Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has called on MPs to support the creation of a Single Waste Disposal Authority when the Commons debates the Greater London Authority Bill tomorrow, Tuesday 27th February.
The Mayor has repeatedly called for the creation of the Authority but the proposal has not been included in the Bill which grants further powers for the Mayor in several areas including housing and planning.
Ministers have instead proposed the creation of a voluntary forum including representatives of the London boroughs and the Mayor. Mr Livingstone has dismissed the proposed forum as a “talking shop” which would lack the power to tackle London’s waste needs.
Putting the case for the creation of a waste authority Mr Livingstone said “there are countless committees and networks to talk about waste in London. But there are precious few ways of actually enforcing action.”
“After 20 years of talking, now is the time for acting which is why it is essential that an amendment is made to the GLA Bill to create a Single Waste Disposal Authority for the capital.”