Councillor makes Freedom of Information call over West Norfolk waste plant scheme

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A West Norfolk councillor has called on parish authorities in his area to use Freedom of Information laws in a bid to find out whether a new waste plant could be built there.

Last week, council chiefs announced they had given Material Works another three months to meet the conditions of its contract to process black bin waste in the borough.

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But, during a meeting of Middleton’s parish council on Wednesday night, borough councillor Paul Foster said he had been told he could not disclose parts of an unpublished report on the issue to the parishes in his ward by borough legal officials.

He said the parish should submit a Freedom of Information request to the borough on the issue, telling members: “Ask them will it affect you.”

Mr Foster’s West Winch ward includes the parish of Middleton and Blackborough End, which already houses a landfill site.

He said he had made the same suggestion to North Runcton’s parish council during its meeting on Tuesday.

Material Works have said they remain in talks with landowners over sites for both its main plant, which will be in West Norfolk, and a demonstrator facility.

And borough council leaders have insisted that the Material Works scheme remains the best option for ensuring as much waste as possible can be recycled.

But Mr Foster said he was concerned about what he called “untested” technology.