Coun­cil set to take over waste cen­tre

South Wales Echo - - News -

A WASTE re­cy­cling cen­tre in Cardiff is set to be taken over by the coun­cil.

Cardiff coun­cil’s cab­i­net will next week be asked to ap­prove plans to ac­quire the Biffa Waste Re­cy­cling Cen­tre in Besse­mer Close.

The free­hold of the land – of around two acres – which ad­joins the House­hold Waste Re­cy­cling Cen­tre (HWRC), is al­ready owned by the coun­cil but has been let on a 125-year lease since De­cem­ber 1990 at a pep­per­corn rent.

The coun­cil’s ten­ant sub-let the land to Biffa Waste for 15 years from 2017 with a rental in­come of £80,000 per year, a coun­cil re­port says.

But now the long lease­hold in­ter­est for the site is on the mar­ket for £1.25m.

The coun­cil has made a pro­vi­sional of­fer to the long lease­holder, but com­ple­tion of the sale will de­pend on whether the cab­i­net signs it off on Thurs­day.

A coun­cil re­port says the site would “pro­vide the coun­cil with a reg­u­lar and se­cure in­come, and re­coup control over a site ad­join­ing the ex­ist­ing HWRC”.

The cab­i­net will also be asked to ap­prove that the coun­cil sells its long lease­hold of an­other site 3-4 Whar­ton Street – a grade two listed build­ing which houses a shop, The Glass­works pub and a pri­vate mem­bers’ club.

The coun­cil would re­tain the free­hold.

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