South London incinerator to go ahead after Sutton Council and developer reach financial agreement

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Planning permission for plant that will incinerate 275,000 tonnes of rubbish each year has formally been granted.

Final financial details for an energy recovery facility (ERF) in Beddington have been settled between Sutton Council and developer Viridor meaning, pending any legal challenge, the plans can now go ahead.

The ERF will take rubbish from the South London Waste Partnership - made up of Sutton, Merton, Kingston and Croydon councils and burn it to create energy and heat for nearby homes.

Campaigners have protested against the scheme amid fears it will cause harmful pollution both from the plant's chimney and traffic to the plant.

But the developers say the plans will provide a raft of benefits including cheaper aper energy and heat and the conversion of the existing landfill site into an 86 hectare park with education centre, wildlife habitat and more.

Planning permission was initially granted last year but Viridor and the council have now reached an agreement on how section 106 payments - which are provided to mitigate against effects of development - are paid.

Councillor Jayne McCoy, chairwoman of Sutton Council's housing, economy and business committee, said: "With our landfill in Beddington at saturation point, it is clear that the ERF offers Sutton and our partner boroughs the opportunity to dispose of waste in a cleaner way by reducing CO2 emissions and generating green energy for homes and businesses in the process.

"We have been careful to make sure that we get the right deal for our residents. That is why we have spent nine months securing £2.3m for Beddington which will help us to improve the area alongside residents.

"By turning a landfill eyesore into a wildlife habitat, part of which can be accessed by the public, we are leading the way when it comes to promoting sustainable living. This ERF means we can reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, manage our waste locally and unlock millions of pounds of investment for the area."  

Colin Hall, chairman of the South London Waste Partnership Board, added: "We have to find an alternative to landfill and the Energy Recovery Facility will provide a safe, cleaner and more sustainable way of disposing of our waste. Not only can we reduce CO2 emissions, but we can create green energy sufficient to power the equivalent of tens of thousands of homes.

"What’s more the majority of the landfill site will be turned into a new country park with wildlife warden so that over 10 years the area will become a haven for nature, with sections opened to the public.

"Altogether, this new approach is not only safe and greener, but will save the four council’s an estimated £200m over 25 years which can be better spent on helping people that need our support at a time when council budgets are being cut."

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10:57pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Rael00 says...

So, we can now put a figure on the value of human life as perceived by the South London Waste Partnership and its’ four member boroughs of Croydon, Merton, Kingston and Sutton. It is readily agreed that the incinerator will increase air pollution by 1.5% (both the Environment Agency and Viridor have agreed this figure). In a report by the GLA in December 2012 it confirmed that “it is now known that thousands of Londoners per year die early as a result of long-term exposure to air pollution – a recent study commissioned by the Mayor estimated that over 4000 extra deaths each year in London are attributable to one kind of pollutant, microscopic airborne particles”. This values a life at £1,543.66 given the additional 1500 premature deaths that will occur from the increased air pollution over the 25 year “life” of the incinerator and the mitigation package agreed of £2,315,500.00.

The same GLA report goes on to estimate the cost of air pollution to the NHS as £20billion per year – twice as much as obesity. Still, as councillor McCoy states they have been “careful to ensure that we get the right deal for our residents”. It might not be the right deal for at least 1500 of those residents!
So, we can now put a figure on the value of human life as perceived by the South London Waste Partnership and its’ four member boroughs of Croydon, Merton, Kingston and Sutton. It is readily agreed that the incinerator will increase air pollution by 1.5% (both the Environment Agency and Viridor have agreed this figure). In a report by the GLA in December 2012 it confirmed that “it is now known that thousands of Londoners per year die early as a result of long-term exposure to air pollution – a recent study commissioned by the Mayor estimated that over 4000 extra deaths each year in London are attributable to one kind of pollutant, microscopic airborne particles”. This values a life at £1,543.66 given the additional 1500 premature deaths that will occur from the increased air pollution over the 25 year “life” of the incinerator and the mitigation package agreed of £2,315,500.00. The same GLA report goes on to estimate the cost of air pollution to the NHS as £20billion per year – twice as much as obesity. Still, as councillor McCoy states they have been “careful to ensure that we get the right deal for our residents”. It might not be the right deal for at least 1500 of those residents! Rael00
  • Score: 7

8:30am Sat 15 Mar 14

OhThisBloodyPC says...

This is appalling
This is appalling OhThisBloodyPC
  • Score: -1

8:35am Sat 15 Mar 14

OhThisBloodyPC says...

There are more efficient ways of dealing with waste anyway.

How come the super markets - who create 90 per cent of all the waste with their packaging - are not made to contribute to the cost.

So all those plastic trays and crinkly wrappers end up being burnt, and turned into particulates, that get into the atmosphere and into our lungs and end up causing cancer.

Why does't packaging come with a health warning: Packaging Causes Cancer
There are more efficient ways of dealing with waste anyway. How come the super markets - who create 90 per cent of all the waste with their packaging - are not made to contribute to the cost. So all those plastic trays and crinkly wrappers end up being burnt, and turned into particulates, that get into the atmosphere and into our lungs and end up causing cancer. Why does't packaging come with a health warning: Packaging Causes Cancer OhThisBloodyPC
  • Score: 4

12:39pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Mr Strings says...

People's health can always be compromised for the right price.
People's health can always be compromised for the right price. Mr Strings
  • Score: 6

4:02pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Binsanity says...

Colin Hall, you are on another entrepreneurial planet. Cost over lives and also not on your doorstep. Horrible little man.
Colin Hall, you are on another entrepreneurial planet. Cost over lives and also not on your doorstep. Horrible little man. Binsanity
  • Score: 4

11:04am Sun 16 Mar 14

helen59 says...

so pleased I do not live in that area - the residents have been sold out by their local council - disgusting
so pleased I do not live in that area - the residents have been sold out by their local council - disgusting helen59
  • Score: 12

12:32pm Sun 16 Mar 14

tamworth says...

It is good to know that Sutton Council and the developers have their priorities right and have reached an agreement on financial issues. Obviously the health of local residents, shoppers and school children in the area count for nothing. Not only will we experience pollution from the site but also from the continuous stream of lorries going to and from the site together with the congestion on the roads. I bet the councillors and developers don't live within one mile of the site as I do.
I am looking forward to the politicians knocking on my door to ask for my vote. Councillors from the 4 councils have failed the electorate. I wish I could bottle the pollution and dump it on their doorstep
It is good to know that Sutton Council and the developers have their priorities right and have reached an agreement on financial issues. Obviously the health of local residents, shoppers and school children in the area count for nothing. Not only will we experience pollution from the site but also from the continuous stream of lorries going to and from the site together with the congestion on the roads. I bet the councillors and developers don't live within one mile of the site as I do. I am looking forward to the politicians knocking on my door to ask for my vote. Councillors from the 4 councils have failed the electorate. I wish I could bottle the pollution and dump it on their doorstep tamworth
  • Score: 9

1:36pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Roll on the next election when I do have a vote to express my view on the councillors' decision.
Roll on the next election when I do have a vote to express my view on the councillors' decision. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 10

1:38pm Sun 16 Mar 14

LiberalsOut says...

Binsanity wrote:
Colin Hall, you are on another entrepreneurial planet. Cost over lives and also not on your doorstep. Horrible little man.
I could not have put it better
This is what happens when you live in the Liberal Republic of Sutton and Cheam
[quote][p][bold]Binsanity[/bold] wrote: Colin Hall, you are on another entrepreneurial planet. Cost over lives and also not on your doorstep. Horrible little man.[/p][/quote]I could not have put it better This is what happens when you live in the Liberal Republic of Sutton and Cheam LiberalsOut
  • Score: 7

10:01pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Simon Densley says...

Watch the Lib Dems now try to blame the Conservatives or Labour or the situation in Out Mongolia for the decision; anything but admit they have made a huge mistake.

And if you think the Lib Dems aren't the type to be wicked or act shamelessly, have a look at this: http://www.opendemoc
racy.net/ourkingdom/
rupert-read/why-do-l
ib-dems-care-so-much
-about-lord-rennard.
Watch the Lib Dems now try to blame the Conservatives or Labour or the situation in Out Mongolia for the decision; anything but admit they have made a huge mistake. And if you think the Lib Dems aren't the type to be wicked or act shamelessly, have a look at this: http://www.opendemoc racy.net/ourkingdom/ rupert-read/why-do-l ib-dems-care-so-much -about-lord-rennard. Simon Densley
  • Score: 3

4:58am Mon 17 Mar 14

tjames says...

why does anyone vote libdim--its beyond me
why does anyone vote libdim--its beyond me tjames
  • Score: 4

6:58pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Minstrel10 says...

It is a disgrace that this is finally going ahead. The road is nowhere near wide enough to accommodate the lorries and i foresee the compulsory purchase of people's homes. The traffic is already terrible so will be even worse. The Conservatives have been fighting this development but the selfish, money grabbing Lib Dems, who have no consideration for their residents have let it go through. Shame on you, Lib Dems, you will not get my vote.
It is a disgrace that this is finally going ahead. The road is nowhere near wide enough to accommodate the lorries and i foresee the compulsory purchase of people's homes. The traffic is already terrible so will be even worse. The Conservatives have been fighting this development but the selfish, money grabbing Lib Dems, who have no consideration for their residents have let it go through. Shame on you, Lib Dems, you will not get my vote. Minstrel10
  • Score: 2

9:47am Tue 18 Mar 14

Niki R says...

We asked whether traffic would be 24/7- they fluffed the answer and denied that was the plan. Now we hear they are applying for just that to happen. This LibDem council is destroying community, homes and public health with this appalling scheme. No Wonder so many Lib Dem Councillors aren't fighting their seats in May, choosing to step down and take the easy way out.
We asked whether traffic would be 24/7- they fluffed the answer and denied that was the plan. Now we hear they are applying for just that to happen. This LibDem council is destroying community, homes and public health with this appalling scheme. No Wonder so many Lib Dem Councillors aren't fighting their seats in May, choosing to step down and take the easy way out. Niki R
  • Score: 2

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