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Mayor's fight against High Court ruling continues

The Mayor of London Ken Livingstone will continue to appeal against a High Court decision to allow West London Waste Authority (WLWA) to tender for an incineration contract.

His oral application follows an Appeals Court refusal of his written application for leave to appeal.

A spokesperson for the Mayor said: The High Court's decision means that WLWA could tender for a waste contract to incinerate West Londons waste.

The effect of such a decision is that 36 per cent of London's rubbish will be sent to incineration.

In response WLWA general manager Mike Nicholls said: Restricted landfill allowances mean that WLWA urgently needs to divert its waste from landfill.

"[We have wanted] to invite tenders from all technologies to do this [but] no decision has been taken on which technologies can be used. The Mayor wants to stop the possibility of a tender being received from the Lakeside incinerator, being built 200 metres over the WLWA boundary.

Nicholls challenged the Mayors figures and added: In the unlikely event that the tendering outcome was for maximum contract tonnage to be incinerated, this would still only represent 4% of Londons waste not 36% as the Mayor said.


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