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Nottinghamshire waste case decision delayed

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A judge has delayed his ruling on a legal row between a local authority and its waste management company.

French firm Veolia argues that Nottinghamshire County Council is damaging the company’s ability to compete for other contracts by disclosing to the public what the authority is spending on incineration and recycling.

The council is defending its decision to publicise its accounts and invoices indicating how much it charged for its services, saying it does not breach its right to commercial confidentiality.

The outcome of the case at the High Court could have wide implications for other authorities across England and Wales but Mr Justice Cranston has reserved judgment on the hotly-contested row.

After a two-day hearing in London, he decided he would give judgment at a later date on whether to quash the council’s decision to allow disclosure of such material to local resident Shlomo Dowen, who is a member of an action group.

While the result is pending an interim court injunction is preventing disclosure.

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