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Aborted recycling centre plans to be investigated

An investigation is set to take place into scrapped plans for a recycling centre in Macclesfield.

An independent investigator will be appointed after a report revealed that the aborted plans for a waste transfer centre at Lyme Green cost more than £800,000 and that planning regulations had been breached.

Cheshire East Council leader Michael Jones said that the council’s reputation was being “seriously undermined” as a result, and announced the investigation.

An internal audit by the council revealed that construction of the scheme had started in October before planning permission had been obtained. It also estimated that more than £800,000 had been spent on the scheme. It also said that EU regulations on procurement had not been complied with.

Jones said that he had sent the CVs of four independent candidates to instigate investigations, to all members of the Staffing Committee.

He said: “The investigator, once appointed will be encouraged to meet with all the staff mentioned in the report, members, cabinet members and their support members and any other appropriate witness.”

He added: “This issue is so important to me and the members of my cabinet, I felt it was essential that actions must be taken and made public with the utmost urgency. This issue is too important and I feel it is necessary to move things along as quickly as possible. It is inconceivable to me that any member of the council will question this line of action but it is necessary that everything we do regarding Lyme Green is open and transparent.

“The council’s reputation is being seriously undermined and I want to assure every resident that the fullest independent investigation will take place to review the conduct of staff mentioned in the report into Lyme Green.”

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