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Council halts waste transfer station

Scottish Borders Council has put plans to build a waste transfer station (WTS) on hold after one of its own committees refused planning application.

The council wanted to press ahead with the £5.2m project, based at the Easter Langlee landfill site near Galashiels, after a contract with New Earth Solutions (NES) to build a gasification facility was scrapped in 2015.

But plans for the WTS were first challenged by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and then turned down by the council’s planning committee.

The council said the tendering process, which had reached the shortlist phase, had now been cancelled. Fifteen submissions had made the shortlist but full tenders had not been drafted.

A spokesperson said: “Following the planning committee’s decision last month to refuse an application for a WTS at Easter Langlee, Scottish Borders Council has taken the decision to cancel the tender process for the project.

“This is a procedural matter while the council considers all of its options.”

The Easter Langlee landfill site is due to close in 2018 when it reaches full capacity. It is in the process of being capped in order to extract landfill gas.

In April the Scottish information commissioner ordered the council to release more details about its dealings with NES.

The £23m gasification and pyrolysis plant was cancelled partly because of renewed focus on recycling across Scotland.

NES was put into administration in June 2016, and in the following October was bought by Irish waste firm PandaGreen.

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