Stop the Harpenden Luton Incinerator

SHLI Meets with Grant Shapps

Stop Harpenden Luton Incinerator Meets with Grant Shapps

Yesterday, Stop Harpenden Luton Incinerator (SHLI) and I met with Grant Shapps, MP for Welwyn and Hatfield, in Parliament to discuss how best to stop the incinerator proposal in East Hyde. Grant fought tirelessly for eight years against a similar proposal in Hatfield, which was finally won in 2015.

The insight and advice was extremely useful and has offered all of us a clear direction on how to move forward and improve our approach to tackling the incinerator and the applicants of this proposal.

In the coming weeks, I will be sending a petition to all residents in Harpenden and the surrounding villages which I would like to kindly ask you to sign and send back to me through a free-post envelope that will be attached.

Bim Opposes Incinerator Proposal

Bim Afolami sits in front of 'No Giant Incinerator Here' sign

I am opposed to the proposal of an incinerator being built on the Lower Luton Road at East Hyde.

From damaging environmental effects to traffic congestion, the huge number of issues gives me little hope that this proposal is beneficial to our area. I cannot see any positive aspect to the plans for Hertfordshire residents.

After attending the public consultation at East Hyde Village Hall on 23rd June, my initial reservations have grown even stronger. I have been working closely with Stop The Harpenden and Luton Incinerator group. We met recently to discuss our next steps and have sent a list of detailed questions about the plans to Emsrayne, the builders of the incinerator.

In August, I attended the public launch of a new report, published by UKWIN (United Kingdom Without Incineration Network) on waste incineration at the House of Lords. It gave me a great deal of insight into the national policy issues in this area. A recurring theme that struck me was the degree to which waste incineration can lead to less recycling, which cannot be a sustainable way forward for our area or the country as a whole.

Recently we have received welcomed news that London Luton Airport Limited (LLAL) and Luton Borough Council have removed any form of support that was previously offered. Whilst positive, this is only a minor gain and from my understanding Emsrayne still plan to put forward their planning application. With the SHLI, your local councillors and the support of local volunteers, collectively we will be well suited to stop the incinerator.

In the end of September, I will be leading a meeting with your local councillors, SHLI and Grant Schapps MP, who successfully led a campaign in 2015 to stop an incinerator being built in his Welwyn Hatfield constituency. Grant has offered to provide us with his advice so that we can better understand how to organise ourselves effectively on the next steps.

In addition, we are in the final stages of organising a local petition that will go out to all constituents affected by the incinerator in the surrounding areas, which will be presented to Parliament when the application is proposed. If you could kindly sign and send this back to me, we will have a solid foundation to acknowledge the sheer amount of opposition to this incinerator.

I will continue to work with all parties involved to ensure that no incinerator is built in this area.

If you have any information that might be able to help regarding this proposal, please contact me at any time.