Sutton takes a step closer to being heated by burning rubbish after Government grant

(left to right) Coun Jill Whitehead, Edward Davey MP, Paul Burstow MP and Coun Jayne McCoy discuss the plans

(left to right) Coun Jill Whitehead, Edward Davey MP, Paul Burstow MP and Coun Jayne McCoy discuss the plans

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Homes and businesses in Sutton could soon be heated by rubbish after the council was given a £100,000 Government grant.

The money will be used by Sutton Council to researching how energy generated by a planned incinerator in Beddington Lane could be used to heat nearby homes.

Sutton Guardian: How the proposed incinerator could look by night

How the incinerator will look when it is built iin 2017

The council will contribute £50,000 of its own money into the research with the aim of using energy from the 302,000 tonnes of rubbish the energy recover facility (ERF) will take every year to heat almost 20,000 homes in the area.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey announced Sutton would be among a number of authorities to get grants during a visit to BedZED, an eco-friendly housing development in Beddington that would benefit from the scheme, this morning.

He said: "In urban areas, people are often used to sharing their walls and their roofs with their neighbours – and it can make good sense for them to share the way their homes are heated.

"This cash boost and support will help supply low carbon heat to a whole range of buildings such as multi-story apartments, office buildings and social housing – not only providing more efficient heat to buildings, but potentially bringing heating bills down too.

"I'm delighted Sutton is taking forward its district heating vision. Sutton has always been a leader in green policy. This project could help people cut their energy bills."

Mr Davey, who was joined by Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow and Sutton Councillors Jayne McCoy and Jill Whitehead, got a tour of BioZed, backed by Sutton-based charity BioRegional, during his visit and heard about the council's plans to become a zero-carbon borough by 2025.

Sue Riddlestone, BioRegional's chief executive, said: "The heat network could give many Sutton people a secure, affordable way to heat their homes and make big cuts in their carbon emissions.

"We want it to connect not only to new homes but existing homes and work places, together with insulation to make the heat go further and keep costs down.

"We’re delighted Ed Davey came by to tell us that the department for energy and climate change is joining with Sutton in supporting further work planning this heat network"

Mr Burstow added: "Sutton is in the vanguard of action to deliver cheaper sustainable energy for local people. Having Ed Davey visit is a recognition of that."

The controversial energy recovery facility that will generate the heat for the project by incinerating waste from Sutton, Croydon, Merton and Kingston was given planning permission by Sutton Council last year.

Campaigners have battled against the scheme amid fears emissions from the plant will harm people's health.


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4:18pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Binsanity says...

I for one would prefer the money was spent of a full and thourough investigation into the effect this plants emissions will have on the local community. 20,000 homes heated, supposidly, against how many lives affected and infected. Typical of Sutton Council and just goes to show what their priorities truely are.
I for one would prefer the money was spent of a full and thourough investigation into the effect this plants emissions will have on the local community. 20,000 homes heated, supposidly, against how many lives affected and infected. Typical of Sutton Council and just goes to show what their priorities truely are. Binsanity
  • Score: 10

5:12pm Thu 30 Jan 14

David7 says...

I’m confused. When planning permission for this incinerator was being sought, the production of heat for local use was stated as a certainty.

Now it’s just a possibility, which needs further research.

Funny, that.
I’m confused. When planning permission for this incinerator was being sought, the production of heat for local use was stated as a certainty. Now it’s just a possibility, which needs further research. Funny, that. David7
  • Score: 13

7:21am Fri 31 Jan 14

Giles C says...

The council is now speculating with taxpayers money on a technology that hasn't yet worked anywhere in the UK.
As we all know with new technologies they always cost more at the startup and embryonic stage so you can bet that this will cost more than is originally budgeted for.
When they are cutting money to the voluntary sector and pleading poverty this just seems barmy...but it is their payoff for having the incinerator in the borough..
The council is now speculating with taxpayers money on a technology that hasn't yet worked anywhere in the UK. As we all know with new technologies they always cost more at the startup and embryonic stage so you can bet that this will cost more than is originally budgeted for. When they are cutting money to the voluntary sector and pleading poverty this just seems barmy...but it is their payoff for having the incinerator in the borough.. Giles C
  • Score: 5

12:38pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Niki R says...

The assimilation of Sutton Guardian reporting into being no more than rehashing weak Lib Dem policy has now completed. Mike Pyle, you are a disgrace.
The assimilation of Sutton Guardian reporting into being no more than rehashing weak Lib Dem policy has now completed. Mike Pyle, you are a disgrace. Niki R
  • Score: 8

4:09pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Marie from Sutton says...

What the ...... Why spend £100k when this is alreading happening a few miles away! Has anyone ever visited SELCHP in South London? Energy from waste facility/incinerator
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I visited the facility 15 years ago and met with the locals who were happy to get their energy from the incinerator. They stated that they got less polution from the incinerator than the local traffic. I was surprised on how enthousiastic they were. An incinerator is such an ugly thing. Blot on the lanscape really and a bit smelly from the rubbish being transported. No polution though as these monstruosities are state of the art. Still I would not want one on my doorstep.
What the ...... Why spend £100k when this is alreading happening a few miles away! Has anyone ever visited SELCHP in South London? Energy from waste facility/incinerator . I visited the facility 15 years ago and met with the locals who were happy to get their energy from the incinerator. They stated that they got less polution from the incinerator than the local traffic. I was surprised on how enthousiastic they were. An incinerator is such an ugly thing. Blot on the lanscape really and a bit smelly from the rubbish being transported. No polution though as these monstruosities are state of the art. Still I would not want one on my doorstep. Marie from Sutton
  • Score: 0

4:20pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Niki R says...

Marie from Sutton wrote:
What the ...... Why spend £100k when this is alreading happening a few miles away! Has anyone ever visited SELCHP in South London? Energy from waste facility/incinerator

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I visited the facility 15 years ago and met with the locals who were happy to get their energy from the incinerator. They stated that they got less polution from the incinerator than the local traffic. I was surprised on how enthousiastic they were. An incinerator is such an ugly thing. Blot on the lanscape really and a bit smelly from the rubbish being transported. No polution though as these monstruosities are state of the art. Still I would not want one on my doorstep.
The trucks rumbling into this incinerator from three other boroughs 24/7 will soon make you rethink your belief in low pollution levels, that Marie....
[quote][p][bold]Marie from Sutton[/bold] wrote: What the ...... Why spend £100k when this is alreading happening a few miles away! Has anyone ever visited SELCHP in South London? Energy from waste facility/incinerator . I visited the facility 15 years ago and met with the locals who were happy to get their energy from the incinerator. They stated that they got less polution from the incinerator than the local traffic. I was surprised on how enthousiastic they were. An incinerator is such an ugly thing. Blot on the lanscape really and a bit smelly from the rubbish being transported. No polution though as these monstruosities are state of the art. Still I would not want one on my doorstep.[/p][/quote]The trucks rumbling into this incinerator from three other boroughs 24/7 will soon make you rethink your belief in low pollution levels, that Marie.... Niki R
  • Score: 0

4:45pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Marie from Sutton says...

And built in an area where votes are already lost. Ditto SELCHP, poor area, probably stern labour voters.
What my earlier message should have been: yes, great to have Energy from Waste incinerators but in areas where there are no habitants.
And built in an area where votes are already lost. Ditto SELCHP, poor area, probably stern labour voters. What my earlier message should have been: yes, great to have Energy from Waste incinerators but in areas where there are no habitants. Marie from Sutton
  • Score: 0

8:03pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Once this horrible incinerator system is found to cause ill health through its nanoparticle air pollution, the councillors and others who waved it through in the face of public objection will find themselves in all the hot water they can handle.
Once this horrible incinerator system is found to cause ill health through its nanoparticle air pollution, the councillors and others who waved it through in the face of public objection will find themselves in all the hot water they can handle. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 1

1:48pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Margaret_Hale says...

If Sutton Guardian journalists want to trot out LibDem press releases and call it journalism good luck to them.
If Sutton Guardian journalists want to trot out LibDem press releases and call it journalism good luck to them. Margaret_Hale
  • Score: 2

2:42pm Fri 7 Feb 14

davepettener says...

Burning rubbish does NOT produce green energy. It produces carbon dioxide in excess of normal fossil fuel power stations along with dioxins and nano-particles that cause cancer and breathing problems.

The incinerator plans were agreed on the basis that heat as well as electricity would be used and yet Viridor (the company building it) confirm that it will be several years if ever that any heat is provided.

This means the incinerator will not meet the carbon emission targets set by the London mayor. How have they got around this? By being allowed to exceed these emission targets without any action being taken.

Considering Ed Davey is a climate change denier it's hardly surprising he is backing something that is so polluting.
Burning rubbish does NOT produce green energy. It produces carbon dioxide in excess of normal fossil fuel power stations along with dioxins and nano-particles that cause cancer and breathing problems. The incinerator plans were agreed on the basis that heat as well as electricity would be used and yet Viridor (the company building it) confirm that it will be several years if ever that any heat is provided. This means the incinerator will not meet the carbon emission targets set by the London mayor. How have they got around this? By being allowed to exceed these emission targets without any action being taken. Considering Ed Davey is a climate change denier it's hardly surprising he is backing something that is so polluting. davepettener
  • Score: 1

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