Father sues Council in battle against incinerator in London’s newest country park

Lawyers for Croydon resident Shasha Khan have today served a formal letter on Sutton Council threatening to file a judicial review in the High Court unless the council withdraws planning permission for a multi-million pound incinerator. Sutton now has two weeks to respond to the legal arguments.

Mr. Khan’s solicitor Sue Willman, explained “We believe Sutton has acted unlawfully. They have failed to demonstrate the very special circumstances needed to build an incinerator on Metropolitan Open Land which is the London equivalent of Greenbelt. Mass burn incineration is an outdated and unsustainable technology and there are major questions about its effect on people’s health. This case is just one of many which local people are bringing across the UK to stop an army of waste incinerators being built when councils should be focused on cleaner renewable energy and recycling.”

Mr Khan said “I am taking the significant financial risk of taking legal action so that my little daughter can enjoy this green space as she grows up. We hope the thousands of Londoners who care about clean air and migrating birds and open space will support our legal case.”

He added: “This mass burn approach also puts off recycling efforts. Sutton should be forward thinking like Southwark who have just developed a modern and sustainable solution that separates out the contents of black bag waste for recycling and reuse of raw materials.”

Mr Khan is backed by legal team Deighton Pierce Glynn solicitors and Justine Thornton, barrister of 39 Essex Street Chambers.

Shasha Khan is father of a 22 month old daughter, a founder and treasurer of the Friends of Thornton Heath Recreation Ground and co-coordinator of the local Green Party.

A copy of the letter can be seen here. For more information on the challenge see Mr Khan’s fundraising page here.

To see how it has been reported in the news:  Croydon Guardian, Croydon Advertiser, Evening Standard, Inside Croydon.