“Smoke & Ire”: incinerator donations in the spotlight again in South London
There’s been more shenanigans over big cash donations from incinerator operators in the past few weeks, including written questions in the House of Lords.
Satirical and investigative magazine Private Eye has run a further article on the timing of a number of very large donations from an incinerator operator hoping to build a major facility in densely populated Sutton, south London.
Eight months after it was revealed that two churches and a rowing club in Lib Dem constituencies in South West London had benefitted from HUGE donations from an incinerator-operator the magazine says “clear answers about the affair are still hard to come by”.
The donations were made by Viridor, and its charitable arm, coinciding with the application to build a new incinerator in Sutton.
The former chair of the Sutton Lib Dems which pushed the incinerator through was a member of one of the churches to receive a £275,000 “gift”, while another church in former Environment Minister Ed Davey’s Kingston constituency was granted over £1,000,000 by the company. And Twickenham Rowing Club benefited from a further £100,000 from Viridor. The donations were all made prior to planning permission being granted.
Written questions in the House of Lords before Christmas achieved only “opaque non-answers” and “platitudinous” responses.
The Eye’s investigations have also revealed uncomfortable relationships between other politicians and senior Viridor execs. STOP the South London Incinerator has described the article as “a tight resume of how in bed with Viridor the Libdems were”.
Viridor is co-owner and partner of Grundon’s super-incinerator in Colnbrook.
Grundon’s generosity in supporting village projects in Colnbrook is well known, but it has been less than willing to engage with residents over air pollution fears resulting from the plant.
Thanks to “Croydon’s Green Knight” for sharing the news with Colnbrook Views.