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John McDonnell MP was appalled by the level of street cleanliness in Hayes at the moment which is a direct consequence of the closure of Rigby Lane Recycling Centre, previously privatised by the Conservative Council. This has led to no facilities in the south of the borough.
John said “We cannot go on like this. The streets are filthy, fly tipping is a consistent problem”.
John has written to the Council to demand they take action in re-opening the recycling centre in the south of the borough for local rubbish and recycling.
John said “I opened the recycling centre in Rigby Lane as a GLC Counsellor in 1980s and now the Tories have closed it.”
John McDonnell MP to meet with SEGRO to discuss new plans for the Nestles site.
On Monday 12th January a public announcement was made that the 30 acre Nestles site has been taken over by SEGRO, the former Slough Estates. During the last year SEGRO secured planning consent for a new hotel, restaurant and industrial scheme in Uxbridge and completed a 90,000 sq. ft. industrial scheme in West Drayton.
John McDonnell MP has written to the Council once again to request that the Council now considers undertaking a planning brief for the site engaging with the local community fully to prepare the brief which will allow the local community to have a better opportunity of shaping and determining the future of this pivotal site.
The Council has refused John McDonnell’s previous requests for a brief to be prepared. John said
“The spurious argument put by the council was the cost of preparing such a brief, even though such an exercise has been undertaken in other parts of the borough.
I do not see why Hayes should be discriminated against in this way and would urge that this decision is now reconsidered in the light of a new owner taking over the site.
It should be possible for the council to approach the new owner to seek a financial contribution to preparing a community planning brief.
I would urge that action is taken by the council to accede to this request and commence the preparation of a planning brief with some urgency.”
The site is of pivotal importance to the area and offers a massive opportunity for improving the quality of life for so many people who currently...
John McDonnell MP urges Business Secretary of State Vince Cable to launch an inquiry into the behaviour of Parcel Delivery Firm City Link Limited and its owners
Following the announcement of 2536 redundancies, 112 of them in West Drayton, as City Link Limited went into administration John McDonnell MP wrote to the Secretary of State urging him to intervene and explore with the union all avenues possible to protect the jobs of the workers whose livelihoods were at risk.
The company entered administration on Christmas Eve as a result of 'continued substantial losses' although employees were not notified until an announcement on Christmas Day.
This was despite the Union being advised by the administrators at a subsequent meeting on 27 December that the company had been working with insolvency advisors since November without telling the staff or their union and also that the company was declared technically insolvent on the 22nd December.
The Uxbridge Gazette reported that administrators turned down an offer from an unnamed consortium to buy the business, saying the bid 'offered no money up front and significantly undervalued the assets to be acquired.'
Mick Cash, general secretary of trade union RMT, called the decision to reject the offer a 'disgraceful and cynical betrayal that will wreck the lives of our members, many of whom are owed thousands of pounds.'
He added: “RMT does not believe that those pulling the strings had any interest in saving this business and were happy to cut and run, leaving a trail of human misery in their wake. The City Link collapse has blown the lid off the cosy relationship between bandit capitalism and the political elite”.
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