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Waste incinerator plans put on hold
12:40pm Tuesday 1st May 2012 in County
The stakes have been raised over Herefordshire Council’s mega-million pound “gamble” on the future for waste disposal in the county.
Whitehall wants plans for a huge incinerator plant serving both Herefordshire and Worcestershire put on hold until July at least.
Contractor Mercia Waste Management has confirmed this week that Eric Pickles MP, secretary of state for communities and local government, has delayed a decision on its planning application for the energy from waste facility at Hartlebury in Worcestershire.
The £120 million incinerator is integral to a joint 25-year waste disposal contract signed by Herefordshire Council and Worcestershire County Council, and would take about 50,000 tonnes of rubbish out of the county each year.
Without an incinerator – or fall-back plan – Herefordshire faces millions of pounds in Government fines year-on-year for sending waste to landfill.