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Motion against Project Transform's future is defeated

Project Transform is to continue progressing as normal after a motion submitted to Warwickshire County Council to halt the scheme, delay proceedings or develop an alternative strategy was defeated today (30 March).

Tabled by Warwickshire County Council Liberal Democrat spokesman for the environment Cllr John Whitehouse, the motion was supported by all Liberal Democrat members present with 12 votes. But councillors from other parties voted against the motion, defeating it with 50 votes.

Cllr Whitehouse said: It wasnt totally unexpected because the Conservatives hold the majority in the council and I predicted they would vote with their party line. What was surprising was that the Labour group voted against it too and were not prepared to contribute to the debate.

We raised a lot of questions about the projects waste model, which have gone unanswered. I am a part of the Members Advisory Council for Project Transform and I think the next step is to ask these questions to the project team directly.

It was hoped the motion against the £1 billion residual waste PFI would seek an agreement between the three local authorities involved Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull to either halt the procurement process, delay it for a year, develop an alternative strategy for residual waste disposal or reduce the size of the project team to minimise costs. Warwickshires Liberal Democrat councillors hoped that if none of these measures could be agreed to, the local authority should pull out of Project Transform completely. (See MRW story)

Outline proposals from the chosen six bidders are expected soon, with a shortlist of three bidders to be announced in late summer.

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