INCINERATOR - Public inquiry set to resume
The public inquiry into the controversial Lynn incinerator proposal will resume this morning.
Following last Tuesday’s opening session at the town’s Corn Exchange, the hearing will re-open at its regular venue, the West Norfolk Professional Development Centre in Kilham’s Way, near the fire station, at 10am today.
Ahead of the resumption, however, calls for Norfolk County Council and the Cory Wheelabrator consortium, which hopes to be given permission to operate the plant, have grown louder.
Repeated questions over the decision to release a redacted version of the document dogged the opening session.
So far, the council and Cory have refused to release the full document for commercial reasons, while planning inspector Elizabeth Hill said she did not have the power to force the release of the document.
But Lynn MP Henry Bellingham said yesterday that it was “staggering” the document had not been released by the authority amid claims of new transparency made by new leader Bill Borrett.
He said: “The claim of commercial confidentiality is a face as the contract has been awarded.”
Lawyers acting for the Cory Wheelabrator consortium, who hope to be given permission to operate the plant on the Saddlebow site, will spend this week and much of next week setting out their case for why the development should be allowed.
Today, the inquiry will hear testimony from John Boldon, Cory Environmental’s director of planning.
Colin Goodrum and Derek Armitage are then set to give evidence on the consortium’s behalf on landscaping and flood risk issues respectively during tomorrow’s session.
Air quality consultant Dan Smyth is then expected to give evidence on Thursday, before Karen Colebourn addresses ecology issues later that day.
Ms Colebourn’s session is expected to continue into Friday. Legal teams for West Norfolk Council and King’s Lynn Without Incineration (KLWIN) will have the opportunity to question all the witnesses.
Anyone planning to attend the inquiry should note that sittings will start at 9.30am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
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