The North London Waste Plan (NLWP) covers seven North London boroughs - Haringey, Barnet, Enfield, Islington, Hackney, Camden and Waltham Forest.
For the last 8 years, PWA has campaigned against the inclusion in this plan of the Pinkham Way site, one of 9 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs) in Haringey, which Natural England consider to be a Site of Metropolitan Importance, ie London-wide, like the Lee Valley and Queen's Wood.
It is an Open Green Space, and a London Priority Habitat. NLWP member boroughs and the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) all claim to be committed to protect Open Space, SINCs, and especially Priority Habitats and Protected Species. Yet all of them, and especially Haringey, are ignoring their own policies to attempt to deliver this site for waste development.
And this at a time when we hear so regularly about destruction of nature, and loss of biodiversity in the UK.
As the Planning Authority for the site, Haringey has been the fall guy, and has submitted consistently to intense pressure from the NLWA and other boroughs for years, driving this site through against all available evidence.
Pinkham Way contains almost 4% of the trees in Haringey, which help alleviate the very high pollution along the A406. These will almost all be destroyed in any development. It is also home to many bird species, including some endangered, and several rare invertebrates.
The London Plan stipulates that only Industrial Land is suitable for siting waste plants. Pinkham Way isn't Industrial Land, yet the councils and NLWA plough on regardless.
Please sign in support of PWA's submission to the NLWP by clicking hereImportant: So that you can understand what you are signing up to, please read the main points of the submission by following the link on the Sign-up Page.
(photo: Red tailed bumblebee foraging on vetch, Pinkham Way 2011)