Council reviewing new information on waste deal as deadline looms

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Council officials have confirmed they are reviewing new material submitted by the firm contracted to process West Norfolk’s black bin waste.

Today is the deadline for Material Works to show the progress it has made towards honouring the terms of its contract with West Norfolk Council.

And a council spokesman said yesterday afternoon: “We can confirm that we have received a response to our request for a project update.

“We will now review this information alongside the contract conditions and respond to Material Works once that review is complete.”

The company signed a 16-year contract with the borough council to process the area’s black bin waste in December 2012.

However, the deal was extended last December, giving Material Works a maximum of three, three-month windows to show that it could fulfil its obligations.

Council leaders have suggested that they wanted to see planning consent obtained for the company’s proposed demonstrator plant by the March deadline.

And last month, the authority’s deputy leader and environmental portfolio holder, Brian Long, said progress needed to be demonstrated by today’s deadline.

A Material Works spokesman said yesterday: “Material Works, as previously agreed, has updated officers and members of West Norfolk Council, who have authority to review the contract, on the important progress that has been made with the project.

“This set out for them the information they need to enable a review the current situation to be carried out.

“Accordingly, Material Works await the feedback from the council and remain committed to fulfilling its contractual obligations.”