Two senior Yorkshire MPs have slammed the government for their decision to pull the plug on two major waste incinerator projects at the eleventh hour.
Ministers yesterday stunned the leaders of York, North Yorkshire, Bradford and Calderdale Councils by axing the two schemes which were part of a £3.6bn government programme to support projects that divert waste away from landfill sites.
Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves have both attacked the move.
Wakefield MP and Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh said:
“This decision signals the government’s intent to do the bare minimum required to reduce waste going to landfill. Just weeks ago one government department gave the North Yorkshire project the go-ahead, only for another to now pull the plug. This government’s left hand doesn’t know what its right hand is doing, and the result is chaos. These councils are now in limbo – if these waste projects don’t go ahead they will have to completely rethink how they deal with thousands of tonnes of waste.”
Leeds West MP and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves, who last week exposed how few of the government’s major infrastructure projects in Yorkshire had actually got off the ground, said:
“Of the 21 infrastructure projects the government say they’re undertaking in Yorkshire thesewere literally the only ones to have actually started. We thought four out of twenty-one was bad, now it turns out it is even worse. I’m concerned about the impact on the local economy of the government’s shambolic approach to infrastructure decision-making and delivery – we need to get infrastructure investment underway urgently to create the jobs and growth Yorkshire desperately needs. This is a government without any vision and no understanding of the impact of its decisions.”