The incinerator still lives after members of Norfolk County Council County failed to grasp the nettle yesterday and scrap the Saddlebow scheme at a cost of £25 million.
But it was close, closer than most people thought, with only two votes separating the pro lobby from the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk antis.
It was a battle fought across political divides and along geographical ones with the nod given ultimately by those who will not be affected by pollution created by outdatedand suspect technology.
Cabinet members will endorse the incinerator project today with all but one of the their number supporting the decision in yesterday’s vote.
In a dramatic meeting at County Hall in Norwich, councillors voted by a majority of just two to accept the revised project plan for the Saddlebow scheme.
It was several minutes before the final tally of 40 votes to 38 was confirmed by chairman Hilary Cox.
The announcement was greeted with applause from some councillors and cries of “shame on you” from the packed public gallery.
But the battle is far from over and protesters widely expected to lose this fight but to see the county defeated after planning permission is turned down.
It is still unknown when the result of the inquiry will be published.
1 Reports, pages 4 & 5