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TOPIC: Campaigners reject waste authority's incinerator claims

Campaigners reject waste authority's incinerator claims
24 Jun 2020 08:45 #5385

This Thursday (25th June) sees an important waste authority (NLWA) meeting. The agenda will include the latest annual accounts, high level risk plus key next steps for the proposed incinerator. Anticipating this Pinkham Way Alliance wrote to all board members with some related issues and risks.

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The highlighted legacy costs from an earlier exercise are substantial despite ignoring £5m compensation paid to bidders and ballpark £20m for the likes of consultants and lawyers. Chris Grayling aside, I always wonder where else the same leadership would remain in place having burnt through so much capital.

The conclusion, take a breath and make sure it's the right approach this time, is appropriate, as is it being undertaken in conjunction with completion of the necessary waste strategy and waste plan, both items currently missing.

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Multiple deputations to question waste authority's incinerator plans
24 Jun 2020 14:33 #5386

Extinction Rebellion Enfield have sent the following message:

We at XR Enfield have become aware that the following individuals and groups have submitted today deputations requests to the forthcoming North London Waste Authority’s board meeting:
  1. Enfield councillors: Vicki Pite, Yasemin Brett, Charith Gunawardena, Husseyin Akpinar, Saray Karakus, Ann Brown, Ayfer Orhan
  2. Haringey councillors: Bob Hare, Liz Morris, Tammy Palmer, Scott Emery
  3. Camden councillor: Simon Pearson
  4. London Assembly Member: Caroline Russell
  5. Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton
  6. Iain Duncan Smith, MP for Chingford and Woodford Green
  7. Group of doctors
  8. Pinkham Way Alliance
  9. Individual campaigner: Malcolm Stow

We understand that the common thread to these deputations is that they all seek to pause and review the plans for the new Edmonton incinerator. The NLWA meeting is scheduled on Thursday 25 June at 2.30 pm.

The board meeting will be streamed live on the Camden Council website:



Perusal of the agenda above will reveal that the board is proposing to exclude the public from the crucial parts of the agenda - that is to say, the items where the board intends to approve the start of preparations for construction of the new incinerator and the expenditure of large amounts of money coming from the budgets of the seven north London boroughs.

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Campaigners reject waste authority's incinerator claims
24 Jun 2020 15:20 #5387

It really is vital that as many messages as possible reach potential decision-makers or decision-influencers as soon as possible. From an Enfield perspective, that means the Enfield Council leadership and the two Enfield delegates to the NLWA, Cllrs Ergin Erbil and Chris Bond, as well as our three MPs.

On behalf of Fox Lane & District Residents Association (FLDRA) I have written to all sixteen of our local councillors, plus the Enfield reps on the NLWA Cllrs Bond and Ergin Erbil, with a copy of the letter we sent to Clyde Loakes, the Waltham Forest councillor who chairs the NWLA - and has done for many years. The letter is on our foxlane.net website.

It would be really shocking, and a statement of opposition to any serious attempts to respond to the climate emergency and save lives in the future, if NWLA ploughed ahead with the project on the watch of these particular politicians. They would fail even the greenwash test.

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Doctors to ask councillors to review incinerator plans to reduce death, disease
25 Jun 2020 13:23 #5390

Eight local branches of Extinction Rebellion (XR) today issued the following press release

Doctors to ask councillors to review incinerator plans to reduce death, disease: "You will save more lives than we will in our entire careers"

LONDON, 25 JUNE 2020—Today doctors, MPs, councillors, and campaigners will be asking the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) to reconsider plans to build a large incinerator in Edmonton, statements released in advance of an NLWA board meeting show. MPs Kate Osamor and Iain Duncan Smith are among today’s speakers, who are expected to highlight various issues of concern, such as the risks a new incinerator would pose to people’s health, social justice, the environment, and financial stability—amid fears of a deep post-Covid recession.

‘We are asking the North London Waste Authority to pause and review their plans to build a new incinerator in Edmonton as air pollution and the climate emergency are preventable causes of disease and death,’ Dr Rebecca Redwood, a GP in Waltham Forest, is to tell the 14 board members of the waste authority, who have the power to draw up plans that are more in line with climate emergency declarations, commitments to ‘build back better’ following the pandemic, and North London’s actual waste management needs.

Dr Redwood will be speaking on behalf of a group of doctors who, in a signed statement to the NLWA, underscore that ‘air pollution causes around 40,000 deaths per year in the UK’ and costs taxpayers ‘more than £20 billion every year’. They also refer to ‘evidence that increased air pollution allows pathogens such as coronavirus to spread further’ and that the incinerator ‘will release ultra-fine particulate matter (PM1 and PM0.1) that cannot be filtered’ and for which there is ‘no safe threshold below which no damage to health is observed’.

In recognition of the NLWA’s plans to ship waste into North London to ensure the 700,000-tonne incinerator works at capacity, Dr Redwood is expected to warn the board members that ‘moving the waste into North London will produce additional carbon emissions and road congestion with its own negative effects on health’. She is to note that ‘over the next 50 years, the proposed facility would produce as much CO2 as all of London does in two full years’.

The GP’s closing remarks: ‘As doctors we work daily to save lives. By making a decision to pause and review this incinerator you will save more lives than we will in our entire careers. It’s easy to clap for the NHS. We are asking you to actually support the NHS by pausing the incinerator and so reducing rates of preventable death and disease.’

Osamor, the MP for Edmonton, is expected to focus on health and social justice concerns among her constituents, who live in wards that are among the most deprived in the country and suffer from Covid death rates that are nearly twice as high as the average for England and Wales. She is to speak about the dangerously high levels of air pollution in Enfield, recent calls on the government to review its air quality strategy, the correlation between poor air quality, social and economic deprivation, and racial inequality, and the need for clarity regarding emissions.

In addition to speaking about the NLWA’s failure to meet recycling targets, Duncan Smith is expected to argue that the incinerator would produce energy inefficiently and that the NLWA conducted inadequate public consultations, during which it failed to inform residents that waste would be imported from outside North London.

Other presentations to the board will be made by London Assembly member Caroline Russell, councillors from Camden, Enfield, and Haringey, the Pinkham Way Alliance, and a North London resident. The meeting will begin at 2:30 pm today and will be streamed live on YouTube at councilmeetings.camden.gov.uk. Statements submitted in advance of the meeting are available at www.nlwa.gov.uk/sites/default/files/inline-files/Supplementary%20Agenda%2025.06.2020.pdf .

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Doctors to ask councillors to review incinerator plans to reduce death, disease
25 Jun 2020 13:37 #5391

You can watch the meeting live on YouTube:

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