Council consider Allerton Park waste incinerator plans

The site of the planned incinerator

The site of the planned incinerator

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NORTH YORKSHIRE county councillors have called for another chance to examine plans for a waste incinerator in the county.

Plans for Allerton Park Waste Recovery Plant are currently in limbo after government funding was withdrawn, leaving the contractor AmeyCespa to look for alternative investment.

And last week the county council's Harrogate area committee agreed that the final decision on whether the scheme should still go ahead should be taken by the full council, rather than the county council's executive.

The committee approved a motion asking for it to go to a full meeting of the council, and have also asked for a working party initially set up to examine the project to be reformed.

Committee chairman Cllr Michael Harrison said much had changed in the four years since the project was first agreed that councillors needed to review the plans.

The project was first approved by North Yorkshire County Council as long ago as 2010, and the site gained planning permission in 2012, but it has been mired in controversy ever since with a legal challenge by protestors, and the announcement in February last year that DEFRA was withdrawing funding for the plans.

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5:25pm Sat 7 Jun 14

uriahh says...

Will someone please explain to all the various local Councils that Government funding was not withdrawn. Being withdrawn implies that government funding had been sought and been formally approved before any contractual undertakings were signed for. No such approval had been received! The various civil servants and councillors involved committed us in contract with the Contractor/supplier to a massive project including such massive funding and massive other costs without any prior back to back contractual entitlement to such funding from the government. This is a far less than uncommon example of a sheer lack of procurement and project management experience and professional capabilities of Government and Local Government on far too many public service and infrastructure projects. Yet again, we suffering taxpayers are left to foot the bill and, rest assured and yet again, no one involved will even be penalised, let alone sacked!
Will someone please explain to all the various local Councils that Government funding was not withdrawn. Being withdrawn implies that government funding had been sought and been formally approved before any contractual undertakings were signed for. No such approval had been received! The various civil servants and councillors involved committed us in contract with the Contractor/supplier to a massive project including such massive funding and massive other costs without any prior back to back contractual entitlement to such funding from the government. This is a far less than uncommon example of a sheer lack of procurement and project management experience and professional capabilities of Government and Local Government on far too many public service and infrastructure projects. Yet again, we suffering taxpayers are left to foot the bill and, rest assured and yet again, no one involved will even be penalised, let alone sacked! uriahh
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8:05pm Sat 7 Jun 14

yorksbob says...

Are NYCC applying an element of common sense at last (as opposed to just arrogance)?
This incinerator never was justifiable right from the start; it is even less so now (four years later).
Are NYCC applying an element of common sense at last (as opposed to just arrogance)? This incinerator never was justifiable right from the start; it is even less so now (four years later). yorksbob
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