Probe into incinerator contract is called for
THE decision to award a £500million contract for the proposed incinerator at Javelin Park, near Haresfield, should be reviewed, say Labour councillors.
Coun Brian Oosthusyen (Rodborough, Lab) and Coun Lesley Williams (Stonehouse, Lab) are among a group of ten Labour and Liberal Democract councillors who are calling on Gloucestershire County Council to look again at this month's decision to award the contract to Ubaser Balfour Beatty.
They say the Conservative-led Cabinet did not properly consider the council's scrutiny committee recommendation.
"Their report said it was not sensible to award the waste contract for the incinerator until the planning permission was in place," said Coun Williams.
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"But the Cabinet just ignored the scrutiny committee's report and recommendation."
"We still don't know what financial liability Gloucestershire tax payers could face if there is a planning delay or if the contract breaks down."
The call-in request will be considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee on Tuesday. Coun Mark Hawthorne, leader of the council said the move was a "political stunt".
"The procurement of a residual waste plant to deal with Gloucestershire's rubbish has been carried out for over five years, with many opportunities for councillors to examine the process," he added.