Campaigners protest outside Brent civic centre over Veolia contract

Demonstrators gathered outside Brent Civic Centre

Demonstrators gathered outside Brent Civic Centre - Credit: Archant

Demonstrators opposing a bid by a multinational company accused of human rights abuses to acquire a £260million contract with Brent Council turned out in force to protest outside the civic centre.

About 40 Bin Veolia in Brent campaigners gathered outside the £90m building in Engineers Way, Wembley, to hand a petition signed by hundreds of residents to the council’s executive, urging it to exclude French firm Veolia from the procurement process for its Public Realm contract. Campaigners want Veolia’s bid to provide waste, recycling, street cleaning and grounds maintenance services to be scrapped because of its alleged “grave misconduct” in providing the infrastructure to support illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.

A council spokesman said: “Brent Council is currently in the middle of its procurement of Public Realm services.

“The TWO bidders remaining in the process are Veolia ES (UK) Ltd and Enterprise Managed Services Ltd.

“The decision to award the contract for Public Realm services will be made by the council’s executive at its meeting in October.”