Monday, 30 April 2012

Chris Richards, LibDem GLA candidate, on Pinkham Way

(Chris Richards is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Barnet and Camden for the May 2012 London Assembly elections)

Pinkham Way waste disposal plant plans

"A number of local residents have contacted me about plans for a new waste plant on greenfield land at Pinkham Way N10. My colleague in neighbouring Enfield and Haringey Dawn Barnes has been campaigning hard against the plans, and I echo her criticisms and disapproval of the scheme, which are not thought through.

"In October, Lib Dem Mayoral Candidate Brian Paddick and Caroline Pidgeon Leader of the Lib Dems on the London Assembly visited the site, to hear from local residents about their key concerns. If local residents had been properly consulted, then it would have been clear that there is widespread opposition to this site.

Brian Paddick said:
"These proposals will put a massive waste factory in the middle of a community – on the doorstep of people’s homes and local schools. The planned location of the waste disposal plant threatens the health of local Londoners and will generate more than 1,100 additional vehicle journeys a day through one of the busiest junctions in London. Air pollution is the second biggest killer in London and these plans would see more traffic fumes, noise and smells from the factory 24-hours-a-day."
This area is clearly an inappropriate location for a waste disposal plant, and proper consultation of local residents would have demonstrated concerns. I and my Lib Dem colleagues will continue to oppose these plans, and fight for the interests of local people.

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