York & North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire waste plant plan a step closer

Protesters against the waste incinerator
Image caption Campaigners have held a number of protests against the plans

Plans for a £1.4bn incinerator in North Yorkshire have moved a step closer after receiving backing from councillors in York.

It is claimed the plant at Allerton Quarry by the A59 near Knaresborough and Harrogate will save 90% of the county's waste from going to landfill.

Opponents say incineration is bad for the environment and has health risks.

City of York councillors voted to back the plant at a meeting on Thursday. The county council will vote next week.

James Alexander, the leader of the Labour group at the City of York council, said: "It is the best option financially and environmentally. You cannot recycle all waste."

AmeyCespa has been named as the bidder to build and manage the waste facility.

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