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Incinerator claims ‘demolished’
9:02am Tuesday 18th September 2012 in News
OPPONENTS of plans for a £1.4 billion waste incinerator between York and Harrogate have produced reports which they say proves it will harm North Yorkshire’s green credentials and cost taxpayers millions of pounds.
Proposals for the Allerton Waste Recovery Park, a joint initiative between North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council backed by £65 million in private finance initiative funding, are set to go before the county council’s planning committee later this year.
The authorities say the Allerton Park scheme will dramatically cut their waste bills. But a group of parish councils fighting the scheme say two independent assessments by waste management experts Eunomia show it is too big, will be “financially very risky” and will fail to meet Government recycling targets.
Peter Topham, who chairs the parish group, said the findings “demolish” the case by AmeyCespa, the company behind the incinerator plans.
He said: “The county council cannot ignore these studies and they have to start listening to all those who want a much cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative.”