Campaigners have called for construction of the £500m Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) energy-from-waste (EfW) plant, near Haresfield, to be stopped immediately after details of the contract were made public.
Local group Community R4C called on Gloucestershire County Council to halt work on the Javelin Park facility.
UBB – a joint venture between Balfour Beatty and Spanish-based waste management company Urbaser – signed the contract to design and build the EfW facility in February 2013.
The scheme has been beset by delay, with construction starting only last November, nearly four years after the contract was signed.
On 14 March, the council was forced to make details of the contract public following a decision by an information rights tribunal. The case was brought by the council in an appeal against an earlier finding of the Information Commissioner that certain details should be put in the public domain.
Both the council and the campaign group claim partial victory.
Armed with the new information, Community R4C has approached the Government’s Competition and Markets Authority.
Community R4C board member Sue Oppenheimer said: “[The council] should stop UBB from carrying out further work on-site immediately in order to limit liabilities.
“This contract will be a huge financial burden for years to come. The council would save millions by terminating the contract right now.”
Council deputy leader Ray Theodoulou described the complaint to the competition authority as a “desperate stunt by opponents of this project”.
“There is no validity to the claims that they’re making, nor any suggestion that the Competition and Markets Authority will pay the least attention to them,” he added.
“The Javelin Park contract was awarded following a Government-approved process after an open and transparent competition.”
UBB has been contacted for comment.
A version of this article first appeared in Construction News.