MP Promotes Clean-Up

October 19, 2011 4:02 PM

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake has called on the Environment Agency to treat levels of air pollution along Beddington Lane as a priority after visiting to see firsthand the effects of the waste disposal operations in the area.

Joined by Brian Paddick, the Lib Dem candidate for London Mayor, and Stephen Knight, a prospective Lib Dem candidate for next year's London Assembly elections, on Monday Tom stopped off at a number of sites along Beddington Lane, including the Abellio bus depot.

The depot is situated directly opposite Country Waste, a large waste disposal site, and has for a number of years suffered from high levels of pollution as a result of its proximity to a number of waste operations. They met with Dave Hannam, the company's Deputy Operations Manager, who explained to them some of the problems the depot has had with regards to dust and pollution.

Stephen Knight said: "The dust drifts at all times of the day, covering buses and cars alike, not to mention the offices. This air pollution is not only having a detrimental effect on vehicles and buildings; it could also present a very serious hazard to people's health, which is far more worrying."

Beddington Lane is home to several waste disposal facilities, including a recycling plant and a landfill site at the Farmlands. Tom has in the past voiced his concerns at the levels of air pollution in the area, and in 2009 joined local resident groups to resist the building of a new waste facility.

Brian added: "The Environment Agency must treat the pollution in Beddington Lane as a priority. We should concentrate on improving the facilities we have now and making them cleaner, for the sake of all the people working and living nearby."

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