Fight against incinerator stepped up

Residents protesting at Kellingley Colliery. Plans have been submitted for the construction of a 26MW incinerator which will burn up to 280,000 tons of waste.Front Sue Ackroyd.
Residents protesting at Kellingley Colliery. Plans have been submitted for the construction of a 26MW incinerator which will burn up to 280,000 tons of waste.Front Sue Ackroyd.

Furious residents have stepped up their fight against plans for a £200m incinerator on the site of Kellingley Colliery.

Plans for Southmoor Energy Centre, which, if approved would burn up to 280,000 tonnes of waste a year and power 63,000 homes, were submitted to North Yorkshire County Council last week by Peel Environmental.

Objectors – who claim the plant will have an impact on pollution and traffic in nearby Knottingey, Byram, Brotherton and Fairburn –have started handing out leaflets in the area to raise awareness of the scheme.

Coun Mary McCartney, who represents the Eggborough ward on Selby Council, has vowed to fight the plans.

She said: “Our area already has three coal fired power stations, numerous glass factories, chemical works and a proposed gas fired power station just outside Knottingley.

“We do not need the extra pollution this plant will bring.”

Residents are also concerned about an increase in traffic near the colliery site.

Sue Ackroyd, who has lived near the colliery for five years, said she is already afraid to let her three disabled children play outside alone because of the volume of traffic near her home.

Mrs Ackroyd, 61, said: “I daren’t let my children play outside and if this goes ahead there will be an extra 60 lorries per hour coming right past my door.

“We have got to keep on fighting and we will do whatever it takes to stop it.”

Coun McCartney said the area was becoming known for having high amounts of pollution and developers were targeting it for that reason.

She said: “We are fed up of being seen as a soft touch by developers and are going to fight this unneeded and unwanted proposal.”