Sunday, 15 February 2015

Veolia Recycling Lorry Accidentally Leaks Oil in Princes Court

The controversial Brent Public Realm contract handed over waste collection, recycling, street cleansing, parks maintenance, BHP grounds maintenance and cemeteries to Veolia. The contract also made Veolia largely responsible for monitoring itself. The Veolia out-sourcingis the Council's justification for the  big cuts in the Environment Department.

In this Guest Blog, Denise Cheong of Wembley Champions  and Friends of King Eddie's Park gives an account of a recent environmental incident with a Veolia lorry:

During the scheduled recycling bin collection on Friday 13th February 2015, Veolia Recycling Lorry (License Plate No: VK07 ZSO) developed a severe oil leak and spilled oil over a vast section of the end of the Princes Court highway just after 10am.





This blocked the driveway to no.25 Princes Court completely. Veolia vans which arrived at the scene obstructed access to and from nos. 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 & 26 Princes Court.





A Veolia foreman, when questioned, stated that the vehicles are maintenance checked following VOSA [Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, replaced by Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency in April 2014] guidelines every 6 weeks.

A question that was not asked is "Is it standard kit for Veolia foremen to carry a hammer and wrench?"




 Within 10 minutes this vehicle was re-drivable and removed from the location at high speed.

Here is a bird's eye view of the gritted oil spill:




 A foreman stated, the grit will need to be laid down for 24 hours to absorb the oil. This is the Veolia Truck with circular brushes beneath that drove forwards and backwards over the grit at 8.45pm on Friday 13th.


 This is the scene on the morning of Valentine's Day Saturday 14th February:




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18 comments:

  1. It has made a total mess of the close and that mess is making a mess of residents vehicles and its pointless in getting them washed as as soon as you drive down the close the car becomes covered is this thick substance.

    Is the council coming back to sort this out?

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    1. Thanks. I have tweeted @Brent_Council asking them on your behalf.

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    2. Someone on Twitter has said the fire brigade put down sand in similar circumstances.

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    3. That would be me. ;)

      We had a vehicle spill a large amount of fuel on my road, and I rather apologetically called 101, who were extremely helpful and got the fire brigade out. I was really worried about the accident potential given you could see the stuff all over our very steep road. Fire engine showed, spread sand all over and said that would give grip to the road and gradually disperse the fuel. And indeed it did. The sand persisted for some time, though.

      I also called Brent's out of hours service who were singularly useless.

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  2. Thanks Martin, that's what I call team work.

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    1. Brent Council has replied to my Tweet asking about cleanup (Received about 2.30pm Monday):

      Brent Council ‏@Brent_Council 48m48 minutes ago

      @WembleyMatters Hello. Another vehicle will be sent to clean up the area today.
      View conversation 0 replies 0 retweets 0 favorites

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  3. Has this Denise Cheong joined the Green Party yet?

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  4. No. The Wembley Champions and King Eddie's Campaigns are non-party political.

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    1. Only a matter of time.

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    2. Lol! Hahaha...I have no intention of joining any political party in Brent.
      Denise Cheong

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    3. Perhaps not officially...

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    4. Dear "Anonymous", I stand for the people of Wembley Central. You seem to stir, for whom I do not know, but for the people of Wembley Central, hmm...that's questionable.

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    5. P.S. Yes, that was written by me: Denise Cheong

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  5. Friends of King Eddie's Park are open to all who share its aims and are not affiliated to any political party: friendsofkingeddies.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh my god, are you so blinkered that you can not see the bigger picture here, if these workers had not contained this massive oil spill there could have been an environmental issue. The very fact that these workers had the tools to control this show a commitment to their jobs and the public. yet all you do is use this as a slander tool. Your statement of 'A question that was not asked is "Is it standard kit for Veolia foremen to carry a hammer and wrench?". Since when has it been illegal to carry tools in a works van?

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  7. I do not doubt the commitment of these foremen to their jobs. A hammer I have been informed is an offensive tool. If that is Veolia's standard kit then there is no need for you to take offence at this question or indeed to suggest I am "blinkered". You anonymous were not present on the day and it was not your road that was blocked or your day that was hampered or indeed your time that was wasted. Quite frankly why are you picking on this now? on 24th February, 10 days after the incident - what's in it for you?

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  8. There is nothing in it for me, I commented on it because I have just seen it, I would not know what are the standard kit Veolia carry. As a builder I carry loads of tools including hammers. I commented on it due to the fact that if they had not contained this massive spill, the impact on the environment would have been far more serious than the loss of your time.

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  9. You're missing the point. An oil spill of this nature never should happen. The recyling lorries are supposedly checked every 6 weeks to VOSA regulations. Also, the Veolia foreman explained that the grit is meant to be laid down for 24 hours to absorb the oil spill.

    So why did the Veolia truck come back that evening and create a big mess of not just the road, but multiple driveways and vehicles all along the entire road - just a mere few hours later? Not to mention, I've not even pointed out the manner in which I was rudely spoken to and shouted at.

    So You "Anonymous" can judge me, without having been there. You can comment on my loss of time too. But I have no more time for you. I can only comment on the stress incurred by such rudeness and intimidation and choose to say no more.
    Denise Cheong

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