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6:58pm 30th July 2012

There will be no Plan B to a massive incinerator at St Dennis.

Officials have voted against looking into other technology options put forward by campaigners which included anerobic digestion.

In a statement, Cornwall Council said advice given to the authority by a leading barrister warned that spending council tax payers' money on investigating alternative proposals when the authority was legally bound to an existing contract which could cost up to £90m to terminate would require clear and compelling grounds. It concluded that, in this case, these grounds did not exist.
Members were also told that adopting a new approach would require the Council to develop a new waste strategy and then obtain planning permission for the construction of the new facilities. This could take between eight and nine years to implement, resulting in further costs of between £80 and £90 million in landfill tax alone while the new strategy is developed and the facilities are procured and built.
Outlining the background to the issue facing the Council, waste and environment portfolio holder Steve Double said: "While I understand that this will be disappointing to members of the Waste Forum, the fact is that we have a practical, deliverable and affordable solution for dealing with Cornwall's waste. We now need to deliver this solution."
A revised project plan dealing with the project delay will be considered by the Cabinet in the Autumn.

The decision came as plans to let private companies part-run Cornwall's frontline services moved a step closer.

The Council has voted to let two firms bid to manage services like libraries and One Stop Shops, if the Chief Executive rubber-stamps the deal.

6:58pm 30th July 2012

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