To: Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire County Council
Time to come clean! Councils must reveal the real cost of Worcestershire's '£1bn' incinerator
Our money, our environment and our health is being exposed to potentially serious risks from this project to build a Mass Burn Incinerator that the public are simply not being told about.
We are seeking a full and open review of the contract and a genuine assessment of cheaper and better alternatives used elsewhere.
Why is this important?
Secrecy surrounds the building of the giant waste incinerator planned for Worcestershire – and we are demanding that the councils involved come clean over its true lifetime costs, safety concerns and value for money.
Though details are being kept from the public, independent analysts say that the county councils’ price-tag of £120m should read over £1bn.
We also challenge the case for having a privately run, publicly financed mass burn incinerator at all. Levels of waste are falling and the existing regional facilities already run well below capacity.
The county councils for Worcestershire and Herefordshire are bulldozing through a project for which the economic case has never been clear at the same time as they are slashing well over £100m from other budgets.
They have failed to provide a clear business case or even detailed costings, claiming they are prevented by commercial confidentiality.
Attempts to get answers through Freedom of Information legislation have been frustrated at every turn.
The currently hidden consequences are not just financial – expert opponents of the scheme point out that the ‘fallout’ area for many miles around the incinerator is high grade food-growing agricultural land.
It’s our money, our environment and our health that is being exposed to potentially serious risks that the public simply is not being told about.
Money to burn? We don’t think so. It is time to reveal all now before it is too late.