Campaigners ‘elated’ to launch court battle against incinerator

Magnetic Park in Desborough
Magnetic Park in Desborough

A campaign group in Desborough has taken another step towards its aim of stopping the building of a waste incinerator in the town.

Fresh Air Desborough announced this week their legal team had lodged a lawsuit against the county council, which approved the installation of the plant, which would include a chimney more than 50 metres tall. The group had been appealing for the help of residents in the town in order to pay legal fees.

In a statement, the group said: “Fresh Air Desborough are pleased to announce that their solicitors, Richard Buxton Environmental and Public Law, have lodged a law suit against Northamptonshire County Council and other interested parties this week.

“This is in respect of the planning permission granted for an Energy from Waste Plant on Magnetic Park in Desborough. A response is awaited.”

The group’s vice-chairman Alan Brooks said they were elated, but realised there were still a number of stages to go through before their campaign could block the project from going ahead.

“We are on the move, but we have got some more hoops to go through,” Mr Brooks said. “We’re elated, nervous, everything all in one.”