Don’t “rush into another ill-informed commitment” is the message sent to Norfolk County Council in the latest round in the fight against the incinerator.
West Norfolk Council is asking the county to defer the adoption of a waste site allocation development plan until a final decision on the controversial Saddlebow scheme is made.
The plan, which sets out where the county’s waste will be treated and includes the Saddlebow burner site, was due to be debated at county hall yesterday.
Borough council leader Nick Daubney put forward the deferment motion at an extraordinary in Lynn Town Hall on Thursday when he told members that the plan was based on out of date figures which do not reflect increased recycling rates.
He said that county tax payer will end up “picking up a massive bill to simply feed the beast” and that it “makes sense” for the county to wait.
Mr Daubney said: “There is, as we know, huge public concern and large sums of money were invested by many parties in holding a public planning inquiry and to my mind, having spent the money, it would be sensible to see what the results are before rushing into another ill informed commitment.”
In supporting the motion deputy leader Brian Long told the meeting that Manchester does not create enough waste to meet the needs of its treatment works.
He said: “Norfolk is heading for the same way. It is a mistake they should not make.”
Labour leader Jim Moriarty said he wanted to pay credit to the “forces which fought the undemocractic process”.
He said: “Members of the public became engaged in the political process and some, and they deserve the greatest applause, put their lives on hold to fight the incinerator.
“And their lives are still on hold and we owe it to them to pass this motion today.”
Borough and county councillor David Collis said the council should continue to make its voice heard and “not bow to undue pressure.”