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Whaley Bridge crisis cost council £700k

Eddie Bisknell

Local Democracy Reporter

The Toddbrook Dam crisis in Whaley Bridge has cost Derbyshire County Council £700,000.

The authority’s finance chief says it must get a hold of its finances to ensure its ability to combat similar emergencies does not decrease.

It had to fund its response to the potential disaster from its reserves.

Peter Handford, the council’s director of finance, had originally estimated the authority would have to draw £2m from its reserves to pay for its Toddbrook Dam response – listed in its five-year plan to be agreed next week.

Whaley Bridge
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This, it is thought, has now been reduced to £700,000 due to the estimate being forecast “before we knew that the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was paying for the helicopter,” the council says.

The helicopter, a Chinook from RAF Odiham, was commissioned for a combined 72 hours over several days to drop more than 600 tonnes of aggregate on the damaged Toddbrook Dam to prevent it from breaching.

The council’s reduced estimate suggests the cost of the Chinook could be £1.3 million – a cost which has not been confirmed by Defra, the Ministry of Defence or Derbyshire Police.

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Councils warn they're ready to terminate waste plant deal

BBC Radio Derby

The banks funding Sinfin's troubled waste treatment plant have been put on notice that Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council will pull out of the project.

The authorities say if the four lenders don't take action to help get the site up-and-running, they'll terminate their contract with private company RRS, which is building the facility.

The councils have said they're committed to getting the plant working and say it still offers the best value for money.

Lorries outside waste plant

Councillor Simon Spencer, a cabinet member at Derbyshire County Council, said: "The time has come to formally give notice to them that they should step in."

It's not clear how long the banks have to take action.

Councils meet to discuss troubled Sinfin waste plant

BBC Radio Derby

Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council have said they're "considering all options" when it comes to Sinfin's troubled waste treatment plant.

The authorities met this afternoon to decide the way forward - and say they're ramping up the pressure on company RRS to get the delayed facility - which has been opposed by a number of local residents - up-and-running.

Sinfin protest

The councils say they're also speaking to the firm's banks, who lent them the money to build the plant.

They say they could, as a last resort, terminate the contract.

RRS says it's continuing to work to bring the waste plant into full service.