John Whitehouse

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Warwickshire Waste Partnership & Project Transform

by John Whitehouse on 30 September, 2009

Yesterday I attended my first meeting of the Warwickshire Waste Partnership, which brings together elected members and officers from both the county council (the waste disposal authority) and the five districts and boroughs (the waste collection authorities). From first impressions the rate of progress towards real partnership working has been painfully slow! Liberal Democrat policy is for a single waste collection and disposal authority for Warwickshire, which would be a far more efficient structure in my view.

However, the rates of improvement in the waste management statistics (recycling rates etc) in 2008/09 were good, and improved targets for 2009/10 and 2010/11 were agreed at the meeting. This further reinforces the need to downsize the waste growth projections currently underpinning Project Transform (replacement of the Coventry incinerator in 2016).

I also attended my first meeting of the Project Transform Members Advisory Panel last Friday. Important undertakings were made that the ‘reference project’ (a 305,000 tonnes incinerator) is not a done deal in terms of either sizing or technology. I shall be playing an active role in overseeing this major project over the next 4 years.

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