THE clock is ticking on moves to serve enforcement notices ordered by a High Court judge on the giant Quinn Glass plant in Elton.
Judge David Mole refused permission for an immediate stop notice on the plant, which employs more than 600 workers, sought by competitor Ardagh Glass.
This would have required a shutdown of the bottle manufacturing, filling and distribution factory, one of the few worldwide where bottle manufacture and filling takes place on the same site.
The judge also rejected an argument by Ardagh that planning permission could not be granted retrospectively.
Legal officers at Cheshire West and Chester Council are to begin examining the small print of the ruling requiring the authority to issue the notices later today.
They have 14 days from last week’s judgment to issue them.
Leader Cllr Mike Jones and chief executive Steve Robinson must ensure the terms of the enforcement notice meet Judge Mole’s findings that activities on site should cease and buildings and works are removed.
They will bring in legal advisers to deal with that issue and the subsequent report on the planning application.
Cllr Jones said: “The order of the High Court in respect of enforcement will, of course, be carried out within the correct timescale.
“We now anticipate considering this complex application based strictly on its planning merits.”
The judge was explicit in his ruling that enforcement must be taken.
Quinn is expected to appeal.