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Threat to council leader in incinerator row

An attempt is being to oust a city council leader in a row over Renewi’s Sinfin energy-from-waste plant.

Labour members of Derby City Council have called on Chris Poulter, leader of a minority Tory administration, to quit over what they said was his failure to implement a motion passed at September’s council meeting to terminate the contract for the Sinfin incinerator.

The motion was not binding on the council cabinet, which last month resolved to wait for further information before reaching a decision.

If Poulter is removed on 21 November, a new cabinet would have to be installed under a new leader.

The Labour motion said the Sinfin incinerator “causes severe odour and noise pollution, impacting the daily lives of local residents. Something that the companies involved promised would never happen.”

It said the financial justification given for the project, which went ahead following a decision in 2012, was “no longer credible” and the council should therefore exercise a break clause to terminate the contract.

Derby is a hung council and the anti-incinerator motion was passed by a combination of Labour and Ukip votes, while the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats abstained.

The September meeting also passed a motion calling for the contract to be terminated if a completion certificate had not been provided by 30 September 2018.

Sinfin’s plant is owned by Resource Recovery Solutions, a partnership of Renewi and Interserve, which also propose a gasification plant nearby.

 

Update: Cllr Poulter survived the no confidence motion and so his administration has remained in office.

 

Readers' comments (2)

  • Thanks. On top of that, energy-to-waste, high-carbon, biomass/plastics incineration means the end of reduction, reuse & recycling. And its more expensive than recycling https://friendsoftheearth.uk/groups/derby/news/derby-city-derbyshire-county-council-DEFRA-PFI-bid-reveals-recycling-cheaper-than-incineration

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  • Whatever happens there will have to be answers for the future. The odour problem could probably be resolved by ensuring food waste is collected separately and not allowed in the black bag waste taken into this plant. Another possibility is to have negative air pressure in the building and suction fans taking odour to a biofilter if food is going to be handled in the future. Apart from the financial exposure I would want to start again... There will have to be some biting of the bullet very soon.

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