I Am Demanding Action against Pollution from Bitumen Plant

For months now local people have been reporting dreadful odours coming from Conway's bitumen recycling plant in Hayes, located to the East of the Hayes Bypass. This problem has happened again this week. The emissions are so strong that workers at local companies are feeling nauseous. I have contacted Hillingdon Council every time that the emissions have been reported but still the problem is recurring. I have repeatedly called for firm action by the council to prevent any recurrence of this appalling situation. I am fearful that people's health is being put at risk.

When Conway's submitted their planning application for this plant two years ago I warned the council of my fears about the impact on air pollution in an already heavily polluted area. The council ignored my concerns and allowed the planning application. Now we are faced not only with the smell of tar wafting across the local area but also a direct impact upon the health of local people. This is unacceptable and I am demanding immediate action from the council to protect our community from this risk. 

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  • commented 2016-08-11 04:29:28 +0100
    I know this is an old post, but was wondering what the outcome of your complaint have been. I live on Scotts Road, Southall, and the smell of tar or burning comes straight into my bedroom. We have to deal with this smell almost every night whilst sleeping and it makes us ill. I had no idea what it was until I searched the internet and found your report in Gowestlondon.

    Please can you tell me what is happening with this because the smell is sometimes unbearable and I know it cannot be healthy. We have been living here 25 years and never had to deal with anything like this.

    Thank you,
    Ms Amanda Daniel
  • commented 2015-08-11 00:15:45 +0100
    I am only just catching up with the posts about this issue. I live in the shadow of the plant and suffer the (currently) three / four times a day emissions from this plant. Interestingly, in the various news reports (e.g. http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/mp-calls-action-against-hayes-9278941and http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/tar-smells-hayes-asphalt-plant-9301347), FM Conway defend their position by saying that there are other plants in the vicinity which have the same equipment. That much is indeed true. Tarmac’s plant has been in operation (at least as far as I can recall) for around 10 years. We have never had the same problem with Tarmac. Are we to assume that FM Conway simply didn’t purchase a plant with all of the correct pollution controls from Benninghoven GmbH? John, your comments to the press and to the house and well made. Planning and Environmental control / monitoring in Hillingdon today is completely ineffective and, frankly, a mess.