Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, is expected to announce his final decision on the Viridor incinerator at Beddington Lane tomorrow.
Jenny Jones, the Green party London Assembly member, today called on the Mayor to firmly reject the incinerator plan because of a range of short-comings, including building on protected Metropolitan Open Land, a failure to meet European Union incineration laws, and because of the massive health risk to generations of Londoners caused by burning the rubbish of four boroughs and imported from across the south-east of England.
“Building a giant incinerator on Metropolitan Open Land is not only contrary to the Mayor’s own planning policies and his waste hierachy, but it’s a recipe for a disaster for wildlife and local residents who will be exposed to unacceptable levels of air pollution coming from the chimney stacks,” Jones said.
“The Mayor has an opportunity to reject this proposal tomorrow,” Jones said.
“A rejection will send a clear signal to the waste industry and councils that signing new contracts that will see hundreds of thousands of tonnes of perfectly recyclable waste burned is completely unacceptable.”
Planning permission for Viridor’s scheme was granted earlier this year by Sutton Council, which is controlled by the LibDems, despite opposition from the Conservatives and Labour groups in that borough.
Sutton Council has entered into a commercial partnership with Viridor over energy generation from the Beddington Lane site, although Viridor’s other “Energy From Waste” schemes have failed to deliver any heat or power. The scheme also has the support of Merton, where Labour runs the Town Hall, from Tory-run Kingston, and from Conservative-controlled Croydon – where in 2010 Tory councillors in Waddon campaigned to oppose the incinerator, yet despite widespread public opposition, have since gone out leafleting on behalf of the big business interests of Viridor.
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