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Incinerator: County will vote again on burner

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An end may just be in sight for the long-running Lynn incinerator saga after after council leaders committed themselves to a second vote on whether to scrap it.

The concession was won during painstaking negotiations to approve Norfolk County Council’s budget this week.

The move means councillors will be given another chance to axe the controversial Saddlebow scheme in April for good, before a clause allowing for millions more to be paid in compensation takes effect.

And campaigners against the proposal are delighted to get a second chance to claim victory.

Mike Knights, vice-chairman of King’s Lynn Without Incineration (KLWIN), said yesterday: “It’s very good news. The wheels are coming off County Hall’s wagon.”

The new vote, which is likely to be a free vote, has been triggered by the recent revelation that the compensation due to contractors Cory Wheelabrator would rise by an estimated £5 million, to £31 million, if the plant’s fate is not determined before May 1.

The new vote, which is likely to be a free vote, has been triggered by the recent revelation that the compensation due to contractors Cory Wheelabrator would rise by an estimated £5 million, to £31 million, if the plant’s fate is not determined before May 1.

Though members from all parties have called for a fresh vote in recent weeks, the concession was won by the Green group in return for their support to get the council’s budget approved during a marathon meeting on Monday.

Group leader Andrew Boswell said the ruling Labour and Liberal Democrat administration had agreed to their demand for a full council vote and any subsequent cabinet decision on the matter to “follow the will of Council”.

A council spokesman yesterday said: “The administration has agreed to hold an extraordinary council meeting to discuss the Willows contract before the beginning of May. It has been stipulated that there will be a free vote although ultimately this is a matter for political groups.”

She added: “While one might usually expect cabinet members to listen and take account of the views of full council members and normally to reach the same conclusion as full council, it would not be lawful for cabinet to bind itself to a particular decision in advance.

“Cabinet will need to consider all the relevant factors at the time it takes its decision.”

But Mr Knights claimed the reasons given for continuing with the contract when it was voted upon last autumn have not stood up to scrutiny.

“They used excuses last time to keep going with it that just didn’t stack up.”

n A coffee and crafts morning will be held tomorrow in aid of the campaign against the incinerator. It is at Fairgreen Farms, Fairgreen, Middleton, between 9am and 12.30pm.

 

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