Tag Archives: Ralph Pryke

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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Public reaction to Kirkgate Market report.

Reports suggests £30m investment in the market would be needed. Photo: ©knowyourleeds

There’s been some reaction to the report into Kirkgate Market which knowyourleeds reported on Saturday. You can read what traders and members of the public here in the YEP who have details of the proposed changes, including  a tenant reselection process and knocking down two buildings.

Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market  have covered it too. They’ve got contacted local councillors who have cross party support in concerns about the report. Perhaps indicative of what community activism can do, councillor Ralph Pryke (Burmantofts and Richmond Hill) said that he and other councillors had received a number of e-mails ahead of the meeting while the traders also attended the meeting, has both testified to the level of public interest in the marker proposals.

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