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Veolia drops injunction to bring fresh proceedings against Thurrock Council

Veolia Environmental Services has withdrawn its application for a High Court injunction against Thurrock Council and is instead launching fresh legal proceedings.

A Veolia Environmental Services spokesperson said: We are issuing fresh legal proceedings against Thurrock Council in the Chancery Division of the High Court.

These new proceedings relate to what we believe to be the councils unlawful termination of the procurement process.

We are also maintaining and pursuing our damages claim against the council, issued on February 8.

Veolia initially sought a High Court injunction against Thurrock Council after it believed the local authority unfairly awarded its bin collection contract to its own in-house services. It had hoped the process to award the contracts would be rerun. (See MRW story)

It withdrew the injunction as it said it understood that a contract would not be awarded by the council after all. However, Thurrock Council denies this claim and explained that the process is going ahead as planned.

Thurrock Council interim chief executive Bob Coomber said: Having fully reviewed the tender process, we remain sure that we can robustly defend our position if necessary.

We regret that Veolia resorted to legal action, but we will not be deterred from achieving the cost savings and improvements in service upon which the restructuring of our waste services was predicated.

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