£165m Hartlebury incinerator funding approved by councillors

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to help fund an incinerator in Hartlebury have been given the green light by Worcestershire councillors.

Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet has today agreed its part in a £165 million package to get the Hartlebury incinerator, which will be managed by Mercia Waste Management, up and running.

Worcestershire taxpayers will fork out £125 million and Herefordshire Council’s cabinet will meet this afternoon to authorise “all necessary steps” to obtain the other £40 million from the Public Works Loans Board and loan it to Mercia Waste to build the plant.

The project has been pitched as crucial to the Joint Waste Management Contract shared between the two councils.

Worcestershire County Council's cabinet report said when the Mercia Waste Management contract expired it would be handed back to the councils to run from 2023.

It added there was hope the incinerator could last until at least 2042 and by then the total cost would be a staggering £1.65 billion - but the council says “doing nothing” would likely cost £2.1bn by then.

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4:04pm Thu 12 Dec 13

paulinejanet says...

what about actually asking the taxpayers in Worcestershire what they think instead of just going ahead this isn't right
what about actually asking the taxpayers in Worcestershire what they think instead of just going ahead this isn't right paulinejanet

4:15pm Thu 12 Dec 13

stour67 says...

And i thought we were short of money another white elephant , this is probably the real reason for budget cuts.And what do our mps think.
And i thought we were short of money another white elephant , this is probably the real reason for budget cuts.And what do our mps think. stour67

5:36pm Thu 12 Dec 13

paulinejanet says...

exactly we do not need this the swimming pool is another example of money being spent when everyone has to make cutbacks our mps only do what they want they do not listen to the people who voted for them
exactly we do not need this the swimming pool is another example of money being spent when everyone has to make cutbacks our mps only do what they want they do not listen to the people who voted for them paulinejanet

5:59pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Stephen Brown says...

The idiocy of those running WCC should not fail to stagger anyone, but is it a surprise - NO.

A project that will cost all of us £1.65 billion over its lifetime against a backdrop of falling waste and cheaper alternatives. The quoted 'do nothing' of over £2billion is a red herring. The truth is that they have not looked at nor properly costed cheaper alternatives that deal with food waste collections or greater recycling and income derived from that which lays it all wide open to a challenge of incompetence - or worse.

I hope this is all subject to a judicial review at some point because someone somewhere has to stop this lot because they don't care a jot about any of us

They know but will not admit they signed a crap contract way back in 1998 and they do not have the brains to either get out of it or realise they could have ditched it in 2008. Brainless the lot of them, and I include Labour in that as they support this barmy project too but to do otherwise would expose their own failings.

The Labour PPC for Wyre Forest is equally guilty as he has sat on his hands and done nothing tacitly supporting it in his councillor role at Worcester. Pretty much like Mark Garnier MP has and the cronies Hart and Campion on the WCC (and WFDC) cabinet who represent Wyre Forest wards but have actually championed this project. Why? Because they support more profit for private companies, and the Banks - all paid for by us.

Be careful what and who you vote for. Cuts? Not for the financially elite.
The idiocy of those running WCC should not fail to stagger anyone, but is it a surprise - NO. A project that will cost all of us £1.65 billion over its lifetime against a backdrop of falling waste and cheaper alternatives. The quoted 'do nothing' of over £2billion is a red herring. The truth is that they have not looked at nor properly costed cheaper alternatives that deal with food waste collections or greater recycling and income derived from that which lays it all wide open to a challenge of incompetence - or worse. I hope this is all subject to a judicial review at some point because someone somewhere has to stop this lot because they don't care a jot about any of us They know but will not admit they signed a crap contract way back in 1998 and they do not have the brains to either get out of it or realise they could have ditched it in 2008. Brainless the lot of them, and I include Labour in that as they support this barmy project too but to do otherwise would expose their own failings. The Labour PPC for Wyre Forest is equally guilty as he has sat on his hands and done nothing tacitly supporting it in his councillor role at Worcester. Pretty much like Mark Garnier MP has and the cronies Hart and Campion on the WCC (and WFDC) cabinet who represent Wyre Forest wards but have actually championed this project. Why? Because they support more profit for private companies, and the Banks - all paid for by us. Be careful what and who you vote for. Cuts? Not for the financially elite. Stephen Brown

9:23pm Thu 12 Dec 13

tuttfeet says...

Stephen Brown wrote:
The idiocy of those running WCC should not fail to stagger anyone, but is it a surprise - NO.

A project that will cost all of us £1.65 billion over its lifetime against a backdrop of falling waste and cheaper alternatives. The quoted 'do nothing' of over £2billion is a red herring. The truth is that they have not looked at nor properly costed cheaper alternatives that deal with food waste collections or greater recycling and income derived from that which lays it all wide open to a challenge of incompetence - or worse.

I hope this is all subject to a judicial review at some point because someone somewhere has to stop this lot because they don't care a jot about any of us

They know but will not admit they signed a crap contract way back in 1998 and they do not have the brains to either get out of it or realise they could have ditched it in 2008. Brainless the lot of them, and I include Labour in that as they support this barmy project too but to do otherwise would expose their own failings.

The Labour PPC for Wyre Forest is equally guilty as he has sat on his hands and done nothing tacitly supporting it in his councillor role at Worcester. Pretty much like Mark Garnier MP has and the cronies Hart and Campion on the WCC (and WFDC) cabinet who represent Wyre Forest wards but have actually championed this project. Why? Because they support more profit for private companies, and the Banks - all paid for by us.

Be careful what and who you vote for. Cuts? Not for the financially elite.
Well said Stephen

Eloquently put as usual. While I lack the commitment to any political party this latest bunch of comedians; both WCC and WFDC for endorsing it, are unable even,to cope efficiently with the simple task of re-distributing our waste.Other regions have managed to 'nail it' so why can't we?
This incinerator scheme is insane! Defies any sense. The disaster that was the Lawrence fire during our most desired hot spell for years should be enough evidence. Left to smolder for weeks damaging our health and enjoyment. All forgotten now of course but if this goes ahead that nasty smell of ignorance will hover around our county for decades.

Our 'leaders'are displaying their true colours with this one.

An ugly shade of puce.
[quote][p][bold]Stephen Brown[/bold] wrote: The idiocy of those running WCC should not fail to stagger anyone, but is it a surprise - NO. A project that will cost all of us £1.65 billion over its lifetime against a backdrop of falling waste and cheaper alternatives. The quoted 'do nothing' of over £2billion is a red herring. The truth is that they have not looked at nor properly costed cheaper alternatives that deal with food waste collections or greater recycling and income derived from that which lays it all wide open to a challenge of incompetence - or worse. I hope this is all subject to a judicial review at some point because someone somewhere has to stop this lot because they don't care a jot about any of us They know but will not admit they signed a crap contract way back in 1998 and they do not have the brains to either get out of it or realise they could have ditched it in 2008. Brainless the lot of them, and I include Labour in that as they support this barmy project too but to do otherwise would expose their own failings. The Labour PPC for Wyre Forest is equally guilty as he has sat on his hands and done nothing tacitly supporting it in his councillor role at Worcester. Pretty much like Mark Garnier MP has and the cronies Hart and Campion on the WCC (and WFDC) cabinet who represent Wyre Forest wards but have actually championed this project. Why? Because they support more profit for private companies, and the Banks - all paid for by us. Be careful what and who you vote for. Cuts? Not for the financially elite.[/p][/quote]Well said Stephen Eloquently put as usual. While I lack the commitment to any political party this latest bunch of comedians; both WCC and WFDC for endorsing it, are unable even,to cope efficiently with the simple task of re-distributing our waste.Other regions have managed to 'nail it' so why can't we? This incinerator scheme is insane! Defies any sense. The disaster that was the Lawrence fire during our most desired hot spell for years should be enough evidence. Left to smolder for weeks damaging our health and enjoyment. All forgotten now of course but if this goes ahead that nasty smell of ignorance will hover around our county for decades. Our 'leaders'are displaying their true colours with this one. An ugly shade of puce. tuttfeet

10:03pm Thu 12 Dec 13

John Herbert Smith says...

Excellent news, the sooner this is up and running the better.
The fact of the matter is, we are increasing our population by half a million every year (mainly due to immigration) and living longer.
All these new people need energy! Burning rubbish saves it going to landfill, which blights a different area.
Excellent news, the sooner this is up and running the better. The fact of the matter is, we are increasing our population by half a million every year (mainly due to immigration) and living longer. All these new people need energy! Burning rubbish saves it going to landfill, which blights a different area. John Herbert Smith

9:18am Fri 13 Dec 13

Woodbourne says...

I cannot believe this has been passed. I am horrified. Surely the tax payers should have been consulted. What about the investigations by the Audit Commission? This is so wrong. John Herbert Smith you must be very ill informed to make your comment. Landfill is not the way forward but the council have not even looked into any alternative (and cheaper) methods as they are tied into a ridiculous contract. The councillors are voting on something they know nothing about and we are the ones paying for it. I feel let down, ignored and betrayed. I thought we lived in a democracy but clearly we live in a dictatorship headed by Anthony Blagg.
I cannot believe this has been passed. I am horrified. Surely the tax payers should have been consulted. What about the investigations by the Audit Commission? This is so wrong. John Herbert Smith you must be very ill informed to make your comment. Landfill is not the way forward but the council have not even looked into any alternative (and cheaper) methods as they are tied into a ridiculous contract. The councillors are voting on something they know nothing about and we are the ones paying for it. I feel let down, ignored and betrayed. I thought we lived in a democracy but clearly we live in a dictatorship headed by Anthony Blagg. Woodbourne

11:40am Fri 13 Dec 13

R.KIRBY says...

Councillor Hardman stated at the meeting that it felt like "kicking a can down the road for 10 years". Typical W.C.C. other right minded councils would have re-cycled it!
Councillor Hardman stated at the meeting that it felt like "kicking a can down the road for 10 years". Typical W.C.C. other right minded councils would have re-cycled it! R.KIRBY

8:49pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Green Olive says...

Let us hope that the National Audit Office investigation into whether the incinerator is “value for money” comes out against this insane project. WCC has chosen to ignore vast amounts of evidence that there are cheaper, more flexible, and non-polluting methods of treating waste which do not cost hundreds of millions to construct the infrastructure. Now we will be stuck with the burner till 2042 whatever new technologies in waste treatment come along . We will never be able to get the recycling rate above 50% because WCC will need to feed the burner with 200,000 tonnes of waste every year.
Let us hope that the National Audit Office investigation into whether the incinerator is “value for money” comes out against this insane project. WCC has chosen to ignore vast amounts of evidence that there are cheaper, more flexible, and non-polluting methods of treating waste which do not cost hundreds of millions to construct the infrastructure. Now we will be stuck with the burner till 2042 whatever new technologies in waste treatment come along . We will never be able to get the recycling rate above 50% because WCC will need to feed the burner with 200,000 tonnes of waste every year. Green Olive

1:15pm Sun 15 Dec 13

jimpbob says...

I lived in Brussels for five years. They have had an incinerator for a long time, burning many tons of rubbish every day. There is no smell, no smoke and the site is scrupulously clean. You would not know it is there unless told. It is time the Wyre Forest had something similar. Landfill is taking up many acres of valuable land.
I lived in Brussels for five years. They have had an incinerator for a long time, burning many tons of rubbish every day. There is no smell, no smoke and the site is scrupulously clean. You would not know it is there unless told. It is time the Wyre Forest had something similar. Landfill is taking up many acres of valuable land. jimpbob

12:55pm Mon 16 Dec 13

spacedraider says...

I love the way the color scheme is Green and environmentally friendly looking...
I love the way the color scheme is Green and environmentally friendly looking... spacedraider

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