A 2020 GLA report found that the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham and Havering have the highest mortality rate attributable to Energy from Waste emissions in London, yet despite this, waste incineration company Cory have applied to expand operations in Belvedere.

Last year a coalition of MPs, councillors, and environmental organisations lost a two-year battle with Cory, which resulted in the government approving plans for a second mass waste incinerator opposite Dagenham and Rainham on the banks of the Thames.

After over two years fighting against a second mass waste incinerator in Belvedere the case is finally closed, and the Government approved site will now go ahead. Jon Cruddas MP launched a campaign against the proposals back in 2018 when all reports suggested it would damage air quality, human health, and biodiversity across the south of Dagenham and Rainham.

The campaign attracted far reaching support from the Mayor of London, neighbouring MPs such as Abena Oppong-Asare and environmental groups including Greenpeace and the Wildlife Trusts.

This week the Mayor of London conveyed to MPs Jon Cruddas and Abena-Oppong-Asare that plans for a judicial review into the government's controversial rubber stamping of a second waste incinerator at Belvedere had been dropped.

At the beginning of the year the government took the decision to approve a second mass waste incinerator at Belvedere, a decision which had the potential to damage human health, air quality and biodiversity across Rainham, South Hornchurch and the Bexley area.

In April Jon Cruddas MP and Abena Oppong-Asare MP sent a joint letter to Sadiq Khan, urging him to launch a Judicial Review into the Government's approval of a second waste incinerator in Belvedere. On Thursday 21 May, the deadline for a legal challenge, the Mayor of London tweeted:

"London does not need more waste-burning incinerators. I have challenged the Secretary of State's decision on the Cory Incinerator & have issued a claim to the planning court requesting a judicial review of that decision. We need to build the greener future our city deserves."

Over Easter the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy took the decision to approve development of a second mass waste incinerator at Belvedere. Jon Cruddas MP who launched a campaign against the proposals back in 2018, making official representations and raising a petition of over 2000 local signatories has said: "we knew going into this fight that waste incineration has more than doubled under the Tories, it was always going to be an uphill struggle."

On Tuesday 10 March Jon Cruddas MP was joined by campaigners Fay Hough and Trevor McKeever to hand in a 2000 strong petition to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The petition has been running for 18 months and was handed in ahead of the Ministers decision regarding the mass waste incinerator proposals for Belvedere.

The Secretary of State is due to take a decision by Thursday 9 April. Jon Cruddas MP raised concerns about the proposal way back in 2018 and has been campaigning against it ever since.

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.

On Thursday 25 April Jon Cruddas MP met with Cory Environmental Holdings Ltd on site at the current waste incineration plant in Belvedere, Bexley to discuss their planning application to build a second mass waste incinerator.

In September 2018 Jon launched a campaign and petition against the proposals as a response to numerous reports highlighting there would be detrimental impacts on human health and biodiversity across the south of his constituency.

Today, representatives of Jon Cruddas MP attended a Preliminary Planning Inspectorate Meeting in Erith, Kent to discuss procedures regarding Riverside Energy Park in Belvedere, Bexley.

At the end of last year, Cory Environmental Holdings Limited applied to the Planning Inspectorate to build a ‘Riverside Energy Park'. The facility will produce over 96 megawatts of electricity through the mass incineration of waste. Due to the scale of the proposal the final decision will be taken by the Secretary of State.

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