Time: Monday 19th November 2012 at 7.30pm
Location: Haringey Civic Centre, High Road, N22 8LE
Pinkham Way Alliance - will be speaking at Haringey’s full council meeting. There’s room for viewers in the gallery, so please go along if you'd like to see this.
Here's a notice from PWA......
As ever, your presence on the night will remind the council that these are issues their residents are deeply concerned about.
The Haringey Lib Dems have organised a debate on ‘Waste in the 21st Century’, to take place at the meeting. The PWA have a five-minute slot to speak half way through the meeting itself, followed by five minutes of questions. We hope also to take part later on in the main debate itself, which will follow the routine council business.
The discussion will not be adversarial, but we’re calling into question some key assumptions. Unquestioned, these assumptions could leave all north London residents being financially penalised for not producing enough black-bag waste. And yet we're encouraged to avoid waste, and to reuse and recycle!? Our short speech will be enough to make some very telling criticism.
We hope we’ll see some of you there. There’s room for 60 or 70 in the gallery, and if it's full, it will concentrate the minds of the council. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on Read More below for PWA's Subject for Discussion.
PWA SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION:
“In a few weeks the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) will be signing a waste contract for a total value of £4 bn. Haringey, as one of the seven NLWA member councils, will be participating.
As part of this, the council either has already, or will have approved in the near future, a contract with the NLWA. The contract will guarantee a Minimum Tonnage (GMT) of residual (black bag) waste to be delivered to the NLWA from Haringey for the initial 25 to 35 year term of the contract.
Residents commend the Council’s initiative on recycling, which has significantly increased the recycling rate towards the 2020 target of 50%.
However, in light of the fact that waste continues to decline and that the direction of policy is towards waste prevention and re-use, residents are deeply concerned that the Council, and by extension they themselves as Council Tax payers, will incur financial penalties under the GMT agreement – because they are producing too little residual waste. Thus the welcome gains from reduced landfill tax may be substantially eroded by compensation to the NLWA contractor for lost revenue.
The Pinkham Way Alliance, speaking on behalf of concerned residents, feels that these are questions which are too little understood and need open discussion.”