Waste site set to be given final go-ahead

Artist's impression of the new waste recycling facility at South kirkby
Artist's impression of the new waste recycling facility at South kirkby

A MULTI-MILLION pound waste recycling site planned for South Kirkby is set to be given the final go-ahead by Wakefield Council next week.

Cabinet members will be asked on Tuesday to give authorisation to the chief executive to officially award the contract to the preferred bidder.

The new site - which will stand on the former South Kirkby Colliery - is part of a £750m district-wide private finance initiative (PFI) deal between Wakefield Council and the Shanks/Babcock consortium which the council said will transform the way waste is dealt with.

Wakefield Council and Shanks/Babcock are expected to sign the contract in the New Year, with work starting shortly after.

Around 200 jobs will be created during the construction period and a further 70 new jobs will be created when the facility is operational.

Wakefield Council’s chief executive Joane Roney, said: “I am very pleased that this has continued progressing as we anticipated in October and I look forward to being able to finally authorise the award of the contract in early 2012.

“This may have taken longer than first planned but the council and the consortium are committed to ensure everything is in place.

“Now we are reaching the final stage I am equally determined to see the district benefit from the significant investment this will bring and the best value for money it offers.”

Cabinet will also be asked to recommend to council that a £5m capital contribution be made towards the provision of the new waste treatment facilities to be built at South Kirkby.

The council funding will result in over £12 million of savings on the PFI contract once the contract gets up and running.

The site will turn the district’s waste into eco-friendly matter and will also be used to generate the site’s own electricity.

Excess energy produced will be sold to the National Grid.

Coun Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for environment and communities said: “This is a very exciting time for the district and will revolutionise our waste management.

“The new hi-tech waste treatment plant will combine a mixture of modern technologies for dealing with waste together with improving waste recycling centres across the district.

“It will enable us to recycle much more and reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.

“This is about delivering significant environmental benefits and getting the best possible value for money.”