Merton calls for public’s views on potential sites

Merton, along with fellow south London councils Croydon, Kingston and Sutton, is to ask residents, local business owners, community and environmental groups for their views on possible locations for waste management sites within the boundaries of the four boroughs.

The second phase of consultation will run from 20 July through to 16 October. It builds on the first consultation held last autumn when the four councils asked residents where waste generated by residents and businesses within the boroughs should be managed in future. Responses have been taken into account in the development of the draft waste plan currently under consideration.
The councils are to invite everyone with an interest in how Merton and its partner boroughs manage their waste to complete a questionnaire and comment on the draft South London Waste Plan. The plan lists 28 possible sites across the four boroughs at which to locate future waste management facilities. The councils will also be asking about which design and planning controls should be implemented.

The questionnaire will be available at libraries and online at http://www.merton.gov.uk/wasteplan Comments can also be e-mailed to southlondonwasteplan@rbk.kingston.gov.uk

Alongside the questionnaire the councils have also organised a second series of workshops open to all who want their voice heard. The workshops will give everyone the opportunity to raise their concerns, suggest possible solutions to managing waste and let the councils know their preferences as to where the waste should be managed. Local community groups can also invite officers to come to talk to them about the Waste Plan by contacting the Project Manager by email: southlondonwasteplan@rbk.kingston.gov.uk or telephone 020 8547 5375.

Public workshops will be held at the following venues:
Croydon 7 September, 7pm, Croydon Clocktower
Kingston 16 September, 7pm, Guildhall, Kingston
Merton 9 September, 7pm, Civic Centre, Morden
Sutton 28 September, 7pm, Civic Offices, Sutton

The plan is being developed in response to demands from regional and central government and the European Union for local authorities to deal with their own waste and reduce the amount they send to landfill or face being fined.

All views will be considered when developing the final version of the South London Waste Plan which will be published for further public comment in February 2010.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for planning and traffic management Councillor William Brierly said: ‘We want to hear the views of our residents as well as businesses and environmental groups about where we should manage the rubbish we all produce.

Developing a South London Waste Plan means that local people will be able to have a say in the consideration of waste developments most appropriate for the local area. The potential locations are not a foregone conclusion so this is a real chance for people to make their voice heard about where they think the most appropriate sites are.

We would therefore encourage detailed responses from as many residents as possible. This is an objective planning process and the most powerful thing people can do is to speak up.’

“We are committed to making Merton a cleaner, greener place. We all have to cut the amount of waste we generate in the first place, but we also have to manage our waste responsibly. Merton households produce over 75,000 tonnes of waste annually – almost one tonne per year for each household. Local businesses, construction sites and services produce even more and landfill space is rapidly running out. What’s more, waste buried in landfill releases greenhouse gases so we cannot carry on as we are. Having new, modern facilities could both limit climate change gas emissions and reduce our reliance on landfill.’

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