Haringey Council keeps waste plans secret

Rubbish dumpNot impressed with Haringey Council’s decision to keep secret official papers to do with disposal of our waste.

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.

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.