Veolia Back in High Court Against Council

THURROCK Council are facing further legal action over their decision to axe Veolia Environmental Services as its contractor for bin collection in the borough.

The Council announced the controversial move last month, saying it would help save £2m but it has been opposed by the workforce.

In their latest statement, a Veolia Environmental Services’ spokesperson said: “We have issued fresh legal proceedings against Thurrock Council in the Chancery Division of the High Court.

“These new proceedings relate to what we believe to be the Council’s unlawful management of the procurement process.

“We are also maintaining and pursuing our damages claim against the Council, which we issued on 8 February.”

The Council’s interim Chief Executive Bob Coomber said: “Having fully reviewed the tender process, we remain sure we can robustly defend our position if necessary.

“We regret Veolia resorted to legal action, but we will not be deterred from achieving the cost savings and improvements in service upon which the restructuring of our waste services was predicated.”

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