Cardiff incinerator court case to go ahead

 incinerator chimney with black smoke

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Cardiff High Court agreed yesterday that the legal action brought by Cardiff Against the Incinerator to force Cardiff Council to take action to stop Viridor building the dirty, wasteful and expensive Cardiff incinerator should be heard in the next two weeks.

Both Cardiff Council and Viridor opposed this action, seeking to delay the case until after the Planning Committee on 13th February.

This was clearly a delaying tactic. Cardiff Council have done almost nothing to make Viridor to meet the outstanding planning preconditions and made very little effort to stop Viridor's unlawful development.

CATI has repeatedly asked Cardiff Council to take enforcement action against Viridor since they started construction work on the incinerator on 20 July.

CATI's solicitors, Richard Buxton, asked them to take action again in December. The officers agreed to take the issue to the Planning Committee meeting on 9 January. They turned down a request to order Viridor to stop work immediately on the basis that little work would be done between Christmas and the New year.

The Planning committee on 9 January decided to back the officer's recommendation and delay the decision until the next planning meeting on 13 February despite strong pleas for immediate action from the Splott councillors, Huw Thomas, Luke Holland and Gretta Marshall.

We believe that without a court order Cardiff Council officers will continue thrir delaying tactics. They should have taken action 6 months ago to stop Viridor starting construction.