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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 March 2008, 21:39 GMT
Villagers' fears over waste plant
Residents protest against the plans
North Yorkshire County Council will consider the plans
Residents opposed to a plan to build a waste incinerator in North Yorkshire say they are worried about the health implications of the scheme.

BCB Environmental Management has submitted plans for the project on Marston Business Par in Tockwith.

Mother Helen Algar, who lives near to the site, said she felt the community was being used as a "guinea pig".

The company said the application would be subject to a rigorous planning process.

Mrs Algar added: "If the incinerator was proposed for a more remote location or if there was a longer tried and tested record of such facilities then it would make me feel easier, but there isn't."

Food fears

The facility would be designed to process 60,000 tonnes of waste per year.

The planning application states this would be broken down to 30,000 tonnes of non-hazardous solid waste from homes and businesses and 30,000 tonnes of waste from an adjacent waste transfer station.

The site would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Councillors in Harrogate will consider the plans at a meeting on Thursday.

Farmer Peter Pick said he was worried about using the land surrounding the proposed incinerator.

"It may not become apparent for many years, some times it might be 20 years down the road before the residues have built up to toxic levels," he said.

"Ask yourself, would like to eat the food that has grown adjacent to a plant like this?"

In a statement, BCB Environmental Management said: "This project has been designed to have no significant environmental impact.

"It is now going through the rigorous planning process and the strict process for it to be granted an environmental permit."

Villagers debate incinerator plan
11 Mar 08 |  North Yorkshire

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