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THIS IS HOW THE PLANNING PROCESS LEADING TO THE BUILDING OF AN INCINERATOR WORKS.

We wanted to provide a clear set of guidelines that would explain each of the stages that will finally lead to a decision on whether or not an incinerator is to be built.
We planned to put in all of the dates and deadlines so that it would be easy to see, at a glance, evrey step that must be undertaken. This is not a straightforward process and is a little like a game of snakes and ladders in that you don't really know where you will end up next at the start of each turn.

There are many devices that a cynic might say are deliberately designed to make the process complex and difficult to follow in order to deter as many members of the public as possible from becoming involved. Here we show all the possible steps that may be undertaken and in particular the stages where you can become involved. Most important of all are the times at which you must express your concern in order to continue to take part. Now any reasonable person would agree that a Public Examination/Inquiry should, as the name suggests, be open to any member of the public who is interested in attending. This is not the case. You have to "Qualify" to take part. If you do not object to the proposals and do not indicate a desire to be part of the Public Examination/Inquiry process at the prescribed times, you cannot join in later. We have outlined all of the possible steps in the chart on this page and will keep the dates and deadlines up to date as they become known so by looking in at this site you can keep up with the forthcoming events as they become known. If you sign up to our email mailing list we will send you this information directly.

The draft Waste Plan was put on deposit on November 1st, 2000. There was a six week window to express your concerns and ensure those concerns were recorded. Over 16,000 representations were received which contained 50,000 comments! A Public Examination/Inquiry will only take place if legitimate concerns expressed by members of the public are not met in the Plan. For example, if you wrote to say that you did not want to be bothered with recycling and just wanted to be sure that the waste in the county was dealt with, this could arguably be met by a plan which included a large incinerator and would therefore merit no further action from the Council. If, however, you wrote to say that you had deep concerns about the health implications, environmental issues or the impact on recycling targets of building an incinerator, not to mention the disposal of the toxic ash produced, these may not be met by the Draft Plan and would be recorded to be considered at a later Public Examination/Inquiry. The next stage will be that everyone who has had a concern recorded and who has stated that they wish to attend will be written to, not once, but up to three times. Each of these will specify a time frame, typically fourteen days, within which you must reply and stating that you wish to take part in the "Public" Examination/Inquiry. If you miss just one of these three possible "opportunities" you can no longer attend. So the first key stage was the Deposit Period which has now passed. Due to the exceptional response the second deposit period is now expected in the late autumn and will also last for 6 weeks. Bear in mind that the Council officers can and do change the dates at a moments notice so keep checking back for the latest news.

This is only the planning process. The contract process is progressing in parallel. The four companies on the shortlist are: Onyx Aurora Ltd., SITA (sister company to United Waste Services who have recently withdrawn), Viridor Waste Management Ltd. and the Waste Recycling Group. The governments £49 million PFI (Private Finance Initiative) is dependent on a successful delivery of a contract providing an integrated service, value for money and an appropriate risk of transfer to the private sector. Two preferred bidders will be selected and these will make their best and final offer early in August, 2001. The contract will be signed early in December 2001. The contracter will then have to apply for planning permission.

Diagram showing the process Note: The current stage is highlighted in blue
 
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The Process of Building an Incinerator

Public Consultation on draft proposal                

CONSULTATION

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DEPOSIT

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SECOND OR REVISED DEPOSIT

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        Public Enquiry or Examination in Public        

PUBLIC EXAMINATION

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        Inspectors report or Panels report        

REPORT

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        Planning Authority considers report and proposes modifications Draft modifications on deposit Objections and representations

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            Inspector or Panels Report Statement of Decision on Modifications

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                Plan Adopted

ADOPTION

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