Campaigners win their day in court against Viridor incinerator

Good to see Her Maj, at the ripe old age of 88 and despite being busy preparing to celebrate her official birthday over the weekend, sticking up for the little fella.

Incinerator JRThe Stop The Incinerator Campaign today received the formal notice to confirm that “the Queen, on the application of Shasha Khan…” would permit the case against the building of a waste incinerator on Beddington Lane to be heard in court, the decision all signed on her behalf by a High Court judge.

Sutton Council and Viridor, the incinerator operators given a £1 billion contract by the South London Waste Partnership – which includes Croydon Council – had lined up a bevy of briefs to contest the application for a judicial review, but the judge ruled that there is a case. Mr Justice Collins rejected the council and Viridor’s objections to the review in four points out of five.

“Despite powerful opposition by the council and developers, a senior planning court judge has recognised the strength of the case not to grant planning permission to burn waste on a site which is a haven for wildlife and migrating birds,” said Sue Willman, the solicitor at Deighton Pierce Glynn acting on behalf of Croydon resident Shasha Khan.

Mr Justice Collins decided the case should indeed be argued in court: “The possible conflict of interest in the defendant’s roles and the contractual relationship is all too obvious.”

The hearing is expected to go ahead in October.

Khan is challenging the planning permission for the incinerator to be built on land earmarked for London’s newest country park on the basis that Sutton has made a serious error by applying the wrong policy to the incinerator, and that they were unduly influenced by their contractual relationship with the developer Viridor.

Sutton is one of four boroughs in London who signed up to a contract with Viridor in November 2012 to build the incinerator at Beddington. The development was then given planning permission despite it being on Metropolitan Open Land (the equivalent of Green Belt) and despite it being safeguarded by Sutton themselves to become part of the Wandle Valley Regional Park.

Large areas of the north of Croydon stand downwind of the Beddington Lane site, with the ensuing air quality and health issues created, while the massive quantities of waste needed to keep the incinerator burning, day-in, day-out for its planned 25-year operation, would likely see large HGVs driving to the site from across south-east England, up the A23 through Coulsdon and Purley.

“I am so grateful for the hundreds of small donations to finance this case from members of the public like me who want parks for their kids, not waste incinerators,” Khan said.

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4 Responses to Campaigners win their day in court against Viridor incinerator

  1. davidcallam says:

    Well done to Shasha Khan and very best wishes for your day in court.

  2. I’m very pleased that Shasha Khan has taken on this challenge, and has made such good progress with it. May I appeal to your readers to do as I and others have done, which is to dip into our virtual pockets and chip in a few quid to help maintain momentum – just a few clicks on will help.

  3. Well done the Greens and Shasha….but it isn’t just about the birds.
    The EAC Parliamentary committee has taken evidence for hearings on pollution “progress” about to start:

  4. Well done Shasha this is excellent news. The last thing Croydon needs is an incinerator. We do not need the gridlock; the air pollution; and the traffic that will accompany it bringing waste in day and night.
    We do need a recycling industry that provides local jobs to recycle local waste, other areas manage it, so can we; we also need green spaces for our citizens to relax and be at one with nature.
    Sasha deserves all our support in this tough battle; when he wins we will all benefit.

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