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Peter Lamb: Opposing the Horsham incinerator

In his article this week, the leader of Crawley Borough Council urges locals to voice their opinions on the proposed Horsham incinerator.

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Toxic chemicals pumped into Crawley’s air supply would make headlines, you’d assume. Unfortunately, like other important decisions, people tend to only become aware of an issue after the decision has already been taken.

Next Tuesday, West Sussex County Council’s Planning Committee will be ruling on an application for a 24-hour incinerator with a 93 metre chimney to be built. While the structure itself would be built in Horsham, the wind direction would scatter much of the material over Crawley and that’s the worry.

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In theory, a well-regulated incinerator could remove most toxic material from its exhaust, but the UK’s regulatory regime is weak and that leaves claims about the safety of the technology highly suspect.

Crawley’s air quality is poor, with an Air Quality Management Area already in place around the worst affected part of the town. Campaigners estimate that the new incinerator will put out an additional 162,000kg of nitrous oxide alone into our air supply. When better alternatives to burning waste exist, we shouldn’t allow our health to be put at risk.

“YOUR HEALTH ISN’T A COMMODITY TO BE SOLD OFF”

So what can you do about it? Write to Planning members and encourage others to do likewise, let them know what you think about the proposed incinerator’s risks. Fortunately the committee’s chair is Duncan Crow, Leader of Crawley’s Conservatives and County Councillor for Tilgate and Furnace Green, who will hopefully be open to protecting Crawley’s air quality.

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Next, try and make it along to the Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday. Unfortunately, they’ve refused to have the meeting near to where the incinerator would be built, so the meeting will be taking place in Chichester. Finally, sign and share this petition, to show the level of opposition to the proposals: http://www.change.org/p/no-incinerator-4-horsham

Your health isn’t a commodity to be sold off, let’s hope the committee remembers that next week.

Cllr Peter Lamb
Leader, Crawley Borough Council

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Henry Smith MP: Commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day

In his article this week Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

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It is often easy to take our democratic system and values for granted. However, a look to other parts of the world provide a reminder of how important it is that we appreciate the freedoms we have.

None of which, of course, would be possible without our Armed Forces who keep us safe. Our nation has perhaps never been more threatened than during the Second World War, which resulted in Victory in Europe almost 75 years ago.

On 8th May 2020, the 75th anniversary of VE Day, events will take place across the UK to commemorate the Allied Victory in Europe and give thanks to the Second World War generation and the sacrifices they made securing peace across the continent.

I join the Prime Minister in backing the Royal British Legion’s search for people from this generation who will rightly take centre stage at the commemorations in London, which will culminate in a procession down the Mall.

Applications are open until 2nd March via the Royal British Legion’s website. I urge veterans in Crawley to look into signing up, as our nation says thank you, three quarters of a century after the end of the war.

Further details of the programme to commemorate Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) on 15th August will be announced in due course. It is right that we use these moments of celebration to remember their sacrifice and show our gratitude.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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