About five hundred people took to the streets in Edmonton on Saturday to protest against the intransigence of north London local authorities and their North London Waste Authority reps who remain deaf to the concerns of anti-incinerator campaigners. Repeated lobbying and the production of evidence that enlargement of the incinerator will unnecessarily add to deteriorating air quality and rising carbon emissions has not been heeded.
Speaker after speaker referred to the refusal to listen to campaigners as indicative of an absence of democracy from top to bottom of society and the incinerator's location as an unacceptable example of environmental racism. Speakers also drew attention to the financial risk the incinerator poses. The NLWA wants to go ahead with the contract with Acciona, the single bidder, despite the financial risk and the bid being rated at just 36 per cent. With the contract signing set for today, January18th, campaigners vowed to fight on, adamant they the were vindicated by not only by the all the medical and environmental evidence but also by the all-party parliamentary group on air pollution which has stated that expansions should be halted immediately to protect human health and cut carbon emissions.
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