Protests planned amid Beddington Lane south London incinerator decision tonight for Sutton, Croydon, Kingston and Merton waste

How the proposed incinerator could look by night

How the incinerator would look from Beddington Lane

The incinerator by day

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A decision on plans to build a controversial incinerator for rubbish from four south-west London boroughs will be made tonight.

Sutton Council's development control committee will make a ruling on plans to build an energy recovery facility (ERF) in Beddington Lane and looks set to give the scheme the go-ahead.

Campaigners against the incinerator are planning to stage a protest outside Sutton Library, where the meeting is being held, in a last ditch bid to sway the committee members' minds.

The proposed facility will burn non-recyclable waste from Sutton, Croydon, Kingston and Merton and convert it into energy and heat for nearby homes.

Sutton Council's planning officers have given the proposal, made by waste management firm Viridor, their backing and say emissions from the plant would be negligible while it would free up space for the existing landfill site to become a park and save money in landfill taxes.

But opponents of the plan, including members of campaign group Stop the Incinerator, say the plant will emit harmful dioxins which will be blown from the building's 95m chimney over Croydon by prevailing winds.

The campaigners say there is evidence that incinerators in other places have increased infant mortality rates.

The meeting will take place in Sutton Library's Europa Gallery, off St Nicholas Way, from 8pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Campaigners are planning to gather in the area from 7pm. 

For live updates from the meeting, follow @therealMikePyle on Twitter. The outcome of the meeting and reaction will be posted on this website this evening.

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5:07pm Wed 24 Apr 13

Michael Pantlin says...

Councillors will meet in their room before the meeting and be instructed to vote for the incinerator. They will listen in silence to the protesters. Chairman will thank them for their "cogent" arguements. Then they will vote it through. I've been there so many times, seen it, heard it, and got the teeshirt.
Councillors will meet in their room before the meeting and be instructed to vote for the incinerator. They will listen in silence to the protesters. Chairman will thank them for their "cogent" arguements. Then they will vote it through. I've been there so many times, seen it, heard it, and got the teeshirt. Michael Pantlin
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5:13pm Wed 24 Apr 13

Giles C says...

You are not wrong there Michael..
They will have all fettered their interest no doubt about it.
It isn't the emissions that concerns me it is the amount of additional traffic by the councils planning officers own admission
You are not wrong there Michael.. They will have all fettered their interest no doubt about it. It isn't the emissions that concerns me it is the amount of additional traffic by the councils planning officers own admission Giles C
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6:41pm Wed 24 Apr 13

Beverly RA says...

Seems like a smoke screen to me.
But will the Protesters say where they would like it ?
Seems like a smoke screen to me. But will the Protesters say where they would like it ? Beverly RA
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