Jon Cruddas MP criticises Havering’s ‘spate of poor decisions’ spurring ‘dumping ground’ fears
09:00 17 August 2014
MP Jon Cruddas has criticised a “spate of poor decisions” by Havering Council which have made residents fear that the south of the borough is to become central London’s “dumping ground”.
Cllr Michael Deon Burton, of the Independent Residents’ Group, is also campaigning against the proposed extension of a rubbish dump in Ingrebourne Hill, Rainham, which will include a mineral-processing factory.
Residents and councillors have staged protests against proposals by waste disposal company Ingrebourne Valley to increase the size of the hill and create a link with Hornchurch Country Park.
Cllr Deon Burton, who represents South Hornchurch, said: “They intend that a lorry will be going in and out of the dumping site in the Hornchurch Country Park 100 times a day.
“Now residents find out that it is intended that an additional earthworks factory is to be sited not too far from their children’s schools and bedrooms.
“Whereas they have spent fortunes in the leafy parts of Romford such as Raphael Park, here we have other people’s waste tipped on us.”
Mr Cruddas, MP for Rainham and Dagenham, vowed to lobby the council and developers after residents called for the proposals to be overturned.
He said: “Amidst a recent spate of poor decisions in the south of the borough, it seems that the residents have been overlooked again.
“I will continue to do all I can to hold the council to account and address any issues or concerns raised about the site.”
A council spokesman said: “This is not a landfill scheme. The hill will be extended using inert material only – waste that isn’t chemically or biologically reactive.
“And if planning permission is agreed, traffic management plans will be an essential part of any scheme approval.”
Ingrebourne Valley’s managing director did not respond to a request for comment from the Recorder.