Proposals for a new bin collection depot and waste transfer station in Amber Valley are being finalised with a planning application being submitted soon.
However, it is not yet known where this depot and transfer could be – and the new waste contract, which would need the facilities, is due to start in just over a month.
Amber Valley Borough Council has yet to publicly reveal much of the detail behind its new waste collection contract – the largest single item of spending in its budget.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service published details of a leaked document between the council and partner Norse Group – owned by Norfolk County Council – in March.
Leader, Cllr Chris Emmas-Williams said the final cost still being negotiated with the new joint firm – Amber Valley Norse – set to take over the contract in just over a month on June 27.
Amber Valley Norse would be part owned by both Norse and the borough council.
It detailed that the new contract could cost £1 million more a year than the current contract with Veolia, which is £2.6 million, at £3.76 million annually.
Cllr Emmas-Williams has told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “The new service is still due to commence on June 27.
“There will be a virtual meeting at which the service will be discussed. The final cost of the service is still the subject of negotiation
“The contract will require 19 vehicles. The depot and transfer station is being finalised and will be ready for the start of the new service.
“The lease has not been fully signed yet but a planning application will be submitted shortly.
“Some preliminary works are being done which don’t require permission, numerous sites have been looked at throughout the borough and the preferred site will not impact residential properties.”
The initial document seen by the LDRS in March suggested Norse would require 18 bin lorries and six support vehicles as part of the new contract, which it would pay for.
It also said it would require a transfer station, storage for bins and staff welfare facilities and may request funding from the council to support this.
Talks over where to build a new depot are said to have included a site off Leafy Lane in Heanor – but this has now been ruled out.
Labour councillors said the Leafy Lane site had “never been proposed”.
The new depot and transfer station would require a planning application which would need 21 days of public consultation and then feature in a public committee meeting at which a decision would be made before it can become operational.
There are 38 days (as of May 20) until the new waste contract is due to start and the authority has not held a public meeting since March.
The waste contract itself is expected to be 10 years, but would be altered to seven years to fall in line with the lifespan of the bin collection vehicles. Documents seen by the LDRS in March suggest the contract could cost £37.6 million over 10 years.
Cllr Kevin Buttery, leader of the borough’s Conservative opposition, said: “The collection and disposal of waste affects us all, therefore it is paramount that our waste and recycling service transfers seamlessly from its current contract into the new council-controlled company.
“With five weeks to go, I am extremely concerned that decisions are still being made behind closed doors, once again deliberately avoiding public scrutiny.
“The council has committed itself to a £40 million contract, which previously cost £17.5 million. So, I think it’s important that details of what we as residents are paying for, plus exactly what service we can expect to receive, should be made public.
“The leader of the council may be indicating that everything is on target, but I have yet to see any evidence of that.”
There are no proposed changes to the borough’s current bin collections service.
The borough council is said to have a 20 per cent stake in the new Amber Valley Norse Limited but would take 50 per cent of the profits and would have 50 per cent voting rights.
Companies House details that the firm, incorporated on March 18, would see 75 per cent or more of the voting rights and shares in the company go to Norse.