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MP for Hornsey and Wood Green welcomes ruling on North London Waste Strategy
An MP has welcomed the ruling by an independent inspector on a multi million pound waste strategy for north London.
The Planning Inspector ruled last Friday the North London Waste Plan (NLWP) failed to meet legal requirements in consulting neighbouring authorities.
The NLWP was put together by seven London councils, including Haringey, and included plans for the Pinkham Way disposal plant, which would deal with 300,000 tonnes of waste a year.
Lynne Featherstone MP for Hornsey and Wood Green said: “I warmly welcome the conclusions of the Examination. For well over a year now, the Pinkham Way Alliance, together with Liberal Democrat Councillors and myself, have been standing up for residents and campaigning against the Pinkham Way development.
“It has been a tough fight, especially with the Labour-run Council failing to implement a proper consultation, and their refusal to oppose the North London Waste Plan.
“The Council’s carelessness throughout the application has wasted time and money, and has caused an unnecessary amount of stress and concern among residents.
“I am so very glad that the inspector has recognised the incompetence of the Council, and therefore decided not to continue with this examination.
“I hope that now, finally, the Council will do the right thing and recommend non-adoption of the plan – as they should have done from first instance last year.”
The plans were met with strong opposition from community group the Pinkham Way Alliance, and included protests outside council meetings in Haringey calling for plans to be abandoned.
Lib Dem Councillor Juliet Solomon said: "This is good news but it is mind boggling that a multi-million pound public body, spending our taxpayers' money on waste disposal, could make such an elementary mistake.
“The law is clear, ongoing consultation with affected authorities is compulsory.
“Sadly, we are used to Haringey Council failing to consult residents.”
The Haringey Independent is awating a comment from Haringey Council