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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 January 2009

Waltham Forest anti-incinerator campaign: Residents get results

Waltham Forest Residents Against Pollution protest against incinerators, photo Bob Severn

Waltham Forest Residents Against Pollution protest against incinerators, photo Bob Severn

Walthamstow's Residents Against Pollution campaign group had something to celebrate at the end of 2008.

Paula Mitchell

The year started with a threat to the health and safety of local residents when a consultation was launched on the North London waste plan, looking at new sites for waste disposal across North London. There was a risk that at least one of the new facilities could be an incinerator.

Around two-thirds of existing waste facilities in North London are in the working-class area along the Lea Valley, mainly in Enfield and Waltham Forest and half the new proposed sites were in Waltham Forest.

Local residents and Socialist Party members launched a campaign against these plans with a public meeting attended by 40 angry residents in the Blackhorse Lane area. The consultants got only 20 people from the whole borough along to their workshop! We demanded a real say and opposed incinerators on health grounds.

Published in the summer, the first phase of the consultation confirmed our suspicions that an incinerator was being considered. In response, around 20 local residents delivered around 30,000 leaflets door-to-door and at the tube station and college advertising a protest at the town hall.

30 people came to our lively protest, reported in The Socialist in October. A small group lobbied another council meeting two weeks later. The local paper, the Waltham Forest Guardian, reported on our campaign three times.

Suddenly councillors, consultants and the waste authority all wanted to talk to us. We invited them to attend our next meeting, where around 40 local people made our opposition clear.

Message received

As a result our message seems to be getting through. Though we only have verbal hints at this stage, it looks like Blackhorse Lane is now unlikely to be chosen as a new waste site. We are trying to get something in writing, and we won't know for sure till the 'preferred options' stage of the consultation process is reached in May. But this is great progress!

The North London Waste Authority has now voted on its plans for the type of technology they want to use over the next few years. Their document is entitled "A future without incineration"!

Once again there are big 'health warnings' attached to this - the plans still have to be approved by the government, and they are dependent on private finance, which in the current disastrous economic climate is far from assured. Many in the RAP campaign agree with the Socialist Party that waste disposal should not be a privatised service but should be brought back in-house.

Nonetheless, a written plan to avoid incineration across seven North London boroughs is a huge achievement. This is in a context where both the European Union and the government are pushing for a big increase in incineration as a solution to the problem of landfill sites.

But our campaign argued that incineration is no solution - it is dangerous, polluting, and there are much safer and 'greener' technologies which a plan to reduce, re-use and recycle waste should utilise. We have added a local, organised and active voice to the national propaganda from campaigns such as Friends of the Earth, and it would seem we have had an effect.

We cannot be complacent. Under this profit system no gains are guaranteed, and especially not in a time of economic crisis. RAP campaigners are continuing to keep up the pressure on local councillors, and are ready to campaign again in May. But we ended 2008 with something to celebrate: campaigning works!

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