Monthly Archives: January 2018

Local residents contact the Environmental Agency

Posted by Natasha Heather on Facebook

Just received a call back from Environment agency. On the day of the smell, the incinerator was burning, and had an alkaline wash through which can produce that awful smell.
They want people to know that they are regulating the site and they need more people to phone them when there are issues like this so that they can make sure the site is performing within its designated limits.
They are now going to look into the issue and data from the site and pollution sensors in the area to get an indication of what went wrong. Spoke to a lovely lady who was very much on the side of residents.

For those asking
Environment incident hotline

Telephone (24 hour service)
0800 80 70 60

Date 9th January 2018

Another resident posted on Facebook:

Hackbridge stunk this morning of burning/burnt diesel this morning.
I noticed it between 7:50am and 8:30am.


Burn begins on 5th January 2018

At least to one campaigner, this moment, right now, feels a bit like the moment Neville Chamberlain had to accept that attempts to stop Hitler invading Poland had failed. Of course the two are incomparable but it is a sad moment when the unthinkable, then becomes inevitable and then a sobering reality. Apologies if the war analogy is too strong but imagine putting 10 years of your life into stopping something catastrophic in the eyes of many.

Fellow campaigner Peter Alfrey noticed the burners were fired up on the 5th of January.

He posted this on the Stop The Incinerator Facebook page. A further picture was posted on the 6th. I’ve now uploaded it here:

More in Viridor’s failings on Peter’s blog:

IMPORTANT REMINDER: During this commissioning phase, please keep a diary of noise, visibility affecting steam and odours. THIS INCINERATOR IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE NUISANCE.

Shasha Khan

PS Once again. no offence was meant to be caused by the analogy.