Johal successor (Johal!) promises to be a good neighbour

Months of speculation over the former Johals Scrapyard on the Colnbrook By-pass may be coming to an end. Colnbrook Views has learnt that the site has been acquired for a coach operator … by none other than a Mr Johal.

In April we reported that clearance of the site which blighted the lives of residents in the conservation zone had begun. The site was the source of local anger for five years as noise and vibrations disrupted church services and made villagers’ lives a misery. But residents remained nervous when Slough Borough Council granted planning permission just prior to the massive Environment Agency fine that finally brought the illegal scrapyard to a halt.

Mr Amrik Johal, of Langley, was convicted after a week long trial in 2010 that concluded that the illegal operation was having a serious impact on those living within ten metres of the site. Johal was given a two-year community order at Reading Crown Court. In July 2011 Mr Johal was ordered to pay the sum of £881,513 within six months or serve five years imprisonment.

Mr Johal had tried to appease local councillors with a deal to gift part of the site to the parish in return for withdrawing long standing objections to the application.

But don’t be too quick to panic. The new Mr Johal is not related and is going to great lengths to demonstrate he is a good neighbour.

Joe Johal is understood to be relocating his Iver based school bus operation to the site and has written to neighbouring residents promising to abide by agreed hours of use and keep noise to an absolute minimum.

The proof will be in the pudding as they say. But this will no doubt be encouraging news to those residents who campaigned hard against the scrapyard with little support.

Welcome to Colnbrook, Mr Johal!

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