Allerton Park Incinerator Could Increase Council Tax in York
7:43am 5th April 2013
Cuts or higher council tax rises could hit York soon because of the funding crisis around the Allerton Park incinerator.
The government has pulled private cash for the project leaving York and North Yorkshire councils to find millions of pounds.
A meeting yesterday between the councils and the government didn't lead to any answers on funding.
Councillor James Alexander Leader of City of York Council said:
"The Minister accepted his decision has made the scheme for York and North Yorkshire less likely and that should the scheme not go ahead, the choice facing York in the near future is increased service cuts or higher council tax increases. He also accepted the increased likelihood that money already spent on these projects had now been wasted by the Government. He explained he was unhappy at being placed in the position he found himself and said he could not speak on behalf of his predecessor. I will be contacting Julian Sturdy MP who is a member of the Government to use his influence with colleagues to stop this accepted choice by Ministers being a reality in York. The savings created by the project would be £1m each year, the equivalent of over 1% in council tax."
"The councillors present are very disappointed by Lord de Mauley's stance and unwillingness to listen to reason. He admitted it was his decision not to consult with councils despite not being aware that whilst the Government carried out a secret review, taxpayers' money was being spent locally on these projects. He accepted the decision taken is likely to increase landfill and he offered no credible alternatives to divert this."
"Lord de Mauley said if he was in my position he would be doing the same as I am now. I am unhappy at a second rate Government treating people in York like second class citizens."
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