Recycling plant -Convoys Wharf

MQT on 2005-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2005
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What can you do to convince local objectors that the plans for a recycling reprocessing plant at Convoys Wharf are economically viable, that an operator for the plant can be found and that plans for transporting recyclable materials to the site by river are feasible?


Answer for Recycling plant -Convoys Wharf

Answer for Recycling plant -Convoys Wharf

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In 2003 the London Development Agency (LDA) commissioned London Remade to carry out a feasibility study into the viability of an environmental business facility. This involved consultation with local community organisations and concluded that the proposition was feasible and that there were profitable processes that could be conducted within a mixed use development and using the safeguarded wharf.

The Convoys development is a phased process and the Sustainable Business Park (SBP) is not planned for development until year six or seven. Whilst research shows a strong business case for a viable use, between now and then there will be more detailed business planning followed by negotiation and selection of the operator(s) of the facility.

Officers at the LDA have assured me that the SBP will involve transportation of materials by river and that this will be an element of any future business planning. However, due to the timescales involved I understand that it is not yet possible to specify the materials that will be processed or commit an operator.