Stop the Incinerator Campaign march in Croydon
Campaigners opposed to the Beddington incinerator will march on a town hall in protest against the plans.
The demonstration, organised by the Stop the Incinerator Campaign, will see protestors march from outside Croyon University Hospital to Croydon Town Hall on Sunday, May 13, at 11am.
Campaigners plan to lay a wreath on the steps "to symbolize health risks associated with burning rubbish and the fact democracy in Croydon is dead".
They said Croydon University Hospital was chosen as the start point because it is close to the epicentre of the emissions plume from the incinerator, and would bear the brunt of an alleged anticipated increase in respiratory diseases and other health effects.
Dave Pettener, from the campaign, said: "We have been lied to, misled and manipulated ever since the incinerator proposals first came to light four years ago.
"Not that you were allowed to call it an incinerator - it was going to be a technology neutral energy recovery waste treatment facility.
He branded a consultation over the development a "sham".
He added: "A portion of the rubbish going to the incinerator will be commercial and industrial waste and some figures suggest that 97 per cent of that waste could be recycled if the facilities were provided.
"Clearly it makes sense to provide those facilities and avoid burning rubbish altogether, but the councils have left it up to big business to decide what is the best way to deal with our rubbish."
Green Party and campaign member, Shasha Khan, said: "A large number of residents and shopkeepers on London Road have recently joined the Stop the Incinerator Campaign, mainly due to the coverage in the local newspapers.
"As a result of this recent influx, and the frustration felt by this community, many of whom were affected by the riots, the committee of the Stop The Incinerator Campaign has called for a march.
"It is clear this issue is burning - quite literally - and we would urge everyone, whatever your political colours, to join us on the march."
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