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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 Barnet council.

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

Published and promoted by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13 4AJ