Lynne Featherstone

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What a waste: Pinkham Way hearing suspended after just two hours

Liberal Democrats have welcomed the suspension of the public inquiry on the North London Waste Plan as a further step in the campaign to stop the development of a huge waste processing plant at Pinkham Way.

The examination in public of the North London Waste Plan (NLWP) was suspended just two hours into a hearing that was due to take two weeks. Liberal Democrats strongly oppose the plans for the Pinkham Way plant, which is part of the 10 year plan.

Liberal Democrat councillor Juliet Solomon (Alexandra ward) comments:

“Today’s suspension is a result of colossal carelessness in the waste plan, especially when one thinks of the time and money that has been spent to get here. The North London Waste planners have been told to think again. My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I will continue to fight, along with the Pinkham Way Alliance, to knock the plans out for good.”

Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green comments:

“Haringey Labour’s representatives on the NLWA have been determined to force the waste plant upon local people, despite massive opposition. It’s yet another sign of Haringey Labour’s arrogance and failure to listen.”

The Pinkham Way plant is designed to process non-recyclable refuse from the seven boroughs of the North London waste authority, but has met with fierce opposition from local people following concerns about harmful toxins, increased traffic levels and the impact on the local environment.

The inquiry was due to take place at Camden Town Hall for two weeks, but was swiftly halted by the independent Inspector following objections to the Plan raised by other local authorities, who are concerned about the impact the Plan will have on them.

The news will slow down any progress on the existing Pinkham Way plans, which have been backed by seven boroughs, including the Labour-run council in Haringey. 

Wed 13 June 2012
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Comments

  1. Malcolm says:

    Ms. Featherstone, you oppose the Pinkham Way development, yet also oppose fortnightly general rubbish collection, demanding the restoration of weekly collection.

    However, it is plain that the weekly collection of recyclables and garden waste and fortnightly general waste collection serves, by a considerable margin, to reduce the amount of waste which goes to incinerators, such as the proposed facility at Pinkham Way. The policy encourages recycling; at least, that is my experience in a family of five.

    Part of the anti-Pinkham Way campaign, according to their fundraising leaflet I received this morning, states that the facility is not needed, yet your rubbish collection policy would serve to maintain or increase non-recyclable waste.

    Why are you therefore promoting less recycling and more incineration, only not in our backyard?

  2. Deborah Sacks says:

    Lynne,
    I think you may have got the wrong end of the stick here.
    The councils that were objecting want MORE waste facilities to be built in London, not fewer. The alternative, which could be a consequence of the North London Waste Plan as it stands, is that those facilities will be built in the counties around London. This seems a bit unfair!

    Under the principles of sustainability, Londoners should manage their own waste shouldn’t they? What is your proposal for how to manage the waste produced by Haringey residents?

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