Jon Cruddas MP is calling for more petition signatures against proposals to build a mass waste incineration plant opposite Rainham. The local MP has been running a campaign against plans since September 2018 and he has already made several representations on behalf of residents, including a visit to the existing Cory facility in Belvedere last month.

This Friday (19 May) is the deadline for final written representations to the Planning Inspectorate from ‘Interested Parties’. You can read Jon’s final written submission HERE

Jon will be including the petition so far in his final submission to the Planning Inspectorate. In the coming months Jon is hoping to encourage more signatures so that he can present the petition to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy later in the year ahead of his deliberation on the plans.

Jon Cruddas said: “I can’t stress enough how important this is, residents are always telling me how they feel Rainham gets the raw end of the deal time after time. Over the years Rainham and South Hornchurch have taken the brunt of environmentally damaging policies such as extended landfill and mineral extraction. It’s time to take a stand and say enough is enough.”

If approved the site will produce more harmful emissions than any other Energy from Waste site in the country. There are many reports to suggest that the proposed facility will have a disproportionate effect on air quality, human health and biodiversity in the Rainham area due to the prevailing wind direction.

Jon added: “I’m urging residents to sign the petition sooner rather than later. This isn’t a done deal, but we have to show the Planning Inspectorate and the Secretary of State the strength of feeling in the community against these plans.”

Sign Jon’s petition HERE

Jon has spoken out against these plans at every stage of the process and members of his team will be speaking at an Open Floor Hearing and Issue Specific Hearing on Environmental Matters next month as part of the application examination period.