Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Sooner or later we will all need nurses. I personally want the people who care for me as I lay dying to be valued and respect members of society, not debt straddled wage slaves, struggling to get by. It is simply called basic decency.
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
The great HS2 Rip Off and how the the Conservative government guarantee profits for private monopolies
This is not completely unprecedented. In May 2003, there was a huge refurbishment of the existing West Coast railway. For a period of eighteen months, there were very limited routes over the line to Manchester. The rail regulator realised that this would be bad for Britain, so they made the then operator of the Midland Mainline service, from St Pancras, to set up a direct service from St Pancras to Manchester. This lasted until September 2004. This service proved popular, especially in the East Midlands, where many people appreciated a direct service to Manchester. However despite the fact that this service could be accomodated, offered the prospect of competition on the route and was popular, the rail regulator insisted it was closed down at the end of the engineering works. There was never the slightest chance that having seen there was a potential for a better deal for passengers, a rival service would be allowed to flourish. The reason? Rail Franchises are nice little earners. They are not designed to improve the lot of passengers. They are designed to make big profits for operators. If passengers decided it was worth an extra half an hour on the train to save a decent amount of cash, then that would be no good at all, would it? If that started to happen, dodgy operators would have to start upping their game.
Let me give you an example. I took two journeys of similar distance. London to Iswich and London to Bedford, leaving at 6pm today. The cheapest ticket on the Trainline to Ipswich was £49.20 and it takes 1hour and 11 mins. The journey London to Bedford takes 57 minutes and costs £23.60. Why is a journey taking only 14 minutes longer more than twice the cost? It may seem puzzling until you realsie that on the Ipswich route, there is only one operator. That is Greater Anglia. On the London to Bedford route, there are two operators, Thameslink and East Midlands Trains. It is clear that if there is competition, prices are lower. An even starker example is the cost of a train from St Pancras to Wellingborough. This is the next stop up the line from Bedford, but is only served by East Midlands trains. For that extra hop, the cost rises to £57.00. If you were to buy two tickets, one from London to Bedford it's £23.60. The ticket from Bedford to Wellingborough is a mere £10.50, realising a saving of nearly £23.
This whole mad system is a product of a Conservative obsession with privatisation. Does this serve the passengers or the rich companies? Clearly not. However because they couldn't possibly admit that British Rail, a nationalised entity, could be better value, we are forced to pay through the nose to subsidise companies owned by foreign governments. The Tories may preach Brexit, but they are happy to sell the crown jewels!
Monday, 24 April 2017
#Save London Music! #KeepMusicLive
North Finchley Festival
Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum Summer Festival in Mill Hill Broadway
For more information contact Osita Udenson at Vibe Markets
The USA is not alone in benefitting from weak government. Who is the most powerful European leader? Surely Angela Merkel. She has lead a coalition government since 2005. Has the German economy floundered and have the German people suffered? Not as far as I can see. At the same time, we have Vladimir Putin in Russia. Here we have a strong man who has little effective opposition. Has this meant the Russian economy done well? No, it is in dire straights, propped up by Russia's massive natural resources. Have they done well in negotiaitions on difficult issues? No, Russia suffers sanctions.
In Belgium, there was a lengthy period where there was no government at all. Did the economy grind to a halt? Nope, in fact it went from strength to strength. As to the EU negotiations. If Theresa May thinks having a pliant parliament is an assett, she knows nothing about negotiations. If the EU think she has control of Parliament, they will be able to dictate terms. She'd be in a far stronger position if she could say "Well there is no point suggesting that because I'd never get it through Parliament". One of the oldest tricks in the book when negotiating is the "Fred says" tactic. This is based on the idea that if you are negotiationg you say "Well I'd love to sign up, but Fred would never agree to that". In this case Parliament is "Fred". Theresa May says no deal is better than a bad deal. This is a ridiculous thing to say. If I was negotiating, the first thing I'd say is that the only deal we will do is a good one and it is in everyones interests to do it. Theresa May seems to think that saying "If you don't give us what we want we'll walk away" is a good negotiating stance. It is not. A good negotiating stance is one where you have the strength to know that no one would walk away from the table, because that would be insane. If Theresa May gets the 100 seat majority she wants, she will have no joker in the back pocket. She can't play the difficult Parliament card at all. If we don't have the cards to say "you'd be insane to walk away from the table" Then we should take a different tack.
Of course the election was nothing to do with Brexit. It was all to do with the Tories trying to grab a few more years, as Labour is perceived to be weak right now. May sems to think that a big majority silences the awkward squad. It does nothing of the sort. Tony Blair had massive majorities, but all it did was mean that there are more MP's who felt overlooked, more scope for personal rebellions, as MP's know that they can vote agaings their party, with no ramifications, it has nothing to lose and no discipline. If Blair had a 10 seat majority, he'd have had to tread carefully and would probably not have made the awful mistakes that trashed his legacy. But with the massive numbers, he need not worry about the awkward squad. Now, one of them, Jeremy Corbyn is the party leader. Blairs huge majority gave rise to the stresses and splits that created the state of Modern Labour.
I don't blame May for going for an election. She is a politician, her job is to do such things. She has had the albatross of not being elected around her neck. She needs authority and at the moment this is lacking. But what is required is a new manifesto, a new program of government and a set of coherant reasons for electing May. We've not had this and the evidence says that we need "Strong Leadership" is the mother of all red herrings.
Sunday, 23 April 2017
|Manchester City FC|
However, supporting Manchester City is not about glory. It is about something far more important. At the end of the 1970's things turned sour. The nemises was 1999, when City were in League 2, going nowhere. For a while, it seemed like they would say there. For reasons I can't fathom, this was perhaps the period that I loved the club most. The supporters, who still turned out. When the football on the pitch was dire, we brought inflatables and had a party. At many away games, the away support outnumbered the locals, and several clubs were kept afloat that season by the inflated gate takings.
The season finished with a play off final vs Gillingham. At the time, I explained to my nephew Alex, that the best reason to support Manchester City rather than Manchester United, is that it prepares you for life and makes you a better person. To support City requires a sense of humour and strength through adversity, wheras to support United simply requires arrogance, a feeling that you are better than everyone else and a sense of entitlement. I took my nephew to the game. The efforts of Nicky Weaver and Paul Dickov ensured he saw the lights. That season United won the Treble, but for City fans, the play off final was a far more pivotal point. Had they lost, it felt like we'd be cast unto Hades itself. With 89 minutes, we were two goals down and playing appalling football. That was my last visit to the Old Wembley. No one there could imagine what the next couple of decades would bring, but that was the key moment. At 88 minutes, it seemed like we were doomed. Noel Gallagher famously stormed out. But we are Manchester City. The word impossible is alien to us. If we win we win impossibly. If we lose, we lose spectacularly. Under Mancini, I went to watch City at The Emirates. We were rubbish. With six games to go we'd blown the title. I left feeling truly depressed, the train carriage had City fans morosely saying we'd never win anythingunder Mancini. But as ever, with City, you have to lose your faith to find it. I wrte a song recently about the experience of being a football supporter, with Allen Ashley, (my co writer and a Gunners fan). It contains the line "Keep the faith, Always believe, take us to the top of the league". Sometimes it is only the gallows humour that makes that possible. I was at a City vs Bournemouth game at Maine Roaud in around '88. City were 3-0 up at half time. That was in the Harry Redknapp period at Bournmouth. The guy standing next to me was raving and saying "We really are back (we were in the 2nd tier), we are awesome". The game finished 3-3,with him vowing never to come back. A couple of weeks later, there he was. That is the life of a City fan.
Once more I head off to Wembley to watch the Blues, with a sense of trepidation and impending doom, mixed with excitement and expectation. If they lose, it will be "Damn, typical City" if they win, then the anxiety will simply shift to the forthcoming date with Chelsea. No other team are as capable of losing when it seems impossible and no other team would ever have that Aguero moment, with the camera moving to Fergies face as the truth dawns that the noisy neighbours have snatched the title with the last kick. That is how Premier league seasons should finish. As myself and Matthew sat watching the moment, completely emotionally drianed, Clare came in and said "Oh dear, so they lost then" we said "no they've won!". She said "Why aren't you happy then". I said "we are too drained". That is the life of a City supporter. #CTID
1. We start with a rather sad tweet of Burnt Oak market, from the Burnt Oak Police. I remember the halcyon days of the bustle of Watling Market, when it was the place for meat, fish, records, bric-a-brac, pet accessories, cheap suits, towels & linen, and fruit and veg. Time moves on but, wheras places like Camden Market have reinvented themselves and attracted new business and young people, Burnt Oak market has simply rotted.
2. Fancy Taking part in the Hendon History Project?This is how #Watlingmarket is looking now, a massive difference but work still continues there. @BarnetCouncil pic.twitter.com/1ybLVCVAcv— Burnt Oak Police (@MPSBurntOak) April 16, 2017
3. The name of the rose? Anyone help Lucy Reynolds?Calling all Colindale and Hendon residents @RAFMUSEUM want you to take part in their Hendon History Project https://t.co/6SBzsdURRj pic.twitter.com/VJB7lUDGP0— Barnet Homes (@BarnetHomes) April 7, 2017
4. A local lad done well!@FinchleyHort @godly1966 .can anyone name this rose for me.Lady up the street grows it.very vigorous, scent exquisite pic.twitter.com/L9m4xNv9VL— Lucy Reynolds (@LucyRey25846868) April 17, 2017
5. Barnet Rebel is being chirped at!WATCH: @AnthonyFJoshua's special gift to former trainer at Finchley ABC plus sparring rumours against @Tyson_Fury... https://t.co/AMcdJMOSZ9 pic.twitter.com/pqcGadOXVe— Sky Sports Boxing 🥊 (@SkySportsBoxing) April 21, 2017
6. Congratulation to that little Rugby team down the way in Copthall. In the final of the European Cup. Well done lads, awesome. Looking forward to the open top bus down Mill Hill Broadway!Having to work Saturday; being kept company by next door's chirping house sparrow.... @SaveOurSparrows @housesparrows @richmondsparrow pic.twitter.com/HikYWg9sV1— Donald Lyven (@barnet_rebel) April 22, 2017
7.I think this is a rather good photograph!Saracens - Miserly Saracens suffocate Munster to book final date. Read the match report here https://t.co/PWp03J20FV pic.twitter.com/4PXCeQETMW— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) April 22, 2017
8. Fancy a bit of Musical Theatre in Mill HillGolders Green #london #colourphotography #streetphotography #documentaryphotography #reportage #fujixpro1 #500pxrtg pic.twitter.com/0IqrhzBKL4— Peter M (@fujiXdreams) April 21, 2017
9. Any small business owners interested in a bit of networking in a relaxed atmosphere?#sisteract rehearsals have started @ Mill Hill Musical Theatre Co! Show dates 25-28 Oct 17. Come & join us on stage! Email email@example.com pic.twitter.com/q944nh1S5c— Mill Hill Musical TC (@MHMTC_) April 21, 2017
10. Strange goings on at North West London's finest studiosJoin Buzz networking & share your biz tips -24April 6pm cafe Buzz N12 8JY BOOK https://t.co/FIf3tPYjBk @cherrybug01 #Finchley #Enfield pic.twitter.com/lUPqd3gtrK— FSB North London (@FSBNorthLondon) April 22, 2017
However, if anyone @MillHillMusicCo walks in they'll wonder what the hell I'm doing playing in this! Testing 'hat' for @reverse_family gig! pic.twitter.com/ELCWYwr2hs— Minki AKA 50ft Woman (@50ftwoman) April 21, 2017
That's all folks
Saturday, 22 April 2017
1. Scullery. This was a sort of mini kitchen, where the cooker and the sink wer kept, but there wasn't room to swing a cat.
2. Gas poker. We used to have a gas poker to light the coal fire in the front room. They were very popular.
3. The Mangle. My mum used to have a mangle to squeeze the water out of the washing. Famously she caught my elder brother Laurie putting worms through it when he was a toddler. These days we have tumble driers.
4. The Black and White Telly. In these days of flat screeens etc, the concept of a black and white telly to my kids is truly bizarre. My daughter asked once why people didn't like colour.
5. Storage Heaters. These were large electric radiators with big concrete blocks in. You put them on when the electricity was at "cheap rate" and they stayed warm all day.
6. The airing cupboard. This was where the hot water tank was kept and it had a space above for drying items in the winter.
7. The outdoor loo. Before the extension, we had an outdoor toilet. I never quite figured out why, until I asked my dear old auntie. Before the days of central heating, double galzing etc, keeping the house warm in winter was difficult. You didnt want smells trapped that couldn't escape, so the loo was outside.
8. Eiderdowns. There was a period oin the late 70's when everyone had an Eiderdown on their bed. Haven't heard the term for years.
9. The potting shed. In the 1960's people had potting sheds. I was never quite sure what happened in them.
10. Servents bells. We still have these, although they don't work. Odd really for a semi in Mill Hill!
My daughter asked what it was recently and didn't believe me. I've kept it in place to remind me of our aristocratic past. All the rooms apart from the little "maids bedroom" had a bell.
Friday, 21 April 2017
Have a great weekend
Thursday, 20 April 2017
1. It's legal
2. It's highly addictive.
3. It radically alters peoples behaviour.
4. It causes anti social behaviour.
5. It damages friendships and family life.
6. It places vulnerable people in the way of harm.
Let me put the evidence as I see it.
It is quite clearly legal. There are no constraints on who can join and few constraints on what people can say and post. Sexually explicit pictures are banned, but more or less anything else is allowed. Of course we live in a society where free speech is valued, but we place legal constraints on drugs, because they damage society, so maybe we should have a long hard think on how we legilsate for social media. It is bizarre how people who resent intrusions into their privacy plaster all manner of personal information on social media.
2. It''s highly addictive. Not for everyone, but neither is heroin, cocaine or other illegal drugs, some people are casual users. There are, however people who seem to become completely obsessed with facebook and get edgy and nervous when they can't access it or post trivia about there life. I am sure any of us who has used it know people who become completely obsessed.
3. It definately alters peoples behaviour. I have a few friends who I've seen a complete transformation in their personality following facebook addiction. Some seem to have become obsessed with all manner of odd political causes, having previously shown no interest at all in the subject.
4. It causes terrible anti social behaviour. We all know people who harrass people and behave in the most awful way on social media platforms. The term troll is sadly one which we have had to learn to live with. There are also people who seem obsessed with reposting the most horrible material, posting pictures of animals and people suffering all manner of awful treatment. Often this is accompanied with "OMG, isn't this awful". Yes it is, don't repost it and encourage them.
5. Friendships and family life has been damaged for many people. This may be because partners hook up with exe's, it may be because disputes start over trivial subjects when people take umbrage at trivial comments.
6. Sadly many vulnerable people see Facebook as the windows to the world, as with everything else, there are predators out there who see Facebook as a useful tool. The company seems to have no interest in addressing these issues. For me, this is perhaps the most dangerous feature of all.
Do you agree?
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
As for Labour. There is a dispondence among many, especially on the Blairite wing. They really need to man up. If they don't support Labour candidates, then they are behaving in a reprehensible manner. Labour needs an infusion of new MP's, because it is clear that many of the current ones are out of step with the party membership. Having said that, it will be bad for the country if there is no opposition so to speak of, therefore support the person you've got, not the person you want. In Barnet seats, candidates such as Sarah Sackman are clearly the face of the future for Labour. I agree that it is highly unlikely that Jeremy Corbyn will be the next PM, therefore we need intelligent and articulate people like Sarah to help shape the post Corbyn era. I suspect that the best any Labour supporter can realistically hope for is a Labour lead coalition. I suspect that Corbyn would not lead that, although that is a guess. But seven weeks is an eternity in Politics. Yesterday I was sitting here eating my porridge for breakfast thinking "what on earth will I be blogging abut this week". With May clearly being highly dishonest about her reasons for calling the election, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that the campaign will expose her as a shifty and untrustworthy politician who is also not noted as being a great campaigner. There is also a msss of young people who have swept Corbyn into power, who may well energise the campaign and deliver a shock. The received wisdom was that Remain would win and Clinton would brush Trump aside. The electorate had different ideas. Who's to say that it won't happen again.
The Lib Dems have an opportunity. Many good MP's lost their seats in the electoral purge that resulted from voters getting their revenge. However bad they may have seemed, to me it seems that what has followed is a million times worse. We need a strong voice for the 48% who believe in a future in partnership with Europe. Only the Lib Dems are speaking up for this. The Tories seem to be painting the Lib Dems as the party that is still stuck fighting the referendum, when the country has moved on. The trouble with this strategy is that I doubt many of the 48% have moved on and I also suspect a goodly percentage of the 52% may be having second thoughts. The Tories won a majority because they won dozens of seats from the Lib Dems. If the Lib Dems win these back, then the Tories dreams of huge majority may well prove to be a pipe dream and the concept that this election was a masterstroke may now look like David Camerons cunning plan to hold a referendum to shut up the leavers in the Tory Party. It is key to me that Lib Dems are the joker in the pack. I would be amazed if the Tory strategists don't have a cunning plan to shaft the Lib Dems, but we've seen how well they work.
Not that it affects Barnet, but we also have the SNP into the mix. Will they maintain their stranglehold on Scottish politics. I suspect they'll lose a few seats, but will still be the dominant force north of the border. In the event of a coalition, they may well be the nemisis of Jeremy Corbyn. At the last election, Cameron won by scaring the life out of us with tales of Nicloa Sturgeon. I doubt that will work again.
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Perhaps the biggest beneficiary of this poll is likely to be The Lib Dems. They have seen a massive resurgence following the Euro vote. In my constuency, Hendon, we have a hard right Brexiteer in Matthew Offord standing in a very pro remain seat. Labour held the seat until 2010, but were soundly trounced last time. Lib Dems were a distant third place. It will be fascinating to see what happens to Labour under Jeremy Corbyn. Whatever happens, we need a proper, functioning government and a proper opposition. They say a week is a long time in politics, What will the seven week campaign bring us. Another fascinating thing is UKIP. As they've achieved their purpose and we are leaving the EU, will they disappear?
Big Tory majority.
Lib Dem gains in pro remain areas 50ish seats
Labour reduced to core areas
SNP to maintain stranglehold on Scotland.
Greens to poll well
The Borough of Barnet to stay blue
What are your predictions?
Monday, 17 April 2017
So I was intrigued to see a tweet from him on the subject of Brexit
Re Brexit. Still think it looks like an utter disaster. Hope I’m wrong!— Gabriel Rozenberg (@rozgab) March 28, 2017
His tweet pretty much sums up my own views. The pound has consisitently been between 16-20% lower since the vote. This means that all of us are 16-20% worse off than our neighbours in the EU, USA etc. Perhaps the most surprising, for me, aspect of what has happened is that no one has a clue, nearly a year after the event, what it really means and what the settlement will be.
Last June I pulished a list of the Top Ten porkies told by the Brexit Campaign. Lets see how that has panned out?
Top Ten #Brexit Porkies
Rog Comment. This is what it always was. A load of B___cks. A year down the line, Turkey joining the EU is further, not closer.
Sunday, 16 April 2017
1. We start with Alan Wylie who looks at what could possibly go wrong with our unstaffed libraries
2. Just in case you were unsure of what area the Burnt Oak police patrol, they have helpfully tweeted a map. No surprises for guessing where its of!
We cover the area you can see marked out below. Be sure to say hello if you see us out and about on patrol! pic.twitter.com/YjqFWxX9Uw— Burnt Oak Police (@MPSBurntOak) April 11, 2017
3. Todays wildlife quiz question from Velella. Can anyone identify these?
...any ideas what these are...found on a broom stick in a small urban river: ...Watling Park, Burnt Oak pic.twitter.com/2LxvodEbas— Velella (@pralford54) April 9, 2017
4. Bit of a fire this week in Brent Cross. Looked a bit scary
5.Some great pictures of the Ionic Cinema in Golders Green from Richard Littler
The Ionic cinema, Golders Green. This used to be my local. Classic 70s decor. pic.twitter.com/JIQj9z28x5— Richard Littler (@richard_littler) April 5, 2017
6. Mill Hill is getting a new chippy! We can't wait! We've long missed La Carp D'Or
7.Live Music is always worth a plug. This time it's at Flames restaurant in Finchley!
Enjoy live music @ Flames 🔥 every weekend. pic.twitter.com/sjvzr3o1AA— Flames Restaurant (@FlamesFinchley) April 13, 2017
8.Mark Amies is none too impressed with the neglect at Edgware Station
9. We love a well turned out garden in the spring?
10. And our local citizen of the year received his award at Mill Hill Music Complex
Thats all folks, have a great Easter Sunday!
Saturday, 15 April 2017
1. The Intercity 125 train. Stand on any Thameslink platform and you'll see this iconic 1970's piece of technology whizz through. These beasts were supposed to be the future of Britains Railways, sadly for most of us, we've had decades of slow chug-a-lug suburban trains on a daily basis. I seem to recall they were called Inter City 125's as they did 125 MPH. That would get you into St Pancras from Mill Hill in 5 minutes! If I do it in 20 most days, I'm happy. (credit to CHOO-CHOO!!Plane) for the video.
2.The Spitfire. Youc an see this at The RAF museum in Hendon, along with a whole stack of other great technology. The countries premier aircraft museum. (Credits - aeroengpilot )
3.The Boris Bus. The future of London Buses? Well it was till Boris decided that being Mayor was beneath him! You can see these on the Saracens Match day service occasionally. Sorry that don't have a better picture
A Boris bus in Mill Hill Broadway. First one I've seen in our neck of the woods pic.twitter.com/ptg9Mihn2z— Roger Tichborne/RogT (@Barneteye) March 26, 2016
4. The National Institute for Medical Research. This is perhaps the most important building in the country! Or it was until it was decided to miove it to The Crick in St Pancras. A whole host of medical discoveries have benn made here. Ones which have changed the lives of millions for the better. It's also been used as a location for Batman films! See it before it gets knocked down
5. The University of London Observatory. I love astronomy and the fact we've got a world class observatory in our locality!
6. The Ibanez Turbo Tube screamer! This technology makes a guitar rock! This to me as a guitarist, is technology at its best.
Just arrived in stock. The amazing @IbanezOfficial TS9DX a brilliant guitar pedal for only £139! pic.twitter.com/KpQ4ejMLg6— MillHillMusicComplex (@MillHillMusicCo) January 5, 2017
7. Brent Cross flyover. This for me as a kid was the future! Roads over roads over roads. I always love the view of the flyover from the tube as the sun is setting. It always seemed magical to me. I always particularly liked the street lighting. A masterpiece of 1960's engenering and technology.
8. 4G football pitches. I play football on these every week at Powerleague in Mill Hill. They are great. Unlike the original plastic pitches, no carpet burns and a softer surfcase so less dodgy knees and broken ankles.
9. Fridges. This may seem an odd thing to say, but there is no invention that has had more of an effect on our life than the humble fridge. Before fridges, we simply couldn't have all of the lovely food we eat on a daily basis. At the heart of every restaurant, every kitchen and every cafe is a fridge.
10. The Oyster card. I love contactless technology. It just makes life so much easier. We use it all the time at our tube and train stations and on the buses. It has made a huge difference to the way we do our business. Like much technology, we take it for granted.
Whilst they are the least glamourous of all the ten things I've listed, in many ways fridges and Oyster cards are the type of applications that change the way we do things and how we live our lives more than anything else. It is perhaps humbling to think that whilst just about everyone in London has a fridge most of the earths population does not have access to refridgeration. The contactless card is something that keeps London moving. In many parts of the world however, the only means of getting from A to B is to walk for the population. Makes you realise how lucky we are.
If you know the area, this map below shows the access plaan onto the Edgware Road, supporting the site.
This morning I yet again checked the status of the plan. When we first covered the subject, back in March, the local community were unaware. As a result of our first blog on the subject, there are now 64 letters of objection. As you can see, the plan is still in the pending consideration stage.
|Status as per 15/04/2016|
|Unloading the aggregates|
It is clear just what the bosses of these companies think of the people who have to live with the effects of their profit making schemes. The arrogance is breathtaking. However if you think it is bad enough that they don't give a stuff about the ordinary people, their attitude to the law and the planning authority is even more shocking. Here for your perusal is a video that may interest you.
As you can see the depot has been built and there is a train with a set of wagons in the facility. The video was taken on Thursday 13/4/2017. It seems that DB Rail feel no need to actually get planning permission from the Council and follow due process, to build and start using the site. One has to ask, what is the purpose of having a planning process if companies simply ignore it and do what they like. There are a few things I think do need to be said. Firstly, I support the concept of moving freight off the road and onto rail where possible. It is more eco friendly and sustainable than convoys of lorries, however this cannot be an excuse to ride roughshod over local communities and to ignore planning rules. There is absolutely no excuse to refuse to consult. In urban settings, such facilities should be housed in such a way to negate the effects of noise and dust. To claim that 10 lorries an hour will have no effect on traffic on the Edgware road is ridiculous. Anyone who drives, knows that Lorries move slower, accelerate slower and have to be given a wide berth. To me it seems that the access to the site is awful. I would assume that many will need to cross the Edgware road to get to the North Circular. This is ignored in the diagram. My assumption is one of the justifications for the aggregates is to supply the mega building project on the Brent Cross site. As such the site is on the wrong side of the railway, with a totally inappropriate road access. Of course DB rail has already said they consider local people to thick to understand such issues. I rather suspect that in Germany, such facilities are a tad "Vorsprung Durch Technic" and local people are not ridden roughshod over in such ways. Maybe that is why the UK is such a good place for foreign rail companies to make juicy profits?
I will give the last word to Jessica Howey, just one of 64 people to have objected to the proposal. I chose her objection at random as a fairly representative one. Jessica has requested the opportunity to speak at the planning meeting.
Comment: The transfer of aggregates in the open without cover from train to lorries using a mechanical grabber will create noise, dust, dirt and pollution and intolerable traffic on the Edgware Road, which is already heavily congested. This is totally unacceptable in the 21st century and makes a mockery of the London Mayor's attempts to improve the quality of air in London. It will also seriously affect the quality of life in the Railway Terraces Conservation area. There will also be considerable light pollution as the site will have 24 hour security and work will take place from 6am to 6 pm. The railway terraces and our allotments are very close to the proposed site but no screening or protection is proposed. However screening is proposed for the new flats in Fellows Square currently being marketed in the Far East by London estate agents. The Railway Terraces have been ignored by DB Cargo, which has an abysmal track record on the site in question where there have been many polluting and illegal fires. DB Cargo's past performance and failure to manage the site should dictate that this application is rejected outright.