Ministers pull plug on cash for waste burners

Protestors with banners outside the council officers in Harrogate earlier this month.

Protestors with banners outside the council officers in Harrogate earlier this month.

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FURIOUS council leaders have been left counting the cost to taxpayers after critical funding for two major waste incinerator projects in Yorkshire was withdrawn by the Government, putting their future in doubt.

In a surprise move, Ministers scrapped financial support for the proposed £250m Allerton Waste Recovery Park near Knaresborough and a £170m facility planned for Bradford, leaving four Yorkshire councils’ plans for dealing with thousands of tonnes of rubbish every year in tatters.

The site of the recycling plant
The site of the recycling plant

The news was met with delight, however, by campaigners who have vociferously opposed the scheme planned for the former Allerton Quarry site.

 

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