Come clean on waste contract says Liberal Democrat MP

Demands to come clean over how Haringey Council plans to deal with the rubbish it collects from our dustbins have been made by local MP Lynne Featherstone, following a secrecy order placed by Haringey Council on official papers.

Neighbouring councils involved in the same project have already disclosed information detailing the fixed 30-year term of the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) proposal and the substantial increases in waste volumes and costs to residents and businesses that the NLWA approach assumes.

Ms. Featherstone is concerned that Haringey Council’s reluctance to reveal information to the public is preventing proper debate about the future of waste disposal, even though it will have a high environmental and financial impact if sustained at current levels.

Commenting, Lynne Featherstone Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, said:

“I am very disturbed that Haringey Council officials’ instincts seem to be to withhold information from local residents rather than engage them in the debate.

“The things we throw away in our dustbins are one of the most direct ways we effect our environment. We need to reduce the amount of waste we throw away and then we need to figure out how best to dispose of what is left. Treating residents as adults, and sharing with them the likely costs through their Council Tax if we do not change our approach to rubbish, is an essential first step.

“It is completely bizarre that Barnet residents are allowed to know the potential impact on their borough and their Council Tax while Haringey residents are left completely in the dark.”