King’s Lynn incinerator contract awarded to Cory Wheelabrator
The ruling cabinet on Norfolk County Council yesterday agreed to award the contract for an incinerator at Saddlebow in King’s Lynn to Anglo-US company Cory Wheelabrator. (Published in the EDP24)
But, coming just days after a poll carried out by West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Borough Council saw the proposals overwhelmingly opposed, one Norfolk MP branded the decision as “a very dark day for democracy”. In making their decision, the council said that poll had been discredited because information which had been given to families was inaccurate. However, Henry Bellingham, North West Norfolk MP, said he would ask the government to call-in the plans for the incinerator, once submitted, because he feels Norfolk County Council should not now be allowed to make the final decision to grant planning permission. Once the contract is signed, which is likely to happen in the next couple of weeks, it would enact a clause which means the council could be liable for £10m to £20m if the scheme does not go ahead. Mr Bellingham said: “It’s a very dark day for democracy. I’m very angry, I don’t think 62,000 people in West Norfolk will take this lying down. We’re moving into uncharted territory here. People have put their faith in the democratic process and if they’re trampled on and ignored the consequences will cover the whole of Norfolk. I’m going to work tirelessly to defeat this ill-conceived project.”
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