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  • "So this is the £120 million incinerator that is now going to cost £165 million just to build it. The lifetime costs are quite likely to reach or even exceed £1 billion and the waste contract will be at least £1.6 billion. So we are already spending almost £40 million per annum and this is going to increase, but £6 million , but there are so many unforeseen changes over the next 30 years , who knows what it will cost.
    We could easily be paying in excess of £50 million jus for waste in the next few years. .All county councillors where sent cost comparisons of much cheaper options where instead of increasing the budget we could be decreasing cots by approximately £1 million pounds per month.
    there has been no costed options appraisal of these alternatives used by many other councils.
    By 2023 we could have be saving £18 million per annum approximately on comparative costs . Revenue from recycling can and is being achieved by many councils. it is also happening in Worcester city, I believe.

    After hearing about what went on yesterday and the length of time the Labour and indeed the Lib Dems groups spent bemoaning the cuts they all with the only exception of Cllr Paul Denham. Couldn't get their hands up quick enough.

    I believe that several offers have been made to the Leaders of the Labour groups both at County and Worcs City level, and they have been ignored or refused. Do they really care about the cuts, it seams not. Vote Labour or Lib Dem get Tory. How sad."
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Multi-million pound incinerator approved in Worcestershire

Multi-million pound incinerator approved for Worcestershire

Multi-million pound incinerator approved for Worcestershire

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Evesham Journal: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

A MASSIVE rubbish-burning incinerator has been voted through at Worcestershire County Council – 16 years after it was first proposed.

Today's crunch debate to bring the £165 million plant to Hartlebury trading estate, which will be open by 2017, was backed by 42 votes to 11 amid tense scenes at County Hall.

The decision brings an end to years of uncertainty, with work on constructing the massive plant getting underway in the spring.

It came despite last-ditch pleas from campaigners, who claimed it would damage the environment, prove too costly and could be made redundant by new technology within years.

But the criticism was rejected by politicians, who insisted it was the best value-for-money option, would prevent a landfill crisis, and would benefit taxpayers.

The plant will handle up to 200,000 tonnes of rubbish from Worcestershire and Herefordshire, burning it to generate electricity to connect to the national grid.

At the start of the debate Rob Wilden, from Herefordshire and Worcestershire Action Group, said: “You’ll be transporting 200,000 tonnes of waste across our beautiful county, shame on you.

“When confidence in your position turns to aloof arrogance, the warning signs are there for all to see.”

Fellow campaigner Louise Brookes said: “We are deeply concerned about the cost to taxpayers.

“Recycling is important because it pays - burning our resources is not wise.”

But councillors said the plant is desperately needed because the county’s landfill space is forecast to be full by 2024, meaning time is running out for alternatives.

A report by the authority’s officers says although the cost of dealing with the county’s waste by 2042 would be £1.6 billion, not having an incinerator and carrying on using more landfill would see it top £2.1 billion.

Councillor Adrian Hardman, the leader, said: “What we’re coming up with is an imaginative and creative solution to a problem we must solve.

“We need a long-term waste disposal solution and this is the best, cheapest way – if we delay this move, we face major risks.”

Councillor Fran Oborski said she felt the council was “galloping down the road of old technology” but Coun John Campion, a Tory, said it had “been debated many times” and had to be accepted.

Conservative Councillor Maurice Broomfield, who represents the area and voted against it, said it would discourage people to recycle and pleaded to throw it out.

It was backed by the entire opposition Labour group, apart from Councillor Paul Denham, who walked out of the chamber and reappeared once the voting was over.

Despite opposition from the Green Party, UKIP and a handful of independents or minor party politicians, it was also backed by the Liberal Democrats and the controlling Conservatives apart from Coun Broomfield.

The site will be run by West Mercia Waste Management but will be handed back to Worcestershire and Herefordshire councils to operate from 2023.

The construction will create 255 jobs, while 45 permanent roles will be available once it opens.

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