New Chairman Elected by the Authority - 26 June 2009

Western Riverside Waste Authority has elected Councillor Tim Ahern, from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to be its next Chairman.

Councillor Ahern is replacing Councillor Tim Coleridge who has left the Authority, after 4 years as Chairman, to become the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The election of Councillor Ahern, who has been a member of the Authority for two years, took place at the Authority's annual general meeting on 25th June 2009.

Tim Ahern was elected a councillor in 1998, representing Campden Ward in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and served as Mayor of the Royal Borough in 2006/07. He is currently the Cabinet Member for Service Improvement and Regeneration in the Royal Borough and sits on the London Councils' Grants Committee.

Councillor Ahern said "I am particularly delighted to have been elected Chairman at this exciting time for the Authority. We are now making a decisive move away from landfill towards recycling and energy recovery and that is where our really big investment is going."

Within the next two years Western Riverside Waste Authority expect to benefit from two major construction projects coming on stream. The first is the development of a materials recycling facility at the Authority's own site in Smugglers Way in the Borough of Wandsworth. The second important project is an energy from waste incineration facility at Belvedere in the London Borough of Bexley, which will not be owned by the Authority but is being built under the Authority's contract with Cory Environmental Ltd.

The major new infrastructure that the Authority has commissioned will cost some £540M in total. When completed in about 18 months' time I am confident it will enhance its reputation as an innovative and forward thinking authority."

Councillor Ahern continued "These modern facilities will ensure we can deliver quality waste management solutions for our four boroughs and hugely reduce our current use of landfill. Getting out of landfill will benefit the environment and also help keep down council tax bills, since landfill is now becoming a very expensive option. We also have other exciting projects in the pipeline including the redevelopment of our civic amenity site at Smugglers Way which will make it much more user-friendly for local residents."

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Notes for editors:

  1. Western Riverside Waste Authority is a statutory body responsible for disposal of waste collected by the London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth and Wandsworth, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
  2. The Authority comprises 8 Members (two appointed by each of the four constituent councils).
  3. The Authority has a 30 year waste management services contract with Cory Environmental Ltd.