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Princess Anne opens waste plant at Belvedere

PUBLISHED: 18:35 09 May 2012 | UPDATED: 10:24 11 May 2012

Princess Anne with Andy Pike, Cory's director of riverside resource recovery, picture by Jason Dodd

Princess Anne with Andy Pike, Cory's director of riverside resource recovery, picture by Jason Dodd

Jason Dodd

Princess Anne gave a £450 million Belvedere energy facility a royal seal of approval.

Princess Anne gave a £450 million Belvedere energy facility a royal seal of approval.

She visited Cory Environmental’s energy plant in Norman Road, to officially open its new Riverside Resources Recovery centre which creates energy-from-waste facility. She was welcomed to the plant by the company’s boss Peter Gerstrom.

Dressed in a turquoise coat she toured the new enterprise near the River Thames and met staff connected with the project during her visit yesterday (Wednesday). She also unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

Princess Anne said: “It is important to get the message out how important waste management is. I am really pleased with the facility.”

The Queen’s Waterman Gary Anness joined the visit as a reminder of the area’s connection with the river.

Cory employs 63 people at the site and said the new building is their most significant project and will help the London manage its waste effectively and efficiently.

The site’s technical and development manager Martyn Hunt said: “We first conceived of the idea in 1991so this has been a long time in coming. We’ve been through two judicial reviews because opposition from local residents and green protestors.

“This is a great project because waste to land fill is no longer an option.”

The plant has been fully operational since February 2011. The company said its position next to the Thames would enable it to remove more than 100,000 lorries from the capital’s congested roads in terms of waste management.

Bexley dignitaries council leader Teresa O’ Neill, chief executive Will Tuckley and Bexley mayor Ray Sams also joined the hour-long visit.

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