Cardiff Against the Incinerator has been founded as an independent, resident-led campaign against waste incineration in Cardiff and anywhere in Wales. We demand: no incinerators in Wales, democratic control of waste management, and sustainable solutions that put people ahead of profits.
Rob Griffiths, from CATI said: “CATI is taking
Cardiff council to court in order to protect local residents, businesses and
The full legal hearing to quash
Cardiff's approval of the Viridor waste incinerator  is now scheduled to
start Tuesday 17 December, for two days in the Cardiff High Court.
Dave Prosser, Pauline, Anne, Max
The leading environmental and public law firm, Richard Buxton, is
representing CATI member, Pauline Ellaway.
The full hearing should consider whether “the process adopted by the Defendant Council amounted to
an impermissible extension or addition to any previously-recognised exception
to the Whitley principle”.
(Viridor) in the first place in proceeding to begin works prematurely, as they did, and of the Defendant Council (Cardiff) in protesting only after being prompted to do so by CATI, and then effectively condoning such conduct in the ways in which it subsequently dealt with matters”, raises questions of the Council’s “procedural propriety”.
opposed the incinerator in principle, Dave Prosser a CATI campaigner said “We feel
betrayed by Cardiff Council’s completely inadequate consultation of the public
over this matter of high public concern and in pushing through approval of the
incinerator in the Splott/Cardiff Bay area despite the large population
potentially harmed by the pollution” .
The Ombudsman decided in 2012 on a complaint from CATI that the Council
was guilty of maladministration, causing an injustice to residents . The Council had to apologise to individuals
but failed to reconsider and change their poor practice.
Court hearing is, however, confined to technical issues of planning law. Anne Greagsby CATI campaigner points out “CATI accuses Cardiff Council of undermining
the law by allowing building work to proceed without the necessary permits and
Max Wallis a CATI campaigner said
“The whole planning permission process has been an undemocratic shambles.
The wishes of local people and businesses have been ignored and councillors
have tied themselves in knots as officials steamrollered Viridor's scheme
through the Council.”
Waste incinerator under construction at Trident Park, between Splott and
Cardiff Bay, at a cost of £185 million.
Construction started in July 2012, just as further ‘subsequent’ planning
applications were published for consultation. These were not approved till Feb. 2013; the
Court case challenges them as legally flawed.
approved for a full expedited hearing of the request to the Cardiff High Court
lodged on 26th March for the following:
order quashing the grant of subsequent applications approval dated 25 February
declaration that the decision of the Council to treat the subsequent
applications approval as retroactively permitting the unlawful works and
rendering enforcement action inexpedient was unlawful;
order requiring the Council to reconsider enforcement action against the
d) An order directing the Council to issue
an enforcement notice and/or stop notice prohibiting further continuation of
Full judgment 27 Sept’13  EWHC
2907(Admin) at <high-court-justice.vlex.co.uk/vid/-465183198>
 Entirely unsuitable for the Splott and Cardiff Bay
site on grounds of lorry traffic, flood risk, hazard to health and
processing hazardous ash.