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‘Nocado’ group raises £10k for depot challenge

Campaigners set to take legal action in bid to block food delivery hub next to primary school near Archway

26 June, 2020 — By Sam Ferguson

Children take part in a protest against food delivery giant Ocado’s proposed depot

A CAMPAIGN group set up by parents opposing the construction of a food delivery hub next door to a primary school has raised just shy of £10,000 to fund a legal challenge against the plans.

The “Nocado” group raised £9,550 in one month, which it plans to use to continue its fight against food delivery giant Ocado’s move to build on the Bush Industrial Estate next to Yerbury Primary School near Archway.

The proposals initially included diesel refuelling pumps, but Ocado secured a deal with UK Power Networks after objections, and is now pursuing a power upgrade to run a fully-electric fleet from the site.

The plans could be put on hold in any case after Nocado presented a pack to the Town Hall which it says proves that the land has been wrongly designated for delivery and storage.

A legal letter has been sent by the council to landowners Telereal Trillium, who Ocado are understood to have signed a long-term lease with for use of the site.

Meanwhile, work continues apace at the site, with council officers assured construction work is being carried out under permitted development laws.

A spokesman for the Nocado campaign said: “We are delighted to have reached our fundraising target. The generosity and support of the community proves the strength of feeling against this depot and power of collective action.

“It is our duty as a community to protect children’s health. It’s time for Ocado to agree with the council in revoking their application based on unlawful usage of site.”

This week, Nocado’s communication campaign was thrown into disarray after social media site Twitter suspended its account.

Twitter’s help pages explain an account may be suspended because of spam, security risks or abusive tweets and behaviour.

Nocado says it is awaiting a response from Twitter as to why it was suspended.

The Tribune has also approached Twitter for comment.

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