Croydon Council's Viridor talk ban 'trampled on democracy'
BANNING Croydon councillors from discussing the planned incinerator on the Croydon/Beddington border "trampled on democracy," councillors were told on Monday.
The attack came from Councillor Stuart Collins, Labour's shadow cabinet member for the environment, at an extraordinary meeting of the council called to debate allegations of secrecy surrounding Viridor's plans for the waste to energy plant.
Labour members – who were banned from commenting about the plans at a recent meeting of the South London Waste Partnership – were unsuccessful in their attempts to persuade council leader Mike Fisher to back its calls for all Croydon councillors to see papers surrounding the proposals.
Cllr Collins said: "The partnership meeting was supposed to be a public meeting but Croydon councillors were not able to comment on the proposals, see papers or raise questions their constituents had asked them to raise on risks and pollution.
"They took away the public's right to know."
Councillor Phil Thomas, the council's cabinet member for highways and environment, said the decision had been taken by the Labour chair of the committee after legal advice.