Cheshire East to spend millions on Lyme Green replacement

Cllr Sam Corcoran has reported that "at the Council meeting on 17 October the Conservative Leader of Cheshire East Council ‘rubbished’ my claims that the Council is planning to spend millions on a replacement for the Lyme Green site. Cllr Jones had clearly forgotten that on 15 October the Cheshire East Cabinet approved plans to spend £7m on a north depot infrastructure and waste transfer station. I do agree that the Council should have a new waste transfer facility in the north of the borough. The temporary solution of using a private contractor is costing £30,000 a month. Had the Lyme Green proposals gone ahead (without cutting corners in a rush to save money) then the new facility would have opened in 2012. This proves the adage of ‘more haste less speed’. It astonishes me that the Leader announced that the Lyme Green site was to be sold off before an alternative waste transfer site had been identified and without consultation with Macclesfield councillors. Of course it would have been a difficult political decision to go ahead with Lyme Green and such a decision would have upset local residents in a Conservative area. I can see why the Conservatives would have wanted to duck such a difficult political decision, but I cannot understand how they hoped to get away with spending £7m without anybody noticing. "

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