I said at the meeting, alongside trying to get the Donoghue site moved, we need a more immediate solution to tackle the dust and poor air quality".
1. A copy of Cllr Or-bach's member's item can be found here: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s38598/Members%20Items.pdf
2. To sign the Barnet Labour petition see: http://www.barnetlabour.org.uk/donoghue_petition
3. For more on this issue at ARG Committee see Agenda Item 7 from 12 December 2016: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=696&MId=8640&Ver=4
For more information contact:
Cllr Alon Or-bach: firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568