We are happy to publish the following, received from a resident wishing to spread the word about plans for the conversion of a Cappagh-owned unit on the Waterside Way industrial estate into a ‘concrete batching plant’:

Concrete batching plant flyer
Concrete batching plant flyer

Some of you will have received a yellow flyer through your door a week or so ago asking you to object to a planning application submitted to Merton Council to build a Concrete Batching Plant on Waterside Way, SW17.

There was very little time to respond as comments had to be in by the 14th March. However, one of our members [a Caxton Road resident] did object and copied his email to our MP Stephen Hammond.

Stephen Hammond contacted Merton Council and received a reply from the case officer, Mr. Tim Lipscomb who wrote:.

“At this stage it is not clear what the officer recommendation will be as we are waiting on a number of important consultees to comment. However, the comments raised in representation letters will be carefully considered in the decision-making process.

However, I will endeavour to keep you updated as to any progress with the application. The application expires on 27th March and we would look to make a decision by then. However, if it becomes a committee case it would likely go to the April meeting.”

Objections to this application have been made regarding noise, pollution and the effect on traffic in our already congested roads and the effect on the Wandle Nature Park. As soon as we know anything further, we will be writing again!

Cappagh site in Waterside Way
The Waterside Way site, viewed from the Wandle Trail

We note: consultees for this site just steps away from the Wandle Trail did not include the Wandle Trust; householders in Caxton Road were not notified of the plans despite being named in the application as being the residential area closest to the site (as the crow flies); Havelock Road and Garfield Road residents might also feel such a proposal just across the river from their homes will have a bearing on their amenities.

It’s worth taking a look at the planning application (no 17/P0438) to see if you want to add comments. The deadline has passed but they are sometimes still logged after that date: call Tim Lipscomb at Merton’s planning dept (gen switchboard 020 8274 4901) to check.