This week the Planning Inspectorate submitted their recommendations for the Belvedere waste incinerator to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Andrea Leadsom MP now has three months to consider the recommendations and decide whether to accept or reject the proposals.
Jon Cruddas MP has been fighting against the plans since they first came to light. Every report and analysis have stated that a second incinerator on the site would be detrimental to air quality, human health and the environment across Rainham and South Hornchurch.
Jon said: “with all eyes on the climate crisis and environmental sustainability I can’t see any argument to allow this development. Since starting the campaign against these plans the Mayor of London and several environmental groups have joined the fight. In the coming weeks I will be handing in a petition of over 2000 signatures to the Secretary of State – urging against approving the second waste incinerator.”
Last year the British Lung Foundation highlighted that Barking and Dagenham have the highest rate of lung disease related deaths in London, with Havering in fourth. UKWIN, the campaign against waste incineration outlined that if these plans go ahead it will result in the highest concentration of harmful emissions anywhere in the country.
Jon added: “there is still time to sign the petition and make your voice heard. This isn’t a done deal. I’m urging residents in Rainham and South Hornchurch to get involved. I don’t want future generations suffering poor air and health because we didn’t act today.”
Jon Cruddas MP is also trying to secure a debate in parliament on the plans to build a second waste incinerator at Belvedere.