Good News as Covanta is not shortlisted to final stage of BEaR Project contract
MMAG welcomes the decision of Central Bedfordshire Council to invite New Earth Solutions-Remondis Consortium and Viridor to enter the final stage of competition to secure the contract to deal with Central Bedfordshire’s future waste. Covanta were in the previous shortlist. Click Here to view Full Post
BEaR Project Update
BEaR Project Update – Oct 2010
BEaR Newsletter – September 2010
BEaR Update – Central Beds Council support improvements to green services
Click Here to read the latest news release relating to the BEaR Project. It will be interesting to see whether Covanta are able to meet the revised requirements to include additional services as part of its waste tender. Bidders competing for the main waste treatment contract will be required to put forward proposals for the following additional services:
- Re-develop the Household Waste Recycling Centres at Ampthill, Biggleswade and Leighton Buzzard and re-locate the Dunstable site
- Provide gritting salt storage barns in strategic locations
- Provide a Waste Transfer Station so that various types of waste can be bulked up before being sent for treatment
- Provide for the treatment of organic waste in their main proposal
MMAG welcomes this emphasis on recycling which hopefully will produce a truly local solution.
Waste Contract Attracts Ten bidders
Ten waste management companies have entered into a competition to bid for Central Bedfordshire’s waste contract.
Each of the interested companies has completed a ‘pre-qualification questionnaire’, providing information about the company itself and evidence to demonstrate they are financially sound and capable of providing what the council needs. No information on proposed solutions or sites was requested at this stage. Click Here to view full post
Related News – Waste Core Strategy Preferred Options Consultation
Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Borough are consulting on a joint waste core strategy. This sets out how waste might be managed over the next 15 years.
Exhibitions have already been held in Dunstable, June 8th and Elstow, June 16th (MMAG attended this one ). There is another planned for June 24th in Stewartby Village Hall from 3:30pm until 8pm. Click Here to view full post
The BEaR project has issued the following Press Release – Tender Underway for Contract.
Please also see the Contract Notice they advertised through the Official Journal of the European Union for a long-term waste treatment solution.
BEaR project issues email and Press Release re Update
MMAG invited to attend BEaR Project Planning Liaison Group
MMAG have been invited to attend a Planning Liaison Group (PLG) set up by the The BEaR Project to provide information on the proposed planning strategy and various technology solutions. It is proposed that the PLG will consist of representatives from the Parish Councils nearest to the Brogborough site and a representative from the Marston Moreteyne and Lidlington action groups. The PLG will be involved with the design of the waste treatment facility and will be able to review environmental,transportation and logistical issues.
The first meeting is expected to be the beginning of March. Other members of the group are likely to be a planning advisor, the BEaR Project team and a member of the Central Bedfordshire Waste Services department (TBC). Terms of Reference to be published in due course.
Rest assured the aim of the group is not to change peoples’ minds or achieve consensus and membership does not imply MMAG support for the BEaR Project or any planning application.
Central Bedfordshire Council’s application for £79 million PFI credits turned down
Central Bedfordshire Council’s application for £79 million of Government PFI credits has been turned down after Luton Council withdrew from the Bedfordshire Energy and Recycling project last month.
Central Bedfordshire received a response from theDepartment for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs stating they will not be reviewing the OBC as it is now fundamentally undermined through Luton’s decision to pull out. Bedford Borough council, which was also originally a partner in the project, pulled out before Luton in October.
Over the lifetime of the project the PFI grant would have been worth £140M.
A unanimous decision was made by Luton’s Executive to back out of the BEaR project following Bedford Borough Council’s decision to leave, which resulted in significantly increased costs.
When Luton announced its decision Central Bedfordshire Council submitted its Outline Business Case on December 11 but a spokesperson for the council explained that it was unlikely it will receive PFI funding, “if we cannot demonstrate partnership working”.
Speaking about the future of the project Central Bedfordshire Council Leader Cllr Tricia Turner said: “All that we are now tasked with is looking at how we will deliver our long term waste solution for Central Bedfordshire residents and we are looking into alternative funding options.”
On the 7th December, Luton Borough Council’s Executive Committee made the unexpected decision to withdraw from the BEaR Project. Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive subsequently approved the BEaR Project’s Outline Business Case (OBC) for PFI funding on the 8th December.
Statement from Councillor Tricia Turner, Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council:
“I am disappointed to hear of Luton Borough Council’s Executive Committee’s decision to withdraw from the BEaR Project, which has been working to deliver a sustainable waste disposal solution for Bedfordshire residents for some time”.
“Since joining the BEaR Project last year, Luton Borough Council has worked closely with us to explore alternative ways to landfilling, which will not only help the environment, but also help to save local taxpayers money”.
“We understood we had agreed a solution which met the needs of both Central Bedfordshire and Luton, so we are surprised to hear that Luton has decided to withdraw at this crucial stage. Our priority will remain the development of a workable and cost effective solution and we will now be considering our options to deliver this for our residents.”
The BEaR Project will now consider alternative funding options to deliver a sustainable and cost effective disposal method for our locally produced household waste.
Additional Information – BEaR Project
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Covanta and BEaR
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|Marston Moreteyene Parish Council Response to BEaR Project||BEaR Project Flyer including Consulation Dates|