Request for judicial review of Desborough incinerator rejected

Magnetic Park, Desborough
Magnetic Park, Desborough

A request for a judicial review into proposals to build a waste incinerator in Desborough have been turned down by a High Court judge.

But campaigners from Fresh Air Desborough, which oppose the Northamptonshire County Council-approved plans for Magnetic Park, say their fight is not over, despite last week’s ruling.

The hearing was held before Mr Justice Green at the High Court in Birmingham last week.

“We are not down, we are not finished, said Alan Brooks from the campaign, whose next step is to persuade the Environment Agency to withhold a permit from the operators of the incinerator. “We just need the community to understand that and to see there are other avenues available.”

Mr Brooks said many questions remained unanswered, including whether the incinerator would burn Northamptonshire County Council waste and whether the energy produced would be supplied to nearby homes.

He added: “It’s unbelievable in this day and age that we have to fight our county council and fund it ourselves.

“We are just David fighting Goliath.”

A public meeting to let people in Desborough know where the campaign stands is to be held at Marlow House on Thursday, February 27 at 7.30pm.