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Ocado should work with the community

22 January, 2021

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

• AS Islington Labour councillors for the Junction and St George’s wards, we campaigned with the community, in particular parents at Yerbury school, to stop the Ocado depot in Tufnell Park and, in October, we were delighted Islington Council made the judicial decision to revoke the certificate of lawfulness.

We are disappointed that following the verdict the company has continued building works, causing disruption for residents who are working from home, and remote learning due to the pandemic, and for children who were at the school before Christmas.

We all agree that our schools should be free from toxic air pollution; we should protect the infant lungs of Islington’s children and young people should not be put in danger.

But throughout this process Ocado has sought to use all possible loopholes and ambiguities to continue building on the site without having the right to use it.

We implore Ocado, instead, to work with the council and community to bring this work to a stop and protect local residents and young people.

CLLR JANET BURGESS
CLLR SHEILA CHAPMAN
CLLR KAYA COMER-SCHWARTZ
CLLR TRICIA CLARKE
CLLR SATNAM GILL
CLLR GULCIN OZDEMIR

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