Incinerator Decision Goes Against Campaigners

Bexley Council and the Mayor of London’s request for an opportunity to bring a judicial review against the Secretary of State’s decision to approve the Belvedere incinerator was today rejected by the High Court.

The Leader of Bexley Council, Cllr Ian Clement, expressed his bitter disappointment at the decision: “It was important and in the interests of the borough that we did all we could to try to stop this development, which I am still convinced will be bad for Bexley and for London.

“While our arguments received a proper airing, something which I felt they deserved at the very least, I am naturally extremely unhappy at the decision.”

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: “I am disappointed that we have not been granted leave to judicially review the Government’s decision to allow an incinerator to be built at Belvedere. This is a bad day for London’s environment, it means that hundreds of thousands of tonnes of London’s rubbish which could have been recycled or used to produce biofuels and hydrogen will simply be burnt. These kinds of incinerators will release as much carbon per unit of energy as a coal fired power station. Given the scale of the challenge facing us on climate change this incinerator is an obscenity.”

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