Council to object to expansion of Beddington energy-from-waste plant

Merton Council will object to proposals to expand the energy-from-waste facility at Beddington.

Viridor Ltd, which operates the site, has applied to the Environment Agency to increase the amount of waste it takes through the centre, on the basis that it will cause no additional environmental impact locally and will divert more waste away from landfill.

The South London Waste Partnership, which includes Merton along with Kingston, Sutton and Croydon councils, is reviewing the application and will submit a joint response in the coming weeks.

However Cllr Natasha Irons, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Green  Spaces & Climate Change, said the council will be filing its own objection to the proposals too.

Cllr Irons said: “Increasing the amount of waste dealt with at the Beddington site would not only add to existing traffic problems caused by the HGVs coming through residential roads, but it could also make it much harder to manage any exceedances of emissions.

“The consultation runs until December 23, and I encourage all residents to complete it so they can have their views considered.”

Fill in the consultation here.