Calderdale Council has just sent me their refusal to provide information about the proposed Bradford/Calderdale Private Finance Initiative (PFI) waste incinerator and power station that I requested before the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) withdrew their funding for this and other proposed waste incinerators.
Calderdale Council’s response included the invitation to “approach the Head of Democratic and Partnership Services, Westgate House, Westgate, Halifax HX1 1PS.” if I was “unhappy with” the response. I have therefore resubmitted my FOI request to him, including an explanation of my reasons for doing so.
Calderdale Council’s response
“In light of the recent decision by DEFRA to withdraw central government support for the remaining waste PFI projects in procurement (including ours), the Councils are currently working with the Government and our preferred contractor to review the implications for our particular project. The Council’s proposed capital contribution to the project may be reviewed as a result of this. Therefore, no agreement has been reached with the contractor at this stage about the Council’s investment and the terms and conditions surrounding it, and the Council is not therefore in a position to respond to your detailed inquiries further than our earlier reply.”