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TOPIC: A Waste Palnt Coming to You

A Waste Palnt Coming to You 7 years 2 months ago #53

Some people have asked about the consultation Haringey are currently running on what the government's new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) means for their Core Strategy.

Published on 27 March 2012, the NPPF, put in place to simplify the old planning regulations, is now legally binding. These changes are relevant to the campaign against the proposed waste plant close to our area, but the issues are technical ones.

The Pinkham Way Alliance has drafted an expert response. They’ve set up a very simple web page where you can read it and quickly add your name in support.

Visit theirwebsite for more detail

Please add your name to their response here

You’ll see on clicking through that this response to Haringey’s consultation makes perfect sense, particularly for all of us who are downwind of this planned site. And if you’re reading this then that’s almost certainly YOU.

Here’s a sliver of some very recent research following meetings with other areas impacted by waste plants, much doesn’t make pretty reading for residents from Arnos through to Grange Park.

Around Pinkham Way, the problem is not on the small scale of mere surrounding buildings, but on the larger scale of the barrier presented by the downwind landmass to the north-east, namely Cannon Hill rising to Southgate Green. Arnos-Broomfield are potentially in for a horrid dose, as the emissions gather there and intensify at the foot of Cannon Hill.

Even a high stack will not clear Cannon Hill, but just transfer any problem from Arnos-Broomfield up to Southgate Green and beyond. And the higher the stack, the worse and more widespread the impact and visual intrusion.

We also question the presumption that emissions, once lifted high enough by a stack, remain at height and disperse. The emission may well be heavier than fresh air of the same temperature. In a conventional chimney, the smoke is the hot emission from the fire below, so it naturally rises beyond the chimney, until it cools to the temperature of the surrounding air, a crucial qualifying point. After that, the smoke falls, as the historic London smogs proved. So now we forbid smokey fires in London. The Mayor’s heroic policy of treating all London waste in London is failing to face up to these realities of basic physics, lessons already embedded in London’s historic experience and current smoke legislation. And now being re-learned.


The proposed Pinkham Way waste site is 45 metres above sea level, and the land downwind rises, reaching 71 metres at Southgate Green, i.e. 26 metres higher, making it almost certain that stack emissions would blow straight into the houses downwind of it. Having reached ground level, what is there to lift these emissions back off the ground, as they drift along Broad Walk to Winchmore Hill Green (57 meters above sea level) and beyond?

The Pinkham Way waste plant is (as the smoke and odour flies) only:

1.1 miles to Alderman’s Hill, Palmers Green
1.3 miles to Southgate Green
1.7 miles to Broad Walk / Bourne Hill
2.3 miles to Winchmore Hill Green, Winchmore Hill
2.9 miles to Grange Park
3.1 miles to Bush Hill

Does this capture your house, your street, your area, your life? It is not “over there”; this will very likely impact on you - directly.

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