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Community group taking Gloucestershire County Council to court over £600m incinerator contract

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A community group is taking Gloucestershire County Council to court over an incinerator contract now worth £600million.

Community R4C claims the contract for Javelin Park was unlawfully awarded, resulting in a massive rise in costs to taxpayers and a breach of procurement law.

The council says it has followed the law throughout the process.

Protestors gathered at the site at Javelin Park earlier this month. Credit: ITV News West Country

Protestors gathered at the site at Javelin Park earlier this month when it emerged the project is more than £100million over budget.

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At £600m, the project is more than £100m over budget.

They say there are cheaper and better alternatives to the incinerator.

Gloucestershire County Council says, once it's up and running, the incinerator will save taxpayers money.

Protesters say there are cheaper and better alternatives to the incinerator. Credit: ITV News West Country

The council has acknowledged the claim and says it is still reviewing its response.

The council ran a competitive process following procurement law to select a company to deal with the county's household waste that can't be reduced, reused or recycled. The council has now received a legal claim from R4C in relation to that process and we are currently reviewing our response.

– Cllr Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, Gloucestershire County Council