STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF MERCIA WASTE MANAGEMENT
FOLLOWING THE HARTLEBURY PUBLIC ENQUIRY, THE SECRETARY OF STATE POSTPONES DECISION
Herefordshire and Worcestershire County Council waste management contractor Mercia Waste Management has today learnt that Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has delayed a decision on its planning application for its Energy from Waste facility at Hartlebury, “EnviRecover” which will;
have a capacity to safely treat and recover energy and materials from 200,000 tonnes of residual waste
provide up to 15.5MW of electricity, enough electricity to supply around 20,000 homes per year
be capable of providing direct heat/steam/space cooling for local businesses and industries
will compliment initiatives for re-using, recycling and minimising waste
create the final link in an integrated waste management solution for the County Councils and their residents
The reason for the delay is because the Secretary of State wishes to consider the implication of the new National Planning Policy Framework that has recently been published.
Mercia understands that this is the only matter to be considered and the action taken will not create the opportunity for issues considered by the Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to be revisited.
Mercia welcomes the commitment from the Secretary of State that he will respond quickly following receipt of submissions in respect of this and his decision is now expected to be made on July 19th.
This decision, in terms of the resulting delay in bringing forward a solution, will cost in the region of £16 million per year in landfill tax alone. The cost of doing nothing until plans and proposals are decided upon will hit every rate payer in Herefordshire and Worcestershire in the pocket.
Mercia and its advisors will be working to ensure that the Secretary of State has all the information that he requires to make what is an important decision for the people of both Worcestershire and Herefordshire who are facing increased costs of waste disposal as landfill tax continues to climb towards the minimum cost of £80 per tonne equivalent to £16 million pounds per year.
More information about the Mercia Envirecover project can be found on this website.