Pensioner feels compelled to urge people to resist incinerator proposal
By Anne Huggett
A MAN living in the shadows of Britain's biggest incinerator has told communities across Runnymede, Elmbridge and Spelthorne facing a possible waste management plant plan to "fight all the way".
David Morgan's home is about a mile from the Edmonton Incinerator near Enfield.
His grim experience has prompted him to tell readers: "I would not wish an incinerator on anybody."
When Mr Morgan and his wife Hazel, 61, bought their house in the early 1970s, they had no idea a huge rubbish-burning furnace would be built almost on their doorstep.
Mr Morgan, 65, suffers from emphysema and, although he cannot prove it, he is convinced it is linked to breathing in the fumes emitted from the burning rubbish.
Mr Morgan claims life at home is constantly marred by of the effects of the incinerator.
He said: "It's not very nice living near one at all.
"A couple of years-ago we had black all along our washing line.
"It looked like burnt plastic.† It came from the fumes."
He said he can see smoke billowing from the chimney from his bathroom and can frequently smell the rubbish fumes.
He added: "And then there's the worry about cancer and birth defects.† It really is frightening."
Mr Morgan said people living within three kilometres of the furnace suffer the most but the fumes pumped out affect people for miles around - even if they do not realise it.
He said: "If they can't see it, I suppose it's not something they think about.† But they still breathe it all in."
Although the London waste plant is an older style construction, the former builder wants to tell people living near the potential incinerator sites in Runnymede, Elmbridge and Spelthome to oppose the planning applications at every opportunity.
Chertsey's Lyne Lane, Molesey Road in Hersham, Trumps Farm in Longcross, Charlton Lane in Shepperton and Martyrs Lane in Woking are on a list of sites short-listed for possible waste plants, including incinerators.
The six are among 13 identified as potential sites for waste management centres by County Hall chiefs to deal with Surrey's annual mountain of 600,000 tonnes of household waste, currently being dumped in landfill sites, which are quickly filling up.
The period of public consultation will end on December 12.
Surrey's waste plan project manager John Shelton claims the county council has no alternative to exploring other options before landfall sites are overflowing.
†He said: "We have to provide a waste plan for the next 10 years and deal with it in a sustainable way."