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    • North London Waste Plan - Further Consultation
    • Another £140m has been borrowed to support the development of the new incinerator with more expected, adding to last year’s £100m plus the several tens of millions pounds worth of debt rolled over from a previous exercise. Waste management is far from a cheap matter. We’ll be repaying these loans until February 2060. The development is currently proceeding in the absence of a north London waste strategy, on hold pending the government providing guidance on UK recycling related matters, and a waste plan (NLWP) which remains with the independent inspectorate for a decision long after its public hearing in November 2019. The waste plan is a set of policies and a calculation of any required new (and then protected) land for waste management. It has a high bar having wrapped itself around the Pinkham Way land for waste, or not, issue. Much effort went into developing a set of criteria which allowed the land at Pinkham Way into the pool of potentially useable areas, and much of that process has been under challenge. A whole series of land designation matters (eg it’s a SINC), green chain implications, apparent London Plan conflict and many other aspects would ultimately need to...
    • In Planning and Development / North London Waste Plan
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 21 Oct 2021 15:08
    • Environmental campaigners issue new challenges ove...
    • XR Zero Waste (part of the Extinction Rebellion movement) have published a document which they say is in response to a challenge set by the chair of the North London Waste Authority as to how north London boroughs can reduce waste and increase recycling - XR's argument being that the waste authority's authority's predicted requirements for the amount of residual waste that will need to be dealt with by either landfill or incineration reflect a failure to implement the principles of recycling and the circular economy. The document is a ten-point plan designed specifically for the London Borough of Camden, but no doubt much of its contents might be equally applicable to the other boroughs, including Enfield. The introductorty paragraph reads as follows: "In April 2020, the chair of the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), Cllr Clyde Loakes, stated: ‘We call on Extinction Rebellion to work with the NLWA and the boroughs in areas of common interest, such as the vital practical and campaigning work to reduce waste and increase recycling for the benefit of the planet and future generations.’ In response, XR Zero Waste is pleased to offer Camden Council this brief, which sets out...
    • In Other Subjects / Environmental Issues
    • Author PGC Webmaster
    • 20 Oct 2021 20:04
    • 'Stories of Enfield' - could you be a storyteller?...
    • Here's some slightly more detailed information taken from the council website Enfield Council has awarded over £100,000 to community heritage projects as part of its ‘Stories of Enfield’ programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. ‘Stories of Enfield’ has brought together groups from across the borough to share ideas about Enfield’s heritage and to receive training in planning and delivering cultural heritage work. A total of 32 groups put forward ideas and a steering group including local residents selected the best projects to take forward. In all, 13 community heritage projects will receive National Lottery funding through the scheme, all of which will explore aspects of Enfield’s heritage and provide exciting opportunities for borough residents. The projects reflect the rich and diverse identity of Enfield, including the histories of different cultural groups, buildings, parks and rivers and even the “Enfield” itself, the borough’s heraldic symbol. Residents will have the opportunity to attend story telling sessions, follow poetry and art trails, visit exhibitions, watch a new short film about Edmonton resident “The Boxing Bishop” and...
    • In Planning and Development / Conservation
    • Author PGC Webmaster
    • 16 Oct 2021 23:21
    • Civic groups unite in opposition to council green ...
    • Picking up the thread of local assets impacted in the draft Local Plan and now drawing from a recently published appraisal of Tesco’s direction might give some insight to the thinking behind several of our local supermarkets apparently not having a future. “Instead of having to get in the car and make the weekly trip to the supermarket, customers can now shop whenever, wherever and however they want.” On line is served via in store picking and Tesco are now building local fulfilment centres to bolster this. The convenience market has seen rapid growth in the last few years and in Tesco’s case is served by 2000 Express stores plus 950 owned and franchised One-Stop stores. “This is where the bulk of store investment will go, in finding new sites and adding new franchisees, as the firm aims to become more ‘capital light’. That means no more expensive, out of-town megastores.” Tesco is also piloting on demand services for deliveries within 60 minutes, while urban fulfilment centres have the potential to allow customers to order a full weekly shop and collect it minutes later. All the well-known names will have their own strategies but all are going to be operating in...
    • In Planning and Development / Planning & Development: Miscellaneous subjects
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 15 Oct 2021 09:44
    • 'Stories of Enfield' - could you be a storyteller?...
    • Enfield Council has announced the winning bids for Heritage Lottery Fund money to enable community groups to carry out projects that tell Enfield Stories (see .) The list includes the Palmers Green Action Team, Talkies Community Cinema, St Anne's School and others with PG connections. This is all the detail that we have for the time being. Full list of Stories of Enfield * Sisters in Islam Muslim Youth Club, who will be working with volunteers to explore the stories of first- and second-generation Bangladeshis in Enfield * Christ Church Southgate, who will be exploring the heritage of their pre-raphaelite stained glass windows through events with Enfield residents, including stained glass making workshops. * St Anne’s Catholic High School for Girls will be engaging with students to explore the heritage of the Enfield beast and family heraldry. * Enfield Racial Equalities Council will be working with volunteers to explore historic and contemporary issue faced by BAME communities in Enfield. * Fischer Cheng Architects and community organisation REACT will be installing a new poetry trail linking Fore Street with Meridian Water. * Enfield Archaeological Society will be excavating at...
    • In Planning and Development / Conservation
    • Author PGC Webmaster
    • 06 Oct 2021 22:27
    • Environmental campaigners issue new challenges ove...
    • The Court of Appeal is to hear a case concerning Surrey Council’s granting of planning permission to six oil wells based in their green belt. The original case against, heard by the High Court, was brought by a local activist arguing that the 10 million tonnes of CO2 to be released into the atmosphere from the 3 million tonnes of oil extracted over 20 years had not been taken into account. The equivalent for the planned Edmonton incinerator would be 14 million tonnes (20 years at 700k tonnes pa of CO2 output), or eight and a half oil wells. That certainly put our (UK) waste problem into some perspective for me, less the burning and more the sheer quantity of waste we all generate and where any solution has to inevitably focus.
    • In Other Subjects / Environmental Issues
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 04 Oct 2021 09:32

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