JLS singer Jonathan “JB” Gill has added the X Factor to the anti-incinerator campaign by giving his personal endorsement to the rapidly growing local movement that is bidding to stop the building of a waste incinerator at Beddington Lane.
“At times, Croydon Council has dismissed our campaign as ‘one man and his dog’,” said Shasha Khan, who is leading the appeal to raise funds for a Judicial Review of the incinerator decision. “A Brit award-winning pop superstar hardly fits that labelling.”
Before joining pop group JLS, Gill grew up in Croydon, attending Whitgift School and playing for Warlingham rugby club, and he maintains a keen interest in the area, and its environment.
“Air pollution is a known killer,” he said.
“How can they justify building something that will increase air pollution when everyone agrees we need to reduce it? There are cheaper and safer ways of dealing with our rubbish than burning it. I wish Stop The Incinerator every success with their campaign.”
Gill is worried about the disruption and health problems this will cause to his friends and family: “I don’t know why they want to build a waste incinerator in one of the most populated areas of London.”
Starting a new career as a farmer, Gill is particularly concerned to find that the dioxins coming from the incinerator chimneys will also get in to the water and the food chain.
“This is horrifying. It’s not just in the air you breathe, it can also get into the food you eat,” Gill said.
The Stop the Incinerator Campaign is at present gathering further evidence to support the Judicial Review, a court challenge to the decision by the planning authorities – Sutton Council and the GLA – to go ahead with the scheme, which will see operators Viridor receive a £1 billion public-funded contract to burn waste from Sutton, Croydon, Kingston, Merton and across south-east England for at least 25 years.
- On Monday night, the anti-incinerator campaigners are staging a fund-raising Quiz Night at The Oval Tavern. More details can be found here.
- The campaigners urge people to donate to the legal challenge by going to: gofundme.com/stoptheincinerator.
- For more information go to www.stoptheincinerator.co.uk
- Flawed inspection regime highlights health risks of incinerators
- £2.50 per person – the price Viridor puts on your health
- “Cheap” Hoar is now taking a fracking liberty in Waddon
Coming to Croydon
- Stop the Incinerator fund-raiser, Feb 24
- Fairtrade Film night, Antenna Cafe, Haynes Lane, Feb 27
- Fairtrade event, Upper Norwood Library, Mar 1
- Coulsdon and Purley Debating Society, Mar 3
- Patchwork and quilting workshop, Upper Norwood Library, Mar 3
- Fairtrade stall at Food Market, Haynes Lane, Mar 8
- Upper Norwood Library Book Club, Mar 15
- Norwood Society talk, Upper Norwood Library, Mar 20
- South Norwood Lakes Playground group workshop, Mar 25
- Croydon Half-marathon, Mar 30
- Crystal Palace Overground Festival, June 26-29
Inside Croydon: Croydon’s only independent news source, based in the heart of the borough: 516,649 page views (Jan-Dec 2013)
If you have a news story about life in or around Croydon, a residents’ or business association or local event, please email us with full details at email@example.com