The chimney is being repaired on a rough and ready basis to keep ticking over, but is way past its sell by date, and is falling apart. From people who work there, I know that it is almost past being "on its last legs".
If the debate on what kind of incinerator had taken place 5 years ago, there would have been a breathing space. Now there is none.
It is a time to forget debates about what might be environmentally friendly, because a new incinerator would not come online until probably around 3 years from now if we were lucky.
Do we really want three years of accumulated waste having to be dumped at La Collette (with all the pollution and smells that will come with it)? Do we want a breeding ground for rats? Because if we don't get a new incinerator soon, that is what we will have. Would that be environmentally friendly?
And although agreed, the tendering process now begins. After that, there has to be another States debate. More delays! And time is running out...
A new £60m waste incinerator is be built at La Collette in Jersey, States members have decided.
The plant will replace an ageing incinerator at Bellozane and be cheaper and greener, Transport and Technical Services said.
The plans were approved on Wednesday with 32 members in favour, 13 against and one abstention.
The project will now be put out to tender and the States will have the final say on the project size and cost.
Several companies have expressed an interest in the tender.
Concerns have been raised in the past about a plant's impact on the skyline of the south coast, the extra traffic it could bring and the lack of a plan for the La Collette area as a whole.
Guy de Faye, Minister for Transport and Technical Services, said: "The waste plant is not just an incinerator. It's doing something else as well.
"It does makes an awful lot of sense to locate something that is effectively an industrial electric power plant next to an existing industrial electricity power plant such as the JEC.
"The ability to do that is very easy at La Collette. Up at Bellozane we would have to pay a very substantial amount of money to put in new cabling."
Wednesday, 28 June 2006