Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Another response from a councillor

I was not aware that there was to be a Municpal Incinerator in Richmond Hill. Please could you provide the evidence that this is now to be the case.
My understanding is that the proposal is for another one to be built near to existing ones in Cross Green.

As to the rest of your quesions. It is a question of how much residual waste is to be incinerated when all other options have been exhausted. I am in favour of recycling as much as is possible first. I would not be in favour of incinerating any more than is absoultely necessary.

Without the full picture it is not possible to make a commitment.

kind regards

Cllr Ryk Downes
Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader
Otley & Yeadon Ward.
We find this reply extremely puzzling since the two sites remaining in the bidding process for the Waste Treatment Plant to be built by PFI credits which has been ongoing since 2005 will, according to the council's own consultation papers, be at either the Old Wholesale Market Site at Cross Green which in the Richmond Hill Ward and the Knostrop Filter Beds Site which, we have always believed, is in our Ward too depending on the winning bidder, we have made this assertion at most of the Richmond Hill Forums since 2007 and the 2 Public Meetings which we arranged without being corrected so we are not sure why this is being said now.

We are disturbed that according to figures supplied in response to our Freedom of Information request for costings on this project that from 2005 to April 2009 almost £1M was spent on this project, £10,000 of that on councillor visits to view different technologies and sites before councillors short listed the final two bidders, both of whom propose an Incinerator, but the details of this very important and expensive project do not seem to be very well known.

We await further clarification from Councillor Brett on whether the 2 sites are in the Richmond Hill ward or not.


  1. I am sorry, but, where exactly does this guy live? He wasn't aware of the proposed incinerator? OK, fair enough, Otley is not Richmond Hill, but still, you would expect politicians to be aware of what's happening in the world- not to mention in their city!!

  2. So building them next to existing ones is OK is it?

    When is a municipal incinerator not a municipal incinerator ? When it is called an Energy from waste plant!

    We do not need an incinerator - we need a waste strategy that works, that is flexible and forward thinking and not just a "burn it"solution costing the leeds taxpayers nearly £500million over 25 years.

  3. Here Here Anonymous 14:49

    We have wasted 5 years and approximately £1M so far!