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Controversial incinerator set to go-ahead

What the incinerator would look like

Councillors in North Yorkshire are set to give the go ahead for an incinerator. That's despite opposition from local residents in Knaresborough and losing government funding.

The facility at Allerton Park would dispose of non-recycled household waste either mechanically, biologically or in a specialist waste plant.

The proposal was agreed in principal in 2010 and was supported by Government funding under a Private Finance Initiative. However, this funding was withdrawn in February 2013.

The withdrawal of the PFI credits was unexpected, and presented us with a considerable challenge.

However, after examining the project in great detail, the council’s officers have determined that over the 25 years of the contract, the proposal is still the best long term available solution to the disposal of waste generated in NorthYorkshire and York.

– Councillor Chris Metcalfe, North Yorkshire County Council

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Tour is the 'beginning of great things' for Knaresborough

Knaresborough's Mayor, Tony Handley, says the town will be cheering every rider as today's Tour de France passes through.

Mayor of Knaresborough Tony Handley

Mr Handley told ITV Calendar that painting his house polka-dot was "the best forty quid I've ever spent" and says the tour is the 'beginning of great things' for Knaresborough.

When it isn't polka-dot, it's yellow, and one canny resident has painted some handy warnings for the cyclists:

Tournez a gauche!!

Knaresborough bomb hoax pair in court

Two men from Leeds have appeared in court in connection with a bomb hoax in Knaresborough.

23 year old Shamsul Islam is accused of 3 counts of communicating a bomb hoax at a pizza takeaway in the town in October. He's been remanded in custody to appear at York Crown Court on the 16th of June.

22 year old Habibul Islam is charged with perverting the course of justice and making a false statement to obtain insurance. He's been bailed, and will also appear in court in York later this month.

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