POLL: New legal fight over Allerton Park incinerator

Protestors gather outside Allerton Park quarry  near Knaresborough as North Yorkshire County Councillors were attending a site visit in October 2012.
Protestors gather outside Allerton Park quarry near Knaresborough as North Yorkshire County Councillors were attending a site visit in October 2012.
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A second legal battle has begun on the contentious waste incinerator plans for Allerton Park near Knaresborough.

North Yorkshire County Council has announced a bid for Judicial Review into DEFRA’s decision to withdraw PFI funding for the scheme.

The council has slammed DEFRA’s decision to pull funding for the scheme, saying proper processes were not followed.

Chief Executive of NYCC Richard Flinton said: “We consider that Secretary of State has not made the decision to withdraw our credits in a proper manner and that he has failed to follow DEFRA’s own published criteria. We also consider him to have failed to take account of the waste management obligations in the Waste Framework Directive; failed to consult with us on his decision; and failed to give proper reasons for his decision. At no point, during a lengthy five-year procurement process, had the Government indicated that PFI funding would not be available.”

However, campaigners against the scheme have called the council “disingenous” and accused it of wasting public money by launching the court bid.

Bob Schofield, a spokesman for North Yorkshire Waste Action Group (NYWAG) said: “How much more council tax payers’ money do they plan to waste on this?

“The local authority knew it was never a foregone conclusion they would get PFI money. We ourselves pointed it out to them on many occasions.”

A High Court battle between DEFRA and NYCC will come at a big cost to the public purse, he added.

“It is going to cost tax payers and council tax payers the thick end of a £250,000 to pursue this.”

Earlier this year, NYWAG and a group of nearby parish councils launched their own Judicial Review bid on NYCC’s decision to grant planning permission for the scheme.

Legal papers are currently with the High Court while the group waits for a judge’s permission to continue with the case.

Campaigners believe the two judicial review cases will run side-by-side, Mr Schofield added.

Mr Flinton said they were applying for Judicial Review on behalf of NYCC and partner City of York Council.

He added: “Whilst we wait for the outcome we will continue to work with our contractor, AmeyCespa, to finalise the details of our long term waste management project”.

campaigners against the scheme have called the council “disingenous” and accused it of wasting public money.

Bob Schofield, a spokesman for North Yorkshire Waste Action Group (NYWAG) said: “How much more council tax payers’ money do they plan to waste on this?

“The local authority knew it was never a foregone conclusion they would get PFI money. We ourselves pointed it out to them on many occasions.”

A High Court battle between DEFRA and NYCC will come at a heavy cost to the public purse, he added.

“It is going to cost tax payers and council tax payers the thick end of a £250,000 to pursue this.”

Earlier this year, NYWAG and a group of nearby parish councils launched their own Judicial Review bid on NYCC’s decision to grant planning permission for the scheme.

Legal papers are currently with the High Court while the group waits for a judge’s permission to continue with the case.

Campaigners believe the two judicial review cases will run side-by-side, Mr Schofield added.