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Back burner for incinerator plan

PLANS for a new super-incinerator - part-funded by Solihull Council - have been thrown into serious doubt.

PLANS for a new super-incinerator - part-funded by Solihull Council - have been thrown into serious doubt.

The £1billion scheme is a joint-project between Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire County Council and a public consultation was due to begin this week.

But now Coventry’s ruling Labour group have made an eleventh-hour decision to postpone the project.

There is speculation that the delay is the beginning of the end for the scheme, which has been unpopular with some green groups.

Chris Williams, from Solihull Green Party, said: “Coventry’s u-turn is great news for Solihull taxpayers. If the project went ahead taxpayers would be left fuming by the waste of money.

“It was only the Green Party who opposed the incinerator back in 2008 and I am delighted that other parties are now coming on board to oppose a bigger incinerator at a time of increased recycling.”

Solihull Council had voted in favour of ‘Project Transform’ two years ago and a planning application for the new facility was due to be submitted in September.

But the future of the scheme had begun to look uncertain following changes in the make-up of all three councils. Some Lib Dems had previously warned that the project could end up a “white elephant”.

Coventry said that it had taken the decision to postpone the consultation, following talks with Solihull and Warwickshire.

The local authorities will now be exploring other options on how to deal with waste.

 

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