Incinerator decision backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson

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Plans to build a controversial incinerator for the area's rubbish have been given the all-clear by the Mayor of London.

London Mayor Boris Johnson left it to his deputy Sir Edward Lister to make the decision on plans to build the energy recovery facility in Beddington Lane.

The plans, that involve building on land set aside as green space, were backed by the Mayor's office this afternoon.

Now the plans will have to get final clearance from the Government before the project can go-ahead.

Sutton Council has granted planning permission for waste management firm Viridor to build the facility, which will take up to 302,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste from Sutton, Croydon, Merton and Kingston every year and burn it to create energy that should be distributed to neighbouring homes in the form of heat and electricity.

But because the plans involve building on land set aside as green space, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson had to back them in order for the project to go-ahead. As Mr Johnson is away on leave, the final say was left to his deputy Sir Edward Lister who announced the decision this afternoon.

He said: “The borough council and the applicant have taken steps to ensure the scheme meets the requirements of the London Plan and having carefully considered the merits of this application against every possible concern I have concluded there are no sound reasons for the Mayor to overturn the borough’s decision.”

Environmental campaigners and rival politicians have criticised the decision on the grounds they believe it will affect people's health.

Shasha Khan, of campaign group Stop the Incinerator, said: "I'm disappointed. We had some valid reasons and strong reasons, as set out to Boris Johnson by our legal team, for rejection but they have been ignored.

"We have pre-empted the decision and we've had discussions with our legal team about going down the route of a judicial review.

"This will affect the health of tens of thousands of people and for this decision to be made while Boris Johnson is away just displays the arrogance of the political elite."

Green Party London Assembly member Jenny Jones added: "The Mayor’s decision is an environmental disaster for south London and the recycling and composting industry.

"The Mayor has failed to observe his own planning and waste policies which state that incineration is the least desirable form of waste management.

"Instead he has put the interests of big business first, before legitimate environmental concerns and the interests of local residents that will be affected by his decision."

Now the plans will have to go before Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, before any building can begin.

Ian John, head of planning at Viridor, said: "Today’s decision builds on the approval of the London Borough of Sutton and is another important step towards achieving planning permission and the delivery of next generation infrastructure for South London. 

"Working in tandem with waste reduction, reuse, and enhanced recycling, Viridor’s Beddington ERF will play an important role in diverting waste from landfill, recovering renewable energy from what remains. 

"Operating to the highest national and international standards, the facility will deliver real environmental, economic, social and community benefits.”

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4:48pm Wed 21 Aug 13

ladyloki says...

The Lib Dems approved it locally and the Tory Mayor rubberstamps it- all in it together! This project will damage our health, our environment and our homes- shame on the lot of them for putting profits before people.
The Lib Dems approved it locally and the Tory Mayor rubberstamps it- all in it together! This project will damage our health, our environment and our homes- shame on the lot of them for putting profits before people. ladyloki
  • Score: 8

5:11pm Wed 21 Aug 13

Angela M says...

That's shocking :(

One of Boris' campaign points was to improve greenery in London - and now he's allowed his DEPUTY to plough through local green space to make way for this monstrosity.
That's shocking :( One of Boris' campaign points was to improve greenery in London - and now he's allowed his DEPUTY to plough through local green space to make way for this monstrosity. Angela M
  • Score: 11

5:40pm Wed 21 Aug 13

ladyloki says...

I can't wait to see if the Lib Dems have the brass neck to show their faces at the environmental fair this bank holiday Monday- perhaps local people should come along and tell them exactly what they think of this scheme!
I can't wait to see if the Lib Dems have the brass neck to show their faces at the environmental fair this bank holiday Monday- perhaps local people should come along and tell them exactly what they think of this scheme! ladyloki
  • Score: 15

7:06pm Wed 21 Aug 13

PeterM says...

I feel that in this instance the LibDems have committed political suicide by granting planning permission for this, not only in the area that it's in, but on land set aside for Green Belt use.
I feel that in this instance the LibDems have committed political suicide by granting planning permission for this, not only in the area that it's in, but on land set aside for Green Belt use. PeterM
  • Score: 9

8:27pm Wed 21 Aug 13

suttonian says...

How much money has been backhanded to the people at the top for this to go through? Shame people won't stand up against anything in numbers these days - how do we get this story to the big time?
How much money has been backhanded to the people at the top for this to go through? Shame people won't stand up against anything in numbers these days - how do we get this story to the big time? suttonian
  • Score: 3

8:37am Thu 22 Aug 13

Binsanity says...

The decision would not have been left solely to his deputy but would leave Johnson with a possible "cop out" at some stage. Now, can we finally see Johnson for what he is, a bumbling Tory buffon more suited to a comedy show that running our capital. Not a great lover of Livingstone but prefered his real and commited outlook for London. Get rid of this financially driven self serving clown that bends and sways with the wind, which we now know Johnson certanly is. (if we did not already).
The decision would not have been left solely to his deputy but would leave Johnson with a possible "cop out" at some stage. Now, can we finally see Johnson for what he is, a bumbling Tory buffon more suited to a comedy show that running our capital. Not a great lover of Livingstone but prefered his real and commited outlook for London. Get rid of this financially driven self serving clown that bends and sways with the wind, which we now know Johnson certanly is. (if we did not already). Binsanity
  • Score: -1

10:16am Thu 22 Aug 13

Hugh Dunnit says...

I thin it's a fantastic idea. Well done to those involved for having the foresight to realise that this installation was badly needed. The whinging of the usual crowd of professional moaners will soon die down once everyone realises they were poorly supported.
I thin it's a fantastic idea. Well done to those involved for having the foresight to realise that this installation was badly needed. The whinging of the usual crowd of professional moaners will soon die down once everyone realises they were poorly supported. Hugh Dunnit
  • Score: -3

10:46am Thu 22 Aug 13

Binsanity says...

Hugh Dunnit wrote:
I thin it's a fantastic idea. Well done to those involved for having the foresight to realise that this installation was badly needed. The whinging of the usual crowd of professional moaners will soon die down once everyone realises they were poorly supported.
Or dead from airbourne pollution, Hugh Dunnit must be a Viridor shareholder !!!
[quote][p][bold]Hugh Dunnit[/bold] wrote: I thin it's a fantastic idea. Well done to those involved for having the foresight to realise that this installation was badly needed. The whinging of the usual crowd of professional moaners will soon die down once everyone realises they were poorly supported.[/p][/quote]Or dead from airbourne pollution, Hugh Dunnit must be a Viridor shareholder !!! Binsanity
  • Score: 2

11:04am Thu 22 Aug 13

David7 says...

Binsanity wrote:
Hugh Dunnit wrote:
I thin it's a fantastic idea. Well done to those involved for having the foresight to realise that this installation was badly needed. The whinging of the usual crowd of professional moaners will soon die down once everyone realises they were poorly supported.
Or dead from airbourne pollution, Hugh Dunnit must be a Viridor shareholder !!!
...or one of the two people who supported the incinerator, against the thousands who did not.

First Camden school, now the incinerator. So much for the wishes of local people and ‘localism’ – it’s dead.

And let’s make it clear – there will be diddley-squat usable energy generated by this incinerator, despite Viridor’s attempts and fibs to convince the planners otherwise. It’s a fact that everywhere they’ve attempted to use the ‘waste’ energy produced, they have failed. So their promises are based on nothing.

I look forward to hearing what our local politicians have to say.
[quote][p][bold]Binsanity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hugh Dunnit[/bold] wrote: I thin it's a fantastic idea. Well done to those involved for having the foresight to realise that this installation was badly needed. The whinging of the usual crowd of professional moaners will soon die down once everyone realises they were poorly supported.[/p][/quote]Or dead from airbourne pollution, Hugh Dunnit must be a Viridor shareholder !!![/p][/quote]...or one of the two people who supported the incinerator, against the thousands who did not. First Camden school, now the incinerator. So much for the wishes of local people and ‘localism’ – it’s dead. And let’s make it clear – there will be diddley-squat usable energy generated by this incinerator, despite Viridor’s attempts and fibs to convince the planners otherwise. It’s a fact that everywhere they’ve attempted to use the ‘waste’ energy produced, they have failed. So their promises are based on nothing. I look forward to hearing what our local politicians have to say. David7
  • Score: 3

2:15pm Fri 23 Aug 13

D Hoole says...

suttonian wrote:
How much money has been backhanded to the people at the top for this to go through? Shame people won't stand up against anything in numbers these days - how do we get this story to the big time?
Try writing to 'the big time' - Secretary of State Owen Paterson, and The Guardian national newspaper. We need to test Paterson's loyalty to this stitch up.
Does this mean Boris does want to be a local MP after all? Are we fooled into thinking this wasn't his decision but his deputy's?
[quote][p][bold]suttonian[/bold] wrote: How much money has been backhanded to the people at the top for this to go through? Shame people won't stand up against anything in numbers these days - how do we get this story to the big time?[/p][/quote]Try writing to 'the big time' - Secretary of State Owen Paterson, and The Guardian national newspaper. We need to test Paterson's loyalty to this stitch up. Does this mean Boris does want to be a local MP after all? Are we fooled into thinking this wasn't his decision but his deputy's? D Hoole
  • Score: -1

3:03pm Fri 23 Aug 13

ladyloki says...

Boris can shirk this all he likes, by delegating to Lister he has shown what he thinks of the people of Sutton and Croydon- very little indeed, as do our Councillors who backed the scheme. I do hope this costs them dearly next year- not least because we have fought this tooth and nail for two years and we will NOT let them ride roughshod over local people in this way. Come to the environmental fair and ask the Lib Dems about this- they should be challenged, and told exactly what we think of this sell out of public health and our environment.
Boris can shirk this all he likes, by delegating to Lister he has shown what he thinks of the people of Sutton and Croydon- very little indeed, as do our Councillors who backed the scheme. I do hope this costs them dearly next year- not least because we have fought this tooth and nail for two years and we will NOT let them ride roughshod over local people in this way. Come to the environmental fair and ask the Lib Dems about this- they should be challenged, and told exactly what we think of this sell out of public health and our environment. ladyloki
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Fri 23 Aug 13

ANNE GILES says...

Hugh Dunnit wrote:
I thin it's a fantastic idea. Well done to those involved for having the foresight to realise that this installation was badly needed. The whinging of the usual crowd of professional moaners will soon die down once everyone realises they were poorly supported.
Well done! I heartily agree.
[quote][p][bold]Hugh Dunnit[/bold] wrote: I thin it's a fantastic idea. Well done to those involved for having the foresight to realise that this installation was badly needed. The whinging of the usual crowd of professional moaners will soon die down once everyone realises they were poorly supported.[/p][/quote]Well done! I heartily agree. ANNE GILES
  • Score: 1

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