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WLWA retreats from court battle with London Mayor

The West London Waste Authority (WLWA) has backed down in its dispute with London Mayor Ken Livingstone over its policies.

The authority, which represents six London boroughs, had won the right to a judicial
review after Livingstone ordered it to revise its waste strategy, which he believed was
not "in the interest of London and its neighbours." (see MRW story)

However, it has now withdrawn its legal challenge and Livingstone said: "I am
pleased that the WLWA decided not to contest in court the Direction I issued to them
in November 2004.

"The Direction required WLWA to desist from inviting companies to bid for a waste
contract until the authority has produced a waste management strategy that sets out
their long term plans for the most environmentally, socially and economically viable option for their area."

When Livingstone originally objected to the WLWA's waste strategy, he said he was
particularly concerned about the level of incinerator use proposed.

The incinerator in question was the £100 million Colnbrook plant, planned by Grundon.

This setback for WLWA is bad news for the project, which only this week confirmed
Edmund Nuttals as the preferred bidder to carry out £32 million worth of civil engineering work on the Energy from Waste plant.

Any revised strategy by WLWA could feasibly see less waste from the six London
boroughs being sent to the 400,000 tonnes per annum facility.

Livingstone added: "I look forward to working with WLWA on the development of
their strategy and the future procurement of waste contracts to deliver sustainable
waste management for their area."

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