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Viridor backs Wales EfW judicial review verdict

Viridor has welcomed a court’s decision to allow the company’s proposed energy-from-waste (EfW) plant at Trident Park in Cardiff to go ahead.

Campaigners from Cardiff Against the Incinerator won a judicial review of the Cardiff City Council’s planning procedure for the EfW project, at Trident Park near Splott, in September 2013.

They claimed the authority failed to stop building work that had started before strict planning conditions had been met.

Viridor’s director of external affairs Dan Cooke said the company was pleased the judge in the Appeal Court had back the council.

“We have always been fully confident in the planning position and consent for this facility and felt strongly that bringing this to court was not the best use of taxpayers’ money and resources.

“Viridor will now continue to focus on completing the construction of the EfW facility, which is generating jobs and investment in Cardiff and the wider region.”

Cooke added that this year an average of 565 people had been employed on site each month and 35 permanent roles would be created.

“In addition, £17.5m has been placed with local companies for materials, plant hire and sub contracted work and the local economy has benefited from an estimated additional £2m to-date,” he said.       

Under the contract, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Caerphilly, Vale of Glamorgan and Newport Councils will be sending their residual waste to Trident Park.

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