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The Socialist 13 October 2009 |
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RAP victory in Walthamstow
THE RESIDENTS Against Pollution campaign was started in February 2008 as there was a threat of a new pollutant waste facility on Blackhorse Lane in Walthamstow, north east London.
Paula Mitchell, Residents Against Pollution
The North London Waste Plan (NLWP) proposed new sites for north London's waste - mostly in the poorer working-class areas along the Lea Valley - with the potential for new incinerators in residential areas.
But we organised a campaign of local residents. After participating in the official consultations, leafleting our streets and the tube station, holding big public meetings and protesting at the town hall, we are pleased to announce that we have won!
The latest stage of the consultation has been published - the "preferred options" report. In this report Blackhorse Lane has been excluded from the plans - there will be no new waste facility in our area.
We demanded: "No to incineration". It is clear that the planners have moved away from incinerators, which we explained are dangerous to health and the environment, towards a policy of waste re-use, recycling and other methods of disposal such as composting.
We also demanded: "Give us a real say" and we made sure our voices were heard.
However, we still have concerns and we still urge all North London residents to take part in this stage of the consultation process.
- Incineration is not totally ruled out - the future of Edmonton incinerator after its contract runs out in 2014 is not clear.
- We want to know more about the other technologies that will be used - do these have damaging implications for health and living conditions?
- Most of the new waste facilities are still concentrated in the Lea Valley.
- The waste facilities will still be run by private companies for profit.
We want to raise these issues so the planners know we are looking over their shoulders, but at the same time we are happy to repeat: Victory for Blackhorse Lane residents!