‘It’s a waste – of money’
Campaigners say rubbish transfer unit plans should be scrapped in light of £31m cuts
The county council wants to build the station on the A413 Amersham Road, and envisage it sorting rubbish from the south of the county before it is transferred to an incinerator in the north of Bucks as part of a new £275m waste management scheme in the county.
Last month, it announced that was the secretary of state of communities and local government had decided not to intervene in the planning application for the site, which has given the project the go-ahead.
The county council estimates that the new waste system in Bucks will result in savings of £150m for taxpayers over a 30 year period.
The Environment Agency had also raised fears over the possibility that the land is toxic and that waste contamination would have a dangerous effect on the area’s drinking water.
However, following a revised drainage plan for the transfer station, the Environment Agency has withdrawn its objection to the application, subject to a number of conditions.
Campaign group the Wasters say that recent announcements about Bucks County Council’s needs to make savings to its budget of £31m next year should mean that the waste transfer station project is scrapped.
It has questioned the council’s estimated savings, and says that the project will not be of benefit to people in Bucks.
A statement from the goup said: “Councils running businesses and taking business risks with our money is not appropriate.” It added: “With decisions like this, is there any wonder our council are broke and who will be left to pay for it?
“You guessed it you and I, our children and generations to come.
“By which time the councillors who took these decisions will have long gone and likely been awarded gongs for their service to the council.”
A council spokesman said, “The EfW project has been ongoing for several years and has been thoroughly scrutinised at every stage. The project has been subject to wide public debate, and the facility at Greatmoor will be opening next year.
“It will bring significant benefits to the public. The overall saving of at least £150m is based upon a comparison of using the new Energy from Waste facility against the more costly option of continuing to landfill over the next 30 years.
“The calculations of waste tonnages upon which the contract is based assume a countywide recycling rate of around 60 per cent.”