A failed bid to build a new waste station at Lyme Green in Macclesfield will cost the borough's taxpayers more than £800,000, a report has found.
A failed bid to build a new waste station in Macclesfield will cost the borough's taxpayers more than £800,000, a report has found.
Work on the proposed new facility at Lyme Green also began three weeks before planning permission was even applied for, it has been confirmed.
These are just two of the damning revelations in an internal review into fiasco.
It also found EU competition rules and numerous council procedures were broken and the public may have been misled.
CEC decided it wanted to build its on waste transfer station in August 2011 as part of its new 'Silver Bin' recycling scheme.
However they did not apply for planning permission until November.
They were forced to apologise and withdraw their planning application after it was exclusively revealed by the Express that work had already begun on the South Macclesfield site.
A public outcry and criticism from within the council's own cabinet followed.
The report looking , written by the Strategic Director for Children and Families Lorraine Butcher, will go before the council's Audit and Governance Committee who meet tommorow, Thursday, June 14.
In a strongly-worded response to the report, new council leader Michael Jones said he was “horrified” by the findings but promised widespread changes to make sure nothing like it never happens again.
He also said he hopes to recoup some of the wasted cash by making some use of the Lyme Green site.