MP calls for incinerator plans to be reviewed

kna  Incinerator campaigners outside Allerton Park Quarry.  (130227M3b)
kna Incinerator campaigners outside Allerton Park Quarry. (130227M3b)

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones has given his backing to North Yorkshire County Councillors and called for a new investigation in to the controversial incinerator project at Allerton Park.

Councillors and opposition groups have raised concerns that the costs of the project, ‘don’t stack up’ and the project has been dogged by delays.

A NYCC working party decided the original proposal was value for money, but said that the situation could change.

Now, four years on councillors have called for a new group to re-examine the situation again.

Mr Jones commented: “PFI funding has gone, the landfill tax has not increased at anything like the rate predicted and the project is still not ready to begin. It is clear that the financial backdrop to this project is now completely changed. It seems sense that a working party should be set up to examine this new situation.

“I also have a concern that the projected capacity of the incinerator is now far too large. The incinerator needs a minimum tonnage of waste to operate. If that tonnage isn’t there then what is the point of pressing ahead with the project?”