Put the bunting out: Sutton drops incinerator lane name plan

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, on a sudden council U-turn

Sutton Council has backed down over its decision to name the access road to the Viridor incinerator in Beddington as “Corn Bunting Lane”.

Sutton Council’s attempts to whitewash the incinerator clearly backfired

The LibDem-controlled council announced the U-turn this morning, following the widespread derision they had brought upon themselves through the Spoonerism possibilities of the original choice of name, which had been the first choice of incinerator operators Viridor.

First, Inside Sutton lampooned the name choice, while highlighting the bitter cynicism laden in the preferred option, since that the number of corn buntings nesting in the Beddington Farmlands had decreased significantly since Viridor had been operating on and around the site.

Then Wretch, the media group which publishes the Daily Mirror, nicked our story for their local news aggregation website, managing to plaster “Born Cunting Lane” across its site for several days. Whoops…

And Private Eye picked up on this gaffe, helping to bring Sutton Council into disrepute yet again.

Sutton’s LibDems have a problem with the correct meaning of words as far as incineration is concerned. They refuse to refer to the incinerator as… well, an incinerator, preferring the euphemistic and blatantly meaningless (to most people) acronym ERF.

And they wanted to extend this “call it something else and perhaps people won’t notice” game for the name of a road which will be used by hundreds of heavy lorries each week, carting in rubbish from south-east England to be burned in the incinerator’s industrial furnaces, and then carrying away the resultant ash by-product.

“Corn Bunting Lane” would clearly divert people’s attention from the 300,000 tons of rubbish being incinerated there every year. Of course.

Viridor was handed a £1billion contract to build and operate the incinerator for 25 years by the South London Waste Partnership, SLWP, formed by Croydon, Merton, Kingston and Sutton councils. Sutton’s LibDems controversially gave planning permission to build the incinerator on Metropolitan Open Land – which is supposed to have the same planning protections as Green Belt, and land that was supposed to be used to make south London’s largest country park. Wild bird numbers in Beddington Farmlands have decreased drastically in the past few years.

Ruth Dombey: surely deserves to have a Sutton road named after her

Last week, Sutton Council indicated it was having second thoughts about going ahead with Viridor’s preferred name for the service road.

The council suggested that “Corn Bunting Way” might be a better path to take, as it were.

Then, just after 9am today, an email was sent out from Sutton’s Street Naming department.

“We are planning to start a new consultation with councillors, regarding an alternative street name,” said the brief note. “We are just preparing the details and will communicate with you later this week.”

Inside Sutton would like to offer a handful of suggestions to be put before the local councillors for more suitable names for Beddington’s newest thoroughfare.

A proper title, surely, for a road which not only leads to the rubbish-burning incinerator (which has been test burning since last July, yet for which Viridor refuses to release any emissions data), but which will also carry thousands of heavy lorries, each producing even more lung-damaging traffic pollution.

St Vince Cable: £100,000 Viridor grant lavished on his constituency. A mere coincidence, obviously

In honour of the leader of the Sutton LibDems who has been so determined to inflict the incinerator on south London, all helped along by £1.5million-worth of cash “gifts” from Viridor’s “environmental charity” and handed to causes in Liberal Democrat constituencies, including that of “Sir” Ed Davey, the sometime minister for energy and climate change (seriously), and of St Vince Cable, Dombey’s revered ballroom-dancing party leader.

Old pal’s act: Colin Drummond’s Viridor salary went up by £200,000 the year his company was awarded the £1bn Beddington incinerator deal

Named after the Viridor industrialist who made it all possible, ably assisted by leading Sutton LibDem John Drage, who somehow forgot to mention his and his wife, Elaine Drage’s, lifelong friendship with Drummond, the chief exec and chairman of Viridor, when he was on the South London Waste Partnership committee which was awarding the company the juicy £1billion public contract.

Beddington’s dead end: Tom Brake MP

A dead end, through the effects of air pollution perhaps for hundreds of Londoners, to better remember the role of the hero of the LibDems’ “green” policies, the MP for Carshalton and Wallington, who has robustly defended the incinerator being built at Beddington Lane, especially after Viridor Environmental Credits coughed up £275,000 to repair and refit a church hall in Brake’s constituency, a church attended by his generous donors John and Elaine Drage, and used by LibDems when campaigning to get Brake re-elected.

Of course, there may be other possibilities for a suitable name for the road to such a prestigious development. Take part in our poll here, and help the officials at Sutton Council to make the right choice…


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2 Responses to Put the bunting out: Sutton drops incinerator lane name plan

  1. David Mogoh says:

    My preference would be:
    Born Cunting, Die Choking Lane

    Whole areas of the country have granitic cellars that fill up with dangerous levels of Radon gas, which, in turn, seep into the houses.. This is admitted to be carcinogenic and there is a public health prevention initiative, Googling Radon produces unusually open information.It allows people to see that a number of gamma, beta rays of different enrgy strengths are emitted and also alpha particles.

    222Rn belongs to the radium and uranium-238 decay chain, and has a half-life of 3.8235 days. Its four first products (excluding marginal decay schemes) are very short-lived, meaning that the corresponding disintegrations are indicative of the initial radon distribution. Its decay goes through the following sequence:[28]
    • 222Rn, 3.82 days, alpha decaying to…
    • 218Po, 3.10 minutes, alpha decaying to…
    • 214Pb, 26.8 minutes, beta decaying to…
    • 214Bi, 19.9 minutes, beta decaying to…
    • 214Po, 0.1643 ms, alpha decaying to…
    • 210Pb, which has a much longer half-life of 22.3 years, beta decaying to…
    • 210Bi, 5.013 days, beta decaying to…
    • 210Po, 138.376 days, alpha decaying to…
    • 206Pb, stable.

    I sincerely hope that this discussion stays “academic”…..if the usual tricks of the incinerator-mongers and councils are used the wrinkles may include allsorts,which I will not bore you with today.

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