A CAMPAIGN to block plans for a tip and waste recycling plant has won the backing of another vital ally.

Richmondshire District Council has agreed to resist Yorwaste's plans for Tancred Quarry, between Scorton and the A1.

The Environment Agency has also objected to the proposals because it is concerned about potential pollution.

At a planning meeting this week, the Richmondshire authority was concerned about the impact the project would have on its long-term leisure and conservation schemes.

It is North Yorkshire County Council which has the final say on the future of the 77-acre site.

Yorwaste wants to develop an industrial and commercial waste recycling plant, a green waste composting area, and about 35 acres of landfill, all of which would operate for at least 15 years. Richmondshire District Council leader and Scorton ward councillor, Councillor Michael Heseltine, told the planning committee meeting the possible impact of the project horrified local people.

"The site is close to Scorton and the prevailing west-south-west wind would blow any litter, smell and pollution straight at the village,'' he said.

"People are also concerned for the future of Scorton Lakes. Everyone feels very positively that here is an attractive area for leisure.

"To extend an infill site in the middle of this would jeopardise this opportunity for development, employment and leisure."

Objections have been submitted by Scorton Parish Council, the Bolton-on-Swale parish meeting and residents of both communities.