Viridor Environment Credits - Landfill Communities Fund

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-01-20
Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0058
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

With reference to the Viridor incinerator which you approved last summer, substantial donations from its charitable arm 'Viridor Environment Credits' made in the form of the 'Landfill Communities Fund' (LCF) have gone to schemes such as the Twickenham Rowing Club which received £100k and £1m to a church in Kingston. Given the public perception of the LCF as a fund designed to mitigate and benefit local communities that are affected with funding for community and environmental schemes, do you agree that funding a rowing club 13km away from the Beddington Farmlands Landfill and the proposed Viridor incinerator in Beddington represents a "betrayal" of local residents?

Answer

Answer for Viridor Environment Credits - Landfill Communities Fund

Answer for Viridor Environment Credits - Landfill Communities Fund

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is up to Viridor and government, rather than me, to decide how the Landfill Communities Funds are spent.  It is neither my place to set the eligibly criteria for this Fund nor question the Funds governance arrangements. My focus will be on continuing to work closely with Viridor and LB Sutton to explore opportunities to develop a heat network in the nearby Hackbridge development. My officers are working with LB Sutton to develop an Energy Master Plan.  I have ensured via a Section 106 agreement that Virdor set aside £50k to determine feasibility for a heat network that will improve the efficiency of the facility that would provide low carbon affordable energy to businesses and homes in the Hackbridge area.