Last week the time to register as an Interested Party in the development of a huge waste incineration plant in Belvedere came to a close. Since October last year Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been campaigning against the application. In recent weeks Jon has rallied a wide coalition of support for the campaign including the Greater London Authority, Teresa Pearce MP for Erith and Thamesmead, and many others.
There have been a total of 87 representations to the Planning Inspectorate so far including local authorities, the Essex Wildlife Trust and a number of other local organisations.
This week amidst growing fears over air pollution Jon Cruddas MP uncovered a damning report from 2018 listing the top three most polluting incinerators in 2017. The report was widely publicised and was undertaken by anti-incineration campaign group UKWIN (UK Without Incineration Network).
The findings make Jon's campaign all the more important. You can read the report HERE
The existing incinerator in Belvedere burned the second highest amount of waste in the country in 2017, and emitted over 800 tonnes of harmful Nitrous Oxide – not to mention a further 16.4 tonnes of harmful particles.
Jon Cruddas MP said: "A second incinerator on the site would mean the site produces more harmful emissions than any other incinerator in the country. This has serious implications for air quality and health across Rainham and South Hornchurch.
"This news comes as a World Health Organisation report highlighted that 90 per cent of the world's children are breathing toxic air. I don't want the children of Rainham, South Hornchurch and the south of Dagenham to suffer poor health in the future because we didn't fight to protect their air and the environment now."
If residents haven't done so already you can sign Jon's petition HERE
The Planning Inspectorate will be organising a preliminary meeting in the coming weeks to discuss the application and the representations received so far. The examination period will then take place, which will be followed by the Secretary of State taking a decision to approve or reject the plans by Spring 2020.
This isn't a done deal.
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Sign Jon's petition.
Protect Rainham's Air.