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PFI submission deadline looms as Leicestershire talks options

Discussions about Leicestershire County Councils waste infrastructure bid for £130 million in private finance initiative (PFI) credits continue as the Government submission deadline looms.

The councils outline business case (OBC), which the council cabinet will discuss tomorrow (April 8), includes plans to build  facilities with the capacity to treat up to 180,000 tonnes of waste a year.

There is currently no technology or build site preference because the council said it wants waste companies to propose their own options and locations.

If the councils PFI credit bid is successful tenders will be invited in September 2008, and under the current schedule a preferred bidder would be chosen by 2010.

One council owned site, Whetstone, has already been identified as a suitable build site, and Council cabinet spokesman on waste Nick Rushton added: The council is finalising its thinking on giving broad guidance where such facilities could go.

Commenting on future waste infrastructure plans he said: We cannot afford to do nothing if we continue to put thousands of tonnes of waste into landfill sites we will run out of space and have to pay millions of pounds in penalties.

 

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