Another Waste Report Ignored?

Is another waste report going to go unheeded in 2009 “Ancer Spa” where appointed in October 2009 to prepare a stratergy for the provision of an In-Vessel composting facility in North Staffordshire. The report was published in November 2009 including Excelsior Works in its short list, in March 2010 the Final report was published with Excelsior Works as the preferred site.

The following is an indicative programme to demonstrate the timescale involved in a project of this nature on the preferred site:


(i). Council Approval to Feasibility Study Brief & Cost  – April 2010.

(ii). Appoint Project Team and Technical Consultants  – May 2010

(iii). Feasibility Study Report      – August 2010 (iv). Community Consultation      – Sept 2010

(v). Outline Planning Application     – Nov 2010.

(vi) Developer/Contractor Procurement     – March 2011

(vi) Phase 1 Reserved Matters Planning Application   – July 2011

(vii) Phase 1 Development Completion    – Sept 2012

So where are the Council along this time line?

November 2009
Ancer Spa interim report  provided long and short lists of potential sites for an IVC
10 February 2010
Cabinet award the “Provision of a composting service for green garden waste, food waste and cardboard” contract to Vital Earth with a 3 year break clause.

April 2010
contract with Vital Earth begins

29 July 2010 Cabinet
Cabinet reports that “at present a project is ongoing to look at the development of Excelsior Works in North Shelton with the potential to contain an Anaerobic Digestion facility and other waste related uses in a centralised location”
7 December 2010 Improving Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee

The overview and scrutiny committe to include in there budget that:

Greenhouse 2000 – Relocating the activity to Excelsior works – releasing the Festival Park site Co-located shared service depot.

To relocate the restructured waste services department to Excelsior works.

11 March 2011
A FOI request finds that “The Excelsior works site could be used for many other things too and the Council is now looking at what the best use for that site could be. In-vessel composting will be considered alongside other uses and adecision made in 2012 about which one to go forward with, and the budget proposals from Improving Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee did not make it into the Budget that was agreed by the Council on 24th February 2011
Looks like the Council have gone way back to April 2010 with no progress and time running out to be able to use 3 year clause and will be stuck in Contract for another 7 years.


Why was the Cabinets Budget heading toward an mutli function waste site at Excelsior in December only to changes it mind by Februaries budget what happened to change thier minds? ideas in comment box below please



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