The Derby and Cardiff court cases (which are being brought by locals rather than by UKWIN) are both scheduled to be heard in the coming weeks. See Anti-incinerator legal action round-up article for details of these cases.  If you wish to donate to either of these legal challenges via UKWIN then you can do so via http://ukwin.org.uk/donate/ – be sure to let us know that you intend the donation for the Derby or Cardiff legal challenge.

Derby Case (190ktpa incinerator at Sinfin Lane)

Local campaigners report that the challenge will be heard in the courts in Manchester on March 15th 2013.

Cardiff Case (350ktpa incinerator at Trident Park)

According to http://cardiffagainsttheincinerator.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/high-court-order-to-cardiff-council.html (The case to force Cardiff to Stop Viridor’s Incinerator building is to go to Court, 8 February 2013):

The High Court judge agreed yesterday, 7th Feb. to order “expedition” of the case..

Prosiect Gwyrdd blindly declared at yesterday’s meeting that there were no problems, Viridor had planning permission, and they recommended awarding Viridor a waste contract. Cllrs Russell Goodway and Ashley Govier of Cardiff’s Cabinet lead P Gwyrdd’s joint committee for Cardiff Council.

They and Cardiff Council are complicit with Viridor’s unlawful building works and the continuing refusal to impose an enforcement order to halt the works.

Both Cardiff Council and Viridor opposed the expedited Court hearing, seeking to delay the case pending the Planning Committee scheduled for 13th February.

Said Max Wallis for CATI: “This was delaying tactics.  The officers do not propose enforcement but approval of defective applications outstanding since August. This cannot rectify Viridor’s unlawful development.”

Pauline Ellaway, a Splott resident who is fronting the case for CATI said: “We are pleased the Court has rejected Cardiff’s request for further delay, when they should have acted 6 months ago” CATI has repeatedly asked for enforcement action since the start of work on 20 July.  The law firm Richard Buxton demanded action again in December, when the officers agreed a compromise of taking the issue to the Committee of 9th January.  They turned down the request for an immediate Stop Order, on the basis that little work was to be done over the Xmas/New year period.”

Cardiff’s Planning committee failed to take action on 9th January by chairman’s casting vote, despite strong pleas from Splott councillors, Huw Thomas, Luke Holland and Gretta Marshall.

Papers for the 13 Feb. Planning Committee are now available; the meeting is set for 2.30 at the City Hall (Ferrier Hall).  But whatever transpires at that Committee, the case will be up in Court within 2 or 3 weeks.’

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