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Boris' inferno

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Boris' inferno

Yesterday, Boris Johnson approved the massive waste incinerator in South London.

Boris Johnson formally approved the planning application for the controversial Viridor Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) incinerator in Sutton, for the treatment of four London councils' (Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton and Sutton) waste.

Jenny Jones, Green Party AM, has condemned this decision, as it is an environmental disaster for south London and the recycling and composting industry. Furthermore, the Mayor of London's decision is in breach of his own planning and waste policies which state that incineration is the least desirable form of waste management. What Boris Johnson has done instead is put the interests of big business before environmental concerns and interests of local residents.

Back in 2010, the local Conservative Party were promising they not approve any incinerators in the area.

In May this year, Jenny Jones had formally raised the concerns about the proposal, because of its detrimental impact on the natural environment, local air quality, and on undermining the waste hierarchy.

The development is to be built on Metropolitan Open Land which is contrary to the London Plan. The air quality would further deteriorate, contrary to the London Plan policies. The site is of exceptional importance for birds and biodiversity, and the development on the site is in breach of the London Plan policies. The type of the facility is contrary to the London Plan policies, and so on.

Clearly, local residents and policies matter little when big business talks. We in Southwark know this only too well.

 

 

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