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Unused waste facility to be dismantled

An unused £800,000 waste transfer station in Derby is to be dismantled and sold off by the councils that commissioned it.

The Downing Road facility was completed a year ago as part of a contract between Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council and Resource Recovery Solutions (RRS), a local joint venture between Shanks Waste Management and Interserve.

The councils said in September that the facility was no longer part of their plans to deal with the county’s waste which will instead be processed more cheaply at an existing facility.

Now council officials have said they have been unable to find an alternative use or a buyer for the 1,000 sq ft building so it will be dismantled to be sold.

A joint statement by the councils and RRS said: “Despite attempts over several months to resolve operational difficulties at the Downing Road site or find an alternative use, we’ve been unable to find a satisfactory solution.

“RRS, our contractor, has applied for planning permission to dismantle the building - which was built as a temporary measure - for the councils to reuse or sell.

“The building hasn’t been used for the transfer of household waste. The councils haven’t faced any additional costs in terms of waste transfer fees and are paying no more in contractual costs as a result of this.

“Non-recyclable waste collected in Derby and the surrounding area will continue being taken to the WRG [Waste Recycling Group] site at no further cost to either council.

“The potential savings of this arrangement together with other savings RRS has made outweigh the costs of the Downing Road site. There is no additional cost to council taxpayers.

“At the time the Downing Road site was chosen by RRS the WRG site was not available for the city and county councils to use. The WRG site only became available to us in April 2010.”

John Allsop, Derbyshire county council cabinet member for technology and recycling, has said the councils do not know how much they will recover from the £700,000 they have already paid out on the facility.

Labour city councillor Paul Bayliss told his local newspaper the scheme was “a terrible waste of taxpayers’ money”.

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