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YORKSHIRE COUNCILS ALLEGED TO HAVE£36M IN REFUSE DEBT

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Three South Yorkshire councils are refusing to discuss details of an alleged£36 million debt to a waste handling c...
Three South Yorkshire councils are refusing to discuss details of an alleged£36 million debt to a waste handling company they jointly set up.

The money -£12m each for Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster MBCs - is owed to a landfill company, Waste Recycling Group, formed as a result of contracting out waste disposal arrangements.

The company argues the£36m is the result of regulatory improvements that have had to be made to landfill sites in the wake of government legislation. The councils are disputing the figure and have been negotiating for more than two years in a bid to reduce the sum. A full agreement has still not been reached.

None of the councils would comment on the figures involved, but Barnsley said the money being discussed was 'nowhere near this figure [£12m]. The precise terms are confidential'.

'The issue was the extent to which the company should have anticipated the legislative changes when it submitted its tender. It was accepted there were some justifiable heads of claim where the company could not reasonably have anticipated developments, but in the majority of cases it ought to have foreseen them.'

The allegations followed a leak to the Yorkshire Post.

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