Tory u-turn on Pinkham Way depot

It looks like the Barnet Tories are about to perform yet another spectacular u-turn after Barnet Council published papers yesterday evening seeking permission to purchase two alternative sites for the depot that they planned to relocate from Mill Hill to Pinkham Way.

The proposals to purchase Lupa House in Borehamwood and Abbots Depot in Oakleigh Road South, Brunswick Park will be discussed at an emergency additional meeting of the Assets, Regeneration and Growth Committee (ARG) next week on 12 November.

Labour councillors have been campaigning with local residents in Coppetts ward to stop the relocation of the depot to Pinkham Way - a nature site of Special Scientific Interest with a nearby childrens' playground and without adequate transport access for waste trucks.

Labour councillors are encouraging residents to attend the meeting and submit public questions or comments to the committee - the deadline for these is by 10am on Monday 10 November. Any public questions or comments should be emailed before then to

Labour's Assets, Regeneration & Growth spokesperson, and Coppetts ward councillor, Pauline Coakley Webb said: "We welcome the council considering alternative sites for the depot as Pinkham Way is totally inappropriate as a depot site, but we want to hear from residents who live near the Abbotts Depot site in Oakleigh Road South as to whether they support a depot there."


1. A copy of the depot proposals and the agenda for the ARG meeting on 12 November can be found here: 

For more information contact:

Cllr Pauline Coakley

To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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