Date set for Judicial Review


Following on from the most welcome news that a senior High Court judge has given Croydon resident Shasha Khan permission to proceed with a judicial review of Sutton Council’s decision to allow a waste incinerator to be built at Beddington Farmlands, on land earmarked for London’s newest country park and nature reserve, legal representatives from all sides have fixed the trial date for 9th and 10th October.

Commenting on the latest developments, Shasha Khan said, “After the initial elation of obtaining permission for the judicial review, I am now focused on raising the necessary funds to ensure our legal team (1) can secure a favourable decision in October.

“Sutton Council and Viridor have decided to pull out all the stops by hiring two Queens Counsels (QCs) and a barrister to ensure the High Court rules in the their favour. Following a meeting with my solicitors, estimated costs of £22,000 are projected to ensure the campaign legal team can put in the necessary hours for the trial. Naturally I am feeling anxious about how much is needed, but new donations are coming in daily through the crowdfunding site, bank transfers and cheques so I am hopeful the money can be raised.  Many thought the campaign couldn’t get this far but there is a belief that justice is on the side of the people, especially when High Court judge Mr Justice Collins, when granting permission, observed that the possible conflict of interest for Sutton Council, “is all too obvious”. By the same token, it is important the campaign is not priced out of justice.

“I hope people will continue donate and join me and fellow Stop The Incinerator campaigners outside the Royal Courts in early October.”

You can make donations directly on the crowdfunding site, by cheque or BACs transfer. Cheques can be made payable to Mr S.I. Khan and sent to: Stop The Incinerator, C/O 97 Priory Road, Croydon, CR0 3QZ.

For BACs transfer use the following bank details.  Account Name: Mr S I Khan, sort code: 089300, account number: 83302576.

(1)     Mr Khan is represented by Sue Willman and Charlie Dobson of Deighton Pierce Glynn solicitors and Justine Thornton, barrister of 39 Essex Street Chambers.

south london press 18th july 2014