Norfolk “Negotiating” Suffolk Council Waste Agreement

eastern_group_mapNorfolk County Council has approved the decision to go ahead with recommendations to establish an arrangement with Suffolk County Council for the delegation of residual waste disposal functions after voting to abandon its waste contract with Cory Wheelabrator.

An agreement has not yet been made but the council is currently in negotiations with neighboring Suffolk Council.

Norfolk County Council’s proposed Kings Lynn waste plant was ditched on the grounds of failure to secure satisfactory planning permission.

The County Council now has flexible arrangements in place for dealing with residual waste that can extend to 31 March 2016.

It was advised in a cabinet report that where there is the opportunity to improve value for money by entering in to an arrangement with Suffolk County Council the County Council “should seek to take advantage of this approach” while a longer-term solution is found.

The provisos of the arrangement stated in the report recommended the arrangement should go ahead if it results in the saving of more than £10,000 a year, amounted to a maximum of 50,000 tonnes per year and lasted no more than 36 months.

“The principle is to use capacity in Suffolk County Council’s facility via the authority rather than its contractor,” the report states. “It is achieved via a delegation agreement, whereby Norfolk County Council delegates part of its functions for an area to Suffolk County Council.”

“The principle is to use capacity in Suffolk County Council’s facility via the authority rather than its contractor,” the report states. “It is achieved via a delegation agreement, whereby Norfolk County Council delegates part of its functions for an area to Suffolk County Council.”

The report recommends an “urgent and key decision” that would allow the quick establishment of an arrangement with Suffolk County, to deliver additional value for money, as the ability to enter in to an arrangement is only available for a short period of time.

Abandoning the proposed Kings Lynn waste plant means that the Council will have to find £30m to be paid to Cory Wheelabrator for the planning failure.

A report to Norfolk County Council’s cabinet outlined plans as to how to cover the £11.3m shortfall in funding, revealing it could be at the expense of highways maintenance and a library book fund.

Steve Morphew, Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Personnel, said: “Having to find £30m at any time is tough and especially when we are already facing huge budget cuts.”

 

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