Decision details

Waste Contract - Variation

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To authorise the parameters of negotiations with our contractors concerning the variation to the integrated waste contract and to note progress to date in those negotiations.




                     (a)          Cabinet noted progress since the reports to Cabinet in September 2009 and January 2010;

(b)             subject to recommendation (d) below the Director for Places and Communities be authorised, in consultation with the Chief Officer Finance and Commercial and Worcestershire County Council, to agree the negotiated form of a variation to the existing waste contract  with Mercia Waste Management Ltd (Mercia) to put into effect Mercia’s proposals for:

i)             the provision of a residual waste treatment facility (RWTF) using Energy from Waste technology at Hartlebury Trading Estate; and

ii)            such other ancillary issues as are appropriate in relation to the waste contract (collectively ‘the contractor’s proposals’) provided such a variation is in compliance with

a)      the planning parameters

b)     the financial parameters

c)      the contractual parameters and

d)     the technical parameters.

(all are set out in this report and collectively the ‘parameters’); and

(c)             the Director for Places and Communities provided a further report to Cabinet seeking formal authority to execute such a variation when he considers, having regard to any advice from the appointed advisors, that the parameters have been materially satisfied; and

(d)             the authorisation under (b) is subject to Worcestershire County Council giving approvals substantially in the same form as those contained in the recommendations of this report and the two councils agreeing in principle to extend the joint working agreement in so far as it relates to the Energy from Waste facility for a period commensurate with the intended life of the facility.


Reasons for the decision:

The recommendations give officers authorisation to continue negotiations with Mercia within the context of the parameters in Appendices 1 – 5.

Alternative options considered:

At this stage there are no alternative options to consider and the recommendations will require further ratification by Cabinet at the conclusion of the negotiations.

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Details of any declarations of interest: Not applicable.

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Extensive consultation was carried out across both counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire from 16 February to 15 May 2009. 

Contact: Not applicable..

Publication date: 17/02/2012

Date of decision: 16/02/2012

Effective from: 23/02/2012