Coun­cil putting cash at high risk

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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


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