Report of the Acting Chief Officer for Highway Infrastructure and Development(HCW/17/59) seeking approval to the development of a waste transfer station to serve the North Devon and Torridge areas, attached.
Electoral Divisions: All in North Devon and Torridge
(Councillors Biederman and Greenslade attended in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and spoke to this item).
The Cabinet considered the Report of the Acting Chief Officer for Highways, Infrastructure Development and Waste(HCW/17/59) seeking approval to the development of a residual waste transfer station at Brynsworthy, Barnstaple as part of the procurement exercise to deliver a new residual waste service in the North Devon & Torridge area from February 2019.
The Cabinet noted that the disposal of residual waste (i.e. that not recycled or composted) from the North Devon and Torridge District Council areas was currently undertaken at Deepmoor landfill site, Torrington, under contract with Viridor/Devon Waste Management.
The Acting Chief Officer advised Cabinet that notice to terminate the contract by Viridor/DWM had been given earlier this year and procurement regulations meant that the service would need to be retendered and a new provider in place from February 2019. A procurement exercise to deliver a new residual waste disposal service for the North Devon and Torridge areas had therefore been initiated as detailed in the Head of Service's Report for the design, build, finance and operation of the Brynsworthy waste transfer station. It was proposed that the Transfer Station would revert back to the ownership of the County Council at a specified point within the contract term.
Members were reminded that following a previous unsuccessful procurement exercise in 2014, it had become clear that the County Council needed to find a site for a waste transfer station which it could offer to the market in order to create a competitive market. A number of sites had been examined culminating in the selection of the site at Brynsworthy which was adjacent to the waste site identified in the adopted Devon Waste Local Plan for an Efw plant and close to the main population centres of Barnstaple and Bideford as well as the principal road network. The site had now received planning permission and a heads of terms agreement had been secured with the landowner.
The Acting Chief Officer’s Report also incorporated an Impact Assessment relating to the possible impacts of the proposal, which had been circulated previously for the attention of Members at this meeting in order that as part of its determination of the next steps in the process the Cabinet might have full regard to the responsibilities placed upon it to exercise its Public Sector Equality Duty, under s149 of the Equality Act 2010, where relevant. No unmanageable impacts had been identified.
The matter having been debated and the options and/or alternatives and other relevant factors (e.g. financial, environmental, risk management, equality and legal considerations and Public Health impact) set out in the Head of Service’s Report and/or referred to above having been considered:
It was MOVED by Councillor Davis, SECONDED by Councillor Hart, and
(a)that approval be given the development of a Waste Transfer Station at Brynsworthy, Barnstaple to serve the North Devon and Torridge areas;
(b) that approval be also given, subject to financial review of the outcome of procurement exercise, to increase the project approval of £4,000,000 to a total of £4,400,000 including site acquisition, planning and construction, funded by capital receipts;
(c) that the Acting Chief Officer for Highways, Infrastructure, Development and Waste be authorised, in consultation with the County Treasurer and the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure Development and Waste and the Cabinet Member for Resources and Asset Management, to agree a financial contribution of up to £4,000,000 million towards the capital cost of the facility;
(d) that the County Solicitor be authorised to execute all necessary legal agreements required to be entered into by the Council in respect of the development of a waste transfer station at Brynsworthy, Barnstaple.
[NB: The Impact Assessment referred to above may be viewed at: http://new.devon.gov.uk/impact/].