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MP challenges Viridor over its management of wildlife reserve

A Member of Parliament has intervened over the serious damage to the wildlife habitat and the destruction of one of London’s largest nesting colonies of house sparrows, following reports of the ecological calamity by Inside Croydon. Elliot Colburn was elected … Continue reading

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Plea to council for action as birds slaughtered at nature reserve

Viridor, the operators of the polluting waste incinerator at Beddington Lane, have been accused of allowing an environmental slaughter in the neighbouring wetland nature reserve which they are supposed to manage. Nesting pairs of endangered bird species have been disturbed … Continue reading

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Beddington Farmlands come alive as wildlife winter wonderland

The cold fingers of winter might be touching us as we head into November, but as local naturalist PETER ALFREY observes, the wildlife sanctuary at Beddington Farmlands is full of life Following lots of rain and the recent habitat improvements … Continue reading

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Beddington Farmlands council demonstration, Sutton, Oct 8

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Incinerator on security lockdown as Viridor get twitchy over XR

Viridor had their £210million Beddington Lane incinerator plant on security lockdown yesterday, apparently out of fear of incursions from… local birdwatchers. The controversial and troubled Viridor incinerator is already nine months late in being fully operational to meet the terms … Continue reading

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Industrialisation of Beddington reserve is killing off wildlife

PAUL LUSHION, our environment correspondent, reports on how a 6,000-signature petition is about to be handed to a council leader demanding that they do their job to protect south London’s biggest nature reserve The Beddington Farmlands nature reserve, just the … Continue reading

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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”. The LibDem-controlled council announced the U-turn this … Continue reading

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RSPB investigation launched after two Wandle egrets killed

Wildlife wardens from the RSPB are investigating what one conservationist has described as “an unusual cluster” of two dead and one injured little egrets from the River Wandle and Beddington Farmlands in the past week. The birds do not appear … Continue reading

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Viridor allowed to give ‘absurd’ name to incinerator road

BELLE MONT, our Sutton reporter, on how the council has opted to name the service road to the Beddington Lane incinerator after a bird species that has been almost wiped out locally, in part, at least, as a consequence of … Continue reading

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Hackbridge residents asked to take part in plan referendum

Sutton Council is running a community referendum this month on The Hackbridge and Beddington Corner Neighbourhood Development Group (pause for breath…) neighbourhood plan. The Hackbridge and Beddington Corner Neighbourhood Development Group (pause for breath…) was set up in November 2011 … Continue reading

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Report ignored incinerator when assessing school air quality

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, on this week’s opening of the Viridor Incinerator Academy, a primary for four- to 11-year-olds, that could literally take their breath away Reports this week from China have offered scientific evidence that air pollution causes … Continue reading

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Birdwatchers cock-a-hoopoe over rare sighting at Beddington

Bird watchers and naturalists lit up social media at the weekend after a sighting of a hoopoe at a reserve in south London. It was the first confirmed sighting for 50 years at Beddington Farmlands nature reserve of the bird, … Continue reading

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Sutton official in bid to oust conservationist from science group

BELLE MONT reports on an attempt by a council official to intimidate an environmentalist’s opposition to Viridor’s poor performance over the Beddington wetlands A senior council official responsible for Sutton’s environmental policy is demanding that a local conservationist should quit … Continue reading

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Sutton’s latest horror: the Beddington chainsaw massacre

Sutton LibDems’ ‘green’ credentials have been exposed again as bogus, as they have ordered the destruction of hundreds of trees in a nature reserve, just when the wild birds are nesting for spring. BELLE MONT reports More despair looms for … Continue reading

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Enforcement officer is sent in over neglect of wildlife reserve

A south London council has been forced to appoint an enforcement officer to check on the environmental work which Viridor is supposed to be doing at Beddington Farmlands. The appointment comes more than two years after the Local Government Ombudsman … Continue reading

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How you can fight the Beast from the East in your garden

NATURE NOTES: You can turn your garden into a vital refuge from the cold snap for local wildlife, writes PETER ALFREY The Beast from the East is taking a fierce bite at our local wildlife, just when they are at … Continue reading

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In south London, birds of a feather are flocking together

NATURE NOTES: The darker months at the end of the year have been brightened up by huge flocks of non-native birds, and a couple of surprise visitors to the area, as PETER ALFREY, the ‘Birdman of Beddington’, reports In November … Continue reading

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Viridor highlights homeless owls as they claim wildlife success

Incinerator operators Viridor have outraged local conservationists with their latest publicity, which has been described as “misinformation” over the status of the habitat and the various wildlife species that live around Beddington Farmlands. Viridor has a £1billion contract from the … Continue reading

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Viridor about to use chimneys that Santa won’t want to visit

The industrial-scale waste incinerator at Beddington Lane is set to be fired up for the first time in the next couple of weeks, Inside Croydon has learned. “It’s the sort of Christmas present no one in south London would want,” … Continue reading

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Viridor getting twitchy as thousands sign twitchers’ petition

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, on a multi-billion corporation which has started meddling in local politics, again Viridor, as they prime themselves to fire up next year their vast incinerator at Beddington Lane, appear to be getting more concerned over … Continue reading

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Viridor panel refuses grants to Beddington community groups

A £1million ‘hush fund’ announced for community groups by incinerator operators is being used to try to subdue local opposition, according to one activist. BELLE MONT reports Viridor, which has a £1billion public contract to operate the incinerator at Beddington … Continue reading

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Incinerator operator sends threatening letter to bird watcher

An environmentalist who has worked for more than a decade on the Beddington Farmlands site, monitoring the wildlife in an area which was supposed to be transformed into a nature reserve, has been sent a threatening letter by incinerator operators … Continue reading

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Rare public opportunity to go wild at Beddington Farmlands

Inspired by BBC’s Springwatch? There’s a chance to do some real-time, real-life bird-watching this Sunday, June 5, at the area’s own nature reserve. And the public guided walk at Beddington Farmlands this week could also be one of the last … Continue reading

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Beddington Birdman accuses charities of ‘selling out’ to Viridor

Peter Alfrey is to quit his role as wildlife warden at Beddington Farmlands nature reserve, accusing the local council, Greater London Authority and incineration company Viridor of a “greenwash” and of multiple broken promises, all of which is causing an … Continue reading

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