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Agenda item

Financial Close for the Long Term Waste Management Service Contract

This report updates Cabinet on progress of the Long Term Waste Service Contract with AmeyCespa for provision of a waste treatment service at Allerton Quarry, Knaresborough. The report also provides information on the funding of the project and asks Cabinet to consider whether the long term waste treatment project should progress to Financial Close within the approved affordability envelope.

 

Decision:

Recommended: That Council be asked to confirm:

(i)           The City Council is supportive of the County Councils recommendation to proceed to Financial Close for the Long Term Waste Treatment Service contract given the revised environmental and financial assessments carried out and detailed in this report given the positive long term benefits; subject to the final terms within the Value for Money Envelope set out at paragraph 146 of the report.

 

(ii)          That delegated authority be given to the Director of Customer and Business Support Services (acting in consultation with the Director of City and Environmental Services and the Assistant Director (Governance & ICT) to amend the Joint Waste Management Agreement and to agree any other documents necessary to give effect to this project.

(iii)        That the Director of Customer andBusiness Support Services, is authorised to issue the certificates under the Local Government (Contracts) Act 1997 to confirm the City Council’s powers to enter into the contracts referred to above;

 

(iv)        That an indemnity be given by the City Council to the Director of Customer andBusiness Support Services, against any claim that may arise out of or in connection with the issue of the certificates under the Local Government (Contracts) Act 1997.

 

(v)         That all the Executive Decisions recommended above will not be implemented unless and until Full City Council agrees to the recommendation to proceed to Financial Close and Financial Close can be delivered within the Value for Money Envelope set out at paragraph 146 of the report.

 

Reason:     In order for Full Council to determine whether to enter into a long term waste management contract.

 

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report which updated Cabinet on progress of the Long Term Waste Service Contract with AmeyCespa for the provision of a waste treatment service at Allerton Quarry, Knaresborough.

The City Council had agreed in December 2010 to enter into a Joint Waste Management Agreement with North Yorkshire County Council for the provision of a Long Term Waste Management Service, as a long term sustainable alternative to landfill for the treatment of residual municipal waste.

Details of the significant key changes affecting the proposals which had taken place since December 2010, including receipt of planning permission, changes in technology and waste tonnage together with funding information for the project, following the Government’s withdrawal of PFI credit support, were also reported in detail and in Annexes 1 to 4 in the report. Following consideration of all aspects of the proposals Cabinet were asked to decide whether the long term waste treatment project should progress to Financial Close within the approved affordability envelope.

The Leader confirmed that North Yorkshire County Council had, earlier in the day, approved the recommendations put to their Council as detailed in the report at paragraphs 206 to 215.

Members acknowledged that whilst this was not a perfect solution, the project was preferable to the landfill option available. Officers confirmed that Financial Close took place following the October Council meeting and highlighted changes that could occur in e.g. the Euro which could affect financial aspects of the project and to the costs which could be incurred if either authority withdrew from the contract.

Following further discussion it was    

Recommended: That Council be asked to confirm:

(i)           The City Council is supportive of the County Councils recommendation to proceed to Financial Close for the Long Term Waste Treatment Service contract given the revised environmental and financial assessments carried out and detailed in this report given the positive long term benefits; subject to the final terms within the Value for Money Envelope set out at paragraph 146 of the report.

 

(ii)          That delegated authority be given to the Director of Customer and Business Support Services (acting in consultation with the Director of City and Environmental Services and the Assistant Director (Governance & ICT) to amend the Joint Waste Management Agreement and to agree any other documents necessary to give effect to this project.

(iii)        That the Director of Customer andBusiness Support Services, is authorised to issue the certificates under the Local Government (Contracts) Act 1997 to confirm the City Council’s powers to enter into the contracts referred to above;

 

(iv)        That an indemnity be given by the City Council to the Director of Customer andBusiness Support Services, against any claim that may arise out of or in connection with the issue of the certificates under the Local Government (Contracts) Act 1997.

 

(v)         That all the Executive Decisions recommended above will not be implemented unless and until Full City Council agrees to the recommendation to proceed to Financial Close and Financial Close can be delivered within the Value for Money Envelope set out at paragraph 146 of the report. 1.

 

Reason:     In order for Full Council to determine whether to enter into a long term waste management contract.

 

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