The company behind a controversial incinerator in a residential area of Cardiff has been “invited” to stop construction of the project.
Cardiff council invited Viridor Waste Management to halt work on the Splott incinerator because the company had not complied with “pre-implementation conditions attached to the planning permission”.
And the council last night warned it would take “robust enforcement action” against Viridor if matters are not resolved “satisfactorily”.
The information emerged from a written answer at full council from newly-elected Splott Labour councillor Gretta Marshall, who opposes the siting of £185m project, which will treat 350,000 tonnes of waste.
A row broke out two weeks ago after campaigners claimed Viridor violated a legal agreement to delay work on the Trident Park site until environmental and safety assessments were completed.
Coun Marshall said she believed the Labour-run council should issue a stop notice on the company – and that the project should be shelved altogether.
She said: “It is my position that the work should be stopped until all the pre-conditions have been met.”
She added: “There should be moves to stop it altogether.
“It is an inappropriate place for it – it should never have been put in a residential area, the road system is not adequate for the massive increase in traffic to the site. It should have been sited elsewhere.”
In reply to Coun Marshall’s question, planning committee chairman Michael Michael said: “The LPA has invited Viridor to delay implementation of the planning permission until all of the pre-commencement conditions have been correctly discharged.”
A council spokeswoman said: “The council has taken legal advice and whilst outstanding matters are being resolved, we will not be taking enforcement action. If these matters do not get satisfactorily finalised at the appropriate time, we will take robust enforcement action.”
Dan Cooke, Viridor’s director of external affairs, said it had commenced piling work on the site and that it would create up to 40 permanent jobs, as well as hundreds of jobs during the build phase.
He added: “The company has been in dialogue with Cardiff council in respect of the discharge of relevant planning conditions and obligations for the facility, and is confident that it has taken all necessary steps to deal with those matters.
“It is vital that we stay on track to deliver this strategic infrastructure development, one of the biggest construction projects in Wales, which will provide important economic and environmental benefits for Cardiff and South East Wales.”