Comment - Local Stuff
Pinkham Way Update by Bill Linton
Unless you have been hibernating for the last
year or more you will be aware of North London Waste's (NLWA's)
plans for a huge new waste-processing plant at Pinkham Way, just
south of the North Circular. It's just within Haringey but close to the
borders of both Enfield and Barnet - and owned, slightly oddly, by
The well-organised Pinkham Way Alliance (PWA), who have been
vociferous in their protests, have come up with a clever scheme to
have the site declared a 'village green', for which they need to prove
it to be community land that has been accessible to and used by
locals 'as of right' for 20 years. This is still under consideration by
Haringey council, but appears to have fair chances of success. If
approved it would scupper the scheme entirely.
Meanwhile the NLWA hit another major snag in June when the
planning inspector considering the whole North London Waste Plan
(NLWP) discovered within a couple of hours that legally essential
consultation with other interested local authorities (e.g. those that
take some of our waste for landfill) appeared not to have been
carried out properly and suspended the hearing. After further
investigation he decided that indeed the NLWA had not fulfilled its
legal obligations and nixed the whole plan!
That, you might think, was that - at least until the NLWA had gone
through the no doubt long and tedious process of putting together
another Plan (probably looking very like the old one). Not a bit of it.
The NLWA met on September 25th and decided to go right ahead
anyway! Their Chair, Cllr Clyde Loakes of Waltham Forest, with
breathtaking chutzpah, announced that "The planning application
for the site at Pinkham Way was put on hold to allow the NLWP
process to run its course. This has now happened and it is open for
the Authority to pursue an application for a waste management use
at the site"!!
What he appears to be saying is that, although the Plan was subject
to all sorts of legal controls, now that there is no longer, legally, a
plan, the NLWA can go ahead and action the individual bits of the
original plan regardless. I'm not a lawyer, but if the PWA can't get a
judicial review of that I'll eat my hat.
First published in the EGP members newsletter, October 2012