|Judicial Review decision 9 August 2013|
We learnt today that the Judicial Review claim has not succeeded in getting the planning permission for the Allerton Waste Recovery Park quashed.
Although the Judge listened carefully to the arguments put forward very powerfully by the Q.C. for Marton-cum-Grafton Parish Council (who led the legal action against the incinerator), they were not strong enough to prevail.
This is clearly a very disappointing outcome for all of us who have supported the campaign opposing this crazy project. It is important to understand the judgment doesn’t mean the courts think the incinerator is a good idea – rather it does not agree that aspects of the planning process were flawed. You can read the full judgement here.
We will be reviewing the judgment with our advisers to explore whether there are further legal steps we can take. The judgment runs to some 25 pages and it will take some time to consider. There’ll be a further newsletter in a week or two to let you know what’s happening.
It would be wrong to say this news is anything other than deeply disappointing, however it does not mean our fight is over. We will be taking legal advice on the possibility of an appeal and will continue to pursue through the European Commission our belief that illegal subsidies from the public purse underpin the scheme. We’re also fully behind the Government in its decision to withdraw Private Finance Initiative credits – worth £125M over the life of the scheme – after it decided the scheme was unnecessary and did not represent value-for-money.
Watch this space.
|Fantastic news: On February 21st the Government withdrew funding of the PFI for the incinerator!|
|Ealier Good News – On 11 September 2012 Harrogate Borough Council Planning Committee sent NYCC a powerful message that they should start listening to the residents of North Yorkshire. They unanimously reaffirmed their total opposition to the scheme following new submissions by Amey Cespa and groups like Nywag who oppose the scheme.|
|Good News – On 7th March 2012 Harrogate Borough Council approved unanimously a resolution to condemn the Amey Cespa proposal and asking for it to be called in for a public inquiry|
|Two reports have been commissioned from Eunomia by the Parish Councils Group. Eunomia are a highly respected group of consultants who have advised around 120 waste collection authorities across the UK. They have concluded, among many other things, that
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NYWAG are a group of concerned residents. We represent over 10,000 people across the whole of North Yorkshire, who are opposed to incineration as a waste solution anywhere in the UK with a focus on the planned construction of an incinerator site at Allerton Park Quarry, between Harrogate and York.