Pay through nose to feed incinerator

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Coun Peter Moore is ‘horrified’ that the contract he signed in 2001 means that Veolia may have been overpaid for providing assisted bin collections (£6m black hole, Sep 20).

One clause in a £1.3 billion contract is easily missed, but the Lib Dems certainly knew the contract included a giant new incinerator. So did Labour when they granted planning permission and extended the contract to 2036.

In 2011, as recycling targets rise and waste levels fall, the council has to pay through the nose for extra recycling and import waste from outside the city to feed Veolia’s incinerator.

The Green Party agrees with the recent Treasury Select Committee report, which says Private Finance Initiatives (PFI) are poor value for money and reduce democratic control.

We do not want profit-driven companies dictating how our services are run, whether in the NHS, in schools, in waste disposal or in maintaining our streets.

The long-awaited Highways PFI will cost the taxpayer twice as much as a directly-funded scheme, but I can only guess which clauses we will be regretting in 10 years’ time.

Coun Jillian Creasy,

Green Party

I WOULD like to make it absolutely clear that Sheffield City Council will not be scrapping assisted waste collections. Labour is not considering this as a proposal and has never done so. Many people who are elderly or disabled depend on the assisted collection service. I find the idea that this service could be taken away from them completely deplorable.

Coun Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council