In The Hereford Times
F Bloggs says...The matters outlined below are central to the NAO investigation into DEFRA’s role in promoting value in this and other EFW projects and merit investigation and determination by DEFRA and Treasury before they ultimately sanction and allow this project to move forward. I would ask those with influence ensure this happens in order to safeguard tax payer value in the absence of any effective local independent scrutiny.The basis upon which the proposed incinerator decision has been founded represents a failure to choose incineration on a value driven basis. This latest proposal has no sound basis for recommendation nor is suitable to enable Councillor’s to discharge their responsibility to assure best value to the tax payer.Fundamentally this option was selected based upon a predominantly environmental ranking of several alternative options reviewed in the Council’s Annexe D report – insignificant of financial influence. The report’s author clearly directs the unsuitability of the Annexe D report for the purposes of a best solution choice. It was preliminary and meant only to identify relative merits of options considered.The option study report should have undertaken, but did not, a comparative full life cycle cost benefit discounted cash flow analysis in accordance with Treasury Green Book principles (required for all publically funded schemes) of suitably and feasibly developed technological options to enable the best value solution to be identified. Consequently the incinerator option choice is not supportable on a value basis.Though capital and operational costs were identified in Annexe D they excluded transportation and did not consider beneficial revenue. The analysis was unsuitable and therefore could not be used deliver a financial value based ranking suitable and upon which all public and private investment decisions are made.Furthermore Annexe D did not look at option feasibility but instead used generic data and excluded some technologies without explanation such as those recycling possibilities value preferred by the LGA and considered others as unproven such as Advanced Thermal technologies which are now being utilised in commercial waste projects.The latest submission to Council merely examines financing options for the preference of incineration and thus does not address the absence of a proper value driven option study investment appraisal enabling identifying the best value solution.Inclusion of alternative options at this late stage based upon none specific technology including generic / notional future costs is unreliable and does not constitute a viable and specific option solution.These core issues of value have been repeatedly been directed at both councils but remain to date unaddressed by them other than general statements of disagreement without substantiation effectively ignoring and disregarding their significance and seriousness.
Edited by megilleland, 16 December 2013 .