YEP Says, May 21: Ferrybridge is a victim of muddled energy thinking

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FOR half a century its iconic cooling towers have been a West Yorkshire landmark visible for miles. But not for much longer.

FOR half a century its iconic cooling towers have been a West Yorkshire landmark visible for miles. But not for much longer.

The closure of Ferrybridge power station near Pontefract is a hammer blow to the 172 employees at the site, as well as to hundreds of contract workers.

It also marks another major setback for the local area following the job losses at nearby Kellingley Colliery.

Some will welcome the closure of yet another coal-fired power station on the road to cleaner, greener energy production.

Yet there will also be frustration in many quarters that Ferrybridge has fallen victim to the penal carbon taxes introduced by the coalition Government.

These eventually convinced owners SSE that its future was no longer viable, particularly in light of forecasts that it would lose £100m over the next five years.

However, alternative energies alone will not keep the lights on – and Britain is increasingly dependent on imports from companies like Russia.

With a huge amount of coal reserves still available, it is a scandal that more effort and investment has not been put into developing clean-coal technology.

Ferrybridge’s failure has been fuelled by muddled thinking from successive governments on how to power Britain.

Officials let sex attacker loose

SEX offender Lamin Touray has been handed a 12-year prison sentence for attempted rape, two offences of sexual assault and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

What makes his crimes all the more upsetting is that he shouldn’t have even been in the country.

The Gambian national had come over a relative’s wedding but failed to return to Africa and was in the country illegally.

Credit must go to his victims for having the courage to face him in court and ensure he no longer poses a threat on our streets. It’s more than useless immigration officials managed.

Chris Miller by his graffiti in East End Park.

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