Incinerator issue burns on

Just an update on the ongoing incinerator issue (the proposed waste treatment plant), the council have four bidders for the plant, three are proposing the use of ‘energy from waste’ whilst the fourth is proposing ‘mechanical biological treatment’. Three of the bidders are intending to use the former wholesale markets site on Pontefract Lane, whilst the fourth is opting for a site in the Aire Valley near the sewerage works.

It is of concern to many residents that not only are we to have the city’s household waste dumped so near to us in Elmet and Rothwell, but also that two of the bidders are also proposing to accept commercial waste with the remaining two even wanting to take third party waste. The Conservative and Liberal Democrat led council might be happy for us to be the dumping ground for Leeds, with all the possible effects on health and environment, but us in the local Labour Party have fought long and hard against these plans.

The four bidders are: Aire Valley Environmental, MVV Umvelt GmbH, United Utilities and Veolia ES Aurora LTD.

The Tory and Liberal Democrat council will cut their bidders to two early next year and then make their final decision on which option they will go for by summer 2010.