London's Green MEP Jean Lambert has branded today's decision to grant planning permission for the Belvedere incinerator in the London Borough of Bexley as 'outrageous'.
Jean, who has supported two previous campaigns to stop the incinerator in 2003 and 2005, spoke out in anger at the decision and said that it called into question the future of London's waste strategy. Jean commented; "Today's approval to build an incinerator in London makes a mockery of the recent progress the Capital has made in meeting its recycling targets. I regret today's decision that will undoubtedly see other, more sustainable, waste management options closed off forever.
"The huge public opposition to the incinerator reinforces the fact that it is a completely inappropriate facility at a time when we should be focusing on reducing the amount of waste we produce. Instead of making energy from waste we should be harnessing the energy that has been put into the original products by reusing and recycling. We should not be building London's waste strategy round incineration."
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Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.