Fact Sheet 2: Employment

Below is a letter sent by NYWAG to all NYCC Councillors – do you want to write to them?

Dear Councillor

This is the second NYWAG Fact Sheet in our series which we hope will help you make an informed decision about the NYCC Waste Strategy Plan.

FACT SHEET 2 – Employment

In their publicity on the £1.8 billion (most recent figure) industrial waste plan, the Spanish operators, Amey Cespa, and your executive claim that the plant will create much needed local employment – short term jobs in the construction of the plant; and 70 jobs long term (estimated in their recent literature).

What they do not tell you is that an estimated 400-500 long term jobs could be created by an increase in recycling. (For example, in 1995 Nova Scotia rejected an incinerator proposal that would have created less than 100 jobs and, in the next five years pursuing an alternative plan, created 1000 jobs in the handling and treatment of the collected materials and another 2000 jobs in the industries using these secondary materials.)

They also fail to mention the adverse effect on the tourist image that incineration could have in any part of North Yorkshire. The location off the A59, for example, is the main route for tourist hotspots such as historic Allerton Castle, picturesque Knaresborough, Harrogate and the Dales. The impact on businesses could result in the loss of several thousand jobs in the immediate area and beyond.

Added to this, is the real danger of industrial creep along the A59 corridor which would further degrade the image of an area which benefits so much from tourism.

Is this really what you want to impose on one of England’s most beautiful and
historic counties?

The decision is yours.

We hope this information has been helpful and thank you for taking the time to read it.

North Yorkshire Waste Action Group (NYWAG)

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