Monday, 7 June 2010
A note on statistics
Statistics tell us (2007) that East End Park/Cross Green is low demand and in decline. Within worst 1% of the country of area and falling. People die earlier in areas of deprivation, so what’s another incinerator in the ghetto?
Vast profits are to be made for chosen bidder on PFI contract if planning for a third incinerator goes through.
Simultaneous with the plans over the last few years to place an incinerator here, the area has been systematically degraded. Long-term residents have left in droves. Replaced with Bail hostels, asylum seekers, probation hostels, homeless families, evictees from other areas. Private landlords who are known to have breached health and safety rules, all are operating here, with, it would appear, impunity. Everyone needs to live somewhere, that is not disputed, but Leeds City Council seem reticent to give figures as to what the ratio of ‘vulnerable groups’ now placed in East End Park and Cross Green is, compared with the rest of the city.
In addition to the points made against another incinerator on ‘No to Incinerator’ leaflet, we should request: an independent assessment of the current land contamination in the sites proposed for third incinerator and surrounding residential areas. We should also look to research recently published, amongst which, Health Effects of Waste Incineration, 4th Report of British Ecological Society.
Article 8 ECHR 1.14 Article 8, which protects the individual's right to respect for his or her private and family life and home, has been interpreted by the Court of Human Rights as applying where an individual is directly and seriously affected by environmental pollution.
Submitted by Maureen Aylward
The picture today was taken from here