Legal challenge against incinerator ‘too late’, campaigner told

The campaign had raised just over £9,000 to back the court challenge

What the new incinerator will look like
What the new incinerator will look like

A legal challenge against the Edmonton Incinerator rebuild, backed by thousands of crowdfunded pounds, has come “too late”.

Dorothea Hackman, a retired grandmother from Camden, raised more than £9,000 to take the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) to court over their decision to rebuild the incinerator.

The project will replace the 1970s facility and expand its maximum capacity by around a third. Building work is expected to start this year after Acciona were awarded the construction contract in December.

Dorothea, 69, one of many to violently oppose the plans on environmental and health grounds, hoped to force the NLWA to defend its decision to award the contract in court.

However, on 11th February, as reported in the Ham & High, her solicitors received a response from the NLWA that her legal challenge came after the 30-day time limit and was thus invalid.

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A spokesperson for the NLWA said: “After careful consideration to ensure that north London has the best environmental solution to deal with the waste of two million people, we decided to award the contract to build a replacement for a 50-year-old facility.  

“This is a world-class infrastructure project that presents the best environmental, technical and economic solution to the treatment of waste in north London. 

“We have rebutted all the challenges made by the claimant, allegations which we believe are based on a misunderstanding of information freely available in the public domain as well as climate science.

“The decision to award the contract was taken on 16 December 2021. The time limit to challenge a procurement decision made by a public body is 30 days, which would mean any challenge was out of time.” 

Dorothea told the Ham & High she felt the NLWA was using a “legal loophole” to “wriggle out” of its responsibility to protect the environment and residents.

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