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Council launches internal investigation into waste recycling site
CHESHIRE East council wasted more than £800,000 of tax payers’ money on a proposed waste recycling transfer station that contravened its own planning laws, according to a report.
A detailed dossier compiled by the council’s own internal audit committee concluded that Cheshire East started work on a waste transfer station at Lyme Green near Macclesfield before obtaining planning permission – breaking its own rules.
The report also stated that the council had contravened EU directives.
Cheshire East has launched an internal investigation into the fiasco, while opposition leaders have been severely critical of the council’s behaviour.
Sandbach Heath and East Clr Sam Corcoran (lab) said Cheshire East had been guilty of a ‘catalogue of errors’, and needed to ‘get a grip of the finance department.’
Crewe East Clr David Newton (lab) added: “The report details evidence of hubris from officers and ignorance from portfolio holders. The public will take some convincing that Cheshire East Council's planning and procurement processes can be made to be transparent and open.”
Council Leader and leader of the Conservative Group, Michael Jones, said the council’s reputation was being ‘seriously undermined’ by unanswered questions regarding the Lyme Green site.
The internal review of practices regarding Lyme Green will consider taking appropriate disciplinary action against any members of staff found guilty of misconduct.
It will also investigate whether the council mislead members of the public in its communications regarding the Lyme Green site.