Incinerator – update

On January 26th, knowyourleeds wrote: “Coun Ralph Pryke (Lib Dem, Burmantofts and Richmond Hill), voted for the incinerator when the council was in a Lib Dem – Conservative coalition. But he had evidently done his homework asking considered questions.”

Knowyourleeds is happy to correct this statement. Coun Pryke explains in the following: 

On your entry “Councillors hear out plans for incinerator” you state that I “voted for the incinerator” when the council was in a LibDem coalition.

That is a lazy and often-repeated lie about the administration I was a part of by Labour councillors and activists and anti-incinerator campaigners in Richmond Hill who wanted Labour to gain our council seats (it’s well established that if you repeat a believable lie often enough, enough people believe it).

The truth is on the record in Council minutes because every time Labour councillors proposed a white paper (policy motion) or reference back (request to reverse a decision) which specifically attributed an incinerator to the administration, we used our majority to change the motion or wording to support the policy of seeking a waste solution without specifying any particular technology (such as an incinerator).

It was only in Spring 2010 when the last bidder proposing a non-incinerator solution dropped out of the bidding process leaving only three bidders all proposing combinations of material recovery (recycling) and burning waste to make electricity. As far as I can remember, there were no votes on the proposal between then and May, when Labour took over the Council. As you know, Labour continued the policy, despite opposing it for years.

I realise that is a long explanation that’s unlikely to appear in a blog post, but I’d be grateful if you did not repeat the lie about me and my colleagues. A correction would help.

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One thought on “Incinerator – update

  1. sarah covell says:

    Having sat through every Richmond Hill Forum meeting and Inner East Area Committee since this all kicked off with Richard Brett who was then leader of the Council announcing the waste strategy for Leeds i have watched ralphs reaction to the “incinerator” with interest. I am not of a relgious persuasion but isnt it just as bad to walk past an accident and ignore it, as cause the accident itself? I have said this a million times but i much prefer my politicians with spines all of the time not just when they are up fo re election.

    The people of Inner East leeds have been treat badly by ALL of their councillors over the past few years, they all have the blood of my communitys future on their hands.

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