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Party aim to halt incinerator plans.


6:10am 9th December 2010


York Green Party Councillor Dave Taylor is calling for to halt to the process which could see most of York and North Yorkshire's waste being burnt in a giant incinerator at Allerton Park.

At the full Council meeting on Thursday, Councillor Taylor will call on his fellow councillors of all parties to delay any decision to enter into a 25-year waste management contract with AmeyCespa, the preferred bidder of the City of York and North Yorkshire County Councils.

Cllr Taylor argues that it would be imprudent to make any firm decision at this time until the government's national review of waste management is completed, which might not be until the Summer of 2011.

He says, "The process which both Councils set in motion years ago has gained the momentum of a juggernaut, without at any point gaining the approval of Councillors or the public, Now Councillors are being asked to accept a monstrous solution - a vastly-oversized incinerator at a vastly-inflated price.  Adding £750,000 year-on-year to the Council's budget for the next five years, with a final price tag of £1.4 billion is not something that Councillors should accept without demanding to see some alternatives.  With people's jobs and services being threatened with cuts on all sides I want to see a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly option priced up.  This is something we should be doing while we are waiting for central government to complete its review of waste strategy."

It is anticipated that a number of residents including members of North Yorkshire Waste Action Group and York Residents Against Incineration will also attend the Council meeting to call for the incineration project to be abandoned or delayed.  Protesters aim to meet outside York Guildhall at 6pm on Thursday.

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