Walsh: plans to build car park on “essential green buffer” would undermine fight against a Colnbrook runway
Cllr James Walsh has hit out at plans to build a new long-term car park for Heathrow in Poyle. Colnbrook, he says, cannot afford to lose an essential “green buffer” in an area already blighted by poor air quality, while it would be a major blow to the fight against a Colnbrook Third Runway.
Cllr James Walsh has strongly objected to plans for a new long term car park for Heathrow which developers want to build on Green Belt between the Colnbrook By-pass and Pippins Park.
Cllr Walsh, Colnbrook ward councillor and Health Commissioner for Slough, says the development will worsen the situation for residents already blighted by the nearby AQMA air pollution zone. A Mr G Singh submitted the application to Slough Borough Council in September.
Colnbrook is one of the most polluted villages in the country and is especially affected by particulates from exhaust emissions.
Planning application P/15665/000 proposes a 160-vehicle car park on land next to Pippins Park bordering Winchester Close and Coleridge Crescent in Colnbrook.
Vehicular areas would be enclosed with 2 metre high steel palisade fencing. The access road would be tarmac while a grass protection mesh comprising a “heavy duty thick extruded plastic grid” would be the predominant surface.
Walsh says the siting of the proposed car park so close to the sizeable residential estate around Coleridge Crescent makes it unacceptable. He also points to the signal it would send to those fighting a Colnbrook Third Runway if further Green Belt in the area is given up now.
I would not like to see what could become a small green buffer between the airport and homes in Coleridge Crescent/Rodney Way and Winchestrer Close built on now.
He points out that that the proximity of the car park to Pippins Park would destroy the hard work carried out by the Parish Council and local volunteers through noise and may cause breathing difficulties for some children.
… a decision on this application must take into account the proposals outlined in the Davies Report and how Colnbrook could look in 20-30 years’ time. This land could be an essential barrier if the airport expands into the borough.
The Parish Council discussed the proposal on Tuesday and is understood to have instructed the clerk to write a letter of objection.