Incinerator campaigners demonstrate that money talks

Anti-incinerator protesters make their point at last night's meeting of the Sutton Council development committee

Anti-incinerator protesters make their point at last night’s meeting of the Sutton Council development committee

The Development Committee on Sutton Council thought they were holding a routine meeting last night, until a number of Stop The Incinerator protestors drawn from across Sutton and Croydon entered with placards and sat down at the front of the public gallery.

Once the meeting started, the councillors were startled when the protestors stood up with £5, £10 and £20 notes taped across their mouths. Their message was that, as far as £1billion incinerator schemes are concerned, money talks.

Perplexed, the meeting chairman opted to speed through the agenda, declaring the meeting closed within a couple of minutes.

The councillors were heckled by the protestors as they scuttled for the exit.

Croydon resident Shasha Khan, one of the organisers of the protest, said, “This visual demonstration was designed to express the fact that local people had not had their views heard, were expected to accept more harmful pollution in the full knowledge that the motivation behind the imminent decision is money over health.”

The planning application for the incinerator, to be built on Beddington Lane, just on the Sutton side of the Croydon borough boundary, is expected to go before the same committee next month.

“We want the development committee to be aware that when the application goes before them in April, they will be facing massive opposition,” Khan said.

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