Sutton does U-turn over plan to route HGVs into Croydon

JEREMY CLACKSON reports on the latest gear change in the niggling roads dispute between south London councils over lorries trucking rubbish – including potentially radioactive waste – to and from the Beddington Lane incinerator

Sutton Council has pulled up the hand-brake and made an emergency U-turn over its plan to redirect HGV traffic heading for the Beddington Lane incinerator into Croydon.

Using typical CouncilSpeak, a senior Sutton official in Sutton confirmed in writing yesterday that the consultation over their council’s proposal to ban heavy lorries from Beddington Village, re-routing them up and down the Purley Way, has been “paused”.

As Inside Croydon reported last month, the Sutton proposals drew accusations from Croydon councillors in Waddon ward of being “selfish and shameful”.

The Purley Way’s pollution levels are already notorious for being in breach of European laws on vehicle emissions.

The consultation might even have been illegal, judging from the no-nonsense language used in a letter from Steve Iles, one of Croydon Council’s most senior executive directors, to his counterparts in Sutton, which threatened calling a costly public inquiry into the road traffic management scheme.

LibDem-controlled Sutton had wanted to impose a traffic restriction for Beddington Lane and Hilliers Lane which daily would re-route thousands of heavy goods lorries, and their polluting emissions, up and down the Purley Way, through Croydon’s Waddon and Broad Green wards.

U-turn: Mary Morrissey

Inside Croydon has seen an email sent yesterday by Mary Morrissey, Sutton’s grandly titled “strategic director of environment, housing and regeneration”.

In it, she wrote, “As you may be aware, on publishing our proposals, we received a significant number of objections, largely from businesses and the BID in the Beddington area which were concerned about the impact of the HGV ban on their operations, but also from LB Croydon, due to concerns over the impact of the diversionary route on their network and residents.

“As a result, officers have paused the implementation of the proposal and the formal determination of the objections, to take some time to engage further with businesses and Croydon to better understand their concerns, and to ensure that other planned works to the highway network in the area, such as the TfL works to the tram retaining wall, and the work at Asda junction, are completed.”

It amounts to an admission by Morrissey that Sutton’s consultation had not been conducted properly. Heaven knows, she must be miserable now.

“We will also be using this pause to undertake further monitoring, to validate our original modelling and assumptions about levels of HGV traffic. TfL are aware.

“We intend to fully engage with ward councillors and local residents throughout this process.” Which would be a first.

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1 Response to Sutton does U-turn over plan to route HGVs into Croydon

  1. After all the protests about the Incinerator and the Lib Dems Green credentials. We are down to the nitty gritty or NIMBY Council. Now imagime if Sutton actually did ban HGVs as they should from the Village. And now imagine that Croydon also banned them from entry to Croydon due to Pollution etc. Would we then have an Incinerator that did not incinerate, did not pollute and in effect did not work. We could paint nice flowers on its monolithic structure grow daffodils in its shadows and erect statues of thanksgiving to the poor planning and consultation that delivered what hundreds of protests (and protesters ) campaigned for but were ignored or treated as radicals and scorned. Yes Folks Clean Air by default, and no more nasty smells in your back garden. #hackingupalung

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