Richards (a child, by his litigation friend) (claimant/respondent) v The Environment Agency & ors (defendant/appellant)

Tuesday 14th – Wednesday 15th December 2021

The Defendant below seeks to challenge the order of Mr Justice Fordham dated 16 September 2021, by which he allowed the Claimant’s claim for judicial review, made a declaration that the Defendant must implement the advice of Public Health England and ordered costs for the Claimant.

Factual Background:  This claim concerns the emissions of Hydrogen Sulphide from Walleys Quarry landfill site in 2021 and the effect on the health and well-being of the Claimant, a 5 year old boy with particular medical vulnerabilities. The Defendant asserts that the complaint was that the action taken by the Defendant had not yet resulted in the emissions problem being resolved, rather than one of inaction by the Defendant.

Lower Court Judgment:

Richards, R (On the Application Of) v The Environment Agency [2021] EWHC 2501 (Admin) (16 September 2021) (

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Friday 17th December 2021 at 10:30am

Decision of the Court to be given in the matter of Richards v The Environment Agency & ors