Manvers: ‘first we’ll do the deal, then we’ll get the permission’!

AN INCINERATOR could be signed up for Manvers, with monies changing hands... BEFORE the public have their say about the scheme, it was revealed this week!

Bosses from three councils met yesterday (Wednesday) to decide whether to sanction a massive Dearne Valley waste oven.

Yet a council spokeswoman told the Times: “Financial ‘close’ will take place before planning permission is granted”. We were assured this was “not unusual” with waste Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes.

Dearne residents have already voiced fears over potential emissions and a huge increase in traffic.

With just two bidders left for a scheme to treat household waste from Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster, the BDR Partnership must opt for either the SITA Lease Lend consortium who want to build an incinerator, or 3SE’s alternative – for a composter producing renewable green fuel, for use at Ferrybridge Power Station.

Confirmation of the winning bid for the Bolton Road site will be given next month, subject to planning consultation by Rotherham Council.

But as with smaller applications, the selected company can seek guidance from planners on how to present their proposals to advantage.

One member of Rotherham Council’s planning committee is Coun Richard Russell – who is also chairman of the BDR Waste Partnership Board.

The Times was told he will “take appropriate legal advice, regarding the role he should play on the RMBC Planning Board” when the scheme reaches that stage.

In recent weeks Veolia, the company running a Sheffield incinerator, has applied to take in waste from Barnsley and Doncaster, and increase its intake from Rotherham, to make up a shortfall of “fodder” for its four-year-old, £45m plant, which is now also accepting industrial waste.