Incinerator deal provoking anger
CAMPAIGNERS against an incinerator in Gloucestershire have said the county council is making "a mockery of the planning process".
The cabinet of Gloucestershire County Council is expected to today award a contract to Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) to build the incinerator in Javelin Park, Haresfield.
If planning permission is ultimately not granted, however, the council will be liable to pay a capped sum as compensation.
Safety in Waste and Rubbish Disposal spokesperson Barbara Farmer said: "It is absolutely appalling that the council intends to sign a contract that will cost Gloucestershire taxpayers crippling financial penalties if the company doesn't get planning permission."
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Councillor Stan Waddington, cabinet project champion for waste for the county council, said: "The procurement and planning for this contract are entirely independent of each other."
In December, the county council agreed to work with just one provider – UBB.