North Yorkshire County Councillors gave the go ahead for the Allerton Park waste incinerator plans this evening.

County councillors were asked to vote on the proposal to complete the 25-year waste management contract with AmeyCespa and after hours of debate the majority of councillors voted in favour of the scheme.

The council said the project will add around £220m to the York and North Yorkshire economy over the life of the contract through the creation of new jobs.

A report which councillors considered said although the contract with AmeyCespa no longer benefits from government funding the councils can still expect the contract to provide a combined net benefit of £169 million over the life of the contract.

Opponents criticised the council’s financial calculations and argue there is no need for another incinerator and the technology proposed is outdated.

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