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County councillors to vote again on incinerator

Willows Business Park Saddlebow, King's Lynn

Land in the foreground is the proposed site for the incinerator ENGANL00120131018142016

Willows Business Park Saddlebow, King's Lynn Land in the foreground is the proposed site for the incinerator ENGANL00120131018142016

Norfolk county councillors are to get another chance to vote on whether they want to continue with the planned incinerator at the Willows Business Park in Saddlebow, Lynn.

An extraordinary meeting of the council will be held at County Hall in Norwich on Monday, April 7, starting at 10am.

The notice for the meeting says the meeting will consider whether, in view of the delay by Eric Pickles, Minister for local government, in ruling on planning permission for the £589 million scheme, it wishes to recommend that the contract is ended to avoid an increase in the compensation figure, currently capped at £20.3 million, that must be paid under the contract signed with waste firm Cory Wheelabrator.

It will also vote on whether or not, if planning is granted by Mr Pickles, it recommends to cabinet to continue to implement the revised project.

Norfolk narrowly voted in October to continue with the project after warnings that a failure to go ahead with it would trigger compensaton payments to Cory Wheelabrator that could bankrupt the council.

The meeting will be followed on the same day by an additional meeting of the council’s cabinet to consider any recommendation that may arise from the council meeting.

The meeting of the cabinet scheduled for 7 April will now be held on Thursday 10 April at 10.30am.

The special meeting was requested by councillors Toby Coke, Richard Bird, Alexandra Kemp, Tim East, Andrew Boswell and John Dobson.

 

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