See the Waste Strategy page for background information on the Byker and Newcastle Waste Working Group (BAN Waste), and its Select Committee inquiry into waste options for Newcastle upon Tyne, 2001-2003. See the BAN Waste Evidence page for copies of the witness statements and presentations from the evidence-gathering phase of the Select Committee, and which informed these reports.
The following reports from the BAN Waste Select Committee are available from this page (ignore all links to banwaste.org.uk, which now belongs to a commercial waste management company):
Ash from the Byker reclamation plant was infamously spread on allotments and footpaths across the city, eventually being removed by Council workers wearing full protective clothing following years of community campaigning. The following epidemiological studies were carried out by Newcastle University:
An Independent consultant's commentary is also available, and an Environmental Investigative Report into the ash contamination is available on Paul Mobbs' website (this is a draft report, as the City Council agreed to clean up all the ash before it was submitted).