At yesterday’s march against the planned new, hugely expanded Edmonton incinerator Liberal Democrat Councillors, Council candidates, and activists from across North London united to protest the new build backed by Enfield Council.
At a march in Edmonton yesterday organised by the Stop The Edmonton Incinerator Now campaign, the broadbased coalition which unites members of more than 50 campaign groups in opposition to the new incinerator, hundreds of concerned local citizens, families and civic groups convened to make their voices heard against the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) plans.
Among them were local Liberal Democrat Councillors Ayfer Orhan and Scott Emery, along with Lib Dem Council candidates Matt McLaren and Dr Iman Saadoune, joined by many other Lib Dem activists plus Together for Enfield independent candidates including former Councillor Don McGowan.
Commenting after attending yesterday’s march, Liberal Democrat Council candidate Matt McLaren (Winchmore Hill, Enfield) said:
“Whereas both Labour and Conservative Councillors on the NLWA board just voted to approve the enormously expanded Edmonton incinerator, Liberal Democrats from all across North London are united in our fight against these catastrophic plans which will see all efforts to manage local waste more sustainably completely undermined for decades to come.
“Moreover, just this week we learned at the (informal) meeting of the Environment & Climate Action Scrutiny Panel that Enfield Council has not only failed to do any assessment whatsoever of the impact of the huge new incinerator on the borough’s air quality, but that it has absolutely no plans to do so!
“Given that Council officers presenting to the meeting stated clearly that all and any sources of combustion in the borough contribute to dangerous PM10 and Nitrogen Dioxide emissions, I can only assume that Enfield Council is being wilfully negligent in pursuit of a Labour Administration policy objective. This is an utter travesty.”
Speaking after attending yesterday’s march against the incinerator, Liberal Democrat Councillor Ayfer Orhan (Ponders End, Enfield) said:
”I want to say a massive thank you to the Stop the Rebuild campaign for organising yesterday’s hugely successful march. Families, community groups, Liberal Democrats, independents – even Labour Party activists from elsewhere in London – were all united in protest because we recognise how appalling Enfield Labour’s incinerator plan is for social, environmental and generational justice.
“If this monstrosity of a new incinerator is built the families and children of Edmonton will be paying for this Council’s failure for decades to come. It just must not go ahead.
“It’s high time that Council Leaders across North London listened, opening their ears to the cries for justice from so many local people and did the right thing. End this madness now!”
Haringey Liberal Democrats’ Environment Spokesperson Councillor Scott Emery (Muswell Hill, Haringey), who marched with Lib Dem colleagues from across North London, said:
”Haringey Liberal Democrats have long opposed the plans for a new, hugely expanded incinerator on the existing site in Edmonton. The current incinerator has already been pumping tonnes of carbon dioxide, particulates, and other toxic gases out into the lungs of people living in one of the most deprived areas of the country since 1971.
“Now it is reaching the end of its operational life, we agree with our Enfield Lib Dem colleagues that there are far better uses for the site than building an even bigger polluter that will massively depress already abysmally low recycling rates across Enfield and Haringey.”