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Firm attacks councils over abandoned waste facility

A waste management firm subcontracted to run a new waste transfer facility has criticised the councils which decided to dismantle the facility before it had even begun operating.  

Magfern Recycling was subcontracted to operate the £800,000 temporary facility in Downing Road, Derbyshire by RRS/Shanks, Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council.

However, as reported by the MRW website, the facility will now be taken down and sold after the authorities said they had found a cheaper alternative site to deal with the county’s waste.

Magfern has complained that it has been unable to find out from the council why the site, completed last year, was never used.

A company director, who did not want to be named, told MRW she disputed council claims about a cheaper alternative, saying the reasons behind the decision were political: “I’m sure it will all come out in the next few weeks what’s happened,” she added.

Derbyshire County Council said it rejected Magfern’s comments. Magfern is now consulting its lawyers and will be releasing a statement shortly.

The Downing Road facility was built as a temporary measure to deal with residual waste whilst the councils awaited planning permission for an EfW incinerator.

However, permission for the Sinfin Lane gasification and mechanical biological treatment facility was denied by Derby City Council in July, a decision subsequently overturned in the High Court.

The decision will now be the subject of an inquiry by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the secretary of state.

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