Conservatives across Bexley are hugely disappointed with the decision to throw-out the judicial review challenging the Government’s decision to build Britain’s largest incinerator in Norman Road, Belvedere.
Bexley Council submitted the application jointly with the Mayor of London in July, when a petition opposing the scheme signed by thousands of local residents was also submitted to 10 Downing Street.Belvedere Ward Councillor David Leaf commented “Naturally I am very disappointed with this decision and I know that the many campaigners who have been fighting the incinerator for more than a decade and a half will be deeply saddened by this terrible news. Residents living in Belvedere and throughout Bexley do not deserve to have this happen to them and the environment.”
“We were all badly let down in June by the Government when they decided to ignore the wishes of the local community and allow the incinerator to be built. The Labour Government has made no secret of its desire to see a greater use of waste incinerators and with proposals being made to make incinerator building easier our communities and environment will suffer more.”
“We have the best recycling rate in London and the Labour Government rewards us by allowing London to burn a quarter of its waste in our Borough. This is unfair, wrong and flies in the face of everything that the Government says about waste and the environment.”
The Leader of Bexley Council, Cllr Ian Clement, expressed his frustration after the consideration of the papers by the Judge.“Building an incinerator at Belvedere will be bad for Bexley, bad for London and bad for the environment,” said Cllr Clement. “It’s frustrating because we can see it, the Mayor can see it, but the government just will not listen to us.”
“We’ve been considering this latest decision carefully and after discussions with the Mayor of London’s team we have both decided to take this matter forward to the next stage which is an opportunity for the reasons why we consider this decision should be reviewed to be heard before a Judge at a hearing. The effects of the Government’s decision upon the Borough are so significant that it must be right that such arguments are fully aired before a final ruling is made.”
David Evennett MP said ““I am bitterly disappointed that the application for a Judicial Review has been refused. The consequences for Bexley residents from the Incinerator are considerable and opposition to the development in our area has been unanimous”.Mr Evennett added “The Government’s decision to approve the Incinerator was wrong and I will continue to look at what other avenues there may be still to pursue”.
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