Council putting cash at high risk
A COUPLE of weeks ago you ran an article on your front page stating that Bucks County Council would have to stop all road repairs because they had run out of money.
Inside the paper, Martin Tett, the leader of BCC, asked residents if they would be prepared to pay extra to have their road repairs carried out.
What Martin Tett did not disclose at that time, nor at any time, is that BCC have been putting aside £10million per year to pay for the Energy From Waste project, including the incinerator and waste transfer stations currently under construction or in the planning phase.
Bucks is one of the few councils which has gone down the route of owning these facilities, rather than using a third party service provider.
The building and running of waste facilities are high risk commercial operations. They are run by entrepreneurial companies for profit.
Entrepreneurial companies understand the risk they are taking, they are funded by people who also understand the risk.
The residents of Buckinghamshire do not pay their taxes to run a high risk enterprise and I am sure they are not aware that this is happening.
I have never seen anything from BCC that asked me to pay for them to be an entrepreneurial business on our behalf.
A recent European report shows that by 2016/17 there will be over capacity of incineration in the UK and operators will be fighting for waste. The commercial viability of this project looks very bleak.
The current planning application for a waste transfer station at London Road, Amersham, is further speculation with our money to try and make this enterprise work.
It is not necessary for household waste, it is to try and make a profit and should be located in an industrial area.
Is this honest and open government? I think not.
ANDREW BLATHERWICK Chairman of campaign group The