Thursday, January 21, 2010

Letter that appeared in last weeks Croydon Guardian

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank each and every one of those 1200 residents who took the time to submit concerns and objections to the South London Waste Partnership regarding the proposed “waste management site”. As co-founder of the Stop The Incinerator campaign our intention was to raise awareness of the second stage consultation and draw attention to the likely outcome: a waste burner.

It appears we have had some success because your paper notes that there is a delay in the publication of the plan. The due date has been put back from February 2010 to the Autumn of 2010. One can only deduce that the sheer number of objections has put Croydon, Sutton, Merton and Kingston councils on the back foot, and cynically they have decided to hold back the proposals until after May’s local election. No doubt the location and the technology selected will provoke a backlash.

Unsurprisingly, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – the Labour Government – is now pushing for the waste plan to be submitted in order to avoid EU fines. It is becoming clear that Labour doesn’t care if a health damaging incinerator is built to cut the waste sent to landfill, just so long as it avoids these fines.

Yours sincerely

Shasha Khan

Green Party candidate for Croydon North

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