Have you heard the news? The Coalition Government’s recent Comprehensive Spending Review resulted in the abandonment of 7 waste PFI projects, including the Coventry project. UKWIN hopes that, like Coventry, the other Councils will rethink their plans and come up with sound waste management strategies and associated procurement processes that do not rely on building new incinerators.
As reported by LetsRecycle:
The seven projects to have their PFI funding cut as part of the budget cuts include the North London Waste Authority’s plans, which received the single largest award of waste PFI funding in March 2010 and the £1 billion Cheshire project, which was down to just two final bidders.
The full list of projects affected are:
- Cheshire West and Chester, and Cheshire East;
- Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire (‘Project Transform’);
- Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire;
- North London Waste Authority; and
- South London Waste Partnership (consisting of the London Boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton)
Explaining its decision, the department said the projects, “on reasonable assumptions, will no longer be needed to meet landfill diversion targets set by the European Union”.
It added that the move would save it £3 million by the end of the Spending Review period in 2014/15, rising to £26 million a year from 2017/18.
The department stressed that the other 11 waste PFI projects currently in procurement would retain their provisional allocation of PFI money, adding that it was also “committed” to supporting the 21 other deals that had already been signed.
The 11 projects which have retained their allocation are:
- Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham;
- Bradford and Calderdale;
- Essex and Southend-on-Sea;
- Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority and Halton;
- North Yorkshire and City of York;
- South Tyne and Wear Partnership (consisting of Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland);
- South West Devon Waste Partnership (consisting of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay); and
- Wakefield city council