Monday, 31 December 2012

Pinkham Way Alliance statement

"The new that the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) no longer intends to put a mechanical and biological treatment (MBT) waste plant on Pinkham Way, and has withdrawn its planning application, is excellent news.

"Despite this, Pinkham Way remains under threat. The NLWA has now earmarked Pinkham Way for 'delivering, sorting and transferring waste from local households'. As these waste uses have never before been proposed for the site, we can only assume that this is a hasty alternative proposal to justify the premature expenditure of £12million in buying it from Barnet.

"There is still much to be done to prevent the allocation of the Pinkham Way site for any waste use in the new version of the North London Waste Plan (NLWP). If we fail to achieve this, the site will be vulnerable to these new options announced by the NLWA, or, further down the line, even to the same MBT plans that have just been withdrawn.

"Haringey Council must now be persuaded to withdraw Pinkham Way from inclusion in the new North London Waste Plan, and to fully protect its strong conservation status. The council must carry out a full assessment of the site ASAP; until this is complete, they should protect it from all development.

"The NLWA attribute their change of plans to falling waste figures. The PWA has long been pointing out these figures. However, the change must also be because of the recently published planning inspector’s report on Haringey Council’s Strategic Plan, in which the council’s attempt to redesignate the site as 'industrial' was refused.

"This refusal is a significant success for the PWA, which created and presented successful planning arguments to the inspector, and urged the site’s proper protection as a Grade 1 Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).

"To read more detail on all of this, please take look at the latest page on our new website.

"You can also read the press release on the NLWA website.

"Together, we have achieved so much. But this could easily be lost if we don’t press on and ensure that Pinkham Way is not included as a site suitable for waste use in any future NLWP. We’ll send out information about how this can be achieved early in the new year.

"In the meantime, we warmly thank all MPs and councillors who have genuinely supported their communities.  By contrast, do not be lulled by opportunist councillors hastily claiming the NLWA announcement as 'their' victory, while failing to alert the public about the ongoing threat to Pinkham Way, as they have failed to do all along.  This sharply displays their continuing sloppiness and lack of authentic engagement with waste issues in north London.

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Kind regards,

Bidesh Sarkar
Chair, Pinkham Way Alliance

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