Leicestershire waste site plans may be dropped

Plans for a multi-million pound waste treatment plant in Leicestershire are set to be dropped by the county council.

The authority said government funding worth about £86.6m was no longer available for the facility.

The plant would have dealt with 180,000 tonnes of waste and been built at Bardon or Whetstone.

In a report, council officers recommended selling off its land for the proposed site at Bardon.

The report, which also recommends that the authority explore alternative means of disposing of waste in the county, will be discussed by the authority's cabinet on 26 July.

Richard Blunt, the council's cabinet member for waste management, said: "We have one of the best recycling rates in the country and remain committed to driving down the amount of waste sent to landfill.

"Since we embarked on this project, the economy has shifted and there are planned changes in national waste policy.

"The financial climate has put huge pressure on public spending and the loss of the credits adds considerable costs to the project."

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