West London Waste Authority

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Brian Coleman
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How much has the Mayor spent on pursuing actions designed to force the West London Waste Authority to adhere to his directions and how much money has he allocated for his appeal against the recent High Court ruling?


Answer for West London Waste Authority

Answer for West London Waste Authority

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Firstly, it must be made clear that it is West London Waste Authority (WLWA) that decided to take court action against my attempt to implement my waste management strategy and all I am doing in response is defending my strategy. WLWA's proposed contract will have an annual value in the region of £10 million and could be in place for up to 15 years and therefore it is imperative that it is not at odds with my strategy. London's waste authorities cannot continue to use the home counties as their dumping grounds, nor can they expect to burn their way out of paying landfill tax.To date the cost to the GLA is approximately £20,000. However the Judge ordered the GLA to meet WLWA's costs should an appeal be unsuccessful. WLWA's costs are in the region of £60,000. Should leave to appeal be granted, the GLA could incur further costs in the region of £60,000 and there is obviously a risk that, if my appeal is unsuccessful, the GLA could be ordered to pay WLWA's appeal fees. These figures represent the worst-case scenario and use maximum estimates. The time and cost involved in directing WLWA clearly demonstrates that the Government's assertions that I have sufficient power to implement my municipal waste strategy are disingenuous.