Contract ‘could be a millstone’

An incinerator currently under construction at Ardley
An incinerator currently under construction at Ardley

Opponents of the planned energy-from-waste incinerator near Calvert said their campaign is “a marathon, not a sprint”, after a High Court judge dismissed two judicial reviews against the scheme.

On Monday, Mr Justice Lindblom dismissed the applications which sought to challenge the decision of Bucks County Council (BCC)to grant planning permission for the £275 million waste incinerator at Greatmoor.

The court found advice given by planning officers was sound and sufficient.

Steven Adams, cabinet member for environment, welcomed the judgement.

He said the energy-from-waste partnership between the county council and Spanish-owned company FCC Environment will save the taxpayer more than 
£150 million and create local jobs while protecting the landscape from further landfill.

He said: “I understand the small number of objectors have strong feelings, but this is a project that has excellent aims and thorough processes that have been exceptionally well pursued and executed by a strong team.”

Judicial review claimant, local farmer Christopher Prideaux, said: “The High Court decision is disappointing but another way to look at it is as a stepping stone to the Court of Appeal. So we have more legal work ahead of us as we consider our options.”

Spokesman for the anti-incinerator campaign group BestW, David Evershed, said: “Our campaign is a marathon not a sprint. The county council may yet find that prematurely signing a contract with FCC is not a milestone but a millstone.”

Following the contract signing between the county council and FCC Environment on April 17, construction is expected to start later this year.

BCC says about 300 temporary jobs will be created through the three-year construction phase, with 64 permanent jobs at the plant and 31 more in the supply chain.