Stop the South London Incinerator
It is a fact that waste incineration adds to the pollution we all breathe. There are no safe levels of air pollution so I say enough is enough.
I am a local resident who doesn't want his family being poisoned for profit. I have been a long standing member of the campaign group Stop The Incinerator and have taken the case to the high courts.
The challenge in the courts was unsuccessful but I am very grateful to everyone who has helped me with this process. The money raised through this site and other means has all been spent on legal fees. Any additional monies raised will be used for other actions.
Although the Judicial Review was unsuccessful, the fight continues based on claims that the process was corrupted: donations were made by Viridor to a Lib Dem Linked church, a member of the planning committee was coerced in to changing his vote, the close personal relationship between a member of Sutton Council and the CEO of Viridor was not declared.
The South London Incinerator will kill people. It is also an act of environmental vandlism that will destroy important wetland habitat and kill wildlife.
The dioxins that are released get in to in to the soil, water and food chain.
Even if you don't live close enough to breathe in the poisons directly you could be eating food that has been contaminated.
The toxic emissions cause cancer, birth defects and breathing problems.
If you have asthma or a respiratory illness it will make it worse.
Our health and our green spaces are worth fighting for. Stop them from polluting the environment for profit.
Donate towards our legal challenge and together we can make a difference.
Find out more on the website: stoptheincinerator.co.uk
See my speech at the Stop the Incinerator Demo in 2012, it starts at 5.54:
See what other local residents think about the incinerator:
WHO ARE STOP THE INCINERATOR?
We are a campaign group made up of local residents, business owners and members of various political parties. The campaign is being run and funded by members of the public who don't want to see their health go up in smoke.
WHAT ARE MY AIMS?
I believe we can set a precedent that will protect people up and down the country from these dangerous waste incinerators.
This isn't about not wanting it in my back yard. I don't want it any ones back yard.
If they can get away with building an incinerator on protected land next to the most populated Borough in London they can get away with building them anywhere.
By challenging this immoral and illegal incinerator in the courts we will show that it's not okay to build them just anywhere regardless of the consequences.
This is not just a local issue, it is a national one.
MORE ABOUT THE SOUTH LONDON INCINERATOR.
It will be operational from 2017 and will burn 300,000 tonnes of rubbish every year for the next 25 years.
That's equivalent in weight to 68 double decker buses a day.
Viridor, the company building it, have a contract that guarantees them a supply of rubbish for 25 years. This stops waste reduction and recycling.
The rubbish will not be sorted before it is burned. This means rubbish that could be recycled or reused will get burned. Dangerous things like gas cylinders and radioactive waste will get burned. And we will all be breathing this lethal concoction.
When fully operational there will be about 666 lorries a day, many of them carrying hazardous waste.
That's 55 lorries an hour adding to the congestion on our roads and the pollution in the air.
There is no contractual obligation to ensure lorries stick to designated routes which means they will use residential streets as cut throughs.
This incinerator is being built on a site that's supposed to be protected from development as it's both Metropolitan Open Land (which has the same status as Green Belt Land) and is also a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation.
Home to a diverse range of wildlife including 145 different species of birds and about half the UK's tree sparrow population.
This incinerator will devastate the environment and our health.
We must stop it.
Please donate money to our legal fund and sign our petition to end waste incineration once and for all.
For more information go to: stoptheincinerator.co.uk
Shasha Khan, local resident and father.
Just a quick note to say that the latest news regarding the incinerator is on our web site: http://www.stoptheincinerator.co.uk/?page_id=212
There's still time to submit your objection to the pipeline that is to be connected to the incinerator. Full details in the news section of our web site.
Stop The Incinerator Campaign Team
Corrupt Council Demand More Money
Solicitors acting on behalf of Sutton Council have contacted Richard Buxton solicitors demanding that Shasha Khan pay costs of £5000 plus £400 in accrued interest within 14 days.
Sutton Council spent tens of thousands of pounds defending their decision to grant planning permission for the South London incinerator in the High Court.
Normally the defendant can recover their costs if the judge rules in their favour. However, the member states of the EU have signed up to the Aarhus Convention which ensures all citizens are able to obtain access to justice on environmental issues.
Under this convention, when the claimant, in this case Shasha Khan, is an individual, the recoverable costs if the High Court challenge is unsuccessful are capped at £5000.
The South London Legal Partnership sent an email with a copy of the court order to Richard Buxton on 16th November 2015.
Reacting to the demand, Shasha Khan said, “I am a bit stunned by the demand. I don’t have £5400 readily available. “
“As soon as Justice Sales refused permission for an Appeal back in late April I spoke to my (now former) solicitor about the £5000 capped costs that I was liable for. I was advised that there was a potential that the defendant wouldn’t come after the £5000. So we decide to wait.
“Seven months have elapsed and suddenly Sutton has decided to come after £5k, with interest! I am wondering if they’ve done this deliberately to accrue as much additional cash as possible – far better than putting the £5k in the bank. It’s like rubbing salt in the wound. I have continued to fight the granting of planning permission despite losing the judicial review. Since the decision in April, a whole series of damning corruption, intimidation and transgression revelations (1) have come to light about what went on behind the scenes, and we haven’t given up forcing Sutton and the South London Waste Partnership to come clean on their dodgy behaviour. Maybe this is their way of saying, ‘don’t question us peasant!’
“I have contacted the South London Legal Partnership but the ‘team leader’ is on annual leave and no one else can help me. This leaves me just 10 days to raise all the money.”
1) http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Sutton-investigates-claims-ex-councillor-coerced/story-27794377-detail/story.html and http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/12893354.Lib_Dem_linked_church_received_more_than_quarter_of_a_million_pounds_from_company_hoping_to_build_South_London_Incinerator/ and http://insidecroydon.com/2015/09/16/conflicts-of-interest-exposed-over-councillors-old-pals-act/