Belvedere Incinerator

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Belvedere Incinerator from the Thames. Refuse barges are moored on the quay.

The Riverside Resource Recovery (RRR) Energy from Waste Facility[1] (known locally as the Belvedere Incinerator) is an incineration facility in Bexley managing waste from the Western Riverside Waste Authority and other local authorities in London with a capacity of 575,000 tonnes waste per annum. It is close to the site of the former oil-fired Belvedere Power Station, which was decommissioned in the 1980s; this is now the 60-acre (240,000 m2) Isis Reach industrial park. A plant processing twice the waste capacity was initially proposed by Cory Environmental and underwent significant planning delays.

The facility was finally given permission by the Department of Trade and Industry for construction to begin in June 2006,[2] in spite of widespread local opposition.

Local opposition[edit]

Bexley Council, along with Ken Livingstone, the then Mayor of London attempted to block the plans by forcing a judicial review of the development. On January 4 th, 2007 the judge presiding on the case dismissed the challenge and the incinerator was given the go ahead to build within the next 3 years.[3] However, Bexley Council and Ken Livingstone again challenged the construction of the incinerator on the basis that it was energy inefficient as it did not utilize the waste heat from the incineration process and was thus not in London's best interests.[4] In February 2007, Bexley Council and the Mayor of London yet again pursued for the prevention of the construction of the Belvedere Incinerator in High Court of Justice in London.[5]

Opposition centred round the possibility of emissions from the incinerator, which add to the local concerns about existing industrial risks in lower Belvedere. There has been a long standing dispute with Thames Water about the smell from the sewage works and the ineffectiveness of attempts to force an end to these adds to local concerns regarding fumes. A further concern raised is that while Bexley Borough has one of the best recycling records in London, this will be offset by the fact that other boroughs wil be evading recycling by having their refuse incinerated in Bexley.

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Coordinates: 51°30′18″N 0°09′20″E / 51.50500°N 0.15556°E / 51.50500; 0.15556