After 13 years in the post, Councillor Neil Swannick is to step down as chair of the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA).
Councillor Swannick was first elected as a Labour Councillor to represent the Bradford ward in East Manchester in 1998 and was elected as a Member of the Authority in May 1999 and appointed as Chair in 2001.
As one of Councillor Swannicks final duties as Chair, he will sign off by opening the Longley Lane recycling and energy from waste facility on May 30th with Hilary Benn MP.
Councillor Neil Swannick said: “After 13 years as Chair, I have decided to step down. As the last of the new waste facilities is completed, I feel my job is done and it is time for new hands to take the reins and, I hope, take GMWDA further towards our zero waste goal.
“I have been very lucky to have a superb team of GMWDA staff and advisors past and present and the pro-active support of the many Councillors, District officers, civil servants and private sector partners who have all played their part in transforming waste management in Greater Manchester.”
GMWDA said Councillor Swannick has played an “inspirational role” in leading the Authority into a 25 year Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Recycling and Waste Management Contract with Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Ltd in April 2009.
Councillor Neil Swannick – “After 13 years as Chair, I have decided to step down. As the last of the new waste facilities is completed, I feel my job is done and it is time for new hands to take the reins and, I hope, take GMWDA further towards our zero waste goal”
The £3.8bn Contract brought to the region £631m of world class facilities, never developed on such a scale before anywhere in the UK.
Over the last 5 years since signing the Contract, Councillor Swannick has been heavily involved in the construction phase, seeing over 42 facilities developed throughout Greater Manchester, creating 5,000 jobs and encouraging the involvement of community groups and schools through our education centres.
Councillor Cath Piddington, Labour Member for Tameside and Senior Vice Chair of the Authority has worked alongside Councillor Swannick since 1999 and said: “Councillor Swannick has done a fantastic job, he has steered the Authority through many challenging decisions with the support of all political parties.
“Councillor Swannick’s commitment has been first class and he has made a great contribution to the Greater Manchester community of which he cares immensely and has shown his dedication to by his hard work.”