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Neath Port Talbot can move ahead after court ruling

Neath Port Talbot council is moving forward after what it sees as a “positive step” towards achieving its recycling targets in the wake of a complex court case over a beleaguered recycling and waste facility.

The council told this week that a High Court ruling on August 11 over the Crymlyn Burrows waste treatment plant outside Swansea means that it could now move towards reaching recycling targets set by the Welsh Assembly.

The court case forms part of a long and controversial history of the plant, which was built in 2002 by HLC (Neath Port Talbot) Ltd, a subsidiary of HLC Environmental Projects Ltd, the UK arm of Portuguese utilities group HLC.

HLC (Neath Port Talbot) went into administration last year, owing the Bank of Scotland £40 million.

The bank hoped to recoup some of its loss by selling the machinery and plant on the open market. Yet Neath Port Talbot council, which originally had an agreement with HLC (Neath Port Talbot) to run the plant, wanted to purchase the equipment itself, to keep recycling and recovery operations running smoothly.

Last Friday, a High court judge paved the way for the council to buy the equipment, representing a partial victory for the authority. More here…

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