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Mayor issues direction to Enfield

The mayor of London has issued a direction to the Borough of Enfield- only the second time he has given such a request to a waste authority since he was elected in 2000.

Ken Livingstone suggested that the Borough’s “short sighted” decision to sell a recycling site and not replace it demonstrates the need for a single waste authority in London and for the mayor to be given enhanced waste planning powers.

Under section 356 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999, Enfield council is required to provide another recycling facility in the borough following the sale of the Reuse and Recycling Centre at Caterhatch Lane to a housing developer.

Mayor Ken Livingstone said: “I have decided to issue a direction to Enfield Council in order that they fully consider the importance of providing adequate recycling facilities in the borough. This is not a step I have taken lightly and follows many months of extensive dialogue with the council.

“I am extremely disappointed that Enfield continues in its refusal to deal responsibly with its waste by replacing the recycling facility at Caterhatch Lane. London needs more recycling facilities if we are to become self-sufficient in the management of our waste, so boroughs cannot afford to be complacent about the need to recycle more.”

The planning application to build houses on the Caterhatch site is now subject to a public inquiry that will be held from 14 to 16 March 2006.

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