Buckinghamshire County Council will decide whether to continue to award WRG with preferred bidder status to build an energy from waste (EfW) facility next month.
Yesterday (17 January), it received the review of the decision carried out by the Overview and Scrutiny Commissioning Committee, which it will fully respond to at its next full meeting on 28 February.
Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council David Shakespeare said: “This is one of the most important and high profile projects the Council has embarked on. We will look at the points raised by the Committee next month. This will also give us sufficient time to consider all the information being presented to us.”
The committee has recommended the Cabinet look at the following eight points:
· The high long-term financial risk and costs associated with a 30-year contract
· The high risk with going ahead with the procurement process without the granting of planning permission
· That the financial case is not robust enough
· Assurance that the bidders are sufficiently experienced to meet the council’s requirements
· That sufficient weight has been given to public feeling
· There could be a sufficient risk of legal challenge to the procurement process at this point
· Whether EfW is still the most appropriate waste solution
· Whether the facility needs to be so big.
WRG proposes to build a 300,000 tonne per year EfW facility at Lower Greatmoor Farm. It was awarded preferred bidder status last November but this decision was called in, in December.