Time to reject the costly solutions

York Press: Protestors against the now-dropped incinerator plan for Allerton Park  outside County Hall in Northallerton last year, including Dexter the dog Protestors against the now-dropped incinerator plan for Allerton Park outside County Hall in Northallerton last year, including Dexter the dog

AMIDST the recent environmental horror stories of the tyre inferno and the Government’s encouragement for the poisonous practice of fracking, there has been one little ray of sunshine.

This was the announcement that the councils of York and North Yorkshire have abandoned a legal challenge against the Government’s decision to withdraw £65million of PFI funding towards a waste incinerator. At a total cost of £1.4 billion this utter disgrace of a project was never affordable, and without the £65 million from the Government it is even less so.

It is time the councils woke up to this fact and started looking seriously at a ‘Plan B’ which would be much more environmentally conscious, it would be more localised, it would create more jobs, and crucially in these times of austerity a strategy working towards zero waste could be £100million cheaper than the incinerator project. Yes! Doing the right thing could actually be cheaper.

York Green Party and other concerned citizens of York and North Yorkshire have been calling for this since 2006. It’s time for a change in the thinking in these councils, instead of just blithely accepting whatever expensive solution the market wants to sell us.

Coun Dave Taylor, Green Party, Fishergate, New Walk Terrace, York.

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3:23pm Fri 24 Jan 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

GreenLibLabCons are history Dave, wake up and smell the rubber!
GreenLibLabCons are history Dave, wake up and smell the rubber! ColdAsChristmas

4:44pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Dave Taylor says...

It is, frankly, only the Greens who have voted against this in Council in York. Actually three LibDems did too. All the Labour Party, the Conservatives, and the majority of the LibDems voted in favour of a £1,400,000 incinerator and against even considering an alternative.

In North Yorkshire a larger group of Liberal Councillors voted against and one Tory who quit the local party, but these were soundly defeated by a thumping Conservative majority who refused to listen to objections.
It is, frankly, only the Greens who have voted against this in Council in York. Actually three LibDems did too. All the Labour Party, the Conservatives, and the majority of the LibDems voted in favour of a £1,400,000 incinerator and against even considering an alternative. In North Yorkshire a larger group of Liberal Councillors voted against and one Tory who quit the local party, but these were soundly defeated by a thumping Conservative majority who refused to listen to objections. Dave Taylor

6:06pm Fri 24 Jan 14

wallman says...

when are you going to accept you are wrong
when are you going to accept you are wrong wallman

8:15pm Fri 24 Jan 14

gwen4me says...

The Greens won`t be happy till we are living in caves again.
The Greens won`t be happy till we are living in caves again. gwen4me

12:10am Sat 25 Jan 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

We need to build more caves and make more candles.
We need to build more caves and make more candles. ColdAsChristmas

9:22am Sat 25 Jan 14

George Appleby says...

What's your "alternative" plan Dave? The other Dave always has one! Make the poor pay!
What's your "alternative" plan Dave? The other Dave always has one! Make the poor pay! George Appleby

6:44pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Temburong says...

Oh for the days when a patriotic Englishman could burn a huge pile of tyres without busy body ' so called greens' getting all do goody about it eh
Oh for the days when a patriotic Englishman could burn a huge pile of tyres without busy body ' so called greens' getting all do goody about it eh Temburong

11:22pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Dave Taylor says...

George, the 'alternative plan' which we have been banging on about since 2006, is to work towards zero waste by encouraging reduction of unnecessary packaging, repair and re-use of products, greater recycling, home and communal composting, food collection from institutions such as schools and restaurants, and studying the waste-cycle to reduce waste further. eg: remove packaging which can't easily be separated into recyclable elements.
Consultants reckon this could be £100million CHEAPER than the incinerator proposal foisted onto us with no alternative offered, so it would save tax-payers considerable sums as well as being a better option.
What's more, this is not rocket-science, nor is it new! They do this in cities all over the world. http://www.zerowaste
network.org/
http://www.zwallianc
euk.org/
http://www.no-burner
.org.uk/
George, the 'alternative plan' which we have been banging on about since 2006, is to work towards zero waste by encouraging reduction of unnecessary packaging, repair and re-use of products, greater recycling, home and communal composting, food collection from institutions such as schools and restaurants, and studying the waste-cycle to reduce waste further. eg: remove packaging which can't easily be separated into recyclable elements. Consultants reckon this could be £100million CHEAPER than the incinerator proposal foisted onto us with no alternative offered, so it would save tax-payers considerable sums as well as being a better option. What's more, this is not rocket-science, nor is it new! They do this in cities all over the world. http://www.zerowaste network.org/ http://www.zwallianc euk.org/ http://www.no-burner .org.uk/ Dave Taylor

8:40am Sun 26 Jan 14

George Appleby says...

Dave;
We'll keep shouting about it then loud, often and clear! Good luck!
And where you do hold power ?
Are you doing it?
What do the residents think about how it's doing?
Dave; We'll keep shouting about it then loud, often and clear! Good luck! And where you do hold power ? Are you doing it? What do the residents think about how it's doing? George Appleby

8:38pm Mon 27 Jan 14

gwen4me says...

I used to be pro-green, but there are so many "environmental" organisations that oppose every new proposal as a matter of policy.
I used to be pro-green, but there are so many "environmental" organisations that oppose every new proposal as a matter of policy. gwen4me

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